Uncle Barky's Scores

  • TV
For 951 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 67% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 30% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 0.6 points higher than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average TV Show review score: 67
Highest review score: 100 When We Rise
Lowest review score: 0 Breaking In: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Mixed: 0 out of 583
  2. Negative: 0 out of 583
583 tv reviews
    • 51 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The script very occasionally crackles when not making a fool of itself with lines like, “Badge or no badge, I’ll always come after scum like you.” Most of the better lines go to Bishop when confronting Hollister about his overall comportment. Deputy otherwise is never too far from an action scene replete with automatic weapons fire.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is one hell of a hellish slog toward a redemption that isn’t really earned, given what Ebenezer once did to Bob Cratchit’s desperate wife, a woman of color played by Vinette Robinson.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It’s not always an optimum blend of merriment and miscreants. Still, The Moodys earns its candy cane stripes as a Christmas mini-series with bite.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    It smoothly goes through its paces, with Hunt and Reiser engaged and looking happy to be together again. The “plots,” such as they are, tend to be mostly thin soup.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Haggard’s performance (she’s also a co-writer) is a marvel, whether she’s exuding vulnerability or dishing the sass. Used and abused but never quite de-fused, she propels Back to Life to the top tier of this season’s newcomers, with ample help from a crackerjack ensemble.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Aniston fully takes command and registers the best “serious” performance of her career while Witherspoon and Carell also are fully and convincingly invested. It all makes for a series that is anything but sunny side up.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Visually entrancing, pointedly provocative and all over the place in time and space, Watchmen might make even David Lynch drop his jaw at times.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Despite its varying trials and travails, Modern Love strives for an overall feel-good vibe that isn’t always entirely earned. For the most part, it’s gentle on the mind and soothing to the nerves in times when The New York Times front page is a steady drumbeat of downers.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Batwoman sometimes drops the ball. It’s a brand name with several new twists. But it also can seem like another one off the assembly line.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Standout performances and what looks to be a sure-fire, durable premise give Fox’s Almost Family the key ingredients of a potentially long-running, soapy serial drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    There’s no laugh track involved in any of this, which is heartening. And Goggins fares fairly well in this very tamped-down mode, even if a number of his previous characters clearly would want to choke Wade Felton to death.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Wednesday’s premiere episode veers back and forth story-wise almost as crazily as the show-starting wild ride. ... That’s the overall point and thrust of Stumptown, where a woman drinks, fights and has sex on her terms in the same manner numerous men did in an assembly line of earlier ABC action dramas.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 42 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Literally nothing jells in this ham-handed first half-hour, and it may already be too late for full-blown emergency surgery. Still, Carol’s Second Act could well get a decent tune-in due to Heaton’s mere presence.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Investing in ABC’s Emergence looks like it could be a winning proposition. And even if the suspense and premise begin to sag, there’s always Allison Tolman to keep hope alive. ... Tolman’s performance is thoroughly grounded.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 67 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The two lead performances make me want to see more. ... Prodigal Son is more than several cuts below that Oscar-lauded classic. Still, it’s better than chopped liver, of which Dr. Martin Whitly has shown he knows a thing or two.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Smits is solid enough as the patriarch of Bluff City Law while McGee also makes her presence felt in some scenes. Overall, though, this is yet another same old, same old broadcast network drama series.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 42 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Nothing you’ll see rises to any level of must-see. Instead it’s all pretty much preachy and pedestrian, with the diversity of the cast working against itself in terms of this show’s labored approach to injustice and discrimination.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Bob Hearts Abishola feels good -- and good to go -- the second Olowofoyeku enters the picture and begins riffing with Gardell. They seem to be made for one another -- at first as actors and eventually as characters whose future dating ups and downs should keep this show on a steady, agreeable course.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Whatever your thoughts about country music, expect to be immensely entertained, educated and even edified throughout this master course in pickin’, grinnin’ -- and so very much more.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Carnival Row, whether airborne or down-to-earth gritty, keeps flexing the power of its oft-breathtaking visuals. The worlds it creates are the greater sums of its whole while the messages it sends can be a little two telegraphed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Dunst is the saving grace throughout a rollicking Season One that keeps delivering whenever she’s on screen. It may well turn out to be the TV performance of the year, with some very able assists from Pellerin, Rodriguez, Ditto and Levine.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 91 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The Righteous Gemstones is hallelujah-worthy for its performances, energy, comedy, dramedy and occasional little heart tugs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    There’s nothing technically new under the sun with BH90210. But it nonetheless feels that way via this fresh approach to what easily could have been a very wrong address.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 83 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Riveting at the start and somewhat less so as time marches on. Crowe’s portrayal of Ailes of course is the major drawing card, and he is nothing if not fully immersed. The characters around him can’t help but pale in comparison, but it would help if some of the supporting roles were more vividly acted.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    The performances, particularly by Zendaya, Schaefer and Ferreira -- are not the problem. But getting “real” doesn’t have to mean diving head first into a cesspool of drugs, profanity, promiscuity and a borderline indifference to it all. That’s where Euphoria so far fails not only itself, but the many impressionable youth that likely will be the series’ core audience.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    After an energetic start and a nice twist at the end of Episode 1, City on a Hill slows its pace a bit.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Deadwood’s trademark blend of literacy and crudity continues to harmoniously co-exist. ... Deadwood: The Movie ends with beautifully paired scenes featuring Bullock and Swearengen. Both are moving in their own distinctive ways, bringing one of HBO’s very best series to an end that does David Milch proud. Very proud indeed.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 58 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Good Omens continues to have its special effects moments. But there aren’t enough of them to overcome the basic tedium afflicting it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    This is basic paint-by-the-numbers storytelling despite the otherworldly premise. Both Ghost Whisperer and Medium had stronger grips and more interesting women as their center stage psychics.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 42 Reviewed by
      Ed Bark
    Globe trots to and fro with a mix of banter that tends to fall flat and action scenes that sometimes play a little better. Unfortunately, cases aren’t opened and shut within a single episode.

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