Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 475 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 2% same as the average critic
  • 32% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Prohibition: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Breaking In: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 268
  2. Negative: 0 out of 268
268 tv reviews
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Goldbergs is amusing in fits and spurts before ending on several sweet notes--including REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling.”
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s not nearly in [Modern Family's] league, though--at least not now and likely not ever. Still, Akerman is reason enough to buy in for at least a few episodes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Michael J. Fox Show shows signs of deteriorating into a too sitcom-y enterprise with occasional flashes of smart writing and situations.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    There are a lot of moving parts and agendas here, but The Originals does a pretty good job of stitching them all together by the end of its first hour.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Once Upon A Time In Wonderland is very nice to look at, particularly in homes that have upgraded from rabbit ears. Its speaking parts, though, are sometimes better heard at low volume.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The first five episodes of Dracula, although unwieldy and murky at times, flex just enough storytelling power to keep the juices flowing.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Killing Kennedy easily could have been twice its length, the better to add both nuance and context. Instead it’s a watchable film with many missing parts, a broadly drawn Classics Illustrated version of what happened and why.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Chicago P.D. looks as though it’s going to walk its beat for a while.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The whole enterprise is alternately laughable and affecting without committing the eighth deadly sin of being boring.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Kinnear carries himself ably, and his character’s amiable rogue presence wears fairly well for starters. The long haul may be problematic, though.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    At its best is dumb fun. Johnny, Hank and rookie EMT Brian of course keep making a fine mess of things. They also mesh together pretty well in a series that bracingly is without a detracting laugh track.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The first two episodes flex a fair amount of pulling power, even though nothing really jumps off the page. The series could use a more galvanizing, take-charge sleuth than Epps portrays.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The mood music in Crisis can be over-wrought at times--and downright over-bearing when a male vocalist breaks into “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child.” But the first two hours are nicely paced and eventful, with the ad hoc partnership between Marcus and an initially resistant Susie gaining traction as the stakes increase.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Undateable airs in times when summer series aren’t always the throwaways they used to be. This may not be a keeper but it may well grow on viewers rather than wear on them.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Tyrant strives to be big, momentous and powerful. But while sometimes jabbing to good effect, it lacks a heavyweight’s punch.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Taxi Brooklyn turns out to be better than expected escapist fare, even if Leo still isn’t charging Cat anything for all those extended, often high-speed trips. He seems to know all the shortcuts. She takes it from there.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    There’s a bit of a free-form Arrested Development vibe in play, but not enough to elevate Working the Engels to anywhere near that level.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Partners has its share of clunkers, but Lawrence and Grammer retain their comedic timing while also pairing up nicely.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Outlander is beautifully shot throughout, which somewhat makes up for some of the early tedium. It may not ever rise to the level of enthralling. But by the second episode, the story at hand is flexing a firmer grip.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Killing still has some pulling power, even if the initial thrill of Season 1 is long since gone.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Legends is too pockmarked with standard issue dialogue and situations to merit any awards for the series as a whole. But Bean, who this time is assured of staying vertical, might have enough pop in his performance to break on through.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Although the acting can be a bit mechanical, Syfy’s Z Nation may have enough pop, intrigue and indispensable gore to serve as more than a mere placeholder for AMC’s The Walking Dead.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Red Band Society has enough lightness of being and appealing characters to counterbalance its overall sobering premise.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Charming and disarming without yet being exceptional, NBC’s breezy A to Z nonetheless comfortably wins this season’s boy-meets-girl bout against ABC’s similarly themed Manhattan Love Story.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Whatever its traditional trappings, The McCarthys is buoyed by Metcalf’s always solid work and Ritter’s boyish appeal amid a capable, energetic ensemble. Some of the lines are amusing and even the clinkers don’t land too hard.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It has its moments and is well-appointed with seasoned actors who know how to hit their marks. So if you like Hot In Cleveland, then by all means stick around.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    You'll likely guess every development at least a minute or two beforehand. But Peterman's enthusiasm for her role is tangibly contagious, making it possible that a decent percentage of opening night viewers might RSVP in the affirmative to this show's overall "Ya'll come back, ya hear" motif.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The semi-dreaded but not altogether unwelcome "not terrible" tag is visited upon CBS' latest Monday night comedy entry.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The newcomer is unlikely to provoke much dinner table conversation, but goes down easily enough while trying not to leave any really bitter aftertastes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    But oh the machinations. And diversions. And overly long, leisurely scenes that keep sinking Game of Thrones into a quicksand of its own making.

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