Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 796 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 Game of Thrones: Season 5
Lowest review score: 0 Total Blackout: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 483
  2. Negative: 0 out of 483
483 tv reviews
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Outcast is beautifully composed cinematically, with a conveniently nearby woods providing an extra layer of creepiness. By the end of the initial four episodes, a spellbinding hook has been set, with the mythology enticingly unfolding amid week-to-week new vistas in exorcism.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    On the surface at least, it's hard to imagine responding to CW's three-pronged tagline attack of "Small fish. Big pond. Huge dreams." Wonder of wonders, though, this series sells its premise while only occasionally trying way too hard.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Fox made the first two episodes available for review. They’re watchable but also sadly a little comical, with Jack again all clenched up while speaking in a gasping-for-air rasp or silently clenching his jaw.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    At least it's different, even though your basic "reality" competition trappings remain firmly in place.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    All in all, National Geo should be justifiably proud of this production, which serves Kartheiser well while also telling the companion stories of the people who got to Plymouth first.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s another nice original series try by Hulu in its efforts to someday play in the same league as fellow streamers Netflix and Amazon Prime. But as with Hulu’s ongoing 11.22.63, there’s just not enough in the tank to make the engine really hum.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Quantico moves along briskly without nailing down an overall believability.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The NBC series deteriorates from a graphic but promising first episode to a third hour that basically falls apart from any rational credibility standpoint.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Billions is full of itself in a good way, with Giamatti and Lewis dynamically leading the way while a solid supporting cast hangs in with them. The perplexities of stratospheric finance are not easily digested at times. But you’ll never be too far from another scene in which one or the other protagonist hits the spot and makes this latest Showtime series worth both your time and your money.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The premise is nothing new under the sun, which still exists. But it’s decently executed with enough periodic action and revelations to perhaps lure a decent-sized fan base.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    That initial heat from Season 1 has been lowered to room temperature. Kinnaman continues to give The Killing a pulse. But he can’t do it alone, and at this point merits a new, more vital vehicle in which he can really gun his engines.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    [The episodes] sequentially get better and deeper, with the tragic back stories of Athos and Aramis fueling hours three and four.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    So far it’s promising without being riveting, with the potential to be Facebook--or Myspace.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Clear History is amusing enough to pull a viewer through it, although those who haven’t yet acquired a taste for Curb might find it the equivalent of a pricey two-drink minimum without enough payback.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    These first two episodes are gut-busting, non-stop fun.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Mindy Project is a minor disappointment in light of all the accomplished guest stars populating its opening half-hour.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It clicks, crackles and arrests attention with a blend of compromised cops, assorted criminals and homier family values.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    HBO has done it again, investing in a project of substance and a lead actress who powers it home.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Empire, its flaws notwithstanding, looks as though it has the potential to be a mainstream success. It roars into view and keeps everything humming throughout its all-important first episode.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Jim Gaffigan Show showcases its star at his exasperated best, putting his now well-honed spin on the befuddled dad genre from which many a sitcom has supped.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Freak Show looks like a beauty, with a wealth of fascinating characters and a little smattering of heart helping to balance out the grisly appointed rounds of a so far unidentified clown with a hellish half-mask.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Edelstein’s pitch-perfect performance elevates Girlfriends’ Guide to one of the best new series of the season.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Anderson is quite good in the lead role, though, and Sasse nicely upholds his half of the equation. But No Tomorrow decidedly is not a step-up from either Crazy Ex-Girlfriend or Jane the Virgin.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Detour isn’t always in full command of its absurdities, but the killer lines keep coming.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A grossly uneven but still oft-scintillating mess-terpiece.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The producers of Pitch of course say that it’s a character-driven drama with baseball action in the mix but not a focal point of each weekly episode. Episode One, however, is appealingly diamond-centric, with Ginny’s travails and resolve (plus some well-chosen mood music) providing more than enough tension to engage even hardcore non-sports fans.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Despite its flaws, 11.22.63 ends up closing the deal in a way that for the most part makes it a long, strange time travel worth taking.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Creature Shop Challenge is inviting enough to merit another look. Not for its pro forma adherence to the “reality competition” handbook but for whatever creative hoops await its very eager group of contestants.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    For now, The Killing has made a very good re-start.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s a solid enough re-start to a series that Showtime already has renewed for two more seasons beyond this one.

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