For 766 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Rescue Me: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Dominion: Season 1
Score distribution:
766 tv reviews
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Screenwriter Amanda Coe is to be credited not only for developing such rich characterizations, but also for the delicacy of the show's satiric point of view.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The documentary look is engaging, and Lilley's wildly over-the-top performance as three distinct characters is made all the more funny as it clashes against the reserved nature of the nonactors.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Fans can read into it whatever they want, but the series' greatest strength is the vampire quality of accepting fate and reveling in it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    At least the ambitious pilot makes it clear that the show has a vitality and passion sadly lacking in a lot of other fall offerings.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Despite the title, Cougar Town seems more female centric, which is key to ABC's audience, and it's a little more formulaic than "Modern Family," but both are welcome new sitcoms.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    What NBC has managed to do with The Office is make something true to the original while expanding on the vision and completely avoiding the dour stupidity of the current American sitcom. That, in case you haven't figured it out yet, is nearly miraculous.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Like "Sex and the City" - oh, no, not that comparison - the half hour flies by and you realize that the human relationships depicted here are interesting and worth mining and Belle's life choices are entertaining.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's a big soapy epic that allows you to turn off your brain late at night, but it ultimately carries no gravitas, minority hiring or not. As long as we're clear on that, there's nothing wrong for applauding what the series gets right, given the constraints of the genre.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Heroes" may be the dark horse among this year's serialized dramas. It also might be a dud down the road. Because after two episodes, it's not even remotely clear what these "special" ordinary people are capable of.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Season 6 proves that the best part of "24" is its ability to make your pulse race as you sit slack jawed in front of the bastard machine mumbling, "They didn't just do that, did they?"
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Dinklage is particularly good here and the whole idea of trying to hide from the public the fact we've been invaded is intriguing fare.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    More emotional, equally gripping, "CSI: N.Y." proves that with care you can successfully copy yourself across the TV schedule. [21 Sep 2004]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Right out of the gate, the series is surprisingly solid. What it ultimately becomes bears watching.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The good news is that State of Mind is surprisingly engaging and Taylor continues to be wonderful in just about any role she plays. This is a series that bears watching.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    If the ambition of the pilot continues, American television may get another remake right. We'll have our first hint this next week. In the meantime, enjoy the pilot.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's a strong cast, and Byrne and Wiest continue to deliver incredibly mannered and minutely shaded performances.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The promise that Trump will be Trump is fulfilled on "The Apprentice" -- he is funny bossing these 16 people around. And there are worse things on television than watching a guy with two advanced degrees -- an M.D. and an MBA -- make a complete ass of himself trying to sell lemonade to tourists. [7 Jan 2004]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    There's a slight but perceptible stylistic change that makes it less funny, even though it's still insane and inspired and original. [12 Sep 2007]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Vanished" is indeed compelling. And it is without question Fox's best fall offering (though, having seen all its shows, that praise is not as high as you might expect).
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Sometimes formula done entertainingly is just what the country wants to eat.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Ugly Betty" is worth checking out. It retains a charm that far outstrips expectations. And Ferrera's performances are small wonders to behold.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    As promising as the early episodes in Season 2 are, the over-the-top nature of "Tara" remains.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Andy Barker, P.I." is a joyous, ridiculous, warm, affecting and silly comedy that is tone specific (read: Not everybody is going to get the vibe, and thus the jokes).
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Who knew that the mom in "Spy Kids" would get one of the best female character roles on TV and helm one of the season's biggest dramatic surprises.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    In what must be considered something of a stunner on several levels, Two and a Half Men, a new sitcom, is actually funny.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The casting on Southland is a plus and so is Biderman's intent not to make it easy for viewers to succumb to "pilotitis."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Dirty Sexy Money is compelling even when it's not, funny when you're not quite sure it should be, ridiculous in the strangest spots and ultimately addictive if, for no other reason, you want to watch more episodes to find out what kind of beast it is.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The pilot, directed by Alexander Payne ("Sideways"), is superb, and the first handful of episodes (there are 10 in the season), prove that the writing is consistently strong, the characters multidimensional and the tone assured and surprising in its depth.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The jaded will have a field day, but so what? In the end, if lives are changed like they are on "Three Wishes" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," then who cares what corporate names are flashed or how many manufactured "reveals" there are?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The Riches is gloriously inventive, daring and provocative, with excellent performances.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    If you can get past the shortcuts that series like this have to take (everything happens too effortlessly, there's excessive exposition, etc.), there's an enormous likability factor in play, and it makes you want to watch it (without much mental effort) the following 13 weeks.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    If you're a viewer into quick and easy answers and seek resolution at the 59-minute mark, this is probably not your show. But if you're interested in the notion that post-9/11 paranoia is justified in ways we haven't even realized (and perhaps it would be too chilling if we did), and you have a fundamental distrust of government doings, Rubicon could be your new mental puzzle.