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The Goodwin Games: Season 1 (2013)

Seasons:
1

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Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 9

The Goodwin Games is simply unimpressive in the most uninteresting ways.

50

Average Rating: 5.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 5

The Goodwin Games is simply unimpressive in the most uninteresting ways.

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Average Rating: 4/5
User Ratings: 4

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Season Info

In this sitcom, three heirs to their father's fortune discover they stand to make millions if they can adhere to his will, which specifies they complete a series of unusual challenges and learn to act as a loving family again. The contentious, estranged offspring are played by Scott Foley (Henry), an insufferably successful surgeon who returns home and reconnects with the true love, Lucinda (Kat Williams), who got away; Becki Newton (Chloe) is the brainy middle offspring, a child math whiz whose

Network: FOX

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Episodes

1
Air date: May 20, 2013

Pilot

S1Ep1, Pilot: An inventive family comedy about three siblings poised to inherit more than $20 million - if, and only if, they can adhere to their late father's wishes. THE GOODWIN GAMES airs on FOX.

2
Air date: May 27, 2013

Welcome Home, Goodwins

S1Ep2, Welcome Home Goodwins: To make amends with April, Chloe invites her to a party, but realizes April may not be her biggest problem in returning to the Goodwins' hometown of Granby.THE GOODWIN GAMES airs on FOX.

3
Air date: Jun 3, 2013

Small Town

S1Ep3, Small Town: Chloe suspects Jimmy of reverting to his criminal past when she sees him with a mysterious man. THE GOODWIN GAMES airs on FOX.

4
Air date: Jun 10, 2013

Hamletta

S1Ep4, Hamletta: Chloe finds herself at a career crossroads when a new challenge from her father presents her with an opportunity to give up acting and pursue the academic career she avoided years ago. THE GOODWIN GAMES airs on FOX.

5
Air date: Jun 17, 2013

The Birds of Granby

S1Ep5, The Birds of Granby: Henry and Chloe meet Jimmy's daughter, Piper. THE GOODWIN GAMES airs on FOX.

6
Air date: Jun 24, 2013

Happy Hour

S1Ep6, Happy Hour: Chloe makes an instant connection with her childhood friend, Ivan (guest star Adam Rodriguez), who has been in love with her since their math club days. THE GOODWIN GAMES airs on FOX.

7
Air date: Jul 1, 2013

The Box

S1Ep7, The Box: The siblings figure out the answer to the final clue. THE GOODWIN GAMES airs on FOX.

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (9)

You know that very funny song Harris sang at the Tonys with Megan Hilty, Andrew Rannells and Laura Benanti, comparing his TV success to their failures? Chances are his Goodwin stars found it less amusing.

July 1, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Shows like this are an occasion for audiences to get used to the idea that some good things come in small packages.

May 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com

A little silly, likely to conjure up a few heavy sighs, but ultimately an entertaining diversion.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

The Goodwin Games, which filmed only seven episodes, doesn't have a chance in hell, and honestly, that's too bad, because for the pilot's flaws, it is well-made and has a cast that could certainly grow to impress.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

Intriguing premise. Unfortunately, the story and characters feel more awkward than refreshing.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

The Goodwin Games is bad, bad, bad.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Equal parts stupid and sweet.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

The "games" 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.

May 20, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The surprise is that at least from the peppy pilot, it's possible that this might actually work reasonably well.

May 19, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Don't get used to The Goodwin Games... I don't think it will be around very long.

May 19, 2013 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

Although the cast is good, the general lack of imagination makes it seem unlikely the writers will be able to keep working new variations on the premise every week.

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Siblings who seem real. What a concept!

May 17, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

Goodwin Games isn't an Olympian comedy but it's by no means an out-and-out clunker either.

May 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Mildly charming but exceptionally thin, it makes it hard to fault Fox for its lack of faith. So let the Games begin, but don't expect many to wind up carrying a torch for it.

May 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

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.

May 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

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