For 663 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 The Neighbors: Season 1
Score distribution:
663 tv reviews
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    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Still a wondrous thing to watch.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Yes, it's brilliant, again.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's the best series on television, end of story.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The good news is that after a creatively weak and shortened Season 5... it appears that one of television's finest series has regained its momentum and sure footing and will -- barring a misstep -- walk out of the spotlight at the height of its emotional resonance.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    If last season tended toward painful self-evaluation -- it made for great drama but a head full of bleakness -- Season 3 hints not so much at a more clearly defined, lighter tone but perhaps more living life out loud than living it in the head.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The joy of this series really comes down to two things: lots of action and some babelicious butt-kicking. Not something to be proud of for enjoying it, but true. Pass the chips and ale -- and down in front!
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    David's ability to hone in and magnify the most socially awkward moments in life is almost frightening. If this series didn't make you double over in laughter every couple of minutes, it would be a whole other kind of torture.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Having seen the first four episodes, you need to be a part of this. You need to doff the skepticism and get on the ride.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The funniest thing you're likely to see all year.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    For those unbowed by the lack of formula, this second season of "The Office" has rewards even greater than the first. The series is both funnier and darker -- much darker -- than last season.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A stunning piece of television about a rogue cop and that dangerous line between effective police work and ethical transgressions. This series is brutal and frank, with little wasted energy or misdirection.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    What remains compelling about The Shield as it heads into its last hurrah are the gray areas and ethical gradations of the characters that have defined it.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Stunningly great execution.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The most ambitious storytelling series on television. ... "The Wire" is the best show on HBO, which means it's the best show on television, period. If you want in on it, even if you missed the first go-around, you'll find a way to make sense of it all.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This is a series that goes beyond critical darling. "The Wire" is better than its own hype. If you don't watch the show, it's your fault, your loss.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The breadth and ambition of "The Wire" are unrivaled and that taken cumulatively over the course of a season -- any season -- it's an astonishing display of writing, acting and storytelling that must be considered alongside the best literature and filmmaking in the modern era.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    In the end, there will likely be a lot of unhappiness, dead bodies, same-as-it-ever-was institutional failure, lack of responsibility and the triumph of self-interest over the greater good. Not exactly a Hallmark card, but one hell of an artistic achievement.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Graham Yost, who wrote HBO's "Band of Brothers," creates deeply drawn characters who are revealed slowly over the course of an episode (and season). He's the kind of writer whose vision and touch you can trust over the long haul.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    But this much is true: Deadwood is cocksure brilliant. David Milch, who put the glory into "NYPD Blue," is clearly and defiantly uninterested in political correctness. He just wants to make a great Western for TV. In that, he's succeeded. [4 Mar 2005, p.E1]
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This series is one of a kind.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    There are moments in Arrested Development, Fox's new sitcom, that are pants-wettingly funny. There are jokes and scenarios that bend you over in gleeful agony. All of a sudden, with this last new fall series offering -- hope having been beaten out of all of us -- we get one of the most hysterically ridiculous half hours on television.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This is one of maybe six or so elite series on all of television that you should absolutely be watching. Pitch-perfect acting (ensemble stars Jason Bateman and Jessica Walter were robbed of Emmys) and nuanced writing that staggers you with its cleverness and lunacy makes this more than a typical dysfunctional-family sitcom. [3 Nov 2004, p.E1]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This is a series that was completely unexpected, and Hall has hard-and-fast rules about what Joan and God can do. She's not making up the story arcs on the fly, which gives confidence that this unusual creation is in good hands. [25 Sept 2003, p.E1]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    State of Play is one of those series where a moment's brilliance is rivaled by the very next scene, a careening thriller that gives credence to the idea that there may not be any better format for telling an impact story than over the course of four or six hours. [16 Apr 2004, p.E1]
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    As good as Rome is -- and it's an epic, multilayered thing of beauty -- it's still not on the level of "The Sopranos" or "The Wire" or "Deadwood." That's almost an unfair comparison, but it's also true. On the other hand, "Rome" unfolds like a marvelously shot big-screen movie, each scene (filmed on location in Italy) dripping with money well spent and a meticulous grandeur that rewards you for paying extra for HBO.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "Battlestar Galactica" not only lives up to its sci-fi gold-standard reputation but also should be considered straight up as one of television's most appealing dramas, no matter the genre.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    There are many small and wonderful dramatic accomplishments in the underappreciated gem that is Battlestar Galactica, but perhaps the most enduring is that what was conceived of as an epic space adventure has turned into a finely detailed, intimate drama.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Lost has a stellar, varied cast, it is shot beautifully and it surprises more often than it makes you wince or wheeze, which, in the math of action-adventure-sci-fi-thrillers, is a good thing. [22 Sept 2004, p.E1]
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Three more words: Oh. My. God.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Lost is a different genre, one that may infuriate even the loyalists, but there's something impressive and rewarding in its density.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The sweep of Rescue Me is far-reaching, and it's fearless in trying to break new ground in an old genre.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    But this is what a great TV series does -- it mines difficult emotional ground. It's willfully complex, putting popularity at risk. It avoids convention and takes irregular dramatic steps. With that in mind, watch Rescue Me at your own risk.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It never shrinks from the task of surpassing its own brilliance. Even when it fails in its attempt to knock you out, Rescue Me keeps swinging, and that engenders a whole lot of admiration in a medium choking on its own safety.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Rescue Me may ask a lot of its viewers, but it's always a leap worth taking, and well rewarded. [13 June 2007, p.E1]
