For 765 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 3.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The Boondocks: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Moonlight: Season 1
Score distribution:
765 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's a serialized mystery that pays off your devotion.
    • 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
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Talented, magnetic, sexy and above all else extremely likable, Rodriguez is the glue that holds together the tonally difficult-to-pull-off Jane the Virgin series.
    • 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.
    • 80 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.
    • 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
    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
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A brilliantly conceived and relentlessly entertaining new drama. [1 Oct 2004]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Stunningly great execution.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Smash is excellent, a bar-raiser for broadcast networks.
    • 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
    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
    • 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
    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.
    • 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.

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