Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 727 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 Broadchurch: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Brand X With Russell Brand: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 437
  2. Negative: 0 out of 437
437 tv reviews
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    TNT's brighter, shinier Dallas makes an impressively staged re-entrance Wednesday night.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The dialogue crackles and the first featured case (in Episode 2) is buoyed by a guest appearance from Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope) as a very self-assured prosecutor.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In the end, Phil Spector succeeds on the strength of its two marquee thespians. Mirren is wonderful throughout, Pacino scores in double figures and they have enough scenes together to make it all well worth your while.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Despite some shortcomings, Hemingway & Gellhorn rates as time and money well-spent.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Solid writing and even sharper delivery (all without an intrusive laugh track) make this one of the season’s upper tier freshman comedies.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is a concept that so far doesn’t lack for execution. Last Man On Earth has no chance at all to be a blockbuster in league with Fox’s new Empire. But it’s another distinctive example of what the Big Four broadcast networks should dare and do.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Not everything meshes perfectly. But far more often than not, House of Cards remains an absorbing tale of high-level government dysfunction populated by double-dealers who hold their aces under the table.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Americans remains one of television’s very best drama series. Still, this season so far is not up to the fly-high level of the first two.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Detour isn’t always in full command of its absurdities, but the killer lines keep coming.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Time of Death breathes new life into a handful who chose otherwise. And with this series, they also chose pretty wisely.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    After a ridiculous opening bit--in which Maya recklessly drives the entire family to a restaurant whose 50 percent off coupon will expire in three minutes--both Driver and the show settle into a solid and for the most part amusing groove.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Angie Tribeca, starring Rashida Jones (Parks and Recreation) in the title role, is hysterical at times, amusing in others and never far from a sight gag or throwaway line.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A&E's Bates Motel is both mesmerizing and sometimes absurd in its rewind to Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) as a repressed 17-year-old.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The History network, in on-air partnership with Lifetime and A&E, has brought forth a Roots that stands tall on its own, but without surpassing the production that once gripped a nation and should still be seen by viewers of all ages.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is a firmly grounded and compelling drama that’s both ripe for lampooning on Saturday Night Life and rich in story possibilities. Its us-against-them template holds solid over the first five episodes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s a solidly told whodunit with a payoff that’s worth your investment.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It clicks, crackles and arrests attention with a blend of compromised cops, assorted criminals and homier family values.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s bright, sharp, without a laugh track and with a very well assembled ensemble cast headed by Ari Graynor in the Diaz role of a gold-digging, dumped divorcee looking to land another big fish.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s all very, very ambitious, with hits that keep on coming while storyline misses seem to be almost beside the point. Vinyl is thoroughly rousing at its core, a crazed, dope-filled, sometimes dopey trip that begins in 1973 and has nothing in common with the earlier, comparatively sedate decade brought to you by AMC’s Mad Men.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is way too well-made a series to be dubbed a "guilty pleasure," even if a sizable percentage of the audience may watch purely for the visceral thrills of all that weekly bloodletting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A smart, sedate Canadian production imported by ABC for a summertime run.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Murder in the First looks to have sturdy underpinnings. Bochco at this point has been around too long to learn entirely new tricks. Still, this is easily his best new series since NYPD Blue tried to break molds more than two decades ago.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The joy of last season’s discovery has given way to a hope that Rectify’s continued strong performances won’t be snuffed out by a steady downbeat of characters’ lives further unraveling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Overall impression: look for them [the episodes] to get better, stronger and funnier.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Blunt Talk’s overall absurdity at times over-reaches and grabs viewers too hard by the throat. Still, its excesses are offset by enough inspired lunacy to carry the day.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Billions is full of itself in a good way, with Giamatti and Lewis dynamically leading the way while a solid supporting cast hangs in with them. The perplexities of stratospheric finance are not easily digested at times. But you’ll never be too far from another scene in which one or the other protagonist hits the spot and makes this latest Showtime series worth both your time and your money.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Life's Too Short is an acquired taste worth acquiring.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Affair for now has done its job by tantalizingly baiting its hook. The solid performances by its four principals further heighten both the drama and the expectations.

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