For 755 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 Boardwalk Empire: Season 2
Lowest review score: 0 Stalker: Season 1
Score distribution:
755 tv reviews
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    With elements of "Wonder Years," "Cosby" and the "The Jeffersons," but also a spirit all its own, "Chris" is a sitcom that finally makes the family funny again.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    In the case of Sunny, it comes out of the gate as brilliantly twisted as ever.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Lost is a different genre, one that may infuriate even the loyalists, but there's something impressive and rewarding in its density.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Homeland is as riveting and addictive as when we last saw it, kicking off with no lull in the pulse-pounding action.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Frozen Planet is one of those instantly riveting series where you marvel at the beauty and majesty of it all but also spare more than a passing thought for the effort involved.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Like any episode of Archer, telling the jokes does them no justice. You need to find out for yourself why this series is such a politically incorrect gem.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Graham Yost, who wrote HBO's "Band of Brothers," creates deeply drawn characters who are revealed slowly over the course of an episode (and season). He's the kind of writer whose vision and touch you can trust over the long haul.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Mann's stamp is all over this. Robbery Homicide Division has a distinct "film" look and a more languid pace than other TV dramas.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Laden with laugh-out-loud moments. ... Just as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" so boldly and brilliantly attacks taboo subjects, so does "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," though the humor is spread from one clueless, self-centered ass to four, clueless, self-centered slackers. [4 Aug 2005]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Sherlock is back as brilliant as ever and there’s joy and entertainment and superb craftsmanship abounding in this first episode (you might feel like clapping in appreciation when it ends), but there’s also the promise of more goodness ahead.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "Weeds" is colossally great... a series far better than its premise and utterly essential for devotees of smart, entertaining television.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    State of Play is one of those series where a moment's brilliance is rivaled by the very next scene, a careening thriller that gives credence to the idea that there may not be any better format for telling an impact story than over the course of four or six hours. [16 Apr 2004, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It remains as riveting and unique as ever.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The Pacific is a superb, viscerally moving and harrowing depiction of World War II and a worthy complement to "Band of Brothers" (2001).
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    But this is what a great TV series does -- it mines difficult emotional ground. It's willfully complex, putting popularity at risk. It avoids convention and takes irregular dramatic steps. With that in mind, watch Rescue Me at your own risk.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It never shrinks from the task of surpassing its own brilliance. Even when it fails in its attempt to knock you out, Rescue Me keeps swinging, and that engenders a whole lot of admiration in a medium choking on its own safety.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "The Riches" is both unique and intoxicating -- and plenty more.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    All your favorites are back in force, with a few twists, but the allure of the series always has been and always will be Hall, who manages to make a killer (who kills only people who deserve it, mostly) likable, believable, engaging and funny, as he works his job as a blood splatter expert at Miami Metro Homicide.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Here’s to a dense, layered, enterprising and fascinating journey through Season 3--and as many more seasons as need be to complete this incomparable fantasy.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Making a film is kind of a nightmare, but a riveting one. And Project Greenlight is in itself a riveting documentary. It's got a hero, it's got stars, it's got drama. In 12 parts, we'll find out if there's a happy ending.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Kohan and her writers deserve perhaps more credit than they're getting for forcing change and making it artistically compelling.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" has lost none of its giddy sharp edges. [28 Jun 2006]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" lives up to the advance hype, easily qualifying as one of the best new broadcast series of the fall.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    But this much is true: Deadwood is cocksure brilliant. David Milch, who put the glory into "NYPD Blue," is clearly and defiantly uninterested in political correctness. He just wants to make a great Western for TV. In that, he's succeeded. [4 Mar 2005, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 66 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Shameless is excellent, compelling television from the first moment. As long as it stays true to the roots of the original, it's going to be essential viewing.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Three more words: Oh. My. God.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A brilliantly conceived and relentlessly entertaining new drama. [1 Oct 2004]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 99 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's not a matter of wondering if Breaking Bad will be great, but where in the pantheon it will ultimately reside.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Soak in the visuals, listen to the mesmerizing use of sound. The writing and acting will lure you in, but have appreciation for all the details that go into making this series so great.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Welcome back, 30 Rock. Even in a season of wonderful sitcoms--trend story alert!--you get it done.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The acting (from a mostly unknown cast), cinematography (you can just stare at this series) and especially Weiner's writing carry the series to exceptional heights.