For 776 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 The Wire: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Hank: Season 1
Score distribution:
776 tv reviews
    • 39 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The jaded will have a field day, but so what? In the end, if lives are changed like they are on "Three Wishes" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," then who cares what corporate names are flashed or how many manufactured "reveals" there are?
    • 68 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The Riches is gloriously inventive, daring and provocative, with excellent performances.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Thief" doesn't levitate with genre-busting genius, but it is very FX, which means it's very real and well executed, a series that doesn't pander.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Project Runway is entertaining and likable on so many levels that it's hard to resist.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    New characters, new rivalry, same old high quality.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Media Rights Capital, an independent production company, took an offbeat idea and made it work surprisingly well.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The entire cast is superb, and the actors seem comfortable in the groove the show has cut for itself. The writing is consistently sharp and focused. Most important, however, it has just the right sprinkling of obnoxiousness and cuteness.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    As in "Sunny," they are almost-lovable losers, and that's a formula FX is now perfecting.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Crank Yankers" is far better than expected. Not everything works -- remember, there's a lot of juvenile stuff here and bits where you'll roll your eyes -- but sometimes even the stupidest setup becomes hilarious merely by the graciousness of the person being duped on the other end of the line.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Because of the heft of its 20 hours, there's a lure to the storytelling that makes everything, from pace to acting, more authentic, more real than in movies or TV series we're all familiar with. "Taken" can breathe, paint a bigger picture, and it's more accomplished because of it.
    • 51 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    While it's true that television has been overloaded with acronyms lately and the redundant, long and confusing Navy NCIS is an egregious offender, it's also true that television is exploding with quality dramas and this is another of them.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    A show that does what it's supposed to do -- keep you riveted and entertained. [25 Sep 2002]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Yes, there's a lot less walking and talking. There is a limited amount of witty banter -- precisely enough so people not paying too much attention will never notice it's gone. What has increased... is heavy emotion a la "ER."
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "The Simple Life" is a one-note joke, but it's a good one.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" adds an element of fun and a twist to an overplayed genre, and should find a wide audience.
    • 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.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "The Surreal Life" is so bad it's good. Really bad. And really good.
    • 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.
    • 66 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.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Imagine a lesbian "Friends," only smarter and better-looking.
    • 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.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    There's some spot-on and sharp humor throughout, but it never gets too light and breezy.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's a wonderful series that gets better every hour you watch it. ... But there's the catch. "Deadwood" is a slow starter.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Raising Hope works on two levels, the absurdist gags about dysfunctional families and lower-class values that populated "Earl," and the never-too-saccharine sweetness that Jimmy brings to the world. If Garcia can keep up this mix, Fox may have itself a non-animated comedy hit.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    One of the benefits of watching LeBlanc keep his character afloat is that it's all comfortable. Not always funny, mind you, but an easy 22 minutes.

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