For 706 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 53% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 44% lower than the average critic
On average, this critic grades 2.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Frozen Planet: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Hank: Season 1
Score distribution:
706 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The Challenger Disaster adeptly uses its story time by leaning on Hurt to at once capture Feynman’s brilliance and captivating personality while also showing that Feynman’s own sense of compressed mortality and his adherence to scientific truth helped stop what could have been a whitewash.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's a serialized mystery that pays off your devotion.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The level of cleverness of Flight of the Conchords is off the charts.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    House of Cards is pretty much the same show it settled into less than midway through its first run. It's entertaining and cruises along with a strong pulse.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    There's a real allure to costume-dramas that pair dense mythology with all of the crowd-pleasing elements of war, honor, pride, lust, power and, yes, even humor. Thrones has all of those in spades and supports them with exceptional storytelling, strong writing, superb acting and some stunning visual effects.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It constantly offers more than you expect, and even when it delivers something either predictable or straight from the “women’s prison drama” handbook, it then counters with something fresh or unexpected.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Early returns from season two suggest that Orphan Black will be more compelling than ever, as it becomes more confident in its ability, buoyed by the acclaim, and its laudable understanding that a good story is just that--it doesn't matter that it be a straight, familiar drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" lives up to the advance hype, easily qualifying as one of the best new broadcast series of the fall.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    A show that does what it's supposed to do -- keep you riveted and entertained. [25 Sep 2002]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    As promising as the early episodes in Season 2 are, the over-the-top nature of "Tara" remains.
    • 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?"
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The television version of "This American Life" does not ruin the fragile, hip beauty of the radio version. Glass and the team responsible for adding pictures to words have created a compelling television series.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Beyond the superb pilot, Lights Out begins to get wonderfully nuanced and more interesting with each episode. And though the series avoids most boxing cliches while keeping true to the inescapable elements of "the sweet science," the real key to its success is McCallan.
    • 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]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    There's some spot-on and sharp humor throughout, but it never gets too light and breezy.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's not that '24' is desperate for ideas in Season 4. No, it was desperate in Season 2. It's that the humor is more blithely predictable now, less forehead-slapping in its preposterousness. As the adrenaline ramps up, the logic falls down. Again. [7 Jan 2003]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Big Love just doesn't induce love. And yet, the series crafts compelling stories.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's helpful to remember that Life on Mars is less about said realism and more about Sam's twisted journey. Enjoying that retro-cool ride is the essence of the series.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Project Runway is entertaining and likable on so many levels that it's hard to resist.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    All your favorites are back in force, with a few twists, but the allure of the series always has been and always will be Hall, who manages to make a killer (who kills only people who deserve it, mostly) likable, believable, engaging and funny, as he works his job as a blood splatter expert at Miami Metro Homicide.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Smash is excellent, a bar-raiser for broadcast networks.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This is a series that was completely unexpected, and Hall has hard-and-fast rules about what Joan and God can do. She's not making up the story arcs on the fly, which gives confidence that this unusual creation is in good hands. [25 Sept 2003, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Stunningly great execution.
    • 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?
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "Weeds" is colossally great... a series far better than its premise and utterly essential for devotees of smart, entertaining television.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Though future episodes don't quite measure up to the brilliant pilot, Archer nurtures a collection of recurring themes that pile up and become funnier the more they are referenced through the episodes.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    If you can get past the shortcuts that series like this have to take (everything happens too effortlessly, there's excessive exposition, etc.), there's an enormous likability factor in play, and it makes you want to watch it (without much mental effort) the following 13 weeks.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Can we negotiate for a better premise if we release some hostages?