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The best news of all is that Olyphant backs it up with an incredibly riveting performance. Better yet, Justified as a whole really delivers, from the explosive pilot to a couple of other, less adrenaline-filled but no less superb episodes that add humor and nuanced storytelling to the mix.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    What remains compelling about The Shield as it heads into its last hurrah are the gray areas and ethical gradations of the characters that have defined it.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A stunning piece of television about a rogue cop and that dangerous line between effective police work and ethical transgressions. This series is brutal and frank, with little wasted energy or misdirection.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    In a fall season surprisingly flush with good sitcoms, the best new comedy by far--and it's not that close of a race - is Modern Family on ABC.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is flat-out brilliant ... It’s the best, most wide-appeal show that HBO has had in ages.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Ambitious? As always. And if the first few episodes are any indication, tighter, even more evocative and as lush and lovingly constructed as possible when conveying the plight of the forgotten.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Defying expectations while rewiring what a “zombie” series can be, The Returned is one of the most intriguing, utterly original offerings of the year.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Rescue Me races out of the gate as confidently brilliant as ever before, wildly mixing emotions along the way.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Glee, one of the season's best and most anticipated new series, delivers on both counts - and more. It's a quirky, sweet, humorous, nonpartisan funfest.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    There's a real allure to costume-dramas that pair dense mythology with all of the crowd-pleasing elements of war, honor, pride, lust, power and, yes, even humor. Thrones has all of those in spades and supports them with exceptional storytelling, strong writing, superb acting and some stunning visual effects.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Few series have exploded onto the scene with such a rich array of potential stories and inherently interesting characters.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Rescue Me may ask a lot of its viewers, but it's always a leap worth taking, and well rewarded. [13 June 2007, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 90 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Game of Thrones is so much more than a genre series, a fantasy epic. It's a series that doesn't need to feel dramatically inferior up against the likes of Mad Men or Breaking Bad, Justified or anything else.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This series is one of a kind.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The miniseries weaves a spectacularly well-constructed story--intricate, dense, demanding and rewarding--about loyalty, deception, forgiveness and revenge.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    [Creator and writer Ann Biderman has] created the most testosterone, rough and intelligent drama in ages.... Early sneaks of Ray Donovan hinted that Showtime might have a real gem on its hands, but four episodes provides an absolute exclamation point.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Hirst, Rhys Meyers and the rest of the cast (and Bergin's costumes) make it all somehow meatier but no less entertaining in Season 2.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    None of its quirky charm and tone-shifting mix of comedy and drama has lagged since we last witnessed Nancy's precarious situation.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Still a wondrous thing to watch.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Just like "The Wire," Simon has again delivered a series unlike anything you've seen on television before.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Now entering another wince-inducing season, Larry David proves again that he can mine gold over and over from the same idea.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Girls kicks off its second season even more assured of itself, able to deftly work strands of hard-earned drama into the free-flowing comedic moments of four postcollege girls trying to find their way in life.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    There are moments in Arrested Development, Fox's new sitcom, that are pants-wettingly funny. There are jokes and scenarios that bend you over in gleeful agony. All of a sudden, with this last new fall series offering -- hope having been beaten out of all of us -- we get one of the most hysterically ridiculous half hours on television.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's not very often that a TV show bursting with imagination, audacity, rude charm and a relentlessly funny worldview gets on the air, much less appears fully formed. But Sarah Silverman... has delivered an offbeat gem.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Sons of Anarchy remains as bare-knuckled and, almost inconceivably, as funny and crass as ever. And it doesn't take Season 3 very long to ratchet up the twists
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Daring and original.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The good news is that after a creatively weak and shortened Season 5... it appears that one of television's finest series has regained its momentum and sure footing and will -- barring a misstep -- walk out of the spotlight at the height of its emotional resonance.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's Close who makes "Damages" a series to contend with.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Watching Fox’s wonderfully creative and ridiculously entertaining new series, The Last Man On Earth, you can’t help but laugh (it’s a comedy--duh), but also be truly and utterly impressed.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Going into its third season, Girls is as refreshing and audacious as ever and one of the few half-hour dramedies where you can feel its heart pounding and see its belly ripple with laughter.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's a serialized mystery that pays off your devotion.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    There's a vibrancy to the stories in each Boardwalk Empire episode. With echoes of the gangland mentality of "The Sopranos" and the frontier recklessness of "Deadwood," HBO seems to have found in Boardwalk Empire a fertile, sprawling new franchise series.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    What is not surprising at all about the fourth season of one of television's elite series is that Weiner continues to explore what it means to be human.
