For 662 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 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Breaking Bad: Season 4
Lowest review score: 0 The Bedford Diaries: Season 1
Score distribution:
662 tv reviews
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Simmons does his usual solid work in this role, and he's got all the physical comedy in the playing blind (and faking sight) bits. Elfman makes another solid statement that she should be in something much better (this coming off her fine work in 1600 Penn; she hasn't lost any comedy chops). Together they're just undermined by, well, syrup.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Part of the hedging about Mr. Sunshine stems from her role. In the pilot, it's a wildly over-the-top portrayal that's simultaneously fun to witness but worrisome as to whether Janney can pull it off every week.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    When Bob's Burgers gets rolling and hints at the smarts that made Home Movies and Dr. Katz so good, it only makes you long for a distancing on the inane, easy-joke riffs that try to be "edgy."
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The main action is pretty much standard soap fare.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    It's a series that looks like a whole bunch of cooks decided to build the most creatively awesome and different kitchen imaginable, forgetting for a moment that none of them can really cook.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    It's a testament to Hirsch, who keeps Bonnie and Clyde grounded--plus a solid script, for the most part--that allows this movie to defy the odds. That doesn't make it great or even necessary, but wow, it could have been a lot worse.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    Spartacus is an exercise in some of the worst writing, acting and directing you'll ever see (or not).
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    As in "Sunny," they are almost-lovable losers, and that's a formula FX is now perfecting.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's not compelling at all.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Hokey and poorly paced with unfathomably lame flashbacks, it's like a relentlessly mediocre movie of the week that still has 11 more hours to go.
    • 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.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The trouble with Castle is that it's just so completely fluffy - which is annoying.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 10 Tim Goodman
    What The CW is doing here (and Kane perpetuates with her take on teenage girls and their intelligence) is approaching television with the perspective that the target audience is profoundly idiotic.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Like "Sex and the City" - oh, no, not that comparison - the half hour flies by and you realize that the human relationships depicted here are interesting and worth mining and Belle's life choices are entertaining.
    • 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
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    It seems like a middling Fox series with a monotonous glut of obscenities and some nudity tossed in to make it pay-cable worthy.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 38 Tim Goodman
    One of those series that looks great on paper but ends up less-than-thrilling on the screen.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Had they taken a closer look at how it all meshed together (or didn't), they'd have seen a series that has almost no funny moments, maybe one character the audience may feel affinity for, and any number of scenes where dumb is piled on dumber.
    • 53 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    "Huff" got too heavy, and too predictable in its moroseness. Lying on the couch for more seems unnecessarily depressing.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's all light, good fun. Yes, there's a heavy dose of syrup, but Cannavale should be able to cut that to satisfactory levels. Paulson is perfect as the love guru who believes in rationality while Cupid believes in passion.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    Deception just seems sloppily constructed and poorly written, wasting some good actors (Victor Garber, Tate Donovan and Meagan Good) in the process and never giving you a reason to care.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It allows McKidd to shine as Mr. Fix-It, even though he never wanted the task. Some of the subtext needs more episodes to provide breathing room.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    While it's true that television has been overloaded with acronyms lately and the redundant, long and confusing Navy NCIS is an egregious offender, it's also true that television is exploding with quality dramas and this is another of them.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It’s clear, then, that the allure and the annoyance of the series rest in the same area. FX gets “Nip/Tuck” to stand out in a crowded field by being provocative both under the knife and under the sheets. Sex and surgery are the draw, but the acting, the emotional battlegrounds and even the issues raised are ultimately the reasons the series excels.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    One of the new offerings that stands out from the pack is ABC's coming-of-age series, The Goldbergs, which is fueled partly by nostalgia, partly by the great Jeff Garlin's constant yelling and partly out of some outstanding writing. A strong cast doesn't hurt, either.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    A solid if unspectacular story about one of the most unlucky lawyers ever depicted on television.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    45 minutes of bad writing, bad acting and bad storytelling.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The writing in "Heist" is self-consciously forced, as if the writers are breaking their backs to be quick-witted and clever. It's painful to hear.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 63 Tim Goodman
    "Help Me Help You" has a few more surprises and comedic heft to it than expected.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Obviously the CW wanted to milk the popularity of shows like "Glee," which has singing and dancing. And is enormously popular. You can't blame the CW (except maybe for leaving out the creativity, for having a terrible script and for the acting, which hurts to witness).
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Vanished" is indeed compelling. And it is without question Fox's best fall offering (though, having seen all its shows, that praise is not as high as you might expect).
