For 925 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 3.9 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 63
Highest review score: 100 Generation Kill
Lowest review score: 0 Mixology: Season 1
Score distribution:
925 tv reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Now entering another wince-inducing season, Larry David proves again that he can mine gold over and over from the same idea.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's a gloriously visual fairy tale full of saturated colors and whimsical stories, the kind of romantic comedy/whodunit that should, by rights, captivate a nation starved for quirkiness and delight.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Lost has a stellar, varied cast, it is shot beautifully and it surprises more often than it makes you wince or wheeze, which, in the math of action-adventure-sci-fi-thrillers, is a good thing. [22 Sept 2004, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The sweep of Rescue Me is far-reaching, and it's fearless in trying to break new ground in an old genre.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It was comforting to see that Masters of Sex has depth of vision and plenty of dramatic material to delve into without taking the easy way out with a nipple and a romp every 10 minutes.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This series has always handled the duality of his character with masterful strokes. And it has done viewers a favor by quickly setting up the seasonlong scenario.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The casting on Fargo is superb, but none more so than Thornton, who is absolutely magnetic as the calm killer with a penchant for wry observation.... The four episodes that FX sent are a testament to Hawley’s bold belief that he could tackle such an original piece of cinema and make it work on the small screen.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Falk proves right out of the gate in season three that You're the Worst looks as creatively dangerous as ever.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    What Judd Apatow failed to accomplish in "Freaks and Geeks," his critically praised but short-lived NBC series about high school, he more than makes up for in Undeclared, a dead-on look at college life that manages to be both hilarious and sweet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The second season picks up immediately with Soderbergh's visual flourishes and sense of when to use music or make what amounts to a soundless cloud that surrounds his perfectly framed shots.... That said, The Knick is more than just a visual tour de force. The writing continues to stand out and the characters evolve, while the acting remains top-notch.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    While it might seem that Show Me A Hero ... has a distinct "eat your vegetables" aroma to it, what becomes apparent when you settle down to watch is the unmistakable lure of being hooked by the storytelling and the first-class acting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    There are many small and wonderful dramatic accomplishments in the underappreciated gem that is Battlestar Galactica, but perhaps the most enduring is that what was conceived of as an epic space adventure has turned into a finely detailed, intimate drama.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 70 Tim Goodman
    Good because it’s as funny and sweet and prickly as what viewers got in Season 1, with continued standout performances by Odenkirk and Banks, and a very welcome initial broadening of both McKean’s role as Chuck; and Rhea Seehorn’s role as Kim Wexler, Jimmy’s girlfriend. Yet, bad because there’s also more of the same, as Jimmy struggles to stay on the straight-and-narrow and how that struggle tears at him.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    State of Play is one of those series where a moment's brilliance is rivaled by the very next scene, a careening thriller that gives credence to the idea that there may not be any better format for telling an impact story than over the course of four or six hours. [16 Apr 2004, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 49 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Right now, outside of Anderson struggling to make something from the limited ingredients he's been given, New Orleans itself is the only interesting element.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    What remains compelling about The Shield as it heads into its last hurrah are the gray areas and ethical gradations of the characters that have defined it.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Khouri's strong writing and sense of character prove the show is no mere soap--does an excellent job of identifying them [storylines] without spending too much time on them.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Rescue Me may ask a lot of its viewers, but it's always a leap worth taking, and well rewarded. [13 June 2007, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    here are odd time jumps and plot movements here and there that really prove how much that voiceover narration from Claire is really needed. Not all of these are good things. ... They are not deal-breakers, exactly, but it will be interesting to see if season two can match (or exceed) the lofty achievements of season one. Perhaps the important thing to know is, despite these shifts, Outlander remains as sweeping and addictive as ever, which goes a long way.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Pick a character--the laughs are there. Maybe this season we should give more credit to the intricate plotting. But no matter your preference, Silicon Valley is back and the world has once again been made right, at least for the moment.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Credit the writers and the director--and the various wonderful acting performances you’ll see sprinkled about--for making The Missing something more than just a whodunit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The characters are so beautifully and thoroughly rendered that we, as viewers, are caught up in their lives.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    While a miniseries might have truly been something to behold--allowing the slow helplessness to really penetrate viewers, there’s something to be said about making a big, loud noise and getting the message out--again. In that sense, both Murphy and Kramer do the play justice (as you would expect) and have created a powerful modern history reminder for those too young to understand the all-too-recent past.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Evaluated merely as one episode competing against all the previous episodes in the series, this one is pretty spectacular.... Mad Men is back, looking as vibrant as ever.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's a strong cast, and Byrne and Wiest continue to deliver incredibly mannered and minutely shaded performances.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Some of the character are so impressively conceived and fleshed out that they ignite the material. Brown’s work proves that Ridley’s material can be generationally spot-on and gender-specific.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The series is excellent, absorbing and addictive. When each episode ends, you long for the next--a hallmark of great dramas.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Ambitious? As always. And if the first few episodes are any indication, tighter, even more evocative and as lush and lovingly constructed as possible when conveying the plight of the forgotten.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The Dresser may not be for everyone. It's intimate--in the sense of being both small and intensely personal; it taps into a niche (these are not movie stars); it's all about the power of Shakespeare; it reads, despite the flourishes that Eyre makes as a director to keep it dimensional, as a play shot as a TV movie; and its pacing is odd, but enjoyable.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The first three episodes of Season 2 that AMC sent out continue that level of achievement with no evident missteps.

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