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's the best series on television, end of story.
    • 92 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The Americans not only built on its impressive first season when the second came around, but the first four episodes of season three find it rising to new creative heights yet again.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Has the kind of verve and wit that's the hallmark of shows where the writers aren't thinking about audience reaction or how the network bigs will view it -- it's a story that just pours out, with the audacity to say, "Take me or leave me."
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    When Season 3 kicks off spectacularly, there's a slight exhale in the first 59 minutes--then a twist. And not a small one, either. By the second episode, the writers give you roughly 40 minutes to digest that twist, then drop a real stunner. Which is--just to cut to the chase here--truly and incredibly exciting television.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    If last season tended toward painful self-evaluation -- it made for great drama but a head full of bleakness -- Season 3 hints not so much at a more clearly defined, lighter tone but perhaps more living life out loud than living it in the head.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    There are many small and wonderful dramatic accomplishments in the underappreciated gem that is Battlestar Galactica, but perhaps the most enduring is that what was conceived of as an epic space adventure has turned into a finely detailed, intimate drama.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Yes, it's brilliant, again.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Despite being peopled with well-drawn characters and smart, audaciously careening scripts that induce bursts of laughter, "Wonderfalls" gives us television's -- at least network television's -- coolest female.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The show succeeds by spreading out the story lines. By the second episode, everyone is surprisingly well developed.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Generation Kill is rewarding in its complexity. It feels real - and that realness is bracing, sad and funny in equal measures.
    • 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.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Right out of the gate, "The Boondocks" is a water-cooler series that lives up to the hype. It is funny, fearless and continues the vibe of the strip.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    While some critics have nearly thrown themselves in front of a train to get people to watch Friday Night Lights, bending and bruising the language in praise of it, the truth is that a good argument could be made for FNL being perhaps the best drama on broadcast television. [5 Oct 2007]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 76 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The joy of this series really comes down to two things: lots of action and some babelicious butt-kicking. Not something to be proud of for enjoying it, but true. Pass the chips and ale -- and down in front!
    • 88 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This is one of maybe six or so elite series on all of television that you should absolutely be watching. Pitch-perfect acting (ensemble stars Jason Bateman and Jessica Walter were robbed of Emmys) and nuanced writing that staggers you with its cleverness and lunacy makes this more than a typical dysfunctional-family sitcom. [3 Nov 2004, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    If you like big-screen-level thrills and complicated plot structures, you'll opt-in to FlashForward. And you'll be rewarded. Here's hoping it stays strong and compelling as it heads to April 29.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The first three episodes of Season 2 that AMC sent out continue that level of achievement with no evident missteps.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The new HBO series from Lena Dunham (Tiny Furniture) is one of the most original, spot-on, no-missed-steps series in recent memory.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The acting--by Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson--is off the charts. The writing and the concept, by series creator and novelist Nic Pizzolatto, undulates from effectively brash soliloquies to penetratingly nuanced moments carried by sparse prose. Lastly, director Cary Joji Fukunaga has created a beautiful, sprawling sense of place (the series is shot and set in Louisiana).
