Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 703 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 1.2 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 66
Highest review score: 100 The Americans: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Perfect Couples: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 421
  2. Negative: 0 out of 421
421 tv reviews
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is still a quality, provocative series that’s unlike any other and has already been renewed for Season 4. But much work needs to be done during the off-season--beginning with restoring an ominous sense of disorder and peril in a place that’s gone more than a little too soft and soapy.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The History network, in on-air partnership with Lifetime and A&E, has brought forth a Roots that stands tall on its own, but without surpassing the production that once gripped a nation and should still be seen by viewers of all ages.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Time of Death breathes new life into a handful who chose otherwise. And with this series, they also chose pretty wisely.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Jackie Robinson connects all of these dots and gives a far fuller picture of the man than the pedestrian 2013 feature film 42 or 1950’s The Jackie Robinson Story, in which Jackie played himself opposite Ruby Dee as Rachel.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Douglas, Damon and company put on a crowd-pleaser that even Liberace couldn’t top during all those many-splendored stage performances. A film that could have been so very bad turns out to be pretty mah-velous.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The drought-stricken, spirit-sapping Great Plains of the 1930s get the lyrical and learned Burns treatment.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It may be quite a challenge to keep up the pace and the quality. But the bet here is that these guys will find ways to keep making it all work for them.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Whatever your viewing regimen, Honorable Woman is highly recommended for its distinctive approach, bravura performances, overall digestibility and, yes, degree of difficulty.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Although its principal supporting players are first-rate, Rectify would be lost in transition without Young’s stellar work in the lead role. It’s a fearless, fully immersed, Emmy caliber performance tinged with sadness, searching, primitive pleasures and even a little comedy.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The first season of TNT's Dallas reboot was far better than many had anticipated. These early stages of Season 2 likewise keep the faith.
    • 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Night Manager stands tall as a stand-alone gem that elevates the cat-and-mouse game without ever entrapping itself. Bravo.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    So far it's the televised documentary film of the year, with its truths stranger than fiction from opening move to checkmate.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s all quite enthralling and majestic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s a film that asks a lot from West and Bonham Carter, who deliver time and again in roles that could have eaten them alive. Instead we feast.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    All involved are dedicated to the cause of making Vikings one of television’s most striking series. It’s also emerged as one of the best, evolving from a guilty pleasure at first to a first-rate tale of substance and even subtlety mixed with the cold steel of primal warfare.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Given the otherworldly circumstances, it all moves along quite logically and at a brisk pace that leaves dawdling for dead. There’s no flabby midsection here, just one major development after another. The fight scenes are well-choreographed and frequent. And the twists are imaginative while also being grounded in the grim realities of this ramped-up universe.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Kurt Sutter, SOA's creative mastermind, has kept the scripts tight and the action invigorating.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Viewers craving a satisfying gourmet meal rather than another summertime "reality" Moon Pie are urged to make The Hour a Wednesday night ritual for the next six weeks.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Jane the Virgin tries to walk a tightrope between comedy and poignancy. It sometimes teeters, but Rodriguez is perfectly calibrated throughout.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Season 2 so far is still a watchable feast of decayed human flesh and frayed nerve endings.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Not everything meshes perfectly. But far more often than not, House of Cards remains an absorbing tale of high-level government dysfunction populated by double-dealers who hold their aces under the table.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Divorced Sam Fox (Pamela Adlon) fights most of her battles on the domestic front in FX’s wonderfully biting Better Things.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Schilling, Prepon and Mulgrew are uniformly terrific throughout, whether in prison garb or flashback civilian clothes. But other characters are equally compelling, giving this series innumerable stories to tell for hopefully many seasons to come. Based on the first six of 13 episodes, Orange is the New Black has passed virtually every test with flying colors.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    After a ridiculous opening bit--in which Maya recklessly drives the entire family to a restaurant whose 50 percent off coupon will expire in three minutes--both Driver and the show settle into a solid and for the most part amusing groove.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Much of the performance footage is phenomenal in that respect. But in two hours time, the film could have dug deeper rather than coming to a screeching halt that almost rivals its subject’s high-pitched stage wails.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It sometimes lapses into the abundant cliches of its genre. Pound for pound, though, you won't see many better dramas this season. Gloves on or off, it keeps scoring points.

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