For 733 reviews, this critic has graded:
  • 52% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 45% 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 The Shield: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 The Bedford Diaries: Season 1
Score distribution:
733 tv reviews
    • 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.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The Riches is gloriously inventive, daring and provocative, with excellent performances.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Dirty Sexy Money is compelling even when it's not, funny when you're not quite sure it should be, ridiculous in the strangest spots and ultimately addictive if, for no other reason, you want to watch more episodes to find out what kind of beast it is.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's a big soapy epic that allows you to turn off your brain late at night, but it ultimately carries no gravitas, minority hiring or not. As long as we're clear on that, there's nothing wrong for applauding what the series gets right, given the constraints of the genre.
    • 43 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    What works so well in the series is that the four friends are so distinctly different, and the writers are able to adjust the level of humor to each.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's a strong cast, and Byrne and Wiest continue to deliver incredibly mannered and minutely shaded performances.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's slightly unpolished in some areas but funny and charming and a perfect companion series to "Chris."
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    With all the intrigue of a Shakespearean drama and all the coiled intensity of youthful power-brokering and rampant sexuality, it's hard to not like this version of Henry VIII.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    If the ambition of the pilot continues, American television may get another remake right. We'll have our first hint this next week. In the meantime, enjoy the pilot.
    • 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    All told, this series is pleasantly unexpected, taking chances on TNT when it seemed the channel's DNA wouldn't permit that level of risk. If the writing continues to hold up, viewers could be in for a better ride than the one Hunter is already taking them on by herself.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    As promising as the early episodes in Season 2 are, the over-the-top nature of "Tara" remains.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Both Paquin and Moyer do well here. And True Blood is fleshed out with other interesting characters getting to spout well-written lines. But at times the whole thing seems silly.
    • 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.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Breaking Bad promises seven compelling and unique hours of drama.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Glenister is still riveting, naturally, and Hawes is a real gift. Maybe that's enough to offset the smaller issues, like the cartoonish hero worship of Hunt (three quarters of the way through the pilot, there's a moment where you half expect a laugh track to kick in).
    • 53 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Like "Sex and the City" - oh, no, not that comparison - the half hour flies by and you realize that the human relationships depicted here are interesting and worth mining and Belle's life choices are entertaining.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    At times slight--the trick of talking into the camera was never novel, and the absence of an erotic backbone made it feel partly contrived--Secret Diary of a Call Girl nevertheless ends up at an unexpected place: smartly satisfying.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Recount pays due diligence to history while at the same time fictionalizing the interactions of the participants.
    • 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.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It stars Elizabeth Reaser ("Grey's Anatomy"), as Bella, who strikes the right balance of snide, seasoned relationship survivor and romantic hopeful. There's a winning cast, particularly Rachel Boston who plays Bella's sister and Amir Talai ("Campus Ladies") as one of Bella's male buddies.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's all light, good fun. Yes, there's a heavy dose of syrup, but Cannavale should be able to cut that to satisfactory levels. Paulson is perfect as the love guru who believes in rationality while Cupid believes in passion.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The writing is just clever enough to probably make the killing-a-week conceit work. And if you're into watching a phalanx of almost-recognizable actors you've seen in work you can almost remember, this is the series for you. Beyond that, it's just plain fun.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Right out of the gate, the series is surprisingly solid. What it ultimately becomes bears watching.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    There's some spot-on and sharp humor throughout, but it never gets too light and breezy.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The pilot, directed by Alexander Payne ("Sideways"), is superb, and the first handful of episodes (there are 10 in the season), prove that the writing is consistently strong, the characters multidimensional and the tone assured and surprising in its depth.
    • 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.
    • 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.

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