    • 95 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The most ambitious storytelling series on television. ... "The Wire" is the best show on HBO, which means it's the best show on television, period. If you want in on it, even if you missed the first go-around, you'll find a way to make sense of it all.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    In the end, there will likely be a lot of unhappiness, dead bodies, same-as-it-ever-was institutional failure, lack of responsibility and the triumph of self-interest over the greater good. Not exactly a Hallmark card, but one hell of an artistic achievement.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A quirky and hilarious gem.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This Holmes update's second season continues to be both clever and classic.
    • 93 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    David's ability to hone in and magnify the most socially awkward moments in life is almost frightening. If this series didn't make you double over in laughter every couple of minutes, it would be a whole other kind of torture.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Having seen the first four episodes, you need to be a part of this. You need to doff the skepticism and get on the ride.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Starz has its channel-defining series in Boss, a wholly impressive new drama that comes out of the gate with gravitas, swagger, originality and intrigue.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The fall's funniest sitcom.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "City of Men" pulses with the kind of energy you don't get often on American television, and the realness of the shot-on-location scene really makes each episode feel like a minimovie.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The breadth and ambition of "The Wire" are unrivaled and that taken cumulatively over the course of a season -- any season -- it's an astonishing display of writing, acting and storytelling that must be considered alongside the best literature and filmmaking in the modern era.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    A cleverly crafted, ingenious thriller with only scant moments of implausibility. Most of it has the unmistakable imprint of a smart premise beautifully executed.
    • 87 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    All the elements Mad Men does well - the humor, the note-perfect clothing and sets, the creeping cultural change - are still there to be savored.
    • 86 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Lost has a stellar, varied cast, it is shot beautifully and it surprises more often than it makes you wince or wheeze, which, in the math of action-adventure-sci-fi-thrillers, is a good thing. [22 Sept 2004, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Stunningly great execution.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This is a series that was completely unexpected, and Hall has hard-and-fast rules about what Joan and God can do. She's not making up the story arcs on the fly, which gives confidence that this unusual creation is in good hands. [25 Sept 2003, p.E1]
    • San Francisco Chronicle
    • 96 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Breaking Bad is unquestionably one of the greatest dramas in TV history. What it should be rewarded and applauded for is the wanton willingness to throw the concomitant success of all that away in the service of the story.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "Flight of the Conchords" may well be the funniest thing you've seen in ages and -- at least for a half hour -- answers the question of whether HBO has any good shows left.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    It's essential viewing. All of the promise of last season looks to be realized with impressively deft storytelling, beautiful cinematography and impeccable acting.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    Evaluated merely as one episode competing against all the previous episodes in the series, this one is pretty spectacular.... Mad Men is back, looking as vibrant as ever.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The consistency of excellence in Game of Thrones is truly something to behold. Even in three episodes, viewers will sense things tightening up-- that winter and war are coming and they are coming at a full run.
    • 98 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    This is a series that goes beyond critical darling. "The Wire" is better than its own hype. If you don't watch the show, it's your fault, your loss.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    As good as Rome is -- and it's an epic, multilayered thing of beauty -- it's still not on the level of "The Sopranos" or "The Wire" or "Deadwood." That's almost an unfair comparison, but it's also true. On the other hand, "Rome" unfolds like a marvelously shot big-screen movie, each scene (filmed on location in Italy) dripping with money well spent and a meticulous grandeur that rewards you for paying extra for HBO.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    The casting on Fargo is superb, but none more so than Thornton, who is absolutely magnetic as the calm killer with a penchant for wry observation.... The four episodes that FX sent are a testament to Hawley’s bold belief that he could tackle such an original piece of cinema and make it work on the small screen.