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Thief" doesn't levitate with genre-busting genius, but it is very FX, which means it's very real and well executed, a series that doesn't pander.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Project Runway is entertaining and likable on so many levels that it's hard to resist.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    New characters, new rivalry, same old high quality.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Media Rights Capital, an independent production company, took an offbeat idea and made it work surprisingly well.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    This is an everyman series, and James knows just how to sell that to the masses. The writing is sharp, and the oddball fringe characters (particularly Patton Oswalt) flesh out the show.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The entire cast is superb, and the actors seem comfortable in the groove the show has cut for itself. The writing is consistently sharp and focused. Most important, however, it has just the right sprinkling of obnoxiousness and cuteness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    As in "Sunny," they are almost-lovable losers, and that's a formula FX is now perfecting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Crank Yankers" is far better than expected. Not everything works -- remember, there's a lot of juvenile stuff here and bits where you'll roll your eyes -- but sometimes even the stupidest setup becomes hilarious merely by the graciousness of the person being duped on the other end of the line.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Logue and Raymond-James are, straight out of the gate, the two most believable and funny buddies you'll see on the screen.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Because of the heft of its 20 hours, there's a lure to the storytelling that makes everything, from pace to acting, more authentic, more real than in movies or TV series we're all familiar with. "Taken" can breathe, paint a bigger picture, and it's more accomplished because of it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    While it's true that television has been overloaded with acronyms lately and the redundant, long and confusing Navy NCIS is an egregious offender, it's also true that television is exploding with quality dramas and this is another of them.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    A show that does what it's supposed to do -- keep you riveted and entertained. [25 Sep 2002]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Yes, there's a lot less walking and talking. There is a limited amount of witty banter -- precisely enough so people not paying too much attention will never notice it's gone. What has increased... is heavy emotion a la "ER."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    As long as the jokes stay barbed, fast and witty--as they are in the pilot--there's more than enough reason to keep following the band of misfits.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "The Simple Life" is a one-note joke, but it's a good one.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" adds an element of fun and a twist to an overplayed genre, and should find a wide audience.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The writing is just clever enough to probably make the killing-a-week conceit work. And if you're into watching a phalanx of almost-recognizable actors you've seen in work you can almost remember, this is the series for you. Beyond that, it's just plain fun.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "The Surreal Life" is so bad it's good. Really bad. And really good.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Both Paquin and Moyer do well here. And True Blood is fleshed out with other interesting characters getting to spout well-written lines. But at times the whole thing seems silly.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    V doesn't have an original premise - the humans versus aliens thing is as old as moving pictures. But the special effects are better, and if ABC can get you to buy into the storytelling then it might have another genre hit on its hands.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Imagine a lesbian "Friends," only smarter and better-looking.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Lone Star has enormous potential to be a complicated, tightrope-walking tale of two lives. Or it could just implode. Like "The Event," it's worth your investment, but you'll have to record one or the other.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    There's some spot-on and sharp humor throughout, but it never gets too light and breezy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's a wonderful series that gets better every hour you watch it. ... But there's the catch. "Deadwood" is a slow starter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Raising Hope works on two levels, the absurdist gags about dysfunctional families and lower-class values that populated "Earl," and the never-too-saccharine sweetness that Jimmy brings to the world. If Garcia can keep up this mix, Fox may have itself a non-animated comedy hit.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    One of the benefits of watching LeBlanc keep his character afloat is that it's all comfortable. Not always funny, mind you, but an easy 22 minutes.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    All told, this series is pleasantly unexpected, taking chances on TNT when it seemed the channel's DNA wouldn't permit that level of risk. If the writing continues to hold up, viewers could be in for a better ride than the one Hunter is already taking them on by herself.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It’s clear, then, that the allure and the annoyance of the series rest in the same area. FX gets “Nip/Tuck” to stand out in a crowded field by being provocative both under the knife and under the sheets. Sex and surgery are the draw, but the acting, the emotional battlegrounds and even the issues raised are ultimately the reasons the series excels.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Tonight's pilot has a film quality to it and the narrative flow is both intriguing and unexpected.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    There's always a need for a pulse-pounding mystery with a little paranormal thrown in. If The Event proves it can let out the story while reeling viewers back each week, it could be something special.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's helpful to remember that Life on Mars is less about said realism and more about Sam's twisted journey. Enjoying that retro-cool ride is the essence of the series.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Entourage works precisely because it's nearly soulless. These guys are wallowing in excess. Any less of a cannonball into it would seem unbelievable. But there's no ignoring how childish and annoyingly limited the group can be, including some aspects of Eric.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    By having everyone around Jackie seem daft, quirky or incompetent--an attempt at humor, one would guess--the series never felt connected. Those elements improved by the ended of Season 1 and have, for the most part, been ironed out in the early episodes of Season 2 (though the tone will need to be monitored).
