For 894 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: 62
Highest review score: 100 Sons of Anarchy: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Neighbors: Season 1
Score distribution:
894 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's not compelling at all.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Right now, outside of Anderson struggling to make something from the limited ingredients he's been given, New Orleans itself is the only interesting element.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Though there are plenty of hard-earned (some might say forced) laughs here and Bornheimer is a real find, you can't help but wonder how they'll keep up the pace.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Feels forced.... What "American Dad" really resembles most is the less-funny outtakes from "Family Guy," done in a way that doesn't even pretend to be original. [4 Feb 2005]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's not that '24' is desperate for ideas in Season 4. No, it was desperate in Season 2. It's that the humor is more blithely predictable now, less forehead-slapping in its preposterousness. As the adrenaline ramps up, the logic falls down. Again. [7 Jan 2003]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Can we negotiate for a better premise if we release some hostages?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    But this is an epic drama on HBO, correct? So is it Giamatti or Adams himself who will make viewers wish for a swifter and less pedantic version on the History Channel?
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    "Raines" is one of those shows that are enjoyable time wasters if you don't know what else is available.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    In FX's Testees, viewers get a good premise gone sophomorically sideways.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Told mainly from the perspective of the criminal, L&O:CI has a superb cast (Vincent D'Onofrio, Courtney B. Vance, Jamey Sheridan). But you can't get past the fact that you've seen this all before, just assembled differently.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Ultimately, everybody's affable in this series. There are no sharp right angles, no emotional elbows.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's solid for what it is, despite the worrisome gimmick and sometimes obvious story.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    The series might have worked better if it let the strong cast make the most of the troubled writing--good actors can elevate tired scripts and, in reverse, tamp down overly dramatic ones. But that Greek chorus of witnesses that props up the construction of the series undermines their work.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There's nothing inherently wrong with The Good Wife other than it's a legal series with too many close-up shots of knowing glances and "attagirl Alicia" moments of empowerment that you saw coming 20 minutes prior.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    Ultimately it’s very purple in its prose, yearning to be film noir, but--lacking the writing or grit to achieve that--playing more like hokey blood porn.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    House had enough going against it, but if you strip it of its boldness in favor of rote (and predictable) drama, then you might as well bring in the priest.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Even though In the Motherhood may have universal appeal, overly familiar premises can lead to lameness, so ABC better hope the rest of the episodes play more like the one on Thursday and less like the one a week later.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Although the cases in Raising the Bar are apparently influenced by real-life cases, they tend to be either predictable or predictably unpredictable, however you want to look at it. In combination with the characters, this makes Raising the Bar about an average law series. That's pretty good for TNT, but less than expected from Bochco - fair or not.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's painfully derivative on so many fronts that it sometimes seems you're watching five reality shows at once.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    CBS can turn a lot of tired fluff into sitcom hits, so who knows about Accidentally on Purpose? There are laughs here and there, but mostly it's all so very familiar and not remotely as funny as "Modern Family" or "Cougar Town."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Intriguing--but not especially enjoyable.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Three sitcom veterans can elevate comfortable mediocrity only so high. There's probably not one setup, premise or joke that you haven't seen before (or will see coming) in the entirety of your sitcom-watching life.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is so packed with nauseating moments meant for shock value that only the most desperate of viewers will get to the second episode in search of something, well, a little less wince-inducing.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    After watching the first four episodes, it's clear that despite the familiar adrenaline rush and a (temporarily) tighter rein on the ridiculous, 24 hasn't changed much at all.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    The series feels reinvigorated [with the time jump to 1966]. What remains problematic--and there’s no real fix for it--is that viewers have had 24 episodes of Masters and Johnson’s evolving relationship and the latter part of that was a lot of bickering and problems that only highlighted the fact that Masters has never been very likable.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The decline of '24' is almost as harrowing as one of its patented pulse-pounding dramatic moments. ... Maybe '24' won't be so head-slappingly ludicrous this time around, but the first two episodes do little to give cynics reason for hope. [27 Oct 2003]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    [It] ultimately succumbs to being an inferior story on a broadcast network that can't even remotely match two far better cable series ["The Sopranos" and "Brotherhood"].