    • 94 Metascore
    • 100 Tim Goodman
    "Battlestar Galactica" not only lives up to its sci-fi gold-standard reputation but also should be considered straight up as one of television's most appealing dramas, no matter the genre.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 88 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It’s a pleasure to watch, and the weaving of the narrative thread is a thing of beauty.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 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
    There are moments in Togetherness where it's extremely impressive witnessing the layered nuances that Zissis and the Duplasses create. Though Peet and especially Zissis get the funnier lines and situations, there's a very palpable element of sadness to their characters as well.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It's a heavyweight new contender in the drama category, just as Netflix now is as a content provider.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    It’s a lusciously shot and brilliantly written and acted account of how the British aristocracy and progressives in high society fell in love with what can best be described as the tantalizing edginess of jazz music and the sense of exploration and wonder it brought to those who heard it even though society at the time was not ready to accept what it all implied.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    Smash is excellent, a bar-raiser for broadcast networks.
    • 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
    Credit the writers and the director--and the various wonderful acting performances you’ll see sprinkled about--for making The Missing something more than just a whodunit.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The characters are so beautifully and thoroughly rendered that we, as viewers, are caught up in their lives.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 91 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    All told, Transparent is a surprisingly poignant, funny and mature piece of work.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 90 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    The dialogue remains as pin-prick sharp as usual, with that clever mix of directness and humor.
    • 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.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 90 Tim Goodman
    While a miniseries might have truly been something to behold--allowing the slow helplessness to really penetrate viewers, there’s something to be said about making a big, loud noise and getting the message out--again. In that sense, both Murphy and Kramer do the play justice (as you would expect) and have created a powerful modern history reminder for those too young to understand the all-too-recent past.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 88 Tim Goodman
    "Friday Night Lights" is not good. It's great.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 88 Tim Goodman
    A very original, extremely well-acted and complexly written drama.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 88 Tim Goodman
    What helps separate "The Nine" from others in this season's crowded field are stellar performances throughout and a steady, sure hand in the pilot.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 88 Tim Goodman
    A winning, extremely funny new sitcom.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It’s a serious work of television that is angling to dramatize numerous weighty subjects, and isn’t overly concerned with distracting the audience with shiny objects in the process.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Fellowes has a stronger hold on telling the individual tales of his well-drawn characters, and that pinpoint focus utterly redeems the series early on.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Logan, who has written each of the eight episodes, and director J.A. Bayona (who cements the overall look and feel of the series) keep things intriguing and fresh, fearful and entertaining. The characters are so vastly different from one another but mix well.
    • 52 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    One of the new offerings that stands out from the pack is ABC's coming-of-age series, The Goldbergs, which is fueled partly by nostalgia, partly by the great Jeff Garlin's constant yelling and partly out of some outstanding writing. A strong cast doesn't hurt, either.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    She is all over the map and that's precisely what's refreshing about her. What the world needs now is not another over-stylized, super-slick talk show.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The Challenger Disaster adeptly uses its story time by leaning on Hurt to at once capture Feynman’s brilliance and captivating personality while also showing that Feynman’s own sense of compressed mortality and his adherence to scientific truth helped stop what could have been a whitewash.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Seriously, one day, NBC will be run like a real network--and bask in the fact that our Pawnee pals have returned, and there are plenty of excellent episodes in store.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Directed with aplomb by Mat Whitecross, who periodically decides, in the course of this four-hour feast, to stop making a movie about a man and instead make a Bond movie, Fleming is the kind of movie that winks at you constantly and you never get annoyed by the intimations.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Mostly Moone Boy is a coming-of-age story for a kid probably not yet equipped to battle the real world. But there’s so much humor and sweet-but-not-sacharrine moments (and absurdity), that it’s the kind of coming-of-age story you can’t wait to see Martin (and O’Dowd) experience together.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    As it stands after two entertaining episodes, there's a lot that Agent Carter can do going forward. It already feels like a series, and if it can keep that up--plus highlight the hell out of Hayley Atwell--then a second season should come easy.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It has chills and humor and the ability to take a procedural story and twist it.
