Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 728 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Sex Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 438
  2. Negative: 0 out of 438
438 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In the end, fans of well-paced political potboilers will find much to like about Game Change. As will those who simply want to be entertained by a crackling good melodrama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Buoyed by a bravura performance from Australian Ben Mendelsohn (The Dark Knight Rises) as prodigal son Danny Rayburn, Bloodline is an absorbing, fractious family drama that captivates despite giving away Season 1’s major development in the very first hour.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan isn’t afraid to let it all air out at a measured pace. But Better Call Saul is still avoiding the pitfalls of simply running in place. Instead, great expectations remain intact for a Season 2 that so far continues to make its mark by delivering just a little at a time.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It sometimes lapses into the abundant cliches of its genre. Pound for pound, though, you won't see many better dramas this season. Gloves on or off, it keeps scoring points.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Authentically grimy, solidly built and well-paced, Hatfields & McCoys is violent without being gratuitous.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s a film that asks a lot from West and Bonham Carter, who deliver time and again in roles that could have eaten them alive. Instead we feast.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The first two hours of Last Resort are bracingly strong on pulling power.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This film is much more than that. From the boyish exuberance of Ben Affleck’s and Matt Damon’s joint 1998 acceptance speech to Hanks’ anecdote about a hard-of-hearing Bette Davis, this is a rich-bodied appetizer for TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar main course.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Grammer's performance is thoroughly engaging and convincing. And the events swirling around him never fail to snap, crackle and pop.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Do expect an absorbing tale of justice rendered but not necessarily justice served. Its star players have no formal acting training. But for better or worse, they all look born to play their real-life roles in another true crime drama that knocks fiction for a loop.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Americans enthralls with its complexities, simplicities and overall derring-do.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The story has ample pulling power. But the music is its driving force--all day and all of the night.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A summertime winner here on the strength of strong acting, engaging writing and an immediately gripping premise.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Given the otherworldly circumstances, it all moves along quite logically and at a brisk pace that leaves dawdling for dead. There’s no flabby midsection here, just one major development after another. The fight scenes are well-choreographed and frequent. And the twists are imaginative while also being grounded in the grim realities of this ramped-up universe.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    For now, Season 5 is proof that Downton Abbey remains in possession of a strong pulse and story lines. It minds its manners--and its stately manors--while keeping its characters vital and vulnerable.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s terrific fun as well as involving drama.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is the series that puts Amazon Prime on the map, if not yet on the same level with competing streamer Netflix.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The disparate detectives of The Killing may have their own means and methods of getting to the bottom of this. But the overall air of believability is palpable from the start. All the better for taking a deep breath and diving right in.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Galifianakis, Anderson and Kelly fit their roles like the thick rubber gloves used in emptying human waste from portable johns. What fine messes they’re in.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Showtime’s taut and pretty terrific Ray Donovan.... Schreiber brings a solid, stolid presence to the role. But it’s Jon Voight as Mickey who gives this drama its ferocious, dangerous and sometimes creepy edge.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Girls above all is about uncomfortable creatures. That can be a helluva thing to watch at times. But still very see-worthy.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Judge isn’t quite jury and executioner of this whole crazily infantile, insular scene. But he clearly knows how to probe its soft spots. In that respect, Silicon Valley is its own killer app.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Once one gets past the gruesome goings-on in Episode One, it’s full tilt ahead in a crazily appetizing tale that’s easily swallowed whole.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Seduced and Abandoned doesn’t always stay on track, but nonetheless never derails. It’s both a romp and a stomp, with Cannes the go-between.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Dexter likewise remains in solid shape, with new characters generating some additional heat while its namesake keeps plying his trade.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's a thoroughly entertaining romp, with the television industry as a combination Tilt-A-Whirl/merry-go-round.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Divorced Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon) fights most of her battles on the domestic front in FX’s wonderfully biting Better Things.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Crazy Ex-Girlfriend romps and rolls without really missing a beat.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    All involved are dedicated to the cause of making Vikings one of television’s most striking series. It’s also emerged as one of the best, evolving from a guilty pleasure at first to a first-rate tale of substance and even subtlety mixed with the cold steel of primal warfare.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Never fear. The Harlan County, KY of FX’s Justified remains mostly dirty to the touch, a breeding ground for knuckle-draggers and a few somewhat higher forms of low-life.

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