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Rescue Me races out of the gate as confidently brilliant as ever before, wildly mixing emotions along the way.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A brilliantly conceived and relentlessly entertaining new drama. [1 Oct 2004]
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Right out of the gate, "The Boondocks" is a water-cooler series that lives up to the hype. It is funny, fearless and continues the vibe of the strip.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The show succeeds by spreading out the story lines. By the second episode, everyone is surprisingly well developed.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "Weeds" is colossally great... a series far better than its premise and utterly essential for devotees of smart, entertaining television.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    None of its quirky charm and tone-shifting mix of comedy and drama has lagged since we last witnessed Nancy's precarious situation.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Kohan and her writers deserve perhaps more credit than they're getting for forcing change and making it artistically compelling.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The fall's funniest sitcom.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Laden with laugh-out-loud moments. ... Just as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" so boldly and brilliantly attacks taboo subjects, so does "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," though the humor is spread from one clueless, self-centered ass to four, clueless, self-centered slackers. [4 Aug 2005]
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" has lost none of its giddy sharp edges. [28 Jun 2006]
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    With elements of "Wonder Years," "Cosby" and the "The Jeffersons," but also a spirit all its own, "Chris" is a sitcom that finally makes the family funny again.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "City of Men" pulses with the kind of energy you don't get often on American television, and the realness of the shot-on-location scene really makes each episode feel like a minimovie.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    While some critics have nearly thrown themselves in front of a train to get people to watch Friday Night Lights, bending and bruising the language in praise of it, the truth is that a good argument could be made for FNL being perhaps the best drama on broadcast television. [5 Oct 2007]
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" lives up to the advance hype, easily qualifying as one of the best new broadcast series of the fall.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Welcome back, 30 Rock. Even in a season of wonderful sitcoms--trend story alert!--you get it done.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's Close who makes "Damages" a series to contend with.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's a serialized mystery that pays off your devotion.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Daring and original.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This series has always handled the duality of his character with masterful strokes. And it has done viewers a favor by quickly setting up the seasonlong scenario.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    When Season 3 kicks off spectacularly, there's a slight exhale in the first 59 minutes--then a twist. And not a small one, either. By the second episode, the writers give you roughly 40 minutes to digest that twist, then drop a real stunner. Which is--just to cut to the chase here--truly and incredibly exciting television.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    All your favorites are back in force, with a few twists, but the allure of the series always has been and always will be Hall, who manages to make a killer (who kills only people who deserve it, mostly) likable, believable, engaging and funny, as he works his job as a blood splatter expert at Miami Metro Homicide.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The new offering, from executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick (the team behind "BSG"), stands on its own and in many ways might be more inviting to viewers who are not hard-core sci-fi fans.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A cleverly crafted, ingenious thriller with only scant moments of implausibility. Most of it has the unmistakable imprint of a smart premise beautifully executed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's not very often that a TV show bursting with imagination, audacity, rude charm and a relentlessly funny worldview gets on the air, much less appears fully formed. But Sarah Silverman... has delivered an offbeat gem.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "The Riches" is both unique and intoxicating -- and plenty more.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's a gloriously visual fairy tale full of saturated colors and whimsical stories, the kind of romantic comedy/whodunit that should, by rights, captivate a nation starved for quirkiness and delight.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Again, it's back to the writing and the look. Both are superb.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "Flight of the Conchords" may well be the funniest thing you've seen in ages and -- at least for a half hour -- answers the question of whether HBO has any good shows left.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The level of cleverness of Flight of the Conchords is off the charts.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The writing and acting are hit out of the ballpark on this one, and that's not a vibe you pick up out of nowhere.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    There's a lot to love in Californication, from the blowtorch-keen dialogue of creator and writer Tom Kapinos to the way that Duchovny's ever-so-slightly-fading good looks perfectly encapsulate the character's downturn in Hollywood, to a multitude of standout performances in the ensemble cast.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Hirst, Rhys Meyers and the rest of the cast (and Bergin's costumes) make it all somehow meatier but no less entertaining in Season 2.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The acting (from a mostly unknown cast), cinematography (you can just stare at this series) and especially Weiner's writing carry the series to exceptional heights.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The writing is a real thing of beauty - from the aforementioned nuance to searing workplace witticisms and pitch-perfect tone from a multitude of characters.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    All the elements Mad Men does well - the humor, the note-perfect clothing and sets, the creeping cultural change - are still there to be savored.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The first three episodes of Season 2 that AMC sent out continue that level of achievement with no evident missteps.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Soak in the visuals, listen to the mesmerizing use of sound. The writing and acting will lure you in, but have appreciation for all the details that go into making this series so great.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Generation Kill is rewarding in its complexity. It feels real - and that realness is bracing, sad and funny in equal measures.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Few series have exploded onto the scene with such a rich array of potential stories and inherently interesting characters.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    As Sutter proved in the intriguing and original first season, there's plenty more riveting storytelling to tap into as Sons of Anarchy boldly comes of age.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The Pacific is a superb, viscerally moving and harrowing depiction of World War II and a worthy complement to "Band of Brothers" (2001).
