Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 433 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 1% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.1 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Enlightened: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Perfect Couples: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 243
  2. Negative: 0 out of 243
243 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Whatever becomes of Ragnar, Vikings has emerged in its second season as a series of appreciably higher quality. Its characters and storytelling, all within a world quite unlike any other on the TV landscape, have gone far beyond the cardboard stage.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In these first three episodes, it shows no signs of getting stale.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The pace hasn’t quickened. Nor does the storyline congeal. Instead, Sunday’s re-opener builds to a terrifically poignant finish accompanied by music that likewise cries out in pain.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Last Week Tonight probably needs to towel off a bit and present a more relaxed half-hour next Sunday. The premiere outing nonetheless showed considerable ingenuity and a willingness to take on topics that haven’t already been parodied to death.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Normal Heart grows in poignancy as characters we’ve come to know are affected or afflicted by AIDS.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    By the end of Episode 4, subtitled “It’s Not For Everyone,” the series is earning its mettle as a truly macabre, chilling and rousing war of attrition in which the winner will either take all or stop hell on earth in its bloody tracks.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's FX scoring again with another out of the box, jump-in-your-face series that most assuredly isn't for everyone but most definitely knows what it's doing.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Coal has the right stuff, putting viewers of a mind to hurt for these men--who hurt right back.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Happy Endings quickly gets its game in gear and emerges as ABC's best new sitcom since Better Off Ted unfortunately failed to find an audience.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Cinema Verite's strength is in dramatizing the off-camera seductions and betrayals that led to the Louds being vilified in many quarters before the entire family went on The Dick Cavett Show to both tell their side of the story and confront filmmaker Craig Gilbert.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Too Big to Fail effectively follows the money while humanizing most of the moneychangers.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A smart, sedate Canadian production imported by ABC for a summertime run.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The thrill of discovery is long gone for True Blood. But the thrill of a new season is still very much in play. The first three episode of Season 4 had just enough pulling power to keep me in the fold.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Entourage looks as though it still has enough juice--comedy, drama and Drama-wise--to make its last season a keeper.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Kurt Sutter, SOA's creative mastermind, has kept the scripts tight and the action invigorating.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Despite its lead characters' fragile makeups, Free Agents is a niftily scripted, bracingly grownup comedy when in the hands of its two leads.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Fox seems to be on the right track, though, with a lead character who has ample potential to gawkily bloom and grow.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It all makes for a promising start on a network whose best comedies invariably wind up on Thursday nights. Whitney is already there, and looks as though it just might belong.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The best new crime drama of the fall season doesn't necessarily have to be an original idea. It just has to have the right people in place.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Living in the Material World falls short of Scorsese's terrific two-part PBS film, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Season 2 so far is still a watchable feast of decayed human flesh and frayed nerve endings.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Fans of the fantastical can do far worse than Once Upon A Time, which manages to both stir the pulse and please the senses with its beautifully imagined medieval times.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's all quite sturdily built and well-acted, with characters one cares about.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    You should give Luck a chance to slowly pay off. It proudly depicts a gritty/picturesque world that the ABC Family channel's Wildfire only airbrushed during its 2005-08 run.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Comic Book Men is a pleasant surprise and an overall splash of fragrant cologne on the smell test-flunking reality genre.

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