For 952 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 Catastrophe: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Charlie's Angels: Season 1
Score distribution:
952 tv reviews
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    As first nights go, this was a winner for Corden.... This is very much a show under construction.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    When the writers nail the truisms--Madrigal’s character says he hasn’t seen a movie since 2008, and when Andy and his wife, Laurie (Annie Mumolo), get a couple of free hours to ostensibly have sex, they choose instead to catch up on Homeland--the series really clicks.... Where About a Boy suffers is when the storytelling gets a little too saccharine in the Will-Marcus friendship.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    She is all over the map and that's precisely what's refreshing about her. What the world needs now is not another over-stylized, super-slick talk show.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Victoria delivers precisely on two of the most essential elements of making historical fiction work: Is the cast--and particularly the lead--a group you want to spend hours with and does the plot move at a brisk, entertaining clip? That's an emphatic "yes" to both.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    HBO's Too Big to Fail is mesmerizing and, if you can call watching an economics lesson from hell entertaining, then yes, it's entertaining.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The first two hours go at a brisk, thrilling pace that allows for character development as well. A lot happens and there's a desire for more.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    In many ways, The Bridge is better in season two than in season one, but for some reason it decided to triple-down on the plot and make the whole thing a complex web of interconnected stories.
    • 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
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Not only is the pilot a wonderful mix of hilarious moments (pretty much any time Faxon is in the picture) and subtle sentiment, but it's one of those shows where the acumen of the off-camera talent (Fox) is impressive and clear, which gives hope for long-term success.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The series reflects the youth and intelligence of its writer and succeeds by quickly getting viewers past what would seem an insurmountable obstacle -- caring about what happens to rich white kids in Orange County.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Maybe a solid Western-ish offering like Longmire will be good enough.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Despite coming out of the gates slower than is ideal in a crowded landscape, the series shows signs in the early going of blossoming into something much bigger and better. Before committing, however, you should be all in on Hardy. If not, look elsewhere, because this is absolutely his show.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Tim Goodman
    O'Brien's debut was pretty much what one would expect from these kind of pre-hyped events. It was both funny and forced and the expectations of - what, exactly?--never seemed to materialize, even though Will Ferrell as the sole guest tried to drum something up and Pearl Jam, as the musical guest, at least kick-started an aural ruckus.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    One thing is certain -- Kathryn Morris is going to be a star. Whether her starring vehicle ever catches up to or captures her potential is another thing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Some of [the often simple but absurd comedy] was lighter in spots than others, but the series has a very distinctive comedic voice and a striking visual approach that it keeps up through the episodes
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Hawaii Five-O is nothing but entertainment. It's eye candy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    There's a great cast here--including Zeljko Ivanek as the president's Chief Of Staff and budding nemesis to Elizabeth; and Bebe Neuwirth as head of the staff Elizabeth has inherited. Yet the secondary players have yet to pop.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    The fact is, these kinds of grand historical reimaginings can be a scrumptious combination of costume drama acting, soap opera theatrics and pay cable promiscuousness. That'll make the hours fly by. And it doesn't mean your pleasure needs to be all that guilty.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Ultimately, Go On is about a group with quirks and heart, stirred up by Perry, and the pilot is largely appealing until the final minutes, which are as broad as the 405.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    A to Z quickly puts you to sleep with its far-fetched Hallmark-style romance.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Recount pays due diligence to history while at the same time fictionalizing the interactions of the participants.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    All six of the Katydids pop with strong comedic performances in Teachers, giving you faith that there will be no lag in this 10-episode first season. And the series also benefits greatly from casting kids who aren’t annoying and also knowing how often to employ them in the jokes.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Intriguing and genuinely fun.
    • 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
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Expect a slow(ish) rollout for Bates Motel, as the first couple of episodes establish character and location, before things take an uptick during episode three. But there’s more than enough intrigue and entertainment--on top of Farmiga’s outstanding turn--to keep viewers wanting more of this new-style nonhomage to Psycho.
    • 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
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Creator Elizabeth Meriwether manages to make the situations funny and lets Deschanel channel her charm--a winning combination.
    • 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.
    • 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).
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Season two at least appears stronger than last year but this all comes with a caveat, which is pretty much everything before this sentence. That is, Newsroom is the show we’re getting from Sorkin even if it might not, for some of us, be quite the show we wanted.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Both Emerson and Caviezel are compelling and the way Nolan and Abrams have constructed the look (lots of nourish far-away shots in crowded streets, a sense of contained doom in an urban city) bodes well. That alone is worth the investment.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    Gilchrist's performance is so good it can steer away from much of the tone trouble. The same is mostly true for Rapaport. But Atypical keeps backsliding, becoming unbelievable and poorly written and executed faster than you can say "ABC Afterschool Special." Repeatedly wrongheaded decisions, mostly from Elsa, turn Atypical into a contrived mess shockingly fast; you watch it go from potential Netflix gem to no-thanks network hash in roughly four episodes.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    If you’re up for something completely different that may end up imploding just as easily as it could be riveting, then make the commitment. Wayward Pines is filled with enough guest stars and gear shifts to never stay in the same place and thus remain interesting, though not always logical or satisfying.
    • 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."
    • 66 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    A cool video-meets-soap concept that looks as fresh as anything in years. ... [But] the dialogue falters and the acting is, in spots, forced.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Rescue Me races out of the gate as confidently brilliant as ever before, wildly mixing emotions along the way.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Created by Kevin Biegel, Enlisted comes out of the gates almost fully formed.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    You have a series that cobbles together a pretty strong rooting interest.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Blindspot (not the title you’d expect or hope for when your series is about a woman covered in tattoos) has more than enough going for it early on, despite some real bouts of silliness, that it’s one of those few and elusive pilots that can be endorsed for at least initial evaluation. The reward for spending an hour is mostly worth it.
    • 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
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It’s a lusciously shot and brilliantly written and acted account of how the British aristocracy and progressives in high society fell in love with what can best be described as the tantalizing edginess of jazz music and the sense of exploration and wonder it brought to those who heard it even though society at the time was not ready to accept what it all implied.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is funny, Meloni holds the whole thing together and even the voice over works--despite there needing to be, at the very least, a five season moratorium on that little conceit.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Altered Carbon is a complicated, intriguing, ultraviolent, sex-filled and compelling blast, a visual delight that periodically gets tripped up with its writing but never enough to detour the experience. Altered Carbon is flawed, but it's also fantastic. This is binge-ready sci-fi for the masses.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Good Behavior kicks off as maybe the best drama pilot TNT has produced since Southland, while Dockery's new direction as a bad girl is wonderfully realized--and a very welcome relief for anyone tired of the reserved Lady Mary. ... But more than anything, Good Behavior's pivotal fourth episode will need to address how Letty and Javier stay together and why--and it can't take place in a car with a fading battery. If there's a convincing way to keep these two connected, Good Behavior could really be something for TNT.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    If Lindelof and Perrotta can somehow strike a balance of the human, emotional fallout while also delving into an explanation of the oddities involved in "the sudden departure," then The Leftovers could be one of the more riveting new series.
    • 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
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    A lot worked from this first show. The set looks great, and legendary house band the Roots were, as usual, flawless. When U2 asked them, impromptu, to join in their acoustic jam from the couch, they didn't miss a beat, and the up-tempo atmosphere told the audience one clear thing: Hey, this is fun. You might want to come back and check it out again.
    • 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.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Right out of the gate, the series is surprisingly solid. What it ultimately becomes bears watching.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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