Ken Tucker

Ken Tucker

Agrees with the Tomatometer 88% of the time.

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Rating T-Meter Title | Year Review
97% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 12 " Remember how lively last week's Mad Men was, as our heroes' ad agency was absorbed by McCann Erickson and everyone was sniffing change in the air, scuttling around, taking care of business? This week's Mad Men, titled "Lost Horizon," had no such energy. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted May 4, 2015
100% Penny Dreadful: Season 2 (TV, 2015) " It's overripe material that Penny Dreadful manages to render fresh with flash-freeze wit served hot. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 30, 2015
50% The Casual Vacancy: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Despite its quaint picturesque town backdrop, The Casual Vacancy is an ugly little piece of work, filled with bitterness, sniping, selfishness, and cruelty. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 29, 2015
100% Tales Of The Grim Sleeper (2014) " A fascinatingly disturbing true-crime documentary, Tales of the Grim Sleeper isn't just about a serial killer, but a film about race and class and the value -- or lack of it -- that society places on certain women. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 27, 2015
97% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 11 " "Time and Life" had a lot of drama but was constructed around a principle of comedy: the misunderstanding that builds and builds. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 27, 2015
31% Happyish: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " If I've left the impression that Happyish isn't a laugh-fest, I've done my job. But the show is not without its pleasures. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 26, 2015
100% Inside Amy Schumer: Season 3 (TV, 2015) " The new season of Inside Amy Schumer is very funny, and, just below its surface, very thoughtful. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 21, 2015
100% Nurse Jackie: Season 7 (TV, 2015) " Even if your TV-watching doesn't permit you to watch it in real time, Nurse Jackie is really worth keeping up with -- seeing through to the very end. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 20, 2015
89% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 10 " This episode did a good job of conveying the atmosphere the Vietnam War instilled in many suburban folks -- conflicting feelings of anger, fear, and incomprehension. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 20, 2015
83% Orphan Black: Season 3 (TV, 2015) " The protagonists and antagonists in Orphan Black are TV and movie archetypes -- stoic sorts who endure trials and pain only to emerge either stronger or dead. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 17, 2015
97% Game of Thrones: Season 5 (TV, 2015) " Season 5 doesn't feel like more of the same; it feels like a Game of Thrones played at a new, more intense level. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 13, 2015
64% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 9 " So far, Mad Men is going out with a sullen whimper. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 13, 2015
100% Veep: Season 4 (TV, 2015) " This sitcom finds endless ways to deflate the big egos in politics, to whittle away at the pride of any character with the audacity to dream big. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 11, 2015
100% Silicon Valley: Season 2 (TV, 2015) " What works, bottom line, is the comic interplay between our wafer-thin, goggle-eyed hero, Thomas Middleditch's Richard, and his colleague-roomies. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 11, 2015
58% The Comedians: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " My interest was held by the opportunity The Comedians provides to think about why there's such a widening gap between Crystal's kind of big-gestured, boisterous comedy style and Gad's quieter comedy of sweaty desperation. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 9, 2015
98% Marvel's Daredevil: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Daredevil is a super-hero TV show that benefits from the simplicity of its concept. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 9, 2015
88% Better Call Saul: Season 1 Episode 10 " A series of set-pieces designed to bring us further into the desperate world of Odenkirk's Jimmy McGill, this episode succeeded in making viewers want to know more and more about this character. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 7, 2015
55% American Odyssey: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " A tough-minded melodrama that's uneven but never less than intelligent, American Odyssey keeps its best subplot front and center. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 6, 2015
96% Mad Men: Season 7 Episode 8 " "Severance," written by series creator Matthew Weiner, was like a fully detailed outline of everything a new staff writer on the Mad Men staff might be handed, to demonstrate how one is supposed to build a Mad Man episode. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 6, 2015
100% Wolf Hall: Series 1 (TV, 2015) " I consumed all six hours of Wolf Hall so hungrily and happily, when I was done, I could easily have wolfed down six more. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 3, 2015
91% Outlander: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " The series is a canny mixture of romance, fantasy, history, adventure, violence, sex, Druids, kilts, time-travel, and unkempt hair. In short, it has everything. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 2, 2015
100% Archer: Season 6 (TV, 2015) " It's been a very good season for Archer, which made the transition from ISIS to the CIA with lots of good laughs at the expense of the CIA. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Apr 2, 2015
96% Younger: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The bright, sparkly Younger zips right along, getting laughs from star Sutton Foster as a 40-year-old trying to pass as 26 to snag a job at a publishing company. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 31, 2015
42% Weird Loners: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " This show is guided by sitcom pros, but it doesn't feel like an old-pro show at all. It doesn't go for easy or cheap laughs, and most of its scenes don't follow the usual sitcom trajectory. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 31, 2015
