Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 625 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 65% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 33% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 1 point higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Curious Case of Curt Flood
Lowest review score: 0 Coma
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 366
  2. Negative: 0 out of 366
366 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's all quite sturdily built and well-acted, with characters one cares about.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This one looks like a keeper but certainly not a sleeper. Lowe’s recent track record and pre-sold star power already make The Grinder a comedy of which much is expected--and so far delivered.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's all a lot to swallow, let alone digest. But Game of Thrones nonetheless is an undertaking worth applauding for its audacity if not always for its overall senses of direction or cohesion.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Major Crimes has the makings of a very sturdy reboot outfitted with a built-in philosophical debate over how justice is served. Supporting characters are newly invigorated, particularly Bailey's Provenza.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s a character study first and foremost, with a sure-handed sense of time and place.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Looking isn’t a comedy, but it’s much bouncier on its feet. Not slap-happy, but comfortable in its own skin as the three principals.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    These guys know what they’re doing. And this time they’re doing it with a welcome edge in rousing, ribald times.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    They have more than enough laugh out loud moments to justify this completely unexpected return trip to Camp Firewood, circa the summer of 1981.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    All in all, National Geo should be justifiably proud of this production, which serves Kartheiser well while also telling the companion stories of the people who got to Plymouth first.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Gotham feels like a larger-than-life event. The challenge will be to build on that--or at the very least hold steady.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Kurt Sutter, SOA's creative mastermind, has kept the scripts tight and the action invigorating.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Life in Pieces offers some very good reasons to walk on the wild side and let the laughs come without any in-show inducements. Whether that’s still asking too much is one of the new season’s more intriguing open questions.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Viewers are advised to stay with Grace and Frankie and watch it both blossom and bear fruit. It’s not a great, game-changing series by any means. At least not yet.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Not everything lands squarely on target in the first three half-hours of Documentary Now!. But there are enough moments--and quite a lot of them in Episode 3--to keep this ambitious enterprise on track and well worth a roll ‘em.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Together they'll be the brains and brawn of this operation in times when the broadcast networks aren't particularly interested in take-charge men with acquired tastes for pounding the hell out of bad guys--or shooting them in their thighs. Thanks. We maybe needed that.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Saldana carries the full load throughout. Her skepticism grows--as does her performance--in tandem with her belly before it all boils over into a full-out escape plan.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Suits is made of somewhat sterner stuff than other USA originals. But it always gets down to how well the lead characters hold up. Once again, it looks as though we have a winner on a network that knows what it's all about while big brother NBC keeps stumbling on TV's main stage of actors and their roles.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Longmire, with spacious New Mexico standing in for Wyoming as the series' production base, makes a solid overall first impression without rising to the level of critical huzzahs.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Empire, its flaws notwithstanding, looks as though it has the potential to be a mainstream success. It roars into view and keeps everything humming throughout its all-important first episode.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It works surprisingly well as sort of a Community in camouflage fronted by a teacher figure and his hapless platoon.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Wayward Pines looks as though it has the potential to rise above its false starts while grippingly spooling out truths that are “worse than anything you could even imagine.”
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    As galvanizing hours of television go, this isn’t Mad Men with a bang. It’s more like beginning a closing 100 meter dash somewhere in between a slow trot and a false start. But surely things will pick up.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's a lot to process, and at times too much to take. Still, Horror Story often is a wonder.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Maslany shows no signs of running down during the very challenging assignment of playing a wealth of disparate characters. But Orphan Black’s twists, turns and veers are getting increasingly harder to keep down--and impossible to swallow whole.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The reboot, with only Episode 1 to go by, looks like a noble, educational and decidedly visual effort that can only be enhanced by the HD crystal clarity that Sagan never had a chance to behold.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    [The episodes] sequentially get better and deeper, with the tragic back stories of Athos and Aramis fueling hours three and four.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine, with its solid supporting cast aiding and abetting Samberg, has a so far/so good first outing that rises above the majority of this season’s new fall comedies.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The two principals in You’re The Worst at least are vigorously and often amusingly cynical. And over the course of the first two episodes sent for review, it even becomes possible to empathize with them--if only just a little.

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