For 925 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Better Things: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Women's Murder Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
925 tv reviews
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The first two episodes of the second season are exceptionally funny. I should know; I watched them twice.... You can easily pick up in the second season and put the pieces together, fall for Falk’s searing, caustic and smart writing and the sharp interplay of the cast.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    In the case of Sunny, it comes out of the gate as brilliantly twisted as ever.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Season three comes out of the gates on April 24 so furiously the assured sense of self is almost breathtaking.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Homeland is as riveting and addictive as when we last saw it, kicking off with no lull in the pulse-pounding action.
    • 91 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Mann's stamp is all over this. Robbery Homicide Division has a distinct "film" look and a more languid pace than other TV dramas.
    • 64 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]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Sherlock is back as brilliant as ever and there’s joy and entertainment and superb craftsmanship abounding in this first episode (you might feel like clapping in appreciation when it ends), but there’s also the promise of more goodness ahead.
    • 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.
    • 85 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]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It remains as riveting and unique as ever.
    • 86 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).
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "The Riches" is both unique and intoxicating -- and plenty more.
    • 77 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Here’s to a dense, layered, enterprising and fascinating journey through Season 3--and as many more seasons as need be to complete this incomparable fantasy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Making a film is kind of a nightmare, but a riveting one. And Project Greenlight is in itself a riveting documentary. It's got a hero, it's got stars, it's got drama. In 12 parts, we'll find out if there's a happy ending.
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" has lost none of its giddy sharp edges. [28 Jun 2006]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Veep enters its fourth season, firmly established as one of television’s best comedies, and then immediately does what seems impossible--it delivers its most thoroughly assured, hilarious and brilliantly written and acted episodes.
    • 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]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Three more words: Oh. My. God.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Silicon Valley comes out of the gates as strong as its remarkable freshman season, skewering people, places, ideas and the pomposity of the entire tech world.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A brilliantly conceived and relentlessly entertaining new drama. [1 Oct 2004]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's not a matter of wondering if Breaking Bad will be great, but where in the pantheon it will ultimately reside.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The Emmy-winning first season of Fargo, the limited series that was inspired by the Coen brothers film of the same name was a triumph on multiple levels as one of the most creative and evocative works on TV in 2014. The second season proves that was no fluke.... It's all here--writing, acting, directing, music--combining to make a very riveting and entertaining dark comedy spectacle.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Welcome back, 30 Rock. Even in a season of wonderful sitcoms--trend story alert!--you get it done.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The Americans, through the three episodes of season 5 that FX made available to critics, continues along the same ground it always has: It's extremely well-constructed, with slow-burning storylines that are paying off in superb dramatic depth; it boasts consistently top-tier acting from stars Keri Russell, Mathew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor and more; it has artfully crafted visuals that emphasize the mundane work of everyday spies while simultaneously revealing things about the characters.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Planet Earth II is on another level. The BBC Natural History Unit has really outdone itself. This documentary is a truly sublime accomplishment, an epic achievement that everyone should watch.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 86 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is flat-out brilliant ... It’s the best, most wide-appeal show that HBO has had in ages.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Defying expectations while rewiring what a “zombie” series can be, The Returned is one of the most intriguing, utterly original offerings of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Rescue Me races out of the gate as confidently brilliant as ever before, wildly mixing emotions along the way.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    What ensues is a wry, quick-witted and quick-paced dramedy that melds two disparate cultures. With O'Dowd and Romano at the center, Get Shorty also benefits enormously from a well-cast ensemble that doesn't have an obvious weak link, even in the bit parts.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    [A] truly wonderful new comedy. ... How Waller-Bridge walks her character up to the edge of emotional frailty and then only explores a small part of it, brings out the pathos that so clearly lies behind the comedy and leaves you wanting more development and character exploration.
    • 80 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.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Black Mirror continues to be as bracingly original and thought-provoking as ever before, a Twilight Zone-influenced gem for the technology age that Brooker only seems to get more creative at fleshing out.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Few series have exploded onto the scene with such a rich array of potential stories and inherently interesting characters.
    • 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]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 90 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
    This series is one of a kind.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Falk proves right out of the gate in season three that You're the Worst looks as creatively dangerous as ever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The miniseries weaves a spectacularly well-constructed story--intricate, dense, demanding and rewarding--about loyalty, deception, forgiveness and revenge.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    [Creator and writer Ann Biderman has] created the most testosterone, rough and intelligent drama in ages.... Early sneaks of Ray Donovan hinted that Showtime might have a real gem on its hands, but four episodes provides an absolute exclamation point.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Still a wondrous thing to watch.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Just like "The Wire," Simon has again delivered a series unlike anything you've seen on television before.
    • 86 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Girls kicks off its second season even more assured of itself, able to deftly work strands of hard-earned drama into the free-flowing comedic moments of four postcollege girls trying to find their way in life.
    • 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.
    • 64 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Catastrophe is getting more serious in season three but the good news shouldn't be unexpected: The series is no less funny. ... A gem.
    • 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
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Daring and original.
    • 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.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's Close who makes "Damages" a series to contend with.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Watching Fox’s wonderfully creative and ridiculously entertaining new series, The Last Man On Earth, you can’t help but laugh (it’s a comedy--duh), but also be truly and utterly impressed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Going into its third season, Girls is as refreshing and audacious as ever and one of the few half-hour dramedies where you can feel its heart pounding and see its belly ripple with laughter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's a serialized mystery that pays off your devotion.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's the best series on television, end of story.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The Americans not only built on its impressive first season when the second came around, but the first four episodes of season three find it rising to new creative heights yet again.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Has the kind of verve and wit that's the hallmark of shows where the writers aren't thinking about audience reaction or how the network bigs will view it -- it's a story that just pours out, with the audacity to say, "Take me or leave me."
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Yes, it's brilliant, again.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Despite being peopled with well-drawn characters and smart, audaciously careening scripts that induce bursts of laughter, "Wonderfalls" gives us television's -- at least network television's -- coolest female.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The show succeeds by spreading out the story lines. By the second episode, everyone is surprisingly well developed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Your leader in the clubhouse for comedies in 2016 is Catastrophe on Amazon. ... There is much to love here. There is arguably more to love than last season, which seems almost inconceivable.
    • 80 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.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A show that ceased to be something easily identifiable and thus easily understood the very first minute it was on.
    • 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.
    • 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]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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!
    • 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]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 71 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The first three episodes of Season 2 that AMC sent out continue that level of achievement with no evident missteps.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The new HBO series from Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) is one of the most original, spot-on, no-missed-steps series in recent memory.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The acting--by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson--is off the charts. The writing and the concept, by series creator and novelist Nic Pizzolatto, undulates from effectively brash soliloquies to penetratingly nuanced moments carried by sparse prose. Lastly, director Cary Joji Fukunaga has created a beautiful, sprawling sense of place (the series is shot and set in Louisiana).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A quirky and hilarious gem.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This Holmes update's second season continues to be both clever and classic.

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