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Outside of Stoll, The Strain struggles to develop its characters in the first few episodes.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There is something too pat, too telegraphed in "Invasion" to rile up the blood.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    While the acting government is scrambling to reset itself, Designated Survivor spends a lot of time on Tom's wife, Alex (Natasha McElhone), who is trying to buoy his spirits (he was fired 15 hours earlier and then, well, you know); the Kirkmans' cute daughter, who can't figure out what's going on; and teen son Leo (Tanner Buchanan), acting like an obnoxious teenager and stuff. Yes, we need to know about his family, but not for all the minutes we're given in the pilot.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There are bits of "8 Simple Rules..." that are genuinely funny and hint at better things to come. But the full 22 minutes doesn't stick together well and ends up feeling like a comedy that's been overdone.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    At some point, however -- and that point is the first episode in this fourth season -- it all becomes too much, too arch, too ridiculous and trying and forced. Worse, perhaps, is the sense that not enough effort has been put in, not enough of the tightrope-walking brilliance of the first three seasons shines through.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's a nice gimmick, actually. Too bad the results seem so childishly undeveloped.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The pilot of Miss Guided suffers a bit from being too cute with a device where the actors talk into the camera for narration and expository purposes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's a rote cop show, but in the last five minutes or so, it hints at something deeper.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There's a little "Everybody Loves Raymond" here, and that's not a bad thing.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    "Reunion" has more dishonest heartstring tugs than a John Hughes movie sliced up on AMC and filled with Hallmark ads. And the emotional heavy lifting makes people forget that the actual writing -- in this case, an overdose of voice-over narration -- is sleight, cloying and transparent.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The pilot looks dangerously flawed and seriously underwhelming.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's traditional sitcom fodder. But what makes The Middle a pleasant surprise is that the series itself is eccentric and funny in unexpected ways, not just the kids.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's nothing David Lynch hasn't crossed out and done better, but at least it's different. Most viewers won't play the game, but if you're interested, write down every number you see, call phone numbers you notice and pay attention to things that mysteriously change.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    While it’s great fun to have Holder back--you could make a TV show out of him just walking and talking and it would be fantastic, because Kinnaman is so compelling--the Seattle street urchins at the core of the murder mystery are almost unbearable to watch. The acting, writing and scenarios for the latter are all mediocre.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Judging from the first of six hours that will air, this might be the perfect series where you can plop on the couch, pop a beer and think, "This is all a little odd."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    When all the storytelling is coming to a climax, there's something missing--the same connection that was absent between Mildred and Veda from the start.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Even in the first episode, it's clear that "Desperate Housewives" is a vastly improved series from a year ago. The passing is better; the tone is more focused. It's funnier and more focused. But it's also still "Desperate Housewives," and there's that malodorous whiff of the whole thing being past its sell-by date. [22 Sep 2006]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Unfortunately, Life Unexpected took all of the schmaltz of "Gilmore Girls" and expanded it several hundred times over, forgetting to insert any of the quirk and only a smidge of the smart banter.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    This series is still sprawling. Three episodes are not enough to know where it's going or where it will end up. The second and third episodes don't completely wriggle free of some of Luhrmann's whimsy. But all told, there's a better balance between what the famed director apparently wanted to do with tone and hewing more accurately to the times.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    Somewhere around the three-hour mark, all you want to do is have both families line up opposite each other, pull the trigger and fade to black.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    After a handful of episodes that were periodically funny and stridently downbeat (which seemed to be the goal), Baskets got stuck in that low gear.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    Davis is riveting throughout.... Unfortunately, Murder has a number of flaws.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Despite having Berry and a sci-fi idea that, while not super-original, is still intriguing, Extant lays flat for most of the hour, failing to set the hook.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's an hour that you'll be able to understand and appreciate, even if you love "Sons of Anarchy" more. Sometimes it's fun to take a spin on your old bike, so to speak.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    In truth, it's the bountiful hamminess of McShane and the other evildoers that makes Pillars great fun, even if it's never going to be a candidate for "Masterpiece Theatre."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    All the early signs were right--this is an exercise in verbal gymnastics and no matter how famous the two leads are, it's difficult to embrace their characters, because they have that air of stagey self-importance, as if the goal was to be viewed from seats in the distance, not welcomed into your living room.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The spy story, wartime bullets and intrigue carry The Company, though the writing and story are unnecessarily obvious.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Copper has the same problems that AMC's Hell on Wheels does, which is that there's an excellent show there somewhere, just not on the screen.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    "Watching Ellie" is like trying to solve a puzzle: What, besides a megalomaniacal mess, is this thing all about? ... Whatever happened to just being funny?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Hawaii Five-O is nothing but entertainment. It's eye candy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    It could be that, like a lot of sitcom pilots, Broke Girls is trying too hard. But when the jokes work, they're funny, so there's hope.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's visually engrossing. Then it goes oddly flat in parts, only to kick-start itself with another clash of tones.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It’s exciting to watch Momoa and Henderson give riveting performances, so it’s not like there’s nothing to recommend here. It’s just that in watching them do it, you wish the story was giving them more fodder and not bogging itself down in side arcs.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    The 90-minute first episode and the hour-long second episode are, while not actually boring, certainly less magnetic than the original.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    For all the effort that was put into making Canterbury complicated, not nearly enough quality control was put into the writing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The show is a bold idea, and there's hope for the modern-world portions, but it doesn't quite know what it is (or maybe it does, but the audience won't).
