Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 767 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 1.5 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 Broadchurch: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Ja'mie: Private School Girl: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 469
  2. Negative: 0 out of 469
469 tv reviews
    • 89 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Sunday night's sixth season opener, "Meet the Blacks," is a gem from start to finish. Two subsequent episodes sent for review aren't as finely tuned, but still get high passing grades.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    As a fan from the start, I didn't love it, but liked it well enough.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Absent the trappings of official power and high-stakes infighting by Selina and her team, the very blue banter at times seems both juvenile and excessive. ... The open question is whether Veep can sustain itself as a comedy about a festering ex-president who’s desperate to remain relevant in civilian life. But it seems likely.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Based on these first five episodes, The Americans shows every sign of maintaining if not exceeding the high bar it set in Season 1.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s a remarkable piece of filmmaking that fully rises to the occasion of its remarkable subjects. Television’s new season is upon us, but this is an achievement for all seasons.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The four episodes made available for review keep Veep in its wheel house of low comedy executed at a high level.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's FX scoring again with another out of the box, jump-in-your-face series that most assuredly isn't for everyone but most definitely knows what it's doing.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Weiner’s end-game for his leading man does not appear to be brightly lit. Nor is Season 6 of Mad Men off to a particularly sparkling start creatively while we wait for the worst to come.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's a distinctive, signature series from a decidedly singular voice.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    True Detective is a marvel of craftsmanship, storytelling and performances through these first three hours made available for review.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In the end, it may be the most fun you'll ever have with a Ken Burns film.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Wolf Hall has its moments if you have the endurance to wait for them.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Sing Your Song ends up being more than a little too self-indulgent and one-noted. Abundant archival footage is in part a saving grace, though.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Performance is never a problem for the cast of Masters of Sex. Caplan, Sheen and the supporting players keep everything humming in the best new drama of the fall season. You’ll want to watch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The new Fargo bobs, weaves and occasionally unravels a bit. Still, it’s never less than entrancing, with the recurring panoramic shots of an unforgiving deep freeze serving as stolid supporting characters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    For the most part, though, You’re the Worst keeps clicking as a decidedly “adult” look at thirtysomething infantilism.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Show Me a Hero hides its agenda in plain sight. It could stand to pick up the pace at times. But this journey to the promised land for some and tragedy for others is by and large expertly crafted and intrinsically important.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan isn’t afraid to let it all air out at a measured pace. But Better Call Saul is still avoiding the pitfalls of simply running in place. Instead, great expectations remain intact for a Season 2 that so far continues to make its mark by delivering just a little at a time.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It has Emmy caliber performances from its two leads and an authenticity that won't quit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    They thoroughly come alive in this instant classic about show biz addiction and rejection.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Normal Heart grows in poignancy as characters we’ve come to know are affected or afflicted by AIDS.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The pace hasn’t quickened. Nor does the storyline congeal. Instead, Sunday’s re-opener builds to a terrifically poignant finish accompanied by music that likewise cries out in pain.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It is an extraordinarily intelligent and compelling look at racial dynamics and polarities.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In the end, the only open question (from a crime solving standpoint) is whether this indeed is the finale for Broadchurch. Creator, writer, executive producer Chris Chibnall emphatically says that it is. If that’s really so, Season 3 acquits itself exceedingly well.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    [The first four episodes of Season 2 available for review are] riveting from the first minute, with stellar, resonant performances driving a story with a high fiber content.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is an incredible film that never releases its hold on viewers.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The disparate detectives of The Killing may have their own means and methods of getting to the bottom of this. But the overall air of believability is palpable from the start. All the better for taking a deep breath and diving right in.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    You won't find a better rendering of time and place anywhere else on the sprawling TV landscape. This is still the real deal, through and through.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Girls above all is about uncomfortable creatures. That can be a helluva thing to watch at times. But still very see-worthy.

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