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Despite the title, Cougar Town seems more female centric, which is key to ABC's audience, and it's a little more formulaic than "Modern Family," but both are welcome new sitcoms.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The promise of grown up storytelling is alluring. This is a series to watch to see if it grows.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    You will want all the extras who played vamps on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (which was great, by the way, and not to be blamed for this lackluster cousin) to return en masse to eat the cast of "Vampire Diaries," plus any remaining scripts.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Despite some funny moments and undercurrents of real potential, Greetings From Tucson has nothing special going for it other than being part of an emerging trend. For it to survive, the writing will have to be snappier and the situations more original.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    There’s enough hardened acting chops to make Chicago PD a watchable distraction in the Dick Wolf mode. Will it end up being something consistently good? It probably depends on your definition of good.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The trouble with Welcome to the Captain, outside of the title and romantic emphasis, is that two episodes haven't revealed any clear direction.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    It has a stupid title and a stupid premise and, among its many transgressions against watchable entertainment, it really doesn’t make much sense (you know, on top of the acting and the writing and whatnot).
    • 50 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Not all of the acting works all of the time, but the cast holds it together when necessary, guided with assurance by Montgomery, who alone deserves another episode or two just to appreciate.
    • 50 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    Kennedys is a hamfisted mess, both slothful in its pacing and leaden in whatever underlying message was meant to be given. It's not the Kennedy family or legacy that suffers here, but the people involved in the project.
    • 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.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    As much as I don't like it, I pretty much love the whole cast.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    If you're at all discerning, it's like getting peanut butter on your steak. You'd rather have that separate. And on different nights.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    A lot of the success of Whitney may hinge on whether people find her likeable or not. But there are fundamental issues holding back the show as well--beyond the multi-camera fakeness of it all.
    • 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.
    • 49 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."
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Swingtown was created to portray a broad but nuanced picture of '70s suburban America, but it might be too ambitious.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Right now, outside of Anderson struggling to make something from the limited ingredients he's been given, New Orleans itself is the only interesting element.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Rote but entertaining, Chicago Fire can't be ruled out as perhaps one of NBC's best chances for a hit.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 10 Tim Goodman
    This is a really bad show. It’s a show so bad that if it was smart enough to be a spoof, it would be genius. But it’s not.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    "In Justice" is a mess -- and it will take at least two additional episodes to find out which direction the show is going and whether that direction is an improvement.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 38 Tim Goodman
    The first episode is moody and violent but not particularly frightening. The second is psychobabble nonsense without much suspense.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's not a gratuitous failure and makes enough sense to see to the end.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 63 Tim Goodman
    Discerning viewers -- and anyone who's hooked on "Lost" -- will realize that "Jericho" is doling out hints to a very large mystery at a very slow pace, which is never a good combination.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    The odds are better that viewers will see Red Widow as a formula series trying desperately not to be a formula series. In the process, it's not very exciting. Or compelling.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Like a lot of pilots, Animal Practice is messy, and if you don't like the monkey, well, you're probably not coming back.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Not nearly as good or as complex as "Justified" on FX, but it's a decent hour of mindless entertainment.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    Mixology is a tone-deaf, poorly executed, badly written series that, in the parlance of the show, kind of rapes comedy.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    How to Live With Your Parents is a fish-out-of-water story, naturally, and thus seems all-too-familiar. But the show is spiked with enough talent (hard to go too wrong with Chalke, Perkins and Garrett) that it could conceivably find an audience.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    It's all cheap, easy, predictable and not very clever.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Season 6 proves that the best part of "24" is its ability to make your pulse race as you sit slack jawed in front of the bastard machine mumbling, "They didn't just do that, did they?"
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There's no doubt that "Related" will speak to some women. It will make other women break out in itchy, insanity-inducing hives.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Two episodes of Sullivan & Son were like watching caricatures of characters you'd seen before (and were equally unfunny then).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    There’s something plodding and portentous about Rogue, as if it were trying especially hard to be taken seriously, to have the ballast needed to compete with other serious cable dramas.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There are funny moments here, mostly coming from Mohr's agitated rantings. But the laugh track is mighty intrusive, which detracts from the average jokes by throwing them in your face (or down your ear, as it were).
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Retired at 35 is all about hitting your mark, spewing out a tired line then waiting for the canned laughter to start. Some people like the comfort of familiarity, but others just feel the contempt. Ahem.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Glory Daze is both unexpectedly funny, at times heartwarming and the sheen of nostalgia covers up a lot of stuff you might otherwise get picky about.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    There is not one smart or endurable moment in this series.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Daring and original.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Working is filled with bad jokes you can see coming from a country mile.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    O’Malley and Chavira and McCormack elevated the material they were given. And they were good. At the same time, there wasn’t enough else in Welcome to the Family to make me want to watch any more of it.
