Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 847 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 1.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 The Americans: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Sex Box: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 519
  2. Negative: 0 out of 519
519 tv reviews
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Gilligan and company keep on pushing Breaking Bad to new highs.
    • 97 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Be assured there’s still nothing else like it--on FX or anywhere else. Atlanta depicts “The Black Experience” without preachments, but with pride of authorship.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The first four episodes sent for review give every indication that this all-new story with mostly new characters will reach if not surpass FX’s first time around with Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odenkirk, Keith Carradine, etc.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Americans in my view is the best TV drama of this season. It excels to even greater degrees on levels large and small, with the intimate details of human interaction mixing with the humanity-at-stake, cloak and dagger goings-on that keep Philip and Elizabeth tenuously on point.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Season 5 of The Americans almost assuredly will round into form after a rather sluggish start compared to previous returns. In the initial three hours, the plot both thickens and sometimes congeals.
    • 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
    Frankly, a little boredom sets in at times. ... How The Americans resolves their fates will be key to whether this series is remembered as a superbly rendered morality tale or a distinct disappointment after setting its bar so high. Season 6 so far is rife with both possibilities.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Americans remains one of television’s very best drama series. Still, this season so far is not up to the fly-high level of the first two.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It can be heavy-handed at times while also being overly tethered to somber narration from the renamed Offred (series star Elisabeth Moss), who used to be June.
    • 92 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
    Louie begins Season 5 in great and oftentimes phenomenal shape.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Epic in scope, basic in motivations, it will fill the next 10 Sundays with “appointment viewing” of the highest realm.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A polished jewel of the genre starring an actor-comedian who has seized this opportunity and soared with it.
    • 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
    This is HBO’s best “limited series” since Angels in America, which in 2004 won all of the major Emmy awards in its category.
    • 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
    Atlanta is very distinctively [Glover's] baby through and through.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Thoroughly absorbing through the first six episodes made available for review, it fully lives up to the FX come-on: “You Don’t Know the Half of It.”
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In its scope and a mostly impeccable selection of images, quotes and anecdotes (Ho Chi Minh once worked as a New York city pastry chef), The Vietnam War boldly and bravely stands its ground and almost assuredly will stand the test of time. Its story is told in affectingly human terms by the mostly unheralded men and women who bled, died and survived.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The starkest and grimmest yet with its depictions of migrant worker and teen girl trafficking. ... So as with When We Rise, applause, applause--even if it sometimes feels like one hand clapping.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Rectify can be both hypnotic and heart-wrenching for viewers who have invested in these characters throughout the first two seasons. Season 1 remains the high point, though, and there doesn’t seem to be much time left to scale some of those peaks again.
    • 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.

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