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Love Monkey" manages in one hour to be both funny and endearing, a more option-rich version of "Ed."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Better Off Ted is more funny than not, rushing into absurdity with abandon and playing at stylized comedy in a completely fearless way. The pacing doesn't allow for regret.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    In the best tradition of light but engaging (and highly entertaining) dramas, Burn Notice is plain and simple fun--you want to come back every week.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It has a zest, from the voice-over to the sharp writing and sexy cast, that was completely unexpected. Duhamel has star appeal, and Caan is can't-miss.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    NBC did renew Parks and Recreation and, like a small miracle of second-act redemption, it comes back on Thursday as a fully realized and very funny sitcom.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    What works so well in the series is that the four friends are so distinctly different, and the writers are able to adjust the level of humor to each.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The television version of "This American Life" does not ruin the fragile, hip beauty of the radio version. Glass and the team responsible for adding pictures to words have created a compelling television series.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Glenister is still riveting, naturally, and Hawes is a real gift. Maybe that's enough to offset the smaller issues, like the cartoonish hero worship of Hunt (three quarters of the way through the pilot, there's a moment where you half expect a laugh track to kick in).
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's slightly unpolished in some areas but funny and charming and a perfect companion series to "Chris."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Though the pilot has some flaws in it--mostly from a clash of tones--it still overdelivers on creativity, creepiness, fine acting and burgeoning character development.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's a whole lot better than the premise on paper, and though initially it takes a bit to warm to Davis.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's rare to hate a series so thoroughly in the first five minutes and then have your mind changed (and stunned) by the creative comeback it mounts in the remaining hour. ... In fact, there's enormous potential to this series if the storytelling and writing stay strong.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Recount pays due diligence to history while at the same time fictionalizing the interactions of the participants.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "How to Make It in America" is, like "Entourage," more entertaining than actually funny. You're not going to burst out laughing at anything, but there are plenty of comic moments.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Deschanel, who's believable either serious or perplexed -- and adorable in her quirkiness -- immediately becomes this series' most important ingredient.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Though future episodes don't quite measure up to the brilliant pilot, Archer nurtures a collection of recurring themes that pile up and become funnier the more they are referenced through the episodes.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Just when it seemed that "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the crotchety, disdain-filled embarrassment of absurdities, was going to lose its way, Larry David seems to have found a new batch of wince-inducing scenarios to mine his comedy. [7 Sep 2007]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    With all the intrigue of a Shakespearean drama and all the coiled intensity of youthful power-brokering and rampant sexuality, it's hard to not like this version of Henry VIII.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Friday Night Lights, like "Battlestar Galactica," also proved initial assumptions wildly wrong and deserves credit for being vastly better than either a show about high school football or an irksome teen drama.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Lie to Me comes out of the box strong, and it's especially encouraging that the cases at hand and the science used in the first hour is compelling enough that Roth's character (based on Paul Ekman, a real-life expert on lying and microexpressions, among other things) can evolve more slowly.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The promise of grown up storytelling is alluring. This is a series to watch to see if it grows.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It does the near impossible for any extended-family drama: It manages to be poignant and funny without becoming ridiculously soapy and larded with cliches.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Ackles and Padalecki are good-looking, yes, get to drive a '67 Chevy and will undoubtedly run into a lot of really hot women in peril, but "Supernatural" works. It's just serious enough, just hip enough and, as advertised, more scary than imagined.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's one of those series with overabundant potential and early hints of provocative brilliance, but it may take a while to truly arrive.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The series gets better with each episode, and the characters become funnier and more interesting when you come to know (or pity) them along the way.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    '24' keeps you on edge like no other series. [28 Oct 2002]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Big Love just doesn't induce love. And yet, the series crafts compelling stories.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Save for one far-fetched incident, the two hours provided enough clues as to where the season will head--and how much conflict from secrets and lies will be coming down the pike - to hook fans of the show who might have been waffling on the commitment.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Breaking Bad promises seven compelling and unique hours of drama.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    At times slight--the trick of talking into the camera was never novel, and the absence of an erotic backbone made it feel partly contrived--Secret Diary of a Call Girl nevertheless ends up at an unexpected place: smartly satisfying.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The acting here is exceptional and the writing strong and honest. Though "Brotherhood" may not be in the rarefied air of "The Sopranos" or "The Wire," it's still a major achievement for Showtime's original-series development and yet another top-notch cable drama.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Unexpectedly, it's funny. And it gets funnier and sharper in future episodes.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    What's partly holding "CSI: Miami" back from being great is that, as in the original "CSI," the whole premise is too pat.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It stars Elizabeth Reaser ("Grey's Anatomy"), as Bella, who strikes the right balance of snide, seasoned relationship survivor and romantic hopeful. There's a winning cast, particularly Rachel Boston who plays Bella's sister and Amir Talai ("Campus Ladies") as one of Bella's male buddies.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    To its credit, there are a few extra twists along the way that make the show more intriguing and which hint at a slightly darker feel (but not too bleak) and a chance to have a more complicated story than simply one family with super powers.

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