Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 623 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 Show Me a Hero
Lowest review score: 0 Sex Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 364
  2. Negative: 0 out of 364
364 tv reviews
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Hanks himself book-ends this serviceable, talking heads/illustrative clips treatise with a pair of all-encompassing quotes.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Flash pushes most of the right buttons with its engaging first episode. It’s alternately action-packed, character-driven and poignant, with dashes of humor here and there.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Despite all the aforementioned intrigues, The Borgias so far isn't quite as bawdy, foul-minded or over the top as its predecessor. It moves more deliberately, sometimes a bit ploddingly.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Gregg’s resurrected Coulson so far is the much-needed glue, lending a familiar presence and sturdy countenance.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Stephen Colbert’s better half generally has been the second halves of his still formative show.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Life Is But A Dream in reality doesn't give all that much. Still, it's a watchable film for those who just can't get enough of a pop music jewel to behold who's still just 31 and likely not even in her prime yet.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It all gets pretty involving in time. Based on the first three hours, this is a sturdy production from a producer/scriptwriter (Chris Chibnall) whose well-appointed credits include Torchwood, Doctor Who and the United Kingdom version of Law & Order.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Comedians is a decently prepared entree with just enough bursts of flavor.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's obviously not for the squeamish, nor perhaps for the refined. But it's al-i-i-i-i-i-ve in so many ways. So what the hell, let's rock.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's a long pull that can be fun and funny--and more than a wee bit tedious.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Fox is pairing Minority Report with an amped-up second season of Gotham while sending former Monday night incumbent Sleepy Hollow to Thursdays. It looks like a solid one-two punch of crisp, stylized cop dramas that are visually resplendent without losing sight of character development.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Chicago P.D. looks as though it’s going to walk its beat for a while.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    At least it's different, even though your basic "reality" competition trappings remain firmly in place.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It goes down pretty easy if you'd like to set down for a spell with a disarmingly pleasant little down-home melodrama.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The grins and angst menu serves Casual well at times, but perhaps not well enough to keep a majority of first-time samplers coming back for more.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Watsons Go to Birmingham is well-meaning to a fault and would play well as a teaching tool in elementary school classrooms.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is a genuinely scary and unsettling series.
    • 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.”
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Clear History is amusing enough to pull a viewer through it, although those who haven’t yet acquired a taste for Curb might find it the equivalent of a pricey two-drink minimum without enough payback.
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The problem, at least for now, is whether the show can find a happy medium between sharpening itself without resorting to any crude or unduly cutting humor. These first two episodes are watchable enough.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Its lead characters for the most part are appealing and accessible, even if their machinations aren’t always well-oiled.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Chaos can be amusing in spots, although it's hard to envision it as a long-distance runner. It might be housing a breakout star, though [in James Murray].
    • 44 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Hand of God’s strengths are its elongated scenes, enabling the characters ample time to play off one another.... The wheels keep turning but can take too long to get rolling while the plot hits some ruts in the road.
    • 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.

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