Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 533 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 0.4 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 65
Highest review score: 100 American Crime: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Total Blackout: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 309
  2. Negative: 0 out of 309
309 tv reviews
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    [A] very amusing and splendidly acted comedy about what happens when an American television network mucks up a long-running, award-laden British hit.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Cinema Verite's strength is in dramatizing the off-camera seductions and betrayals that led to the Louds being vilified in many quarters before the entire family went on The Dick Cavett Show to both tell their side of the story and confront filmmaker Craig Gilbert.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In the end, fans of well-paced political potboilers will find much to like about Game Change. As will those who simply want to be entertained by a crackling good melodrama.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Thursday's series premiere ends up being watchable but not really something to phone your friends about.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This film is much more than that. From the boyish exuberance of Ben Affleck’s and Matt Damon’s joint 1998 acceptance speech to Hanks’ anecdote about a hard-of-hearing Bette Davis, this is a rich-bodied appetizer for TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar main course.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Flash pushes most of the right buttons with its engaging first episode. It’s alternately action-packed, character-driven and poignant, with dashes of humor here and there.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Tennant and Colman still command center stage, but not without considerable help from the incoming fellow thespians. Under these circumstances, It’s not a case of the more the merrier. Instead it’s an even richer recipe for a seriously dramatic series that already had an A-game in place.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (The Black List, The Latino List) might have done well to just keep the camera on [Carmen Dell'Orefice] and let everyone else hit the cutting room floor. But other former supermodels are quite interesting as well, among them Isabella Rossellini, Jerry Hall, Paulina Porizkova, Carol Alt, China Machado, Marisa Berenson and Lisa Taylor.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Arrow may not be a-point-ment television. But for starters at least, it's a sharper little tale than expected.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Although affecting at times, Parade's End tends to congeal rather than gel.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Those who swoon at the name Marvel are likely to be entertained anew by a short-run series that pushes all those familiar buttons before the next feature film attraction kicks in with bigger stars, bolder visuals, better battles and a tease for the next one.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The five episodes I’ve seen have enough small pleasures to carry them to their finish lines. Just don’t expect to be blown away.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Outlander is beautifully shot throughout, which somewhat makes up for some of the early tedium. It may not ever rise to the level of enthralling. But by the second episode, the story at hand is flexing a firmer grip.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    PBS made all but the final two hours of Season 4 available for review. And while certainly not a slog, they end up being more than a bit saggy.... ownton Abbey has no scenes or sequences of knockout import during these first seven episodes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Veep has some funny lines and sight gags during the course of doing its dirty Washington business.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Welcome to Sweden is more charming and amusing than laugh-out-loud funny. But its charms are considerable and the overall premise is bracingly unique.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Seduced and Abandoned doesn’t always stay on track, but nonetheless never derails. It’s both a romp and a stomp, with Cannes the go-between.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Dear Mom, Love Cher is both a pleasant and evocative way to spend an hour.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Ripper Street is pretty ripping good for the most part.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is a concept that so far doesn’t lack for execution. Last Man On Earth has no chance at all to be a blockbuster in league with Fox’s new Empire. But it’s another distinctive example of what the Big Four broadcast networks should dare and do.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Overall impression: look for them [the episodes] to get better, stronger and funnier.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Under the Dome parlays solid special effects and an intriguing storyline, giving CBS’ a bracing breeze of fresh air during a summer season that previously has been a playground for Big Brother and “procedural” crime series reruns.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    By the end of Episode 4, subtitled “It’s Not For Everyone,” the series is earning its mettle as a truly macabre, chilling and rousing war of attrition in which the winner will either take all or stop hell on earth in its bloody tracks.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s a solidly told whodunit with a payoff that’s worth your investment.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Principally armed with Ritter and Van Der Beek, [series' creator/executive producer/writer, Nahnatchka Khan] makes Don't Trust the B a find if not a treasure just yet.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Vikings enthrallingly captures the world of Norsemen and oarsmen, circa 793 in the Eastern Baltic but soon heading West to England.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Maron, 49, seems to be effortlessly gliding through his angst, laughing only rarely while giving viewers far more reason to do so.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    For now, Levy is an OK mix of insolence and vulnerability, Hines is her usual hoot and Sisto shows signs of being nimble on his feet in an arena where he's still learning the ropes.

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