For 975 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 66% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 31% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 0 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Ed Bark's Scores

Average review score: 68
Highest review score: 100 All The Way (2016)
Lowest review score: 0 Coma
Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 61 out of 975
975 tv reviews
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Ed Bark
    You might as well pencil in stars Rachel Brosnahan and Alex Borstein for return visits to the Emmy podium next year. They’re still that good in a comedy/drama series that remains peppy, snappy, musically magnificent and bursting with living colors. ... Mrs. Maisel remains loaded with special moments and deft asides.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Del Toro and Dano are both solidly believable, but the bravura performances in Dannemora come from Arquette and Lange as prison employees who get to taste freedom daily, even if it mostly tastes pretty sour.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Arkin is a cinch Emmy nominee for his contributions and Douglas may well find himself along for that ride. The scenes with the acting class students for the most part don’t work as well. ... Viewers of a certain age may well respond with knowing head nods to the age-old predicaments that Sandy and Norman find themselves in. But the series might also have some traction with advertiser-prized 18-to-49-year-olds.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Roberts and Cannavale also contribute memorable characterizations while newcomer James makes Walter much more than a guinea pig. These performances and a solidly intriguing story make Homecoming worth your down payment. Stay the course and you’ll get a nice payoff as well.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    House of Cards also can be a victim of its own excesses, which are now built up into a heavy goo of previous evil and investigations of same by the sometimes ridiculously dogged Tom Hammerschmidt (Boris McGiver). ... Wright’s performance reflects all of [Francis's] cynicism, calculation and deep, unhealed wounds that powered his engine, and now hers as a President who pledges allegiance only to herself and her gender.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Dinklage excels in a very difficult role to pull off while Dornan keeps pace as his reluctant Boswell. Their love story, so to speak, is both an entertaining romp and a cautionary tale about a rocket ride to fame and the abundant excesses and afflictions that often are part and parcel.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 83 Ed Bark
    Kids Are Alright has some fine, funny lines and also plenty of companion story lines to follow besides Timmy’s. It’s the best of the fall season’s new comedies from a network that’s become well-practiced in turning back the clock and making shows like these tick.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    The Rookie’s action scenes are capably staged in a pilot episode that’s also brisk and well cast beyond the built-in marquee appeal of Fillion. But the lead character’s back story is barely touched on. And Nolan’s training to become a cop is completely omitted in the rush to get him out on the streets and imperiled.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 42 Ed Bark
    It’s hard to discern the overall intent here. Most of the characters are either sad sacks or in Jandice’s case, demonstrably unhinged. But whatever situations they’re put in, Camping all in all is less fun than waves of dive-bombing mosquitoes.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    We get three long hauls that mostly test a viewer’s endurance. The performances aren’t at fault, but the stories themselves easily could be trimmed to an hour apiece or less. Left free to indulge himself, Weiner gorges too much on empty calories.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    All-American has overtones of NBC’s exemplary Friday Night Lights, but so far is not in its class.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    CBS has taken major steps to make its new fall series considerably more diverse than last time. The Neighborhood hits that mark, but also marches to the same-old/same-old sitcom beats.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 42 Ed Bark
    Tthe season’s slightest new sitcom on a network that has done much better by this genre in recent seasons with the likes of Young Sheldon, Mom and Life In Pieces. In this case, the premise simply has no foreseeable promise.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 42 Ed Bark
    There’s ample cringe-worthy bawdiness. ... The diminutive Jordan, speaking in a deep drawl, is something of a scene-stealer, even if it’s only petty theft. And Lawrence seems to have a fairly firm handle on her boss lady character.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    The give-and-take living room scenes between Murphy and Avery so far are the best and most natural parts of this reboot. ... Murphy Brown, through these first three episodes, is aggressively polemic to the point of diminished returns.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    This is an at times affecting but too often overwrought drama series.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    The kids are more than all right, and the grownups aren’t bad either in the new sitcom Single Parents. So maybe ABC has something here. ... The kids so far are stealing the show--and this time it’s a pleasure watching them do so.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    New Amsterdam tends to rather tidily resolve all of its patient crises in these first two episodes. It also can get treacly at times, particularly when Coldplay’s “Fix You” hovers over the closing minutes of the premiere hour. The long-term diagnosis is iffy at best, with the main characters and their cases coming off as not that special or interesting.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    FBI moves swiftly and sometimes graphically through its earth-shaking opening investigation, adding and dropping suspects in a familiar pattern that nonetheless seems fresh and certainly isn’t dull.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    Episode One is well-made and poses many more questions than answers. But you know the drill.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Ed Bark
    The premiere hour includes heavy lay-of-the-land narration by Magnum, perhaps in part because the character dialogue can be pretty clunky at times. ... The Hawaiian scenery remains gorgeous and crossover episodes with the Hawaii Five-0 guys are inevitable. This time around, the new Magnum also will have romantic possibilities with Higgins, who’s already sending some signals.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    There’s nothing wrong in aspiring to be purely entertaining. Good Cop is quite good at that in Episode 1, but pretty much falls on its face in the second hour. Each story ends with a newspaper headline teasing the next one.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Maniac, for its part, throws down a tale that swerves to the left and swerves to the right without ever losing velocity. But seeing is believing while not believing what you’re seeing is also part of the experience.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 58 Ed Bark
    I Feel Bad has appealing leads in the two younger parents, but is still trying to find a solid footing for itself amid some amusing moments now and then. The workplace segments take up too much of the show without rising above being a minor annoyance. And the domestic tribulations have a shopworn feel.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Ed Bark
    Fonda’s guest appearance is head-and-shoulders the best of the four I’ve seen. In fact, Episode 1, with David Spade featured, is so excruciatingly bad that you’re better off skipping it entirely. ... If you’re a Norm Macdonald fanatic, and there likely aren’t very many of those, it’s best to watch this show while you still can.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Ed Bark
    For now, you’re advised to ride out The First, sluggishness and all. There are enough bright spots to bring it all home, with Mars very gradually getting closer to becoming more than just a talking point.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 91 Ed Bark
    Bold, provocative and at its core heartbreakingly endearing, it borrows from the original mold--and then breaks it.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    The whole thing comes off as uncomfortably clownish and insulting to viewers of any color, let alone African-Americans who have every right to cringe at such off-putting, clownish portrayals in times when FX’s immeasurably superior Atlanta has charted such bold new territory.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 67 Ed Bark
    If you liked Sons of Anarchy, which ended up as one of FX’s most-watched drama series, then you’re very likely to roll with this one, too.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Ed Bark
    The Purge comes to television at exactly the wrong time. Not that there’s really a right time. The fact that it’s also clumsily made and rife with mediocre performances seems almost beside the point in the context of how pointless this thing is in the first place.

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