For 769 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 Better Off Ted: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Til Death: Season 1
Score distribution:
769 tv reviews
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    "The Bedford Diaries" is just woeful -- the most trite, forced and stage-managed piece of empty titillation you're likely to see.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Let's present some evidence for you to analyze: A tired premise. Overly familiar characters. Dull writing. An unclear tone. A series that pales in comparison to any of the "CSI" shows and pretty much every new crime and punishment procedural in the last five years.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Tim Goodman
    The whole series just misses its mark -- despite that mark being one of the fattest, ripest targets imaginable.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    There's a tart edge to some of the jokes, which helps the series, but the too- obvious nature of most of the humor and the pat good-parents-versus-bad- parents setup is trite.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    To call Firefly a vast disappointment is an understatement. Whedon has proven he's capable of brilliance, but this is mere folly.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    "Courting Alex" is sadly predictable and unfunny at pretty much every turn.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    This is probably the worst sitcom of the fall.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Mainly Carpoolers uses the cheap conceit of four guys sharing time in the car (confiding in each other, getting away from their troubles at home) to distract you from the fact this is merely another unfunny comedy of forced antics, cliched jokes and unbelievable characters.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    "Pepper Dennis" is so poorly written that the hokey dialogue not only besmirches journalism, but television journalism, which really takes some serious hackery to accomplish.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    45 minutes of bad writing, bad acting and bad storytelling.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    A charming but underwhelming pilot.... The second episode is dismal, sucking all the air out of whatever hopes you might have had for that one.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 38 Tim Goodman
    By the time the second hour comes on Monday and tries to give these characters some dimension, you already know that the talent on both sides of the camera simply isn't there to make this a worthwhile trip.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Getting On is mostly a depressing and unfunny (which is more depressing) look at an eldercare facility, the people winding down their days ignominiously in said facility and a handful of people who work there.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Luckily, the writing here is so moronic and the situations so forced and mundane, it's easier to dismiss what is, all told, pretty fantastic work on behalf of Galecki and Parsons.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The writing is forced and thin, some of the acting stagey, most of the characters unlikable and - the show-killer quality that HBO execs apparently failed to see--profoundly boring.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    This is a series that shimmers with potential -- until Dove shows up. Someone at the network must have thought "Free Ride" was too irreverently weird and creatively nuanced, so they made Dove as annoyingly cartoonish as possible.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Nine years later, The Comeback is back, as unwatchable and unfunny as the first time around.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    The cheesiest reality show yet. ... It's hysterically bad. Honestly.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The trouble with Castle is that it's just so completely fluffy - which is annoying.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Please say this is entertainment--and nothing more. That might not make it all right, but it would restore a whole lot of faith.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Seems a gigantic miss for HBO. Although King has tried to write a B-story for Cherish -- her home life -- it doesn't ring true.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Unfortunately, most of the rest of the casting (and thus, acting) is a disaster. The writing is weak. And the fish-out-of-water story grows old within minutes. Not even a cute cub can save it.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 Tim Goodman
    If "The War at Home" spent more time on good jokes instead of recycling every gimmick ever seen on TV, it might merely be mediocre, but it's worse.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    It has neither the exactitude of the times nor the talent of the writers to get at the issues, ala Mad Men, that illuminate the issues of the day.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Bland and rote.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    [A] vastly inferior product, which lacks spark and purpose.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Tim Goodman
    To its credit, next week's second episode is better than tonight's revamped pilot: tighter, funnier and more expansive to other cast members.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    One Tree Hill is more like "One Ill-Conceived Idea" or "One Note Hill." It just sits there, like desperate mush, a recipe for success that is bland and unsatisfying. It's like they came up with the concoction -- teen angst and pouting and brooding and raw emotions and shirtlessness -- then mixed it all together with lumpen writing and overarching themes.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    A to Z quickly puts you to sleep with its far-fetched Hallmark-style romance.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    Dumb and obvious and formulaic.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Belushi and O'Connell are two jokers who love the law and practice in Las Vegas and ... oh, forget it. The show is lousy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    It should be noted that Geere and Cash are very, very good--they just need better material. (Unfortunately, the rest of the cast, even though they don't get much work, grind the show to a halt--an almost insurmountable problem except that Worst's penchant for trying to shock with crassness is really the stumbling block here).
