For 910 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 4.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Rome: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Fear Factor: Season 1
Score distribution:
910 tv reviews
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Allegiance is a broadcast network series that doesn't have the writing or the acting chops to compete with its FX counterpart. The series is, however, entertaining on its own merits.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    The first three episodes are good if a little erratic, but that's true of most sitcoms.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    All of the obvious self-awareness jokes are glaring and irritating. But here’s the hope: Both Cho and Gillan are very likable actors and even manage to nail what is asked of them in the pilot, playing Eliza and Henry.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    There’s enough hardened acting chops to make Chicago PD a watchable distraction in the Dick Wolf mode. Will it end up being something consistently good? It probably depends on your definition of good.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Anger Management is really just a slightly more content-dangerous network sitcom.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    They are gods, sure, but initially many are just caricatures of abstract tics and traits. That is either going to be maddening to viewers or, given the right level of entertainment and oddness (which American Gods has in spades), a story worth waiting for.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Divorce is a smarter and more ambitious show than that and it wants to soak in the emotions, which is more admirable than watchable (especially because Parker is the one marinating in the sadness, not getting many of the funny or withering lines).
    • 72 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Outside of Stoll, The Strain struggles to develop its characters in the first few episodes.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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."
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    It's a testament to Hirsch, who keeps Bonnie and Clyde grounded--plus a solid script, for the most part--that allows this movie to defy the odds. That doesn't make it great or even necessary, but wow, it could have been a lot worse.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Looking long term, Resurrection may be one typical TV dark secret that takes a while to unravel, and maybe that's good enough for most. But it's cutting enough corners here in the beginning to be worrisome. And if you were lucky enough to see The Returned (or will be streaming it asap), then Resurrection won't be for you.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Mind Games is less complicated than Killen's other shows--which raises its chances until you factor in the dreadful time slot it will inhabit. Yet even though Zahn is a lot to take while having his bi-polar rants and motor-mouthed moments of anxiety, plus Slater's dubious end-of-the-pilot twist, there are elements in play with Mind Games that make it intriguing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    As a B-level entry it’s at least entertaining, and if some of the sillier aspects of the pilot can be improved on could be one of those mindless entertainment options we all need now and again.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is strong and closes with a cliffhanger element that should bring back a sizeable chunk of the tune-in audience.... but having no other episodes to find out in what direction the series wants to go--not just with Barry/Bassam, but where the core of its stories will come from (family or politics), means it’s too early to give a definitive endorsement to Tyrant, despite its potential.
    • 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.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Body of Proof doesn't break any new ground as a procedural and has more than enough hokey moments to make you look elsewhere. But as a case study of how and why star vehicles get made, this is textbook.
    • 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
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Lilyhammer is an odd little series with potential.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Part of the hedging about Mr. Sunshine stems from her role. In the pilot, it's a wildly over-the-top portrayal that's simultaneously fun to witness but worrisome as to whether Janney can pull it off every week.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    You should at the very least check out Bello, who does fine work here.

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