Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 481 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 0.3 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 Masters of Sex: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Breaking In: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 271
  2. Negative: 0 out of 271
271 tv reviews
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Gilligan and company keep on pushing Breaking Bad to new highs.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In these first three episodes, it shows no signs of getting stale.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    FX sent the first five half-hours for review, and they're all gems.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The first four episodes of Season 4 are a little weak downstairs while still remaining at or near the top of the TV comedy class.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's compelling, enthralling and steeped in current realities.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is the series that puts Amazon Prime on the map, if not yet on the same level with competing streamer Netflix.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Broadchurch, with its recurring crashing waves wiping some slates clean, is thoroughly captivating from start to finish.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The fun is in the snappy dialogue and the impeccable actors delivering it.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Game of Thrones seems to be getting better all the time judging from the four episodes sent for review. It’s just that it also seems to be taking longer and longer to get there in the interests of servicing all the returning and new characters in play.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It keeps going about its business, getting better than ever each season with a restrained but gripping approach that's also sure to wear well decades from now.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Louis C.K. shoots from the lip and keeps scoring. The beauty is the seeming ease with which he does this. And the knowledge of how hard it really is.
    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Orange Is the New Black remains a vibrantly hued, singular achievement. Darkly dramatic and comedically spiked, it deals in the dehumanization and restoration of both guards and inmates.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Masters of Sex is without question in Mad Men’s league as a period drama that looks inward, outward and unsteadily ahead. The performances of Sheen, Caplan, Janney and Bridges rival those in any ongoing TV series.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    McDormand's portrayal of Olive Kitteridge is even more accomplished, in turns aggravating and affecting while always seeming just right. Jenkins is likewise superb.... This is a nuanced, slowly simmering look at bent and spindled lives molded by previous bent and spindled lives. The bright spots are there, but never glowing. Self-realization is the payoff.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It has Emmy caliber performances from its two leads and an authenticity that won't quit.
    • 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.

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