For 773 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 2.9 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 4
Lowest review score: 0 Watching Ellie: Season 2
Score distribution:
773 tv reviews
    • 55 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    "The Dresden Files" is currently mediocre, a series searching for the right tone, seemingly unsure of itself and all the while not quite selling itself to the non sci-fi crowd.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's painfully derivative on so many fronts that it sometimes seems you're watching five reality shows at once.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    In truth, it's the bountiful hamminess of McShane and the other evildoers that makes Pillars great fun, even if it's never going to be a candidate for "Masterpiece Theatre."
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is not especially funny. But it has potential.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's light but predictable fun.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Even in the first episode, it's clear that "Desperate Housewives" is a vastly improved series from a year ago. The passing is better; the tone is more focused. It's funnier and more focused. But it's also still "Desperate Housewives," and there's that malodorous whiff of the whole thing being past its sell-by date. [22 Sep 2006]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Actually, "Emily's Reasons Why Not" does have its funny moments. The problem is twofold. The show tweaks and contorts itself so hard to get those laughs that the whole thing feels forced and unmanageable for two consecutive episodes, much less a season. And secondly, the premise is unlikely to hold up for any length of time.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The Whole Truth, which airs opposite "The Defenders" on ABC, is less lousy.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Sometimes the suburban jokes work -- every little girl seems to be named Caitlin -- but Hidden Hills is mostly still foraging for the hidden jokes that will make it more original.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's a rote cop show, but in the last five minutes or so, it hints at something deeper.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The real problem with "Justice" is that the series is very average.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Forever is an easy hour because Gruffudd (Horatio Hornblower) is a fine, quite likeable actor, and the mystery-of-the-week procedural continues to be candy for views.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Three sitcom veterans can elevate comfortable mediocrity only so high. There's probably not one setup, premise or joke that you haven't seen before (or will see coming) in the entirety of your sitcom-watching life.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Not nearly as ambitious as "Life on Mars" but entertaining nonetheless.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    A slightly older version of "Charmed"? Um, yes. Into all of this potential mediocrity (fully realized, by the way), comes the masterstroke of casting the phenomenal Paul Gross as the devil.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    "Raines" is one of those shows that are enjoyable time wasters if you don't know what else is available.
    • 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Most of the other characters on Benched remain unformed, so early offerings seem middling and temper that hope--but hey, maybe you have better batteries.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Preposterous ideas know no bounds on "Prison Break."
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Creatively, it’s just a middling mess--something so average that a basic cable channel could have duplicated it without all the foreign travel for about $84 million less.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    If you loathe Palin, well, Sarah Palin's Alaska will not change that. If you love Palin, there's probably plenty here to solidify your beliefs.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Ultimately, there's nothing new about the bones of Grey's Anatomy. Somebody needs to reinvent the hospital drama, stat.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    By no means is "Just Legal" a top-notch drama as yet, but it certainly has potential to be agreeable lighter fare.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Ascension has tons of potential and meets a little more than half of it in this early going.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    A very good idea but executed in the pilot with too much sap and manipulation.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    In FX's Testees, viewers get a good premise gone sophomorically sideways.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's a nice gimmick, actually. Too bad the results seem so childishly undeveloped.

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