For 851 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% 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: 62
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 The Loop: Season 1
Score distribution:
851 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Perhaps the worst offense by 666 is that it's not even an ounce scary.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Can we negotiate for a better premise if we release some hostages?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Hawaii Five-O is nothing but entertainment. It's eye candy.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    At some point, however -- and that point is the first episode in this fourth season -- it all becomes too much, too arch, too ridiculous and trying and forced. Worse, perhaps, is the sense that not enough effort has been put in, not enough of the tightrope-walking brilliance of the first three seasons shines through.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    "Reunion" has more dishonest heartstring tugs than a John Hughes movie sliced up on AMC and filled with Hallmark ads. And the emotional heavy lifting makes people forget that the actual writing -- in this case, an overdose of voice-over narration -- is sleight, cloying and transparent.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The main action is pretty much standard soap fare.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    While the reworked pilot is a marked improvement over the original, the parts are still not working together, but you'd like to believe they will be in a few episodes.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    You might not remember to record it every week, but if you stumble upon it, you might stay.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Bad, then decent, then confusing. That's not exactly the trajectory you're looking for in a pilot.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Not nearly as good or as complex as "Justified" on FX, but it's a decent hour of mindless entertainment.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    After watching the first four episodes, it's clear that despite the familiar adrenaline rush and a (temporarily) tighter rein on the ridiculous, 24 hasn't changed much at all.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    While the cop genre is all but played out, Detroit 1-8-7 is stylish and acceptably rough-hewn enough to make it worth your while.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Told mainly from the perspective of the criminal, L&O:CI has a superb cast (Vincent D'Onofrio, Courtney B. Vance, Jamey Sheridan). But you can't get past the fact that you've seen this all before, just assembled differently.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Despite a wonderful cast (Dana Delany, Martin Donovan, Balthazar Getty, Natasha Gregson Wagner), Pasadena just sits there, as boring and smoggy as the city it's named after. Producers say they'll ratchet up everything in the second episode, but they always say that.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There's a nagging suspicion that Hell on Wheels, created by Tony and Joe Gayton, doesn't quite know what it wants to be, which may explain why after four hours it seems like a collection of ideas that haven't quite gelled.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Californication in Season 2 seems like its indulging a certain person's condition rather than illuminating the human condition, if you know what I mean - and I think you do.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It could spark discussion or debate. But it's mostly just a reality series. And that means manufactured scenarios, big drama, tears, tattoos, drinking, sex, swearing and lots of arguing and playing to the camera. Straight people have been making fools of themselves on TV like this for ages.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There’s not much that’s particularly fresh in Mr. Selfridge beyond the premise, and whether that deserves eight parts is up to you.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The Prisoner is not compelling. It rambles too much. Its vagaries are not interesting, its unorthodox storytelling not special enough.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    "Huff" got too heavy, and too predictable in its moroseness. Lying on the couch for more seems unnecessarily depressing.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Some of it works, much of it doesn't.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is very spotty.

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