Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 511 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 64% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 34% 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 Mildred Pierce: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Breaking In: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 291
  2. Negative: 0 out of 291
291 tv reviews
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Whatever happens, this is an interesting series and a worthy endeavor that makes terrific use of archival footage in both of the first two hours.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Franklin & Bash sometimes tries too hard to be edgy, suffering some paper cuts in the process. It's otherwise a good deal of fun delivered with an abundance of energy.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Wild Things is very nicely shot and buoyed throughout by its star's upbeat persona.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It has the makings of a damned fine weekly hour of good vs. evil, with Quaid against Chiklis as the crowd-pleasing main event.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The special effects are better than decent and the ensemble cast wears pretty well as Falling Skies begins to hit its stride.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The five episodes I’ve seen have enough small pleasures to carry them to their finish lines. Just don’t expect to be blown away.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s still an open question whether its central murder mystery can sustain a number of false leads and other mis-directions for a full 12 hours. But the resplendent panoramic visuals are a show in themselves. So the bigger your HD screen the better, with Fortitude’s overriding whodunit gradually firming its grip while those icy, snowy vistas stay strong.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Watch The Kennedys--if you haven't already had enough--and you'll instead see a compelling, well-told tale of a political dynasty with beauty marks, warts, doubts and the embedded determination to plow full steam ahead.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    By the end of Episode 1, Twisted has imbedded its hook with open questions about a mysterious necklace and Danny’s connection to its past.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    For now, Lucky 7 is a grabber with strong potential for further viewer investment.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    As concocted backwoods “reality” shows go, it’s stepped to the head of the class and far surpassed the likes of TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and Buck Wild.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Sing Your Song ends up being more than a little too self-indulgent and one-noted. Abundant archival footage is in part a saving grace, though.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Even with its air-brushing and reticent title subject, Ethel is a watchable, oft-affecting film.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Hell on Wheels is a big and ambitious stab at the genre, with a lot going on and much to recommend.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    An improbably entertaining outing that initially finds Kathy Bates' character reclining at her office desk while smoking pot and bemoaning her fate.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Warm--or more accurately, lukewarm--moments intercede before the final bells in both half-hours. And Meloni delivers them like a champ while also dominating during an American Gladiators face-off that jump-starts next week’s episode.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    So far it’s promising without being riveting, with the potential to be Facebook--or Myspace.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Real truths invariably come out, and this is a film that convincingly rings with them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It packs some punch, though. And Isaacs certainly doesn't sleepwalker through a decidedly distinctive role.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This elongated version makes its own mark, although certainly not an indelible one.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Ripper Street is pretty ripping good for the most part.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Its two featured newcomers skid along just fine, earning exceedingly small victories en route.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Through the first four episodes, Sorkin teeters between abject fantasy and believable fiction. Strong performances by Daniels, Waterston and Mortimer serve to offset some of Newsroom's excesses and missteps.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    On the surface at least, it's hard to imagine responding to CW's three-pronged tagline attack of "Small fish. Big pond. Huge dreams." Wonder of wonders, though, this series sells its premise while only occasionally trying way too hard.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    PBS made all but the final two hours of Season 4 available for review. And while certainly not a slog, they end up being more than a bit saggy.... ownton Abbey has no scenes or sequences of knockout import during these first seven episodes.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Mom isn’t a comedic high point, even if one or more of its principal characters falls off the wagon during a ratings “sweeps” month. But it gets this particular job done with flair, vigor, a punchy script and two leads who make it all fairly addictive.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A show that can make you feel this way can't be all bad. Even if its clandestine millionaires can be more than a little grating.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    His [Kelsey Grammer's] center-ring performance pulls Boss along even when it gets bogged down. The supporting actors likewise are all capable, although Grammer's glower clearly is the series' tower of power.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Veep has some funny lines and sight gags during the course of doing its dirty Washington business.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    House of Lies' excesses tend to be counter-balanced by its overall look and feel. The production values are first-rate and the storytelling is crisp.

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