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Sure, it's got some ethically challenged cops, some overt racism, some faux hot sex and what looks to be a lot of money spent on filming on the streets of Los Angeles, but the writing is surprisingly nondescript, the acting rudimentary and the first hour ends with nothing much in the way of movement.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Just dreadful enough to want to shoot yourself and end up in the tender loving arms of the people at "Private Practice."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    It's as rote and unfunny and ridiculous as hundreds of other ambitionless sitcoms to hit the air.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    LOLA begins so flat, boring and predictable that you have to grudgingly admire Wolf's steadfast commitment to the holiness of the brand, at the expense of any creativity, originality or shock value.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    You won't really want to spend another hour with these people.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    It's a hackfest of cliches and obvious, unfunny jokes about kids and neighbors and marriage, with multiple cameras, a smothering laugh track, precocious kids and a salty but loving wife.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Marry Me starts off annoying and unlikable and rarely dips from that, even though fans of Happy Endings will no doubt tune in for star Casey Wilson and for that show's creator, David Caspe, who also created this one.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Crisis comes out of the chute as flat as any recent thriller on network television--actually more so. There’s barely an ounce of believability in it. The casting seems woeful and the acting isn’t going to get you to the second hour.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    New Amsterdam is very average--and in many aspects is well below average. It never feels like much more than a cliche.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 10 Tim Goodman
    Dallas is terrible....The writing is brutal and obvious, the acting is comical, and none of it is bettered by the directing.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    There are a lot of fat jokes in Mike & Molly. Unfortunately, all of them are easy, most of them are stupid and worse than anything is that they are spewed in what is being spun as a sympathetic look at people with eating problems.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Everything about The Slap feels manipulated — you can smell the smoke off the puppet strings as the characters are jerked into being jerks. And that's just the pilot. The anvil drops more often and with more velocity in the second episode.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    No matter how you slice it, you won't find a quality cable series hiding inside.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The new show takes a wispy idea and stretches it past its limit, leaving no laughs, no character development and certainly no impetus to watch again.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Here it is, back for an eighth season of eight episodes, and the only reason to return to it is the culmination of storylines. Meaning, to come back to find out what happens to Vince and the boys (and their various girls). And that's really the problem.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    It seems like a middling Fox series with a monotonous glut of obscenities and some nudity tossed in to make it pay-cable worthy.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The series is flat-out tone deaf; a limp drama and a grating, messy misfire as a comedy.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    A series so bad that it's daring you to watch. Don't.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Both the writing and the directing fall short in One Child, leaving good actors to work with material that’s mostly not there and viewers reminded of the fact that good intentions are not always enough.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    It's just heinous. Absurd, laughable, painful to watch--you name it, Moonlight has it all.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The best that "The Class" can muster is a kind of cookie-cutter familiarity (also known as lameness) that gets prodded by the laugh track to make everyone at home feel like a good time is being had. It's not.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    A patchwork pastiche of 1960s clichés that tracks the killings of Charles Manson through a hippy-trippy Los Angeles, because all you really want is for Duchovny to be in The X-Files instead.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    The Crazy Ones is part manic and part maudlin, neither emotion effective.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Now, whether or not you believe in all this stuff is unimportant. "Medium," as a TV series, just isn't very good. [3 Jan 2005]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 44 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    Insipid, poorly written and saddled with an onerous laugh track, "The Winner" is lame even by Fox's standards.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    A moving, emotional and even competent show could have been made about sick or dying young people. But instead, Red Band Society wants to take your emotions and manipulate them--and then, only then, will it predictably and with malice drop the Coldplay anvil on you.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Beyond feeling like it’s a flippant NBC comedy, Grace and Frankie also feels very 1999.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    "In Justice" is a mess -- and it will take at least two additional episodes to find out which direction the show is going and whether that direction is an improvement.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    In what has to be one of the most difficult achievements in modern television history, NBC has managed to make "Watching Ellie" exponentially worse in this "new" version.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    Terrible writing, painful acting, forced comic situations.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    It's all soapy nonsense with emotional entanglements underscored by catchy and moving pop songs.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    It's a series that looks like a whole bunch of cooks decided to build the most creatively awesome and different kitchen imaginable, forgetting for a moment that none of them can really cook.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 10 Tim Goodman
    What The CW is doing here (and Kane perpetuates with her take on teenage girls and their intelligence) is approaching television with the perspective that the target audience is profoundly idiotic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    CBS's The McCarthys manages to be unfunny, dated and stereotypical all in under a half-hour.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Tim Goodman
    One of those series that looks great on paper but ends up less-than-thrilling on the screen.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Hokey and poorly paced with unfathomably lame flashbacks, it's like a relentlessly mediocre movie of the week that still has 11 more hours to go.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    Deception just seems sloppily constructed and poorly written, wasting some good actors (Victor Garber, Tate Donovan and Meagan Good) in the process and never giving you a reason to care.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 10 Tim Goodman
    In Fox’s instantly awful Gang Related, it’s pretty clear right away that you’re dealing with a pile of clichés that, pushed together and financed, can never be more than dreadful.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    The Married pilot is forced, mostly unfunny and tragic in that you immediately want to root for Faxon and Greer, two very funny and very likable comic actors, to have better material.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    Spartacus is an exercise in some of the worst writing, acting and directing you'll ever see (or not).
