For 894 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 3.9 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:
894 tv reviews
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    As Sutter proved in the intriguing and original first season, there's plenty more riveting storytelling to tap into as Sons of Anarchy boldly comes of age.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The new offering, from executive producers Ronald D. Moore and David Eick (the team behind "BSG"), stands on its own and in many ways might be more inviting to viewers who are not hard-core sci-fi fans.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    In an embarrassment of riches, this series is littered with numerous quality acting performances. It's just a thing of beauty all the way around.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It means there's finally something good (and funny) on Tuesday nights.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    There's a lot to love in Californication, from the blowtorch-keen dialogue of creator and writer Tom Kapinos to the way that Duchovny's ever-so-slightly-fading good looks perfectly encapsulate the character's downturn in Hollywood, to a multitude of standout performances in the ensemble cast.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The Life & Times of Tim--is flat-out brilliant and easily one of the funniest newcomers to television.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Again, it's back to the writing and the look. Both are superb.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Sometimes watching greatness expand and realizing that a foundation is in place for the future (excellent writing, superb acting, a clear conceptual vision) is just the kind of assurance you need to cement your allegiance.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The writing is a real thing of beauty - from the aforementioned nuance to searing workplace witticisms and pitch-perfect tone from a multitude of characters.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    For those unbowed by the lack of formula, this second season of "The Office" has rewards even greater than the first. The series is both funnier and darker -- much darker -- than last season.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The funniest thing you're likely to see all year.
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It’s a good thing that viewers can’t immediately binge-watch FX’s The Americans, arguably the best ongoing series on television, because there are moments in the first four episodes where it feels like there’s a vice tightening on your chest. And there’s a perfectly reasonable explanation for that feeling: The first four episodes (that’s how many were made available to critics) are among the best the series has ever done.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The best advice for those seeking something completely different and utterly refreshing on television is to spark up the VCR and create your own library, because it would be a shame to miss this potentially frail, possibly misunderstood work of genius.
    • 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.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The sweep of Rescue Me is far-reaching, and it's fearless in trying to break new ground in an old genre.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Little Dorrit is anchored by an extraordinary performance by one of England's best actors. And like "Twist," that central performance is only one of many elements that make Dorrit not only terrific entertainment, but, in some ways, perhaps even better than its source material.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    In Cinema Verite, 90 minutes might not do justice to the historical impact of An American Family. But it makes you wish there were 90 more minutes to the story, which is saying something.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's a gloriously visual fairy tale full of saturated colors and whimsical stories, the kind of romantic comedy/whodunit that should, by rights, captivate a nation starved for quirkiness and delight.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The level of cleverness of Flight of the Conchords is off the charts.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Veep doesn't just feel like it's firing on all cylinders, it feels invigorated and out to prove something. And that's potentially bad news for other comedies, but the best news for viewers.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Elba has been fantastic at every step, taking Cross' wonderful writing it and giving it even more dimensions. Pretty much every character that walks into this miniseries has given a virtuoso performance.... Season three never disappoints even when you kind of recoil, as a viewer, at the evil that has landed in Luther’s already complicated life.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The writing and acting are hit out of the ballpark on this one, and that's not a vibe you pick up out of nowhere.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    What Judd Apatow failed to accomplish in "Freaks and Geeks," his critically praised but short-lived NBC series about high school, he more than makes up for in Undeclared, a dead-on look at college life that manages to be both hilarious and sweet.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This series has always handled the duality of his character with masterful strokes. And it has done viewers a favor by quickly setting up the seasonlong scenario.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Quite possibly the finest closing chapter ever for a TV series.
    • 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).
    • 94 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It seems to be shifting into a higher gear, when no one thought that option was even available.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Humans, which is plate-spinning a number of compelling character-development stories in addition to the big-picture themes, is a series that is primed for a larger audience as it improves on its already impressively complex and nuanced story. A welcome return.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Sneaky Pete struts with confidence as Shore, Cranston and Yost (who took over showrunning duties on the second episode) take us on the roller-coaster ride of Marius/Pete's dubious idea in all of its broken but hopeful glory. There's a palpable sense of forward motion in the con itself and then, as the episodes unfold, the ensemble cast beyond Ribisi, Martindale and Cranston gets to really shine as characters begin spinning out in new directions.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Esmail's camerawork--characters tucked into corners of the frame, among other nontraditional compositions--continues to give the sense of disorientation and never feels tired. In fact, there are some flourishes in the first two hours that are brilliantly conceived and, with the show's strong sense of sound (both pop songs and smothered, slowed-down and manipulated background noise), contribute to what is one of the most visually remarkable hours on television.

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