For 766 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Game of Thrones: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Freddie: Season 1
Score distribution:
766 tv reviews
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    If the first two episodes are any indication, not only is the series not missing a beat, it's actually growing into itself to allow new storytelling possibilitie
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There's nothing inherently wrong with The Good Wife other than it's a legal series with too many close-up shots of knowing glances and "attagirl Alicia" moments of empowerment that you saw coming 20 minutes prior.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Archer proves exactly why it's been so great since the beginning: Smart writing, great voice cast, cool animation and, just so you understand, still more smart writing.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    Ultimately it’s very purple in its prose, yearning to be film noir, but--lacking the writing or grit to achieve that--playing more like hokey blood porn.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Fresh Off the Boat finds jokes in plenty of other, non-racial issues, and that’s often the bonus that gives you confidence this is a show with legs.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Luck is a smart and ambitious series that looks to truly pay off in the home stretch.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    House had enough going against it, but if you strip it of its boldness in favor of rote (and predictable) drama, then you might as well bring in the priest.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    In the best tradition of light but engaging (and highly entertaining) dramas, Burn Notice is plain and simple fun--you want to come back every week.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It never flags in pace, and all the performances, even the smaller ones (like Gambon's), are enthralling.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The cast, and Star’s breezy but never dumb writing, makes Younger an entertaining half-hour comedy that feels far more mature than most rookies out there.
    • 36 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Even though In the Motherhood may have universal appeal, overly familiar premises can lead to lameness, so ABC better hope the rest of the episodes play more like the one on Thursday and less like the one a week later.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    [Creator and writer Ann Biderman has] created the most testosterone, rough and intelligent drama in ages.... Early sneaks of Ray Donovan hinted that Showtime might have a real gem on its hands, but four episodes provides an absolute exclamation point.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It has a goofy charm and outsize ridiculousness that wins you over -- even if you'd prefer more snark.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    There are moments when events become too pat or get too cute. Occasionally the show mysteriously falls into a rut of old cop-show cliches. But those times are few, fading from memory because there's enough potential and quality elsewhere to make you forgive and forget.
    • 37 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    "Pepper Dennis" is so poorly written that the hokey dialogue not only besmirches journalism, but television journalism, which really takes some serious hackery to accomplish.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    By having everyone around Jackie seem daft, quirky or incompetent--an attempt at humor, one would guess--the series never felt connected. Those elements improved by the ended of Season 1 and have, for the most part, been ironed out in the early episodes of Season 2 (though the tone will need to be monitored).
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    If people stay with it, what they'll find are exceptional performances, some truly fine writing and a premise, by virtue of being complicated, that could unspool some really interesting plotlines.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A quirky and hilarious gem.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Dern, Wilson, Ladd, White and Sharp are excellent in this strange little vehicle.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is one of those good-not-great propositions that many pilots are, particularly those trying to establish a complex world.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It’s certainly an intriguing pilot--you can’t take your eyes off of Spader and the writers have thrown in a couple of other interesting twists.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Although the cases in Raising the Bar are apparently influenced by real-life cases, they tend to be either predictable or predictably unpredictable, however you want to look at it. In combination with the characters, this makes Raising the Bar about an average law series. That's pretty good for TNT, but less than expected from Bochco - fair or not.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    There is a slightly claustrophobic feel to some of the pilot--reminiscent of the feeling the revamped Battlestar Galactica gave--but you can't help but feel that on a submarine. Despite that, Last Resort manages to move at a feverish pace, with pulse-pounding twists and turns.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 0 Tim Goodman
    45 minutes of bad writing, bad acting and bad storytelling.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Screenwriter Amanda Coe is to be credited not only for developing such rich characterizations, but also for the delicacy of the show's satiric point of view.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Beers and his crew are old hands at this, and they wring the drama out of Coal very quickly and compellingly. They get beyond the danger into the emotional territory, and that's where the gold is.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    A charming but underwhelming pilot.... The second episode is dismal, sucking all the air out of whatever hopes you might have had for that one.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    "The West Wing" needs changes, and it needs them now. Without a revamping of the show in some significant fashion, it runs the risk of losing its importance, dropping its political cachet and looking for all the world like a fine, if not sterling, bit of Hollywood fictional fluffery.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Over the course of six hours it delivers bold, cinematic on-location action, announces itself with sweeping, dramatic dialogue (admittedly, not for everyone) and scatters excellent acting across the small screen.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Fans can read into it whatever they want, but the series' greatest strength is the vampire quality of accepting fate and reveling in it.

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