For 662 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 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Women's Murder Club: Season 1
Score distribution:
662 tv reviews
    • 62 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.
    • 62 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.
    • 61 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Right out of the gate, the series is surprisingly solid. What it ultimately becomes bears watching.
    • 79 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.
    • 78 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.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Lie to Me comes out of the box strong, and it's especially encouraging that the cases at hand and the science used in the first hour is compelling enough that Roth's character (based on Paul Ekman, a real-life expert on lying and microexpressions, among other things) can evolve more slowly.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The series gets better with each episode, and the characters become funnier and more interesting when you come to know (or pity) them along the way.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The casting on Southland is a plus and so is Biderman's intent not to make it easy for viewers to succumb to "pilotitis."
    • 72 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    NBC did renew Parks and Recreation and, like a small miracle of second-act redemption, it comes back on Thursday as a fully realized and very funny sitcom.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "How to Make It in America" is, like "Entourage," more entertaining than actually funny. You're not going to burst out laughing at anything, but there are plenty of comic moments.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The workaday mysteries of Jackie and the phenomenal performance of Falco are more than enough to hold down the series while the rest of the characters find their niche.
    • 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).
    • 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.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Despite the title, Cougar Town seems more female centric, which is key to ABC's audience, and it's a little more formulaic than "Modern Family," but both are welcome new sitcoms.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Right now it's an action-packed drama that entertains with ease. That's plenty good enough.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It does the near impossible for any extended-family drama: It manages to be poignant and funny without becoming ridiculously soapy and larded with cliches.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    As long as the jokes stay barbed, fast and witty--as they are in the pilot--there's more than enough reason to keep following the band of misfits.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Though future episodes don't quite measure up to the brilliant pilot, Archer nurtures a collection of recurring themes that pile up and become funnier the more they are referenced through the episodes.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    As in "Sunny," they are almost-lovable losers, and that's a formula FX is now perfecting.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    If you're a viewer into quick and easy answers and seek resolution at the 59-minute mark, this is probably not your show. But if you're interested in the notion that post-9/11 paranoia is justified in ways we haven't even realized (and perhaps it would be too chilling if we did), and you have a fundamental distrust of government doings, Rubicon could be your new mental puzzle.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    To its credit, there are a few extra twists along the way that make the show more intriguing and which hint at a slightly darker feel (but not too bleak) and a chance to have a more complicated story than simply one family with super powers.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Logue and Raymond-James are, straight out of the gate, the two most believable and funny buddies you'll see on the screen.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Lone Star has enormous potential to be a complicated, tightrope-walking tale of two lives. Or it could just implode. Like "The Event," it's worth your investment, but you'll have to record one or the other.