    • 77 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It's not a perfect pilot; most sitcoms aren't. But, like a precious few others, you can see that everyone involved is funny and connected to the concept.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    While all the philosophical, existential and surprisingly intimate moments of their friendship are the wonderfully surprising backbone to Wilfred, the hook is the absurdist situations and brilliant humor.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    House of Lies is giving him (and the rest of the actors) something fresh and different to devour, which makes it a show you need to consult with.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    This isn’t look-at-me journalism with a fitted Gap t-shirt. It’s more of a holy-hell-can-you-believe-this approach that fights perfectly on a cable channel trying to do something different.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Fresh Off the Boat finds jokes in plenty of other, non-racial issues, and that’s often the bonus that gives you confidence this is a show with legs.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It’s fun, it’s entertaining, it’s got some scares and some action and plenty of secrets to unveil.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    This kind of limited series is a step in the right direction. And it sure helps that the first hour is intriguing as hell and filled with a lot of storytelling promise. If viewers catch the pilot, they’ll be back for the next episode. Some critics, too.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Welcome to Sweden knows the story it wants to tell, and it does so in tightly crafted half-hour blocks that are fjords full of charm.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    If Lindelof and Perrotta can somehow strike a balance of the human, emotional fallout while also delving into an explanation of the oddities involved in "the sudden departure," then The Leftovers could be one of the more riveting new series.
    • 82 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Darabont uses the TV-series format to break convention not only by defying the predictabilities of the horror genre (boo!) but also by infusing the recipe with more storytelling elan.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    There's a nice balance of humor (Groff in particular gets to milk the comedy) and emotional drama coursing through it (like Girls, which makes a fine pair for it on Sundays).
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Coppola and Schwartzman, who has a great cameo about a reporter doing a podcast, dole out just enough in these half-hour episodes to keep it light, funny and (by the fourth episode) a bit more brazenly quirky, while also not losing touch with the story's core--which is the music.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Some of [the often simple but absurd comedy] was lighter in spots than others, but the series has a very distinctive comedic voice and a striking visual approach that it keeps up through the episodes
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Going into Season 2, the acting performances are the primary reason to tune in.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Mostly it’s great to see Tennant and Colman try to put back the pieces of the wrecked lives of Hardy and Miller.
    • 72 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Ripper Street is a well-acted, well-written and compelling mystery series. And even better, there's no waiting around, wishing it would improve. It's alluring from the start.
    • 54 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Comedy Central has been able to take a can’t-miss idea and move it from short online sketches to a series of sketches that fill a half hour of television with a unified theme and increased production value, while bringing the brilliant idea to a wider audience.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Intriguing and genuinely fun.
    • 47 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Credit Morgan, the original source material of the book (there is some deviation, according to Morgan) and BBC America for crafting an instantaneously addictive piece of television.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Expect a slow(ish) rollout for Bates Motel, as the first couple of episodes establish character and location, before things take an uptick during episode three. But there’s more than enough intrigue and entertainment--on top of Farmiga’s outstanding turn--to keep viewers wanting more of this new-style nonhomage to Psycho.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    If you're thinking that "TV Funhouse" makes "South Park" look like "Masterpiece Theatre," well, you're pretty close. The laughs here often are scatological, sexual or just plain childish and silly. Which, of course, is the whole reason for watching.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Your eyes are in for a treat, and Judd grows on you.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    A superb little series. ... The acting and writing is top-notch. There's a witty undertone that's much appreciated and enough pop culture asides to keep you going through the arcane structure.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The show from creator Nahnatchka Khan is fresh and funny, with fast-paced jokes and witty cynicism in abundance.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    There is a slightly claustrophobic feel to some of the pilot--reminiscent of the feeling the revamped Battlestar Galactica gave--but you can't help but feel that on a submarine. Despite that, Last Resort manages to move at a feverish pace, with pulse-pounding twists and turns.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The escapism is sky high. Valley remains as charismatic as ever, with McBride's disdainful asides and Haley's chilly creepiness intact. It would be unfortunate if Human Target somehow got soapy or dumber, because good popcorn is rare.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The Borgias retains the intrigue and conniving family politics that made season one such a pleasure ride, but it all has more snap now, with Jordan spinning the plates with aplomb.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The film isn't trying to break ground with revelations, so what it comes down to is whether Game Change is a good movie, as opposed to a balanced documentary. For the most part, it is.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It's broad, but funny because it's broad--you get the tone immediately and go with it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Some of the character are so impressively conceived and fleshed out that they ignite the material. Brown’s work proves that Ridley’s material can be generationally spot-on and gender-specific.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Creator Elizabeth Meriwether manages to make the situations funny and lets Deschanel channel her charm--a winning combination.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    CBS has managed to create a period piece without relying solely on that factor as the cool conceit.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Talented, magnetic, sexy and above all else extremely likable, Rodriguez is the glue that holds together the tonally difficult-to-pull-off Jane the Virgin series.
