For 661 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 3.2 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)

Tim Goodman's Scores

  • TV
Average review score: 62
Highest review score: 100 The State Within: Season 1
Lowest review score: 0 Mixology: Season 1
Score distribution:
661 tv reviews
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    • 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."
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    • 89 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Just when it seemed that "Curb Your Enthusiasm," the crotchety, disdain-filled embarrassment of absurdities, was going to lose its way, Larry David seems to have found a new batch of wince-inducing scenarios to mine his comedy. [7 Sep 2007]
    • 83 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    '24' keeps you on edge like no other series. [28 Oct 2002]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Season 6 proves that the best part of "24" is its ability to make your pulse race as you sit slack jawed in front of the bastard machine mumbling, "They didn't just do that, did they?"
    • 75 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    A show that does what it's supposed to do -- keep you riveted and entertained. [25 Sep 2002]
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    What's partly holding "CSI: Miami" back from being great is that, as in the original "CSI," the whole premise is too pat.
    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "The Surreal Life" is so bad it's good. Really bad. And really good.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 74 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It’s clear, then, that the allure and the annoyance of the series rest in the same area. FX gets “Nip/Tuck” to stand out in a crowded field by being provocative both under the knife and under the sheets. Sex and surgery are the draw, but the acting, the emotional battlegrounds and even the issues raised are ultimately the reasons the series excels.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    In what must be considered something of a stunner on several levels, Two and a Half Men, a new sitcom, is actually funny.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It has a zest, from the voice-over to the sharp writing and sexy cast, that was completely unexpected. Duhamel has star appeal, and Caan is can't-miss.
    • 67 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "Heroes" may be the dark horse among this year's serialized dramas. It also might be a dud down the road. Because after two episodes, it's not even remotely clear what these "special" ordinary people are capable of.
    • 63 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Imagine a lesbian "Friends," only smarter and better-looking.
    • 57 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    The promise that Trump will be Trump is fulfilled on "The Apprentice" -- he is funny bossing these 16 people around. And there are worse things on television than watching a guy with two advanced degrees -- an M.D. and an MBA -- make a complete ass of himself trying to sell lemonade to tourists. [7 Jan 2004]
    • 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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    • 75 Tim Goodman
    "The Simple Life" is a one-note joke, but it's a good one.
    • 62 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    What NBC has managed to do with The Office is make something true to the original while expanding on the vision and completely avoiding the dour stupidity of the current American sitcom. That, in case you haven't figured it out yet, is nearly miraculous.
    • 61 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    More emotional, equally gripping, "CSI: N.Y." proves that with care you can successfully copy yourself across the TV schedule. [21 Sep 2004]
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Big Love just doesn't induce love. And yet, the series crafts compelling stories.
    • 79 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Project Runway is entertaining and likable on so many levels that it's hard to resist.
    • 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.
    • 69 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Entourage works precisely because it's nearly soulless. These guys are wallowing in excess. Any less of a cannonball into it would seem unbelievable. But there's no ignoring how childish and annoyingly limited the group can be, including some aspects of Eric.
    • 59 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    Ackles and Padalecki are good-looking, yes, get to drive a '67 Chevy and will undoubtedly run into a lot of really hot women in peril, but "Supernatural" works. It's just serious enough, just hip enough and, as advertised, more scary than imagined.
    • 56 Metascore
    • 75 Tim Goodman
    It's a whole lot better than the premise on paper, and though initially it takes a bit to warm to Davis.