    • 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.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    It's definitely too laughably convoluted to go into.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Did you [NBC] get the memo about making fun of other cultures to the point where you bump up against the racism thing? Apparently not. India is a big country. Laughing at their cows and curry--it makes you look as if you've never traveled. (Additional note: Making fun of people is easy and cheap. Write that down.)
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    As a package, Super Fun Night isn't much fun at all. The Kendall character is just too obviously mean and pretty and successful.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Animating [the movie] doesn't actually make it better (or even funny), even if you bring back the original cast to do the voice work.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    One Tree Hill is more like "One Ill-Conceived Idea" or "One Note Hill." It just sits there, like desperate mush, a recipe for success that is bland and unsatisfying. It's like they came up with the concoction -- teen angst and pouting and brooding and raw emotions and shirtlessness -- then mixed it all together with lumpen writing and overarching themes.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Project Runway is entertaining and likable on so many levels that it's hard to resist.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Mind Games is less complicated than Killen's other shows--which raises its chances until you factor in the dreadful time slot it will inhabit. Yet even though Zahn is a lot to take while having his bi-polar rants and motor-mouthed moments of anxiety, plus Slater's dubious end-of-the-pilot twist, there are elements in play with Mind Games that make it intriguing.
    • 46 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The Prisoner is not compelling. It rambles too much. Its vagaries are not interesting, its unorthodox storytelling not special enough.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    When the series works it's when Long and Hornsby invest their characters with counter-intuitive hope and positivity.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    The whole thing quickly becomes hokey and a grind. Blame goes consistently to the writing.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    This is a series that shimmers with potential -- until Dove shows up. Someone at the network must have thought "Free Ride" was too irreverently weird and creatively nuanced, so they made Dove as annoyingly cartoonish as possible.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Private Practice is bad. Not "worse than "Grey's Anatomy bad" in the sense that Rhimes really is good at pulling people's heart strings with melancholy and humor.
    • 45 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    [It] ultimately succumbs to being an inferior story on a broadcast network that can't even remotely match two far better cable series ["The Sopranos" and "Brotherhood"].
    • 45 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    As for "The Loop," well, it's just heinous. True, we've said that before. But it can't be said enough. "The Loop": heinous.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    Weird can be good, but this isn’t intentionally weird so much as it is plain bad.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 12 Tim Goodman
    We watched a second episode of "Crumbs" just to make sure there wasn't something hilarious for you under a rock, some morsel of humor left over. Um, no.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    All this Ironside does is talk tough and spout exposition endlessly. Yak, yak, yak. There's more talking and less action in Ironside than there is in The Newsroom. Oh, and when there is action, it's just ridiculous.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There's a little "Everybody Loves Raymond" here, and that's not a bad thing.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Unfortunately, most of the rest of the casting (and thus, acting) is a disaster. The writing is weak. And the fish-out-of-water story grows old within minutes. Not even a cute cub can save it.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Bland and rote.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    Insipid, poorly written and saddled with an onerous laugh track, "The Winner" is lame even by Fox's standards.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    What works so well in the series is that the four friends are so distinctly different, and the writers are able to adjust the level of humor to each.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Anger Management is really just a slightly more content-dangerous network sitcom.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 12 Tim Goodman
    The predictability and triteness of "Head Cases" make it difficult to type even a sentence in favor of any part of this series.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    Not only do [Kyle Bornheimer and Christine Woods] try heroically to make something out of nothing, but they also have a realness you'd actually want to watch--something that is buried by the other two couples spouting unfunny dialogue and flailing desperately to find identity in their characters.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 10 Tim Goodman
    Basically, no cast has ever meshed less successfully than this one.... The situation set up for the comedy is all over the map and indecipherable, never more so than at work. The home-life scenes just have "Fake Sitcom" spray-painted all over them.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's solid for what it is, despite the worrisome gimmick and sometimes obvious story.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    If you're looking for some sentimental lesson-learning, the wafer-light Hart of Dixie may fill an hour for you.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    The predictability is out in force on this series, and despite CBS' ability to make a hit out of pretty much anything it films, this one doesn't really stand up and make a case for itself.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    My Generation's idea, of a documentary film crew that follows a high school graduating class in 2000 and revisits the cliche-heavy, stereotypical bunch in 2010 won't make you roll your eyes and get sick on your shirt. Everyone else--bibs on!