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The writing in "Heist" is self-consciously forced, as if the writers are breaking their backs to be quick-witted and clever. It's painful to hear.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Backstrom is pretty bad on a number of levels and can't ultimately be forgiven for wasting Dennis Haysbert.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Obviously the CW wanted to milk the popularity of shows like "Glee," which has singing and dancing. And is enormously popular. You can't blame the CW (except maybe for leaving out the creativity, for having a terrible script and for the acting, which hurts to witness).
    • 51 Metascore
    • 10 Tim Goodman
    So much of this remake loses the original’s subtlety (no doubt decades of more pointed horror movies have taken their toll) that outside of the aforementioned three worthwhile elements [Paris, Zoe Saldana, and Zoe Saldana in her underwear] everything seems to be a waste of time.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Had they taken a closer look at how it all meshed together (or didn't), they'd have seen a series that has almost no funny moments, maybe one character the audience may feel affinity for, and any number of scenes where dumb is piled on dumber.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    You will want all the extras who played vamps on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (which was great, by the way, and not to be blamed for this lackluster cousin) to return en masse to eat the cast of "Vampire Diaries," plus any remaining scripts.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    It has a stupid title and a stupid premise and, among its many transgressions against watchable entertainment, it really doesn’t make much sense (you know, on top of the acting and the writing and whatnot).
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    Kennedys is a hamfisted mess, both slothful in its pacing and leaden in whatever underlying message was meant to be given. It's not the Kennedy family or legacy that suffers here, but the people involved in the project.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    As much as I don't like it, I pretty much love the whole cast.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    If you're at all discerning, it's like getting peanut butter on your steak. You'd rather have that separate. And on different nights.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Tim Goodman
    This is a really bad show. It’s a show so bad that if it was smart enough to be a spoof, it would be genius. But it’s not.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Tim Goodman
    The first episode is moody and violent but not particularly frightening. The second is psychobabble nonsense without much suspense.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Two episodes of Sullivan & Son were like watching caricatures of characters you'd seen before (and were equally unfunny then).
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    It's all cheap, easy, predictable and not very clever.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Retired at 35 is all about hitting your mark, spewing out a tired line then waiting for the canned laughter to start. Some people like the comfort of familiarity, but others just feel the contempt. Ahem.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    Mixology is a tone-deaf, poorly executed, badly written series that, in the parlance of the show, kind of rapes comedy.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    Syfy's latest drama, Dominion, may be one of the dumbest, worst-acted, most poorly written series I've seen in ages. In no way should this encourage you to tune in hoping to rubberneck this bit of awfulness in hopes of creating some kind of new drinking game.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    There’s something plodding and portentous about Rogue, as if it were trying especially hard to be taken seriously, to have the ballast needed to compete with other serious cable dramas.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Working is filled with bad jokes you can see coming from a country mile.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    There is not one smart or endurable moment in this series.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    It's definitely too laughably convoluted to go into.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    As a package, Super Fun Night isn't much fun at all. The Kendall character is just too obviously mean and pretty and successful.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Animating [the movie] doesn't actually make it better (or even funny), even if you bring back the original cast to do the voice work.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Did you [NBC] get the memo about making fun of other cultures to the point where you bump up against the racism thing? Apparently not. India is a big country. Laughing at their cows and curry--it makes you look as if you've never traveled. (Additional note: Making fun of people is easy and cheap. Write that down.)
    • 45 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    Weird can be good, but this isn’t intentionally weird so much as it is plain bad.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Private Practice is bad. Not "worse than "Grey's Anatomy bad" in the sense that Rhimes really is good at pulling people's heart strings with melancholy and humor.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    It's one thing that Fimmel can't act (but boy, he puts a lot of heart into that grunting, and he does that thing where he just seethes, which allows the camera to get close to his face for long, long periods of time), it's another that the script is flat-out stupid and the rest of the cast isn't exactly pulling a De Niro.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    All this Ironside does is talk tough and spout exposition endlessly. Yak, yak, yak. There's more talking and less action in Ironside than there is in The Newsroom. Oh, and when there is action, it's just ridiculous.

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