Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 769 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 American Horror Story: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 Breaking In: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 470
  2. Negative: 0 out of 470
470 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Murder in the First looks to have sturdy underpinnings. Bochco at this point has been around too long to learn entirely new tricks. Still, this is easily his best new series since NYPD Blue tried to break molds more than two decades ago.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It packs a lot of intriguing plot threads into its first hour while also brimming with money-on-the-screen production values.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It has the makings of a damned fine weekly hour of good vs. evil, with Quaid against Chiklis as the crowd-pleasing main event.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Lines like ""Did you feel that? It was like the Fourth of July in my mouth." help to make Lost Girl see-worthy without taking it to the level of must-see.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Riverdale can be overwrought at times and even too transparently politically correct at others. But it’s also crisply entertaining and particularly well-cast with respect to the pivotal roles of Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Be assured that answers will be forthcoming before Loch Ness comes to a halt. Still, there are several too many side trips and attendant altercations before the big reveals.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Viewers get to see what they've all got and what some of it is worth. Which continues to be addictive viewing in itself as the hoarder, pawn shop and abandoned storage unit shows just keep piling up.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    In the end, all of this may amount to little more than a one-trick dog and pony show. But Gann can be irresistibly gross at times while Wood is good at being hapless. Together they sometimes make quite a comedy team. Almost as good as Turner & Hooch.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    A surprisingly solid sitcom that for the most part keeps its balance amid one absurdity after another.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Solid writing and even sharper delivery (all without an intrusive laugh track) make this one of the season’s upper tier freshman comedies.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    HBO subscribers thereby are the beneficiaries of a film with star power and staying power. It won’t surprise you with its outcome--or for the most part, how it gets there. But it may well have more of an impact than anticipated.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s not a game-changer or first-rate through and through. But it is an interesting and very nicely acted look at online daters meeting for the first time.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Too Big to Fail effectively follows the money while humanizing most of the moneychangers.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Helix isn’t always laughable, though, and at times can be pretty gripping. The makeup and props departments also have done their jobs well. But can this story sustain itself for 13 hours within a claustrophobic frozen outpost? Crises and mini-revelations are dispensed with the frequency of commercial breaks.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Stuck on hyper-drive and stuffed with hyperbole, Mankind: The Story of All of Us is history a-go-go from a programmer that used to obey a few speed limits.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Method to the Madness is adroitly packaged and probably not all that less less flattering than a PBS American Masters portrait might have been.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Ben and Kate can be a bit grating and certainly isn't all together great. But its small ensemble--which also includes Ben's pal, Tommy (Echo Kellum)--is clicking pretty well for starters.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Ozark makes its bones via Bateman’s solid work, another reliably strong performance from Linney and an intriguing if sometimes over-populated immorality play that tantalizingly firms its grip.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Longmire, with spacious New Mexico standing in for Wyoming as the series' production base, makes a solid overall first impression without rising to the level of critical huzzahs.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Once one gets past the gruesome goings-on in Episode One, it’s full tilt ahead in a crazily appetizing tale that’s easily swallowed whole.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Three episodes deep, there’s an appetite for more, but not a ravenous one. Taboo could develop into a whale of a tale once Delaney is fully seen in his earlier element.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    You’ll likely at least be grinning, if not sometimes laughing out loud. Because after a halting start, the amusements are plentiful during the three half-hours made available for review.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It's both a promising and foreboding series, with class warfare an ever-present force that wants no part of any idealized forms of truth, justice and the American way.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    When We Rise is an enriching, bonafide TV event of the first order and also powerful enough to change more than a few entrenched minds.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    One viewer’s bad taste is another’s comedy gold. And Man Seeking Woman arguably has just enough going for it to merit a further investment in its remaining eight episodes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Real truths invariably come out, and this is a film that convincingly rings with them.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Leoni is fine in the title role and Daly is thoroughly dutiful as her heaven-sent husband. But the accomplished Neuwirth is little seen in the first hour while Ivanek is getting stuck in a rut of playing basically the same character over and over. What’s missing from Madame Secretary is an overriding reason to keep watching. Nothing really crackles so far.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Despite all the aforementioned intrigues, The Borgias so far isn't quite as bawdy, foul-minded or over the top as its predecessor. It moves more deliberately, sometimes a bit ploddingly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Go On obviously won't be off the charts ratings-wise, as Friends was for most of its run. It might settle in, though, with Perry still a solidly capable comedic actor looking to nest a while.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Charming and disarming without yet being exceptional, NBC’s breezy A to Z nonetheless comfortably wins this season’s boy-meets-girl bout against ABC’s similarly themed Manhattan Love Story.

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