For 816 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 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Dexter: Season 3
Lowest review score: 0 Emily Owens, M.D.: Season 1
Score distribution:
816 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    This is only a first take, but a few things can be derived from it. The most obvious one is that this is a show that's a work in progress. The Wednesday premiere felt disjointed, lacking a point or a clear reason for being and--least promisingly--it wasn't very funny.
    • 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
    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.
    • 49 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    There’s such a great cast on Happyish that if the writing gave them a little less so that they could do a little more, things might have worked out much better.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    A very good idea but executed in the pilot with too much sap and manipulation.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    As a B-level entry it’s at least entertaining, and if some of the sillier aspects of the pilot can be improved on could be one of those mindless entertainment options we all need now and again.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Creatively, it’s just a middling mess--something so average that a basic cable channel could have duplicated it without all the foreign travel for about $84 million less.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's not a gratuitous failure and makes enough sense to see to the end.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Not nearly as good or as complex as "Justified" on FX, but it's a decent hour of mindless entertainment.
    • 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).
    • 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
    • 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
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The Prisoner is not compelling. It rambles too much. Its vagaries are not interesting, its unorthodox storytelling not special enough.
    • 44 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.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Anger Management is really just a slightly more content-dangerous network sitcom.
    • 44 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
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    If you're looking for some sentimental lesson-learning, the wafer-light Hart of Dixie may fill an hour for you.
    • 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
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It all begins to feel like forced gobbledygook--like "Without A Trace" had a bad date with "Ghost Whisperer."
    • 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
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    22 minutes is not enough to say. (Networks really need to be more generous with episodes, especially during midseason.) If the pilot (written by Perry and co-executive producer Joe Keenan) is passable, my guess would be that the pedigree and talent involved will overcome the shortcomings and give viewers something better soon enough.

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