    • 60 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Even though the movie is loaded with enough to satisfy those who believe Spector did it, as Mirren’s role is written and Pacino’s performance hints at, the film seems eager to suggest Spector was found guilty mostly of being a freak. That have-it-both-ways storytelling doesn’t make Phil Spector a great legal movie, but it allows two exceptional actors and a talented writer a chance to play with reality.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The first two hours go at a brisk, thrilling pace that allows for character development as well. A lot happens and there's a desire for more.
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Created by Kevin Biegel, Enlisted comes out of the gates almost fully formed.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    First, the series is completely on point with what the network is doing elsewhere (Arrow, etc.). Second, it's actually very well done. And third, it's wholly entertaining.
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It's about characters and their slow unraveling along with the mystery at hand. Whithouse has assembled a superb cast of relative unknowns who support the main Hughes-Cox tandem and add layers (mother Hester, for example).
    • 78 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Created and written by Sam Shaw (Masters of Sex), and directed superbly by veteran Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing), Manhattan kicks off with two gripping episodes that highlight a strong cast.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    With Life's Too Short, he [Ricky Gervais] again delivers.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    If people stay with it, what they'll find are exceptional performances, some truly fine writing and a premise, by virtue of being complicated, that could unspool some really interesting plotlines.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    So, during the course of three episodes, there's not much sucking up, enough dissing to keep the whole thing honest, tons of magnificent cars, fast driving and enough goofiness to make this Top Gear get off the line without any mishaps.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The good news is that Halt and Catch Fire is a triumphant pilot with excellent writing, impressive acting and a noteworthy cinematic visual style. ... But ultimately that means nothing until we see the next episode. And the one after that. And the one after that. So take this early praise with that caveat.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It could be argued that Fox has pulled off something even more remarkable with the debut of the less-than-thrillingly titled Traffic Light, a romantic comedy whose concept was imported from Israel: because it is both funny and remarkably realistic.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Code is not a game-changer in a genre that likely won't be changed again for some time, but judging by the first three episodes it's already gripping television and Fox has found a competitive new drama.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    If the first two episodes are any indication, not only is the series not missing a beat, it's actually growing into itself to allow new storytelling possibilitie
    • 65 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The pilot is funny, Meloni holds the whole thing together and even the voice over works--despite there needing to be, at the very least, a five season moratorium on that little conceit.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The real attraction is seeing some of the best work yet from Cross and Arnett, which is truly saying something given their resumes.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The good news is that Kimmy is already really good; in the first six episodes, each one gets better as it goes (though the pilot is particularly strong).
    • 86 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It was comforting to see that Masters of Sex has depth of vision and plenty of dramatic material to delve into without taking the easy way out with a nipple and a romp every 10 minutes.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Suburgatory is an interesting little sitcom in that all on its own the show deserves your attention for the merits [nuance, snark, sweetness] mentioned above.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Beers and his crew are old hands at this, and they wring the drama out of Coal very quickly and compellingly. They get beyond the danger into the emotional territory, and that's where the gold is.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It never flags in pace, and all the performances, even the smaller ones (like Gambon's), are enthralling.
