For 706 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 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Battlestar Galactica (2003): Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Spartacus: Blood and Sand: Season 1
Score distribution:
706 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Quite possibly the finest closing chapter ever for a TV series.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The funniest thing you're likely to see all year.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's the best series on television, end of story.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The consistency of excellence in Game of Thrones is truly something to behold. Even in three episodes, viewers will sense things tightening up-- that winter and war are coming and they are coming at a full run.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It seems to be shifting into a higher gear, when no one thought that option was even available.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It remains as riveting and unique as ever.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The series, which had a string of stand-alone episodes before becoming more serialized, gets the balance a little better in Season 2 (though there are still some stand-alones to welcome newbies).
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    In an embarrassment of riches, this series is littered with numerous quality acting performances. It's just a thing of beauty all the way around.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This Holmes update's second season continues to be both clever and classic.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The dialogue remains as pin-prick sharp as usual, with that clever mix of directness and humor.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This series is one of a kind.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Season two of Orange Is the New Black delivers immediately, stays relevant and entertaining, and gives the impression that it has learned a lot of life lessons inside the system.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The first three episodes of Season 3 indicate there has been no slippage at all, but rather a digging in of the philosophy at hand.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's not compelling at 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Mad Men stays relevant and exciting by moving forward.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Sometimes watching greatness expand and realizing that a foundation is in place for the future (excellent writing, superb acting, a clear conceptual vision) is just the kind of assurance you need to cement your allegiance.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It’s a pleasure to watch, and the weaving of the narrative thread is a thing of beauty.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    What’s intriguing and partly amazing about the two hour "movie” called “The Doorway” that opens the season April 7 is that Weiner has not lost his touch at writing a beautifully crafted script--jammed with the sadness and humor and personal revelations we’ve all come to appreciate. But in addition to that, he’s decided to really hit home Mad Men’s key theme in the first two hours with a kind of ferocity of intent we’ve rarely seen from him.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    New characters, new rivalry, same old high quality.
    • 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
    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.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Three more words: Oh. My. God.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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).
    • 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).
    • 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]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's a strong cast, and Byrne and Wiest continue to deliver incredibly mannered and minutely shaded performances.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The casting on Fargo is superb, but none more so than Thornton, who is absolutely magnetic as the calm killer with a penchant for wry observation.... The four episodes that FX sent are a testament to Hawley’s bold belief that he could tackle such an original piece of cinema and make it work on the small screen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It was comforting to see that Masters of Sex has depth of vision and plenty of dramatic material to delve into without taking the easy way out with a nipple and a romp every 10 minutes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    What Judd Apatow failed to accomplish in "Freaks and Geeks," his critically praised but short-lived NBC series about high school, he more than makes up for in Undeclared, a dead-on look at college life that manages to be both hilarious and sweet.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    In the case of Sunny, it comes out of the gate as brilliantly twisted as ever.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    While a miniseries might have truly been something to behold--allowing the slow helplessness to really penetrate viewers, there’s something to be said about making a big, loud noise and getting the message out--again. In that sense, both Murphy and Kramer do the play justice (as you would expect) and have created a powerful modern history reminder for those too young to understand the all-too-recent past.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Evaluated merely as one episode competing against all the previous episodes in the series, this one is pretty spectacular.... Mad Men is back, looking as vibrant as ever.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Khouri's strong writing and sense of character prove the show is no mere soap--does an excellent job of identifying them [storylines] without spending too much time on them.
    • 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.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The series is excellent, absorbing and addictive. When each episode ends, you long for the next--a hallmark of great dramas.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The characters are so beautifully and thoroughly rendered that we, as viewers, are caught up in their lives.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It means there's finally something good (and funny) on Tuesday nights.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    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
    • 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
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Rescue Me races out of the gate as confidently brilliant as ever before, wildly mixing emotions along the way.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Again, it's back to the writing and the look. Both are superb.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Fellowes has a stronger hold on telling the individual tales of his well-drawn characters, and that pinpoint focus utterly redeems the series early on.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    '24' keeps you on edge like no other series. [28 Oct 2002]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Seriously, one day, NBC will be run like a real network--and bask in the fact that our Pawnee pals have returned, and there are plenty of excellent episodes in store.
    • 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.