For 818 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 4% same as the average critic
  • 43% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Dexter: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Emily Owens, M.D.: Season 1
Score distribution:
818 tv reviews
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's a nice gimmick, actually. Too bad the results seem so childishly undeveloped.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The pilot of Miss Guided suffers a bit from being too cute with a device where the actors talk into the camera for narration and expository purposes.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's a rote cop show, but in the last five minutes or so, it hints at something deeper.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There's a little "Everybody Loves Raymond" here, and that's not a bad thing.
    • 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.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The pilot looks dangerously flawed and seriously underwhelming.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's traditional sitcom fodder. But what makes The Middle a pleasant surprise is that the series itself is eccentric and funny in unexpected ways, not just the kids.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's nothing David Lynch hasn't crossed out and done better, but at least it's different. Most viewers won't play the game, but if you're interested, write down every number you see, call phone numbers you notice and pay attention to things that mysteriously change.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    While it’s great fun to have Holder back--you could make a TV show out of him just walking and talking and it would be fantastic, because Kinnaman is so compelling--the Seattle street urchins at the core of the murder mystery are almost unbearable to watch. The acting, writing and scenarios for the latter are all mediocre.
    • 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."
    • 69 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    When all the storytelling is coming to a climax, there's something missing--the same connection that was absent between Mildred and Veda from the start.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    Somewhere around the three-hour mark, all you want to do is have both families line up opposite each other, pull the trigger and fade to black.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    After a handful of episodes that were periodically funny and stridently downbeat (which seemed to be the goal), Baskets got stuck in that low gear.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    Davis is riveting throughout.... Unfortunately, Murder has a number of flaws.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's an hour that you'll be able to understand and appreciate, even if you love "Sons of Anarchy" more. Sometimes it's fun to take a spin on your old bike, so to speak.
    • 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."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    All the early signs were right--this is an exercise in verbal gymnastics and no matter how famous the two leads are, it's difficult to embrace their characters, because they have that air of stagey self-importance, as if the goal was to be viewed from seats in the distance, not welcomed into your living room.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The spy story, wartime bullets and intrigue carry The Company, though the writing and story are unnecessarily obvious.
    • 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.
    • 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?
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Hawaii Five-O is nothing but entertainment. It's eye candy.
    • 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.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's visually engrossing. Then it goes oddly flat in parts, only to kick-start itself with another clash of tones.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It’s exciting to watch Momoa and Henderson give riveting performances, so it’s not like there’s nothing to recommend here. It’s just that in watching them do it, you wish the story was giving them more fodder and not bogging itself down in side arcs.
    • 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.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    For all the effort that was put into making Canterbury complicated, not nearly enough quality control was put into the writing.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The show is a bold idea, and there's hope for the modern-world portions, but it doesn't quite know what it is (or maybe it does, but the audience won't).

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