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 True Detective: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Luis: Season 1
Score distribution:
851 tv reviews
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    How about less ghost, more Margo? That might help A Gifted Man become better than very average.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    True Detective is trying so hard here it hurts. ... Pizzolatto has inexplicably made every character in this season spout clipped and elliptical phrases. They begin to pile up so quickly that you soon realize there’s no flow to the characters, no realism to them.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Bad, then decent, then confusing. That's not exactly the trajectory you're looking for in a pilot.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Though Berlanti doesn't always get the balance right and there's no telling whether people will glom onto Eli the way they did Ally, having seen three episodes and been entertained through most of them is saying something, at least.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    This is a series that throws so much lunacy into the plotlines that even the writers on "Dynasty" must be hissing.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    His monologue was staccato and hit and miss--sounding more like his "Weekend Update" bits than a real monologue. And his first attempt at a recurring bit, "Venn Diagrams," was overly clinical and less than funny, despite some good material.... The back-to-back segments of Poehler and Biden offered an early hint that Meyers really can do interviews and that worries over that element of his arsenal are exaggerated.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    Murphy and Adler opt for the caustic in a series that probably had its best chance of success playing it more subtle and more sentimental, tossing in the barbs judiciously.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Unfortunately, The Goode Family isn't distinct enough or, ultimately, funny enough in the few episodes ABC screened to really worry about a future.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Turn should be a lot more exciting than it is. It may eventually get there--but a lot of AMC’s series not named Mad Men, Breaking Bad or The Walking Dead never got there. And that’s an ongoing problem.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The problem is the lovely-to-look-at pilot, which unfortunately has a heavy dose of saccharine and corn mixed in. There's a voice-over that makes you think you're about to watch some heartwarming Christmas special, and there's dialogue that strains so much to be moving that it falls flat and stiff.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Some of it works, much of it doesn't.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    This is a paint-by-numbers legal series that's as predictable as they come.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    A faux documentary on actors who are not famous but who are struggling to be isn't inherently interesting to nonactors. ... 'Unscripted' isn't a complete flop. It's just rare that HBO fails like this. [9 Jan 2005]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    At some point, your head will explode.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The hour goes by fairly quickly, but it's neither overtly scary nor overtly funny, and mixing those tones is very hard indeed.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    What we’re left with is a very underwhelming hour that will force even diehard fans (and yes, I was one of them) to consider whether pushing onward is really worth the time.
    • 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.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Looking long term, Resurrection may be one typical TV dark secret that takes a while to unravel, and maybe that's good enough for most. But it's cutting enough corners here in the beginning to be worrisome. And if you were lucky enough to see The Returned (or will be streaming it asap), then Resurrection won't be for you.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    There are just too many short cuts or obvious turns as American Odyssey tries to deepen its machinations. If you can see the hands on the puppet strings, the whole thing ends up a lot less compelling than you imagined.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Applegate is charming, adorable and funny. But she's going to need that plus a car battery or a purposeful dip in the bathtub with a hair dryer to get much spark into this series.
    • 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.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    It's hard to feel compassion for them because they knew the risks. If you don't worry what happens to your main character--the fictional Bill Henrickson or the real Kody Brown--there's an absolute absence of drama.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    And yet, after watching the first two episodes, it's a shame that Legends (and TNT) weren't a bit more ambitious with the show. The pilot is splashy and action-packed, but overall the lack of complexity--and yes, I know I cited that as a plus earlier--makes it less satisfying.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    The downside to Ringer is that unless you're weaned on The CW's fare, it really doesn't have a lot of weight, and Gellar seems stretched a bit thin playing dual roles.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    The first three episodes are good if a little erratic, but that's true of most sitcoms.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    The trouble is, cringe-worthy comedy is so overdone at this point that even people like Merchant, who can milk it like almost no one else, can’t make it entertaining anymore. Mostly, it’s just painful to endure.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    What NCIS: Los Angeles does well is what all CBS procedurals do well--bring mostly believable, semi-pulse-pounding justice to bad guys by the end of the hour with some action, a dose of humor and the weekly, methodical unpeeling of each character's private onion skin.
    • 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.

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