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Little Dorrit is anchored by an extraordinary performance by one of England's best actors. And like "Twist," that central performance is only one of many elements that make Dorrit not only terrific entertainment, but, in some ways, perhaps even better than its source material.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    What is not surprising at all about the fourth season of one of television's elite series is that Weiner continues to explore what it means to be human.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Sons of Anarchy remains as bare-knuckled and, almost inconceivably, as funny and crass as ever. And it doesn't take Season 3 very long to ratchet up the twists
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Glee, one of the season's best and most anticipated new series, delivers on both counts - and more. It's a quirky, sweet, humorous, nonpartisan funfest.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    If you like big-screen-level thrills and complicated plot structures, you'll opt-in to FlashForward. And you'll be rewarded. Here's hoping it stays strong and compelling as it heads to April 29.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The Life & Times of Tim--is flat-out brilliant and easily one of the funniest newcomers to television.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It means there's finally something good (and funny) on Tuesday nights.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Just like "The Wire," Simon has again delivered a series unlike anything you've seen on television before.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    In a fall season surprisingly flush with good sitcoms, the best new comedy by far--and it's not that close of a race - is Modern Family on ABC.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The best news of all is that Olyphant backs it up with an incredibly riveting performance. Better yet, Justified as a whole really delivers, from the explosive pilot to a couple of other, less adrenaline-filled but no less superb episodes that add humor and nuanced storytelling to the mix.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    There's a vibrancy to the stories in each Boardwalk Empire episode. With echoes of the gangland mentality of "The Sopranos" and the frontier recklessness of "Deadwood," HBO seems to have found in Boardwalk Empire a fertile, sprawling new franchise series.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    In the case of Sunny, it comes out of the gate as brilliantly twisted as ever.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Shameless is excellent, compelling television from the first moment. As long as it stays true to the roots of the original, it's going to be essential viewing.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Breaking Bad is unquestionably one of the greatest dramas in TV history. What it should be rewarded and applauded for is the wanton willingness to throw the concomitant success of all that away in the service of the story.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    There's a real allure to costume-dramas that pair dense mythology with all of the crowd-pleasing elements of war, honor, pride, lust, power and, yes, even humor. Thrones has all of those in spades and supports them with exceptional storytelling, strong writing, superb acting and some stunning visual effects.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Like any episode of Archer, telling the jokes does them no justice. You need to find out for yourself why this series is such a politically incorrect gem.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    In Cinema Verite, 90 minutes might not do justice to the historical impact of An American Family. But it makes you wish there were 90 more minutes to the story, which is saying something.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Ambitious? As always. And if the first few episodes are any indication, tighter, even more evocative and as lush and lovingly constructed as possible when conveying the plight of the forgotten.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Game of Thrones is so much more than a genre series, a fantasy epic. It's a series that doesn't need to feel dramatically inferior up against the likes of Mad Men or Breaking Bad, Justified or anything else.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Now entering another wince-inducing season, Larry David proves again that he can mine gold over and over from the same idea.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This Holmes update's second season continues to be both clever and classic.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's essential viewing. All of the promise of last season looks to be realized with impressively deft storytelling, beautiful cinematography and impeccable acting.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Starz has its channel-defining series in Boss, a wholly impressive new drama that comes out of the gate with gravitas, swagger, originality and intrigue.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Frozen Planet is one of those instantly riveting series where you marvel at the beauty and majesty of it all but also spare more than a passing thought for the effort involved.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Quite possibly the finest closing chapter ever for a TV series.