For 700 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 The Winner: Season 1
Score distribution:
700 tv reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Rescue Me races out of the gate as confidently brilliant as ever before, wildly mixing emotions along the way.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    There's a tart edge to some of the jokes, which helps the series, but the too- obvious nature of most of the humor and the pat good-parents-versus-bad- parents setup is trite.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Again, it's back to the writing and the look. Both are superb.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Fellowes has a stronger hold on telling the individual tales of his well-drawn characters, and that pinpoint focus utterly redeems the series early on.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    '24' keeps you on edge like no other series. [28 Oct 2002]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Friday Night Lights, like "Battlestar Galactica," also proved initial assumptions wildly wrong and deserves credit for being vastly better than either a show about high school football or an irksome teen drama.
    • 81 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.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Seriously, one day, NBC will be run like a real network--and bask in the fact that our Pawnee pals have returned, and there are plenty of excellent episodes in store.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The acting here is exceptional and the writing strong and honest. Though "Brotherhood" may not be in the rarefied air of "The Sopranos" or "The Wire," it's still a major achievement for Showtime's original-series development and yet another top-notch cable drama.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    This very first episode has so much information in it that the first 15 or so minutes seem like a study course and might prove slow to some folks as Tyson diligently starts explaining the solar system piece by piece. But Cosmos picks up with the help of executive producer Brannon Braga’s sci-fi touches and some early animation that follows the plight of Giordana Bruno.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The miniseries weaves a spectacularly well-constructed story--intricate, dense, demanding and rewarding--about loyalty, deception, forgiveness and revenge.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    None of its quirky charm and tone-shifting mix of comedy and drama has lagged since we last witnessed Nancy's precarious situation.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Darabont uses the TV-series format to break convention not only by defying the predictabilities of the horror genre (boo!) but also by infusing the recipe with more storytelling elan.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    The first few episodes don't always click (strangely, the Tami story line doesn't feel real), but even when the storytelling hits a rough patch, there's enough raw emotion and drama--on and off the field--that hits the right note, saving the hour.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Little Dorrit is anchored by an extraordinary performance by one of England's best actors. And like "Twist," that central performance is only one of many elements that make Dorrit not only terrific entertainment, but, in some ways, perhaps even better than its source material.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    What makes Rectify so rich and compelling are the choices it makes to avoid predictability--not just in its bold choice of immersive pacing, but because it puts characters (and complicated ones) into what feels like a familiar story and makes it seem new.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The writing and acting are hit out of the ballpark on this one, and that's not a vibe you pick up out of nowhere.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Tim Goodman
    What helps separate "The Nine" from others in this season's crowded field are stellar performances throughout and a steady, sure hand in the pilot.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Save for one far-fetched incident, the two hours provided enough clues as to where the season will head--and how much conflict from secrets and lies will be coming down the pike - to hook fans of the show who might have been waffling on the commitment.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The Borgias retains the intrigue and conniving family politics that made season one such a pleasure ride, but it all has more snap now, with Jordan spinning the plates with aplomb.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's essential viewing. All of the promise of last season looks to be realized with impressively deft storytelling, beautiful cinematography and impeccable acting.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Though there are plenty of hard-earned (some might say forced) laughs here and Bornheimer is a real find, you can't help but wonder how they'll keep up the pace.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    A superb little series. ... The acting and writing is top-notch. There's a witty undertone that's much appreciated and enough pop culture asides to keep you going through the arcane structure.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The good news for Sons Of Anarchy fans is that series creator Kurt Sutter leaves no doubt that he's put the series back on solid ground in Season 4 and, in turn, delivers all of the larger-than-life storytelling that viewers mop up.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The best news of all is that Olyphant backs it up with an incredibly riveting performance. Better yet, Justified as a whole really delivers, from the explosive pilot to a couple of other, less adrenaline-filled but no less superb episodes that add humor and nuanced storytelling to the mix.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's a wonderful series that gets better every hour you watch it. ... But there's the catch. "Deadwood" is a slow starter.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A brilliantly conceived and relentlessly entertaining new drama. [1 Oct 2004]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The entire cast is superb, and the actors seem comfortable in the groove the show has cut for itself. The writing is consistently sharp and focused. Most important, however, it has just the right sprinkling of obnoxiousness and cuteness.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    To call Firefly a vast disappointment is an understatement. Whedon has proven he's capable of brilliance, but this is mere folly.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The Walking Dead hasn't lost the most important ingredient in its strangely successful recipe: it's thrilling.