57% Killing Jesus " Rendered without much embellishment and acted with firmly controlled vigor, Killing Jesus, a TV adaptation of the bestselling book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, is a fine retelling of the story of Jesus Christ as a historical figure. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 30, 2015
96% Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (2015) " This frequently jaw-dropping documentary... demonstrates vividly how a cult can spread among people searching for something greater in their lives, some advantage over others, some grand answer. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 30, 2015
67% Glee: Season 6 (TV, 2015) " At a time when so much highly esteemed television equates excellence with darkness, cynicism, violence, and despair, there's something to be said for sweetness and light. Glee was a sweet-hearted show. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 30, 2015
85% The Walking Dead: Season 5 Episode 16 " If you wanted to see The Walking Dead off a major character, I guess you may have been disappointed. But the finale did a good job of setting up more thrills to come. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 30, 2015
73% Big Time in Hollywood, FL: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Deceptively loose and shambling, Big Time is one of those shows - like the show it follows, Workaholics - that's going to quickly attract a cult following. Get in on it now. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 25, 2015
86% Empire: Season 1 Episode 12 " Turning the tables was a shrewd, possibly brilliant way to go out. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 20, 2015
18% One Big Happy: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " One Big Happy is a loud, frantic sitcom so eager to please, you may want to avert your eyes. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 17, 2015
28% The Royals: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " One imagines the often-amusing Hurley got involved in The Royals hoping she'd be leading a nighttime soap in which she could be regally naughty in the manner of Joan Collins's Alexis Carrington in Dynasty. Oh, if only The Royals was that much fun. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 16, 2015
84% The Last Man on Earth: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " With each episode, The Last Man On Earth becomes less original, less funny -- less the groundbreaker its most ardent supporters initially proclaimed it to be. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 16, 2015
87% Community: Season 6 (TV, 2015) " Be assured that, as Frankie says of Greendale, this new funky version of Community is "weird, passionate, and gross." But, you know, gleefully gross. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 16, 2015
66% The Returned (US): Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Cuse and Tucker do a good job of translating the deeply unsettling miracle at the heart of this show. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
91% Bates Motel: Season 3 (TV, 2015) " Tthe more the show can bring Kenny Johnson into the same scenes as Farmiga and Highmore, the more crazily intense Bates Motel will be, and that's a good thing. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
95% American Crime: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Ignore the depressing-looking commercials and give the premiere of American Crime a look. You may stick around, transfixed and wondering what will happen next. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
35% CSI: Cyber: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " The chief problem with CSI: Cyber is its need to hype crimes into emergencies to which the Cyber team's reaction seems way out of proportion. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
94% Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is super-clever, features a winning performance by The Office's Ellie Kemper, and moves like a well-oiled joke machine. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
85% Broadchurch: Series 2 (TV, 2015) " Fortunately, Broadchurch, created and written by Chris Chibnall, still excels most frequently as a character study - to a notable degree, of all its major characters, who are sketched with vividness and, in almost every case, sympathy and poignance. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
100% The Good Wife: Season 6 (TV, 2014-2015) " I have faith the Good Wife folks know what they're up to - that they're doing something I cannot foresee. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
95% Battle Creek: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " This new CBS cop show works best when you don't expect it to do more than solve a crime in a mildly amusing manner. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
76% House of Cards: Season 3 (TV, 2015) " The third season of House of Cards comes up with some formidable foes for Frank Underwood. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men: Season 12 (TV, 2014) " Two and a Half Men has always been a sturdy little sitcom. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
82% The Mindy Project: Season 3 (TV, 2014-2015) " I wish The Mindy Project had the audience size it deserves; as a romantic workplace-comedy, it's better than most of the Hollywood feature films in this genre that have been released during this show's existence. Tell your friends. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
67% The Slap: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " Irritating and fascinating, The Slap is unlike anything else on network TV. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
47% Allegiance: Season 1 (TV, 2015) " It will probably vault quickly to the top of your "Yeah, no thanks" list. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
90% Fresh Off the Boat: Season 1 (TV, 2014) " Fresh Off the Boat, when it has flashes of energy and well-written jokes, easily transcends ethnic stereotypes, but it's these sitcom stereotypes that are the ones the show needs to defeat if it wants to be both long-running and distinctive. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
No Score Yet Foyle's War: Season 8 (TV, 2015) " They'll both satisfy long-time fans, and provide a good starting-point for new ones. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
100% Parenthood: Season 6 (TV, 2014) " Parenthood is one of the most frustrating shows I've ever loved. " ‐ Yahoo! TV
Posted Mar 12, 2015
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