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  • Series Premiere Date: May 20, 2013
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Scott Foley, Kat Foster, Becki Newton
  • Summary: Reunited after their father's death, siblings Chloe (Becki Newton), Henry (Scott Foley), and Jimmy Goodwin (T.J. Miller) learn they will only inherit $23 million if they complete a game their father designed.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
  • Creator: Craig Thomas, Carter Bays, Chris Harris (II)
  • Show Type: Ended
  • Season 1 premiere date: May 20, 2013
  • Episode Length: 30
  • Air Time: 08:30 PM
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 17
  2. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    May 17, 2013
    There's humor, there's heart, you'll laugh when you don't expect to.
  2. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    May 20, 2013
    True, it may be a little too high-concept, but it held my attention much better than plenty of other, much worse TV comedies.
  3. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    May 21, 2013
    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: Brian Lowry
    May 15, 2013
    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.
  5. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    May 20, 2013
    Equal parts stupid and sweet, The Goodwin Games does not appear to be built for the long haul.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    May 20, 2013
    It has funny moments. It’s just not a game we’re likely to want to keep watching.
  7. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    May 16, 2013
    [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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. May 22, 2013
    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 Expand
  2. May 30, 2013
    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. Expand
  3. Jun 25, 2013
    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. Expand