For 700 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 2.1 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Season 6
Lowest review score: 0 The Winner: Season 1
Score distribution:
700 tv reviews
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A cleverly crafted, ingenious thriller with only scant moments of implausibility. Most of it has the unmistakable imprint of a smart premise beautifully executed.
    • 28 Metascore
    • 12 Tim Goodman
    If "The War at Home" spent more time on good jokes instead of recycling every gimmick ever seen on TV, it might merely be mediocre, but it's worse.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Better Off Ted is more funny than not, rushing into absurdity with abandon and playing at stylized comedy in a completely fearless way. The pacing doesn't allow for regret.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    In many ways, The Bridge is better in season two than in season one, but for some reason it decided to triple-down on the plot and make the whole thing a complex web of interconnected stories.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    CBS has managed to create a period piece without relying solely on that factor as the cool conceit.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 25 Tim Goodman
    Bland and rote.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The first two hours go at a brisk, thrilling pace that allows for character development as well. A lot happens and there's a desire for more.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The Riches is gloriously inventive, daring and provocative, with excellent performances.
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    • 75 Tim Goodman
    This is an everyman series, and James knows just how to sell that to the masses. The writing is sharp, and the oddball fringe characters (particularly Patton Oswalt) flesh out the show.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Andy Barker, P.I." is a joyous, ridiculous, warm, affecting and silly comedy that is tone specific (read: Not everybody is going to get the vibe, and thus the jokes).
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    When the writers nail the truisms--Madrigal’s character says he hasn’t seen a movie since 2008, and when Andy and his wife, Laurie (Annie Mumolo), get a couple of free hours to ostensibly have sex, they choose instead to catch up on Homeland--the series really clicks.... Where About a Boy suffers is when the storytelling gets a little too saccharine in the Will-Marcus friendship.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The documentary look is engaging, and Lilley's wildly over-the-top performance as three distinct characters is made all the more funny as it clashes against the reserved nature of the nonactors.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Kohan and her writers deserve perhaps more credit than they're getting for forcing change and making it artistically compelling.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's one of those series with overabundant potential and early hints of provocative brilliance, but it may take a while to truly arrive.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 63 Tim Goodman
    O'Brien's debut was pretty much what one would expect from these kind of pre-hyped events. It was both funny and forced and the expectations of - what, exactly?--never seemed to materialize, even though Will Ferrell as the sole guest tried to drum something up and Pearl Jam, as the musical guest, at least kick-started an aural ruckus.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Though the pilot has some flaws in it--mostly from a clash of tones--it still overdelivers on creativity, creepiness, fine acting and burgeoning character development.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 30 Tim Goodman
    It has neither the exactitude of the times nor the talent of the writers to get at the issues, ala Mad Men, that illuminate the issues of the day.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 38 Tim Goodman
    To its credit, next week's second episode is better than tonight's revamped pilot: tighter, funnier and more expansive to other cast members.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    In truth, it's the bountiful hamminess of McShane and the other evildoers that makes Pillars great fun, even if it's never going to be a candidate for "Masterpiece Theatre."
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    V doesn't have an original premise - the humans versus aliens thing is as old as moving pictures. But the special effects are better, and if ABC can get you to buy into the storytelling then it might have another genre hit on its hands.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    She is all over the map and that's precisely what's refreshing about her. What the world needs now is not another over-stylized, super-slick talk show.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    HBO's Too Big to Fail is mesmerizing and, if you can call watching an economics lesson from hell entertaining, then yes, it's entertaining.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 40 Tim Goodman
    All the early signs were right--this is an exercise in verbal gymnastics and no matter how famous the two leads are, it's difficult to embrace their characters, because they have that air of stagey self-importance, as if the goal was to be viewed from seats in the distance, not welcomed into your living room.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Maybe a solid Western-ish offering like Longmire will be good enough.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The spy story, wartime bullets and intrigue carry The Company, though the writing and story are unnecessarily obvious.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The series reflects the youth and intelligence of its writer and succeeds by quickly getting viewers past what would seem an insurmountable obstacle -- caring about what happens to rich white kids in Orange County.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The good news is that State of Mind is surprisingly engaging and Taylor continues to be wonderful in just about any role she plays. This is a series that bears watching.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Not only is the pilot a wonderful mix of hilarious moments (pretty much any time Faxon is in the picture) and subtle sentiment, but it's one of those shows where the acumen of the off-camera talent (Fox) is impressive and clear, which gives hope for long-term success.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    For all the effort that was put into making Canterbury complicated, not nearly enough quality control was put into the writing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    There's always a need for a pulse-pounding mystery with a little paranormal thrown in. If The Event proves it can let out the story while reeling viewers back each week, it could be something special.