For 905 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Office (UK): Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Charlie's Angels: Season 1
Score distribution:
905 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    22 minutes is not enough to say. (Networks really need to be more generous with episodes, especially during midseason.) If the pilot (written by Perry and co-executive producer Joe Keenan) is passable, my guess would be that the pedigree and talent involved will overcome the shortcomings and give viewers something better soon enough.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The elements for a very good show are all in place but the show keeps getting in its own way.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    A faux documentary on actors who are not famous but who are struggling to be isn't inherently interesting to nonactors. ... 'Unscripted' isn't a complete flop. It's just rare that HBO fails like this. [9 Jan 2005]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's not a gratuitous failure and makes enough sense to see to the end.
    • 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."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The pilot looks dangerously flawed and seriously underwhelming.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    How about less ghost, more Margo? That might help A Gifted Man become better than very average.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Intriguing--but not especially enjoyable.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The problem with "Criminal Minds" -- other than there are 48 series in a similar vein, 39 of them on CBS -- is that every person in this cast has an area of expertise, and they spend the hour telling you about it in the most unrealistic workplace conversations you'll ever hear.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Though Berlanti doesn't always get the balance right and there's no telling whether people will glom onto Eli the way they did Ally, having seen three episodes and been entertained through most of them is saying something, at least.
    • 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
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Ryan seems too inert, not nearly aggressive enough for the role.
    • 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
    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.
    • 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
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    And yet, after watching the first two episodes, it's a shame that Legends (and TNT) weren't a bit more ambitious with the show. The pilot is splashy and action-packed, but overall the lack of complexity--and yes, I know I cited that as a plus earlier--makes it less satisfying.
    • 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.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There’s nothing overtly bad about the first two episodes of Dracula but neither was there anything compelling.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    What NCIS: Los Angeles does well is what all CBS procedurals do well--bring mostly believable, semi-pulse-pounding justice to bad guys by the end of the hour with some action, a dose of humor and the weekly, methodical unpeeling of each character's private onion skin.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Joss Whedon is one of television's most talented visionaries, but his latest series--the highly anticipated midseason drama Dollhouse--is a major disappointment.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    As is the case with a lot of animated shows based in a very alternate reality, you really have to be in the mood for Animals, a hit-or-miss series that weaves a couple of disparate stories of the animals into a half-hour set against the background of a perpetually rainy New York City.

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