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Sure, it's got some ethically challenged cops, some overt racism, some faux hot sex and what looks to be a lot of money spent on filming on the streets of Los Angeles, but the writing is surprisingly nondescript, the acting rudimentary and the first hour ends with nothing much in the way of movement.
    • 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.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    It's painful to watch so many talented comedic actors, like Darby, Rajskub, and Dave Foley, who plays Andrew's boss at the magazine, suffer with this material.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    In Fox's new series, The Mob Doctor, trying to reinvent the wheel has led to a truly flat idea.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The poor girl [Bynes] flops around so badly in the pilot, trying to mine laughs from physical comedy and sheer crazed movement, that you want to give her a vacation from the next three episodes.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    This season, ABC has Neighbors, one of the least funny things to air on television since the last Hitler documentary on History.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    Speaking from outside the target demo but from long-suffering experience watching bad television, go with "unwatchable."
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's beige on beige, people.
    • 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]
    • 41 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Mercy echoes all the worst efforts of "Nurse Jackie" without the brilliance of Falco to make you forget the shortcomings. Hell, it makes "Hawthorne" seem almost watchable.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    It's awful.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Let's present some evidence for you to analyze: A tired premise. Overly familiar characters. Dull writing. An unclear tone. A series that pales in comparison to any of the "CSI" shows and pretty much every new crime and punishment procedural in the last five years.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Return you must. Otherwise, you'll miss the full-on descent into pants-wetting, outrageous, sci-fi crackery that makes the final two hours fly by.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Please say this is entertainment--and nothing more. That might not make it all right, but it would restore a whole lot of faith.
    • 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.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 38 Tim Goodman
    The whole series just misses its mark -- despite that mark being one of the fattest, ripest targets imaginable.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The Deep End is stupid. It is obvious and ridiculous and badly acted for the most part.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Centering one of Lilley's most annoying characters in a series to ramble on incessantly robs the character of its past effectiveness and makes her--and the series--almost unbearable to watch.
    • 40 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The premise is only a small part of the problem in "Four Kings." The writing is labored, adolescent and unfunny.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There's much to recommend in "Thank God You're Here!," but the show could be vastly improved by giving viewers at home a little more credit.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    "Courting Alex" is sadly predictable and unfunny at pretty much every turn.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    With no other likable characters and a thin premise, Allen Gregory seems as one-dimensional as the animation.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    You won't really want to spend another hour with these people.
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The jaded will have a field day, but so what? In the end, if lives are changed like they are on "Three Wishes" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," then who cares what corporate names are flashed or how many manufactured "reveals" there are?
    • 39 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    "E-Ring" is boring.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Unexpectedly, it's funny. And it gets funnier and sharper in future episodes.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    It's just heinous. Absurd, laughable, painful to watch--you name it, Moonlight has it all.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Zero Hour has lots of twists and turns that could be worth following. It also has the DNA to be laughably bad.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    It never feels exciting, nor does it exhibit much of a pulse. ... It just seems disheartening to think that anyone would fall for Betrayal unless they had so many spare hours in their boring lives that losing one was no big deal.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Even though In the Motherhood may have universal appeal, overly familiar premises can lead to lameness, so ABC better hope the rest of the episodes play more like the one on Thursday and less like the one a week later.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    Nothing in the first two of these trite NBC versions makes you want to continue with the others.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    Do not watch.
    • 38 Metascore
    • 10 Tim Goodman
    It's a show that should never have been put on paper to begin with.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 10 Tim Goodman
    Partners plays like an idea written on a napkin, if that, and looks like it's from another era (a long past era, if that wasn't clear).
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Can we negotiate for a better premise if we release some hostages?
    • 37 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    This is probably the worst sitcom of the fall.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    "Pepper Dennis" is so poorly written that the hokey dialogue not only besmirches journalism, but television journalism, which really takes some serious hackery to accomplish.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    A moronic and ghastly effort that suffocates under the cloying and annoying blanket of a laugh track so disturbing it should be destroyed.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    In FX's Testees, viewers get a good premise gone sophomorically sideways.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Mainly Carpoolers uses the cheap conceit of four guys sharing time in the car (confiding in each other, getting away from their troubles at home) to distract you from the fact this is merely another unfunny comedy of forced antics, cliched jokes and unbelievable characters.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 12 Tim Goodman
    The writing here is trite, the premise flimsy and the acting bad.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    The point is, a bunch of good actors are stuck in a sitcom that has limited appeal.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    The show is so wrapped up in moving the needle of apparently outrageous behavior that it never does anything but repeat itself.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    So it will continue to be ludicrous. And that's without mentioning the predictability, cliches like kryptonite and emotional pandering. Here's hoping next season, Smits gets to play a cop again.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    It's a complete wince-inducing mess that makes you feel sorry for Shannon and annoyed at NBC and Nader.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    It's a hackfest of cliches and obvious, unfunny jokes about kids and neighbors and marriage, with multiple cameras, a smothering laugh track, precocious kids and a salty but loving wife.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The pilot looks dangerously flawed and seriously underwhelming.
