Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 665 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 Louie: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Sex Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 394
  2. Negative: 0 out of 394
394 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Game of Silence does a pretty solid job of stitching together flashbacks and the ongoing efforts to get justice either by the book or by any means necessary. The strongest performance is by Raymond-James as the deeply tormented, trigger-tempered Gil.
    • 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.

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