For 817 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 3.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 Frozen Planet: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Watching Ellie: Season 2
Score distribution:
817 tv reviews
    • 69 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Judging from the first of six hours that will air, this might be the perfect series where you can plop on the couch, pop a beer and think, "This is all a little odd."
    • tbd Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    It’s not exactly groundbreaking for television, which has done these kinds of unscripted explorations for years, but it’s a nice little add-on if you’re already a Prime subscriber and someone who readily views Amazon’s TV offerings.... When the series moves outside to bring to life in HD the many stories readers have become familiar with through the years, the results are more mixed.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    It's a testament to Hirsch, who keeps Bonnie and Clyde grounded--plus a solid script, for the most part--that allows this movie to defy the odds. That doesn't make it great or even necessary, but wow, it could have been a lot worse.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Looking long term, Resurrection may be one typical TV dark secret that takes a while to unravel, and maybe that's good enough for most. But it's cutting enough corners here in the beginning to be worrisome. And if you were lucky enough to see The Returned (or will be streaming it asap), then Resurrection won't be for you.
    • 44 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Mind Games is less complicated than Killen's other shows--which raises its chances until you factor in the dreadful time slot it will inhabit. Yet even though Zahn is a lot to take while having his bi-polar rants and motor-mouthed moments of anxiety, plus Slater's dubious end-of-the-pilot twist, there are elements in play with Mind Games that make it intriguing.
    • 48 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    As a B-level entry it’s at least entertaining, and if some of the sillier aspects of the pilot can be improved on could be one of those mindless entertainment options we all need now and again.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is strong and closes with a cliffhanger element that should bring back a sizeable chunk of the tune-in audience.... but having no other episodes to find out in what direction the series wants to go--not just with Barry/Bassam, but where the core of its stories will come from (family or politics), means it’s too early to give a definitive endorsement to Tyrant, despite its potential.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Body of Proof doesn't break any new ground as a procedural and has more than enough hokey moments to make you look elsewhere. But as a case study of how and why star vehicles get made, this is textbook.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is solid but 22 minutes with this kind of cast and concept barely leaves any room to decipher whether or not you want to spend one night a week with these people.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Lilyhammer is an odd little series with potential.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    Part of the hedging about Mr. Sunshine stems from her role. In the pilot, it's a wildly over-the-top portrayal that's simultaneously fun to witness but worrisome as to whether Janney can pull it off every week.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 60 Tim Goodman
    You should at the very least check out Bello, who does fine work here.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The show is a bold idea, and there's hope for the modern-world portions, but it doesn't quite know what it is (or maybe it does, but the audience won't).
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    There's nothing inherently wrong with The Good Wife other than it's a legal series with too many close-up shots of knowing glances and "attagirl Alicia" moments of empowerment that you saw coming 20 minutes prior.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's not that '24' is desperate for ideas in Season 4. No, it was desperate in Season 2. It's that the humor is more blithely predictable now, less forehead-slapping in its preposterousness. As the adrenaline ramps up, the logic falls down. Again. [7 Jan 2003]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    22 minutes is not enough to say. (Networks really need to be more generous with episodes, especially during midseason.) If the pilot (written by Perry and co-executive producer Joe Keenan) is passable, my guess would be that the pedigree and talent involved will overcome the shortcomings and give viewers something better soon enough.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    House had enough going against it, but if you strip it of its boldness in favor of rote (and predictable) drama, then you might as well bring in the priest.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    If you can’t love the rake in Keegan, then you sure can’t love the lawyer in him either (since it’s barely developed in the pilot). That leaves Rake as an overly familiar character study and an under-developed law procedural.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    A faux documentary on actors who are not famous but who are struggling to be isn't inherently interesting to nonactors. ... 'Unscripted' isn't a complete flop. It's just rare that HBO fails like this. [9 Jan 2005]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 48 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    It's not a gratuitous failure and makes enough sense to see to the end.
    • 50 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    CBS can turn a lot of tired fluff into sitcom hits, so who knows about Accidentally on Purpose? There are laughs here and there, but mostly it's all so very familiar and not remotely as funny as "Modern Family" or "Cougar Town."
    • 35 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The pilot looks dangerously flawed and seriously underwhelming.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Though there are plenty of hard-earned (some might say forced) laughs here and Bornheimer is a real find, you can't help but wonder how they'll keep up the pace.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    But this is an epic drama on HBO, correct? So is it Giamatti or Adams himself who will make viewers wish for a swifter and less pedantic version on the History Channel?
    • 62 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    How about less ghost, more Margo? That might help A Gifted Man become better than very average.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Unfortunately, Life Unexpected took all of the schmaltz of "Gilmore Girls" and expanded it several hundred times over, forgetting to insert any of the quirk and only a smidge of the smart banter.
    • 58 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Intriguing--but not especially enjoyable.
    • 42 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    The problem with "Criminal Minds" -- other than there are 48 series in a similar vein, 39 of them on CBS -- is that every person in this cast has an area of expertise, and they spend the hour telling you about it in the most unrealistic workplace conversations you'll ever hear.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Though Berlanti doesn't always get the balance right and there's no telling whether people will glom onto Eli the way they did Ally, having seen three episodes and been entertained through most of them is saying something, at least.
    • 41 Metascore
    • 50 Tim Goodman
    Feels forced.... What "American Dad" really resembles most is the less-funny outtakes from "Family Guy," done in a way that doesn't even pretend to be original. [4 Feb 2005]
    • San Francisco Chronicle

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