    • 35 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    If you like Brand, you'll love BrandX, but you might be left wanting.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 20 Tim Goodman
    A hilariously bad remake of the original, substituting the amazingly gorgeous Kristin Kreuk and Jay Ryan in the title roles, which is how The CW rolls.
    • 34 Metascore
    • 12 Tim Goodman
    Bad? It's a leech on your soul. Never have 22 minutes so felt like 44 minutes.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 10 Tim Goodman
    Watching We Are Men made me feel stupid almost immediately and then bitter that I'd wasted the time. But maybe that's because I wouldn't want to be anywhere near the four male representatives of this series, nor hear the actors portraying them say any more "jokes."
    • 33 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    As bad as Last Man Standing is, it would be a trillion times worse without Allen's veteran presence and ability to sell comedy in that set-up/punch-line kind of way.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    "The Bedford Diaries" is just woeful -- the most trite, forced and stage-managed piece of empty titillation you're likely to see.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    Terrible writing, painful acting, forced comic situations.
    • 33 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The worst offense is that it seems to have been pitched as the male version of you-know-what without any real interest in speaking to the notion of what it means to be a man or, if you'd like, what men think, feel and say.
    • 32 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    A monumental waste of time.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The new show takes a wispy idea and stretches it past its limit, leaving no laughs, no character development and certainly no impetus to watch again.
    • 31 Metascore
    • 12 Tim Goodman
    If you remember nothing about this column, remember this: "Hot Properties" is stupid and annoying.
    • 30 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    ABC's new drama Charlie's Angels seem to want to go back to the '70s to rustle up some girl power, but it fails miserably and offensively.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    The jokes in "Twenty" are both predictable and telegraphed.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 12 Tim Goodman
    It's pointless to talk about who "stars" in this bloated music video, but the agents for both Vanessa Williams and Giancarlo Esposito need to be fired, summarily.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    No series in recent memory has put so much attention on a pair of breasts.... Oh, and the show is terrible.
    • 29 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Not many women will want to come back after seeing it because the first 30 minutes are a complete and utter mess.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 10 Tim Goodman
    Dull, dimwitted and offensive.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 Tim Goodman
    If "The War at Home" spent more time on good jokes instead of recycling every gimmick ever seen on TV, it might merely be mediocre, but it's worse.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 Tim Goodman
    Woefully bad.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    You might not remember to record it every week, but if you stumble upon it, you might stay.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Face it, $#*! My Dad Says was a bad idea from inception to pilot.
    • 27 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    It becomes clear rather quickly that there's nothing funny going on here and, by the second episode, the show seems out of ideas for its paper-thin premise.
    • 26 Metascore
    • 10 Tim Goodman
    Lohan is woeful as Taylor from start to finish.... The best part is that it gets worse as it goes on, so in the right company with the right beverages, Liz & Dick could be unbearably hilarious toward the tail end of the 90-minute running time.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 12 Tim Goodman
    Preposterously unfunny.
    • 25 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    You won't see any worse acting across the broadcast spectrum. The women-in-peril scenes are vile. The writing is atrocious. The series is horrifically bad. And not in a way that would make a good drinking game.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 12 Tim Goodman
    It's a coming-of-age story so overwrought and emotionally predictable, it's -- what's the word here? -- unwatchable.
    • 23 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    It's stupid and annoying and a retread of countless other stupid and annoying, totally unoriginal WB sitcoms.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 12 Tim Goodman
    "The Game" commits all the sins you can imagine in a poorly conceived sitcom. It goes for laughs and sap, the world's most dangerous and noxious combination. It's also not funny, believable, interesting or... inspired.
    • 22 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    A series so bad that it's daring you to watch. Don't.
    • 21 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    It's the kind of bad that sells cheese or gets entertainment presidents fired--one or the other, or both.
    • 19 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    Work It is not so bad it's good. It's just terrible.
    • 15 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    Talking any more about Dads is more wearying than actually watching it. Which was torture.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The breadth and ambition of "The Wire" are unrivaled and that taken cumulatively over the course of a season -- any season -- it's an astonishing display of writing, acting and storytelling that must be considered alongside the best literature and filmmaking in the modern era.
    • 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.