• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: May 20, 2013
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
57

Mixed or average reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    May 17, 2013
    91
    There's humor, there's heart, you'll laugh when you don't expect to.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    May 15, 2013
    83
    The Goodwin Games will have to consistently match the cleverness and poignancy of its pilot to win in the long run. Coming from the creators of How I Met Your Mother, there's reason to hope.
  3. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    May 21, 2013
    70
    The first episode isn’t riotous (truly hilarious pilots are rarer than... even truly hilarious sitcoms), but it’s confident and charming and the characters seem fully formed.
  4. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    May 20, 2013
    70
    The surprise is that at least from the peppy pilot, it’s possible that this might actually work reasonably well.
  5. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    May 20, 2013
    70
    True, it may be a little too high-concept, but it held my attention much better than plenty of other, much worse TV comedies.
  6. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    May 21, 2013
    67
    It's sweet in spots (mainly in scenes involving Miller's ex-con man-child trying to reconnect with his daughter), and the idea has potential, even though this is a premise pilot that has to spend so much time introducing the siblings and the competition that none of it's fully realized.
  7. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    May 16, 2013
    67
    Goodwin Games isn’t an Olympian comedy but it’s by no means an out-and-out clunker either.
  8. Reviewed by: Marisa LaScala
    May 20, 2013
    60
    Instead of wink-winking at the audience about its own cleverness, The Goodwin Games mostly keeps things moving along at a snappy pace, with jokes as well. When the show gets too pleased with its own eccentricity, though, it becomes grating.
  9. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    May 20, 2013
    50
    Equal parts stupid and sweet, The Goodwin Games does not appear to be built for the long haul.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Lechevallier
    May 16, 2013
    50
    The Goodwin Games isn't a sophisticated comedy by any means, and memorable quips are few and far between, but its overall lightheartedness manages to save it from becoming completely dull.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 15, 2013
    50
    It’s only too bad the writers (Carter Bays, Craig Thomas, Chris Harris) don’t start by grounding their charges with a little more humanity; instead, the trio proves so mismatched and exaggerated as to have a very long way to reach any sort of common ground.
  12. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    May 20, 2013
    40
    The writing is clever and crisp at times, but there's little chemistry among the actors. And the premise is contrived and confining.
  13. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    May 20, 2013
    40
    It has funny moments. It’s just not a game we’re likely to want to keep watching.
  14. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 20, 2013
    40
    The "games" in the pilot include a specially designed version of Trivial Pursuit where all the questions reveal aspects of this unhappy clan's back story. That's as clever as Goodwin gets, and except for Newton's daffy sparkle, there's no real incentive to play along.
  15. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    May 20, 2013
    40
    The Goodwin Games isn’t awful, really, but it might have made a better light-hearted movie than a weekly series. The concept is so limited, it gets very tiresome very fast.
  16. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    May 20, 2013
    38
    You're likely to understand Fox's hesitation with The Goodwin Games after seeing the premiere, which introduces the characters and the premise, but with only a few laughs.
  17. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    May 16, 2013
    25
    [The] moderately appealing cast is wasted in a show about three children of a recently deceased rich guy who have to compete among themselves to become the sole heir to his $23 million estate.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 13 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Jun 25, 2013
    7
    This is worth putting on the DVR for the summer as much is it'll be worth it for Fox to pick it up for another season. As the characters have developed, it has gotten better and better with plenty of laugh out loud moments. Full Review »
  2. May 30, 2013
    7
    It's corny, and aspires to be zany rather than believable. There's plenty of material in the premise, the cast are strong, and the pilot's writing shows enough promise. They need to deliver consistently, but this seems worth a watch. Full Review »
  3. May 22, 2013
    8
    It's difficult to evaluate a new tv series with just a pilot episode. The Goodwin games has some charming leading characters with showed chemistry and a good premise. Like all new tv shows it has some things to correct and adjust but it's a very good intended sitcom with great heart. It's sad that the rating was not good enough and if it does not change it will be cancelled like a lot of great shows Full Review »