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There seems to be little here in the way of memorable characters outside of Danson's angry doctor, and even his misanthropic outlook (leavened, of course, by a heart, which is mandatory in formulaic comedy) gets tiring. Still, when he's on, Danson is good.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It never finds a compelling vision while inside those heads to suggest it will be anything more than a good, but not great, hospital drama.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    A bloated mess. ... "Carnivale" is a little too full of itself. Believing that it has a fascinating story to tell with all the complex themes you could imagine, the series nevertheless fails the first test of television: Move forward.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    Great shows don't have to be this eager and this sloppy and this obvious. TNT will need to make Animal Kingdom improve significantly over the next several episodes if the series wants a shot at survival.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The real problem with "Justice" is that the series is very average.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There's an old-school feel to the storytelling (shades of "Columbo") that makes it feel comfortable--perhaps too comfortable, or at least too easy.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Unless Good Girls Revolt can make the stories it tells more interesting and better paced, it'll just be a pretty good show in a world that's churning out great shows--breaking-news alert--at an awe-inspiring clip.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    You should at the very least check out Bello, who does fine work here.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    This is a spy series looking for someone or something to make you care.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Preposterous ideas know no bounds on "Prison Break."
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It seems the writers got the initial idea in their heads -- Kyra Sedgwick raises hell -- then faltered in stacking the bricks around her. The accent is distracting, though the writers must have chosen Atlanta for a reason. The sweet tooth is gimmicky. And the fact she doesn't exactly close the trunk with force in the pilot is of some concern.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    What Animals is trying to do is take The West Wing and turn it into Dallas. And if you don't like Dallas, that can be a real letdown.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    The existential aspects of Derek are its best traits (and yes, there will be a second season). The drama and comedy elements are more of a mixed bag.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    There is a lot of potential in this series. It's just a shame that it appears to be veering away from something completely different--something darker and more sci-fi and ambitious, and settling into the feel-good, be-safe vibes of both Jurassic Park and Avatar.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It doesn’t really work out well enough as a concoction, unfortunately, as characters continuously choose one bad option after another, further complicating their already troubling situation and thus creating more pandemonium.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is clever in a number of places and the banter is quick.... Like Modern Family, which it seems to be aping, The Michael J. Fox show is big on hugs and syrup in the end notes, but that can be overlooked if what precedes it has enough right angles. Unfortunately, the second episode--which airs directly after the pilot tonight--is a complete and utter mess.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is solid but 22 minutes with this kind of cast and concept barely leaves any room to decipher whether or not you want to spend one night a week with these people.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's light but predictable fun.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Lilyhammer is an odd little series with potential.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Most of the other characters on Benched remain unformed, so early offerings seem middling and temper that hope--but hey, maybe you have better batteries.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There's a nagging suspicion that Hell on Wheels, created by Tony and Joe Gayton, doesn't quite know what it wants to be, which may explain why after four hours it seems like a collection of ideas that haven't quite gelled.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    It’s not exactly groundbreaking for television, which has done these kinds of unscripted explorations for years, but it’s a nice little add-on if you’re already a Prime subscriber and someone who readily views Amazon’s TV offerings.... When the series moves outside to bring to life in HD the many stories readers have become familiar with through the years, the results are more mixed.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    While the cop genre is all but played out, Detroit 1-8-7 is stylish and acceptably rough-hewn enough to make it worth your while.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    Grandfathered, on the other hand, feels as slick, predictable and manipulative as possible, dropping lots of punchlines about its premise.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    What anchored Broadchurch was its harrowing sense of loss, how it played out with the parents and changed the small coastal town where a number of people had come to start new lives. Much of that is either missing or lost in translation.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    It's hard to tell whether Murphy and Falchuk are real fans of the horror genre or just set out to create something so creepy and freaky and off-the-charts weird that it would create massive buzz.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There's not much payoff to the premise. Which is a real shame, because there's a good show here somewhere
    • 62 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    Telenovela never fails to break a sweat in its attempt to create something interesting or funny, but all that effort falls wincingly short of its goal.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The series still can't get liftoff because it seems like a limp copy.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Perhaps the worst offense by 666 is that it's not even an ounce scary.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    If you can’t love the rake in Keegan, then you sure can’t love the lawyer in him either (since it’s barely developed in the pilot). That leaves Rake as an overly familiar character study and an under-developed law procedural.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Californication in Season 2 seems like its indulging a certain person's condition rather than illuminating the human condition, if you know what I mean - and I think you do.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    How about less ghost, more Margo? That might help A Gifted Man become better than very average.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Ultimately, there's nothing new about the bones of Grey's Anatomy. Somebody needs to reinvent the hospital drama, stat.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    If you're the kind of person who likes scary shows and mythology, it might be fair to give The Exorcist a chance for a few episodes to see what it has planned. Both Daniels and Herrera are charismatic, and if the writers can make the God vs. the devil face-off grow beyond the Rance household, there might be a show here that's worth a few scares.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    True Detective is trying so hard here it hurts. ... Pizzolatto has inexplicably made every character in this season spout clipped and elliptical phrases. They begin to pile up so quickly that you soon realize there’s no flow to the characters, no realism to them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Bad, then decent, then confusing. That's not exactly the trajectory you're looking for in a pilot.

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