For 769 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 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 3
Lowest review score: 0 The Bedford Diaries: Season 1
Score distribution:
769 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's Close who makes "Damages" a series to contend with.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Watching Fox’s wonderfully creative and ridiculously entertaining new series, The Last Man On Earth, you can’t help but laugh (it’s a comedy--duh), but also be truly and utterly impressed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Going into its third season, Girls is as refreshing and audacious as ever and one of the few half-hour dramedies where you can feel its heart pounding and see its belly ripple with laughter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's a serialized mystery that pays off your devotion.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's the best series on television, end of story.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The Americans not only built on its impressive first season when the second came around, but the first four episodes of season three find it rising to new creative heights yet again.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Has the kind of verve and wit that's the hallmark of shows where the writers aren't thinking about audience reaction or how the network bigs will view it -- it's a story that just pours out, with the audacity to say, "Take me or leave me."
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    If last season tended toward painful self-evaluation -- it made for great drama but a head full of bleakness -- Season 3 hints not so much at a more clearly defined, lighter tone but perhaps more living life out loud than living it in the head.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Yes, it's brilliant, again.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Despite being peopled with well-drawn characters and smart, audaciously careening scripts that induce bursts of laughter, "Wonderfalls" gives us television's -- at least network television's -- coolest female.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The show succeeds by spreading out the story lines. By the second episode, everyone is surprisingly well developed.
    • 80 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.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Right out of the gate, "The Boondocks" is a water-cooler series that lives up to the hype. It is funny, fearless and continues the vibe of the strip.
    • 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
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The joy of this series really comes down to two things: lots of action and some babelicious butt-kicking. Not something to be proud of for enjoying it, but true. Pass the chips and ale -- and down in front!
    • 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
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    If you like big-screen-level thrills and complicated plot structures, you'll opt-in to FlashForward. And you'll be rewarded. Here's hoping it stays strong and compelling as it heads to April 29.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The first three episodes of Season 2 that AMC sent out continue that level of achievement with no evident missteps.
    • 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
    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).
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A quirky and hilarious gem.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This Holmes update's second season continues to be both clever and classic.
    • 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.

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