    • 73 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Along the way, Elementary should prove rather conclusively that it's a solid cousin to Sherlock and will give fans of the character more chances to see him solve crimes.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Dern, Wilson, Ladd, White and Sharp are excellent in this strange little vehicle.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    You want to watch more episodes of this series not just because it’s funny, but because it understands that the emotionally complex elements of loving someone, marrying them and having kids with them are probably the reasons marriage tears two people apart over time.
    • 75 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Luck is a smart and ambitious series that looks to truly pay off in the home stretch.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Obviously Legit isn't yet in the realm of Louie, one of the best comedies on television, but like Wilfred before it, the show is setting its tone early and hitting that aforementioned sweet spot impressively.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Over the course of six hours it delivers bold, cinematic on-location action, announces itself with sweeping, dramatic dialogue (admittedly, not for everyone) and scatters excellent acting across the small screen.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    This very first episode has so much information in it that the first 15 or so minutes seem like a study course and might prove slow to some folks as Tyson diligently starts explaining the solar system piece by piece. But Cosmos picks up with the help of executive producer Brannon Braga’s sci-fi touches and some early animation that follows the plight of Giordana Bruno.
    • 70 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    By the end of the first hour, it has managed to make Dancy, Fishburne and Mikkelsen a formidable trio of characters, and each actor responds in kind with strong, engaging performances. Another sign of a good series is the fact that beyond the main three, the supporting cast is filled with solid actors and--more important--strong, vivid characters.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Luckily, nobody overdoes the modernity angle in their acting and so Almost Human feels grounded -- dark, dirty and lived-in, almost like Blade Runner.
    • 80 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    House of Cards is pretty much the same show it settled into less than midway through its first run. It's entertaining and cruises along with a strong pulse.
    • 64 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It’s a pretty great first hour and if they can keep up the suspense before changing direction, it might be a feat worth watching every week.
    • 55 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    By the second episode, 1600 Penn neatly has found its compass on how to be a show about the first family and how to define the ensemble.
    • 85 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    Khouri's strong writing and sense of character prove the show is no mere soap--does an excellent job of identifying them [storylines] without spending too much time on them.
    • 81 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    The good news for Sons Of Anarchy fans is that series creator Kurt Sutter leaves no doubt that he's put the series back on solid ground in Season 4 and, in turn, delivers all of the larger-than-life storytelling that viewers mop up.
    • 71 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    It takes what's great about the WTF podcast--Maron's smarts, his profound love of and understanding of comedy and the people who perform it--and adds a scripted, fictional element where Sally Kellerman can play his mother and Judd Hirsch can play his father and a bevy of real-life comics and friends can stop by to mingle the two worlds and it all works out marvelously and hilariously.
    • 68 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    In tone, Alpha House tacks much more closely to Veep but it shares certain elements with House of Cards as well, most notably the superb camerawork and smart writing.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    HBO's Too Big to Fail is mesmerizing and, if you can call watching an economics lesson from hell entertaining, then yes, it's entertaining.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 80 Tim Goodman
    A pretty gritty and compelling drama.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Right now it's an action-packed drama that entertains with ease. That's plenty good enough.
    • 76 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    An argument could be made that so much attention to the history-making World Series runs of both of their favorite teams - which happened after the original documentary aired - is excessive, particularly with the Yankees. But that's a minor quibble in an otherwise superb, informative account.
    • 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
    There are moments when events become too pat or get too cute. Occasionally the show mysteriously falls into a rut of old cop-show cliches. But those times are few, fading from memory because there's enough potential and quality elsewhere to make you forgive and forget.
    • 66 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    One thing is certain -- Kathryn Morris is going to be a star. Whether her starring vehicle ever catches up to or captures her potential is another thing.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The documentary look is engaging, and Lilley's wildly over-the-top performance as three distinct characters is made all the more funny as it clashes against the reserved nature of the nonactors.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Fans can read into it whatever they want, but the series' greatest strength is the vampire quality of accepting fate and reveling in it.
    • tbd Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    At least the ambitious pilot makes it clear that the show has a vitality and passion sadly lacking in a lot of other fall offerings.
    • 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.

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