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 Frozen Planet: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Hank: Season 1
Score distribution:
733 tv reviews
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Early returns from season two suggest that Orphan Black will be more compelling than ever, as it becomes more confident in its ability, buoyed by the acclaim, and its laudable understanding that a good story is just that--it doesn't matter that it be a straight, familiar drama.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A show that ceased to be something easily identifiable and thus easily understood the very first minute it was on.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Season two of Orange Is the New Black delivers immediately, stays relevant and entertaining, and gives the impression that it has learned a lot of life lessons inside the system.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It remains as riveting and unique as ever.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The miniseries weaves a spectacularly well-constructed story--intricate, dense, demanding and rewarding--about loyalty, deception, forgiveness and revenge.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The series reflects the youth and intelligence of its writer and succeeds by quickly getting viewers past what would seem an insurmountable obstacle -- caring about what happens to rich white kids in Orange County.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Episodes, which got uproarious laughter in cut-down form at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in July, does not disappoint an ounce as it rolls through a seven-episode season. It also signals a savvy return to television for LeBlanc, who manages to be the butt of the joke one moment then hilariously likable the next.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Beyond the superb pilot, Lights Out begins to get wonderfully nuanced and more interesting with each episode. And though the series avoids most boxing cliches while keeping true to the inescapable elements of "the sweet science," the real key to its success is McCallan.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The series, which had a string of stand-alone episodes before becoming more serialized, gets the balance a little better in Season 2 (though there are still some stand-alones to welcome newbies).
    • 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.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The entertainment value and suspense of Falling Skies is paced just right. You get the sense that we'll get those answers eventually. And yet, you want to devour the next episode immediately.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The Walking Dead hasn't lost the most important ingredient in its strangely successful recipe: it's thrilling.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The characters are so beautifully and thoroughly rendered that we, as viewers, are caught up in their lives.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The first three episodes of Season 3 indicate there has been no slippage at all, but rather a digging in of the philosophy at hand.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Archer proves exactly why it's been so great since the beginning: Smart writing, great voice cast, cool animation and, just so you understand, still more smart writing.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Smash is excellent, a bar-raiser for broadcast networks.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Mad Men stays relevant and exciting by moving forward.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Every actor nails their lines, which keeps Veep moving at a brisk pace. In fact, the episodes seem to end so quickly, you'll wish they lasted an hour.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It seems to be shifting into a higher gear, when no one thought that option was even available.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Not only is the pilot a wonderful mix of hilarious moments (pretty much any time Faxon is in the picture) and subtle sentiment, but it's one of those shows where the acumen of the off-camera talent (Fox) is impressive and clear, which gives hope for long-term success.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The dialogue remains as pin-prick sharp as usual, with that clever mix of directness and humor.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It's too early to really judge Americans against Homeland, but if the latter is getting away from what hooked you in the first place, then you might find what you're missing on Americans.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It's a heavyweight new contender in the drama category, just as Netflix now is as a content provider.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It is, flat out, one of the most intriguingly entertaining new series of the year, and it’s so much more than pure entertainment. For a sci-fi series, there’s some real heft to it.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    What’s intriguing and partly amazing about the two hour "movie” called “The Doorway” that opens the season April 7 is that Weiner has not lost his touch at writing a beautifully crafted script--jammed with the sadness and humor and personal revelations we’ve all come to appreciate. But in addition to that, he’s decided to really hit home Mad Men’s key theme in the first two hours with a kind of ferocity of intent we’ve rarely seen from him.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    What makes Rectify so rich and compelling are the choices it makes to avoid predictability--not just in its bold choice of immersive pacing, but because it puts characters (and complicated ones) into what feels like a familiar story and makes it seem new.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The Rashomon-style storytelling takes a bit to get used to, and the sometimes feverish flow of the jokes (which fans may remember from the hall-of-fame first three seasons) struggle to unleash themselves in the first couple of episodes, but then it snowballs into seven-and-a-half hours of hilarity just waiting for a movie to follow it up.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It constantly offers more than you expect, and even when it delivers something either predictable or straight from the “women’s prison drama” handbook, it then counters with something fresh or unexpected.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It’s certainly an intriguing pilot--you can’t take your eyes off of Spader and the writers have thrown in a couple of other interesting twists.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Bringing [Saul and Carrie] to the forefront and giving them a lot of scenes in the first two episodes has strengthened the series. The writing and acting in the first two episodes are exceptional. Let’s hope this continues, because it’s once again thrilling to watch this show.

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