Hey TV.com, Should I Watch The Goodwin Games?

It's almost late May, so you know what that means: time to debut a new short-run sitcom! Wait, what? Yep, Fox is about to debut The Goodwin Games, a show that the network ordered to series over a year ago. The series has already traveled a rocky road, getting pushed back and back and back and having its episode order cut from 13 to 7 before it was even a glimmer in the schedule. But it's finally here, and I've seen the pilot episode (you can, too). So should you watch it? That's what we're all here to find out in another edition of "We tell you if it's good or not!"


The Goodwin Games? Is that like the Pan-Am Games?

No! It's a television show, or more specifically, a sitcom about three siblings (played by Scott Foley, Becki Newton, and T.J. Miller) fighting for their father's inheritance of $23 million. But since their dad is a goofy lunatic, he has his kids compete for his cash through a series of games, like a customized version of Trivial Pursuit about their lives. Sitcom as all heck!


Who's behind the show?

How I Met Your Mother's Carter Bays and Craig Thomas created the series with Chris Harris. 


When are the opening ceremonies for The Goodwin Games?

The family fun starts Monday, May 20 at 8:30pm. The show only has a seven-episode order, and the late start is not a good sign. But if everyone in the world watches it, The Goodwin Games could get a second season, said the optimist. 


Who's going to like The Goodwin Games?

Probably people who have fought their siblings for their parents' inheritance. Other than those people, it's a lighthearted, breezy sitcom with a crazy premise that doesn't target a single audience, and that may be why Fox is dumping it late. Not that that should prevent you from watching it; it just doesn't have the same family feeling of family sitcoms because it's limited to siblings competing against each other, it isn't a workplace comedy, and it isn't a rom-com. If anything, it shares DNA with the recently deceased Ben & Kate, detailing a quirky relationship between brothers and sisters, and every once in a while there's a Wes Anderson vibe, specifically The Royal Tenenbaums.


What works for The Goodwin Games?

It's unique on the surface, which is fresh and exciting... for a bit, at least. Beau Bridges is pretty good as the eccentric father, who appears in a series of videos and comes off as a combo of, like, if someone put Colonel Sanders and Willy Wonka in a Hadron Collider and smashed them together. And there's some "aww shucks" heart to it as the squabbling siblings realize that they're better together, obviously. 



What doesn't work for The Goodwin Games?

Hmmm, how can I say this in a nice way... it's just sort of there. And even by the end of the pilot, you don't have a real idea of where the series is going or what to expect from it each week. Not all the humor lands, and the zaniness of the entire situation (weird game tie-ins, kooky family stories, and T.J. Miller's absurd character) are going to be a matter of taste. All this adds up to a very mediocre sitcom.


Well, should I watch it or not?

Given its chances for renewal (which are nil to super-nil) and its very average quality, you're better off spending the half-hour catching up on a book or telling your dog you love him. But if you're really bored or a huge Becki Newton fan (which I wouldn't blame you for), then go ahead and check it out.


Can I see a trailer?

You can actually watch the whole pilot right now, but here's a more digestible trailer anyway:


What's a good drink to sip have while watching The Goodwin Games
?

Sheesh, just about anything really. There's a mention of a Bordeaux-and-lemonade mix in the pilot, so add your favorite wine to your favorite juice and get slurred.



The Goodwin Games premieres Monday, May 20 at 8:30pm on Fox.

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So will this get renewed? Man, I hope so...
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I loved Becki Newton in Ugly Betty so i will check this one out. I do hope it will do better than expected and miraculously get a second season xD
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I really enjoyed this! Way better than I thought after hearing all the cycles it went through to finally air!
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It's from the creators of How I Met Your Mother, come on, you gotta give it a go.
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the cast are really talented, and I am shocked that a network threw a garbage show to fill a slot that this one could have had. but i really want to see the episodes they did shoot to get a good idea of where it could/could have gone. and TJ Miller is hilarious in everything. and if you don't believe me, go to youtube and watch the Gorburger show.
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The cast is great and this looks and sounds fun! Will watch!
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I watched against my better judgement... and really enjoyed it! Great cast, fun execution.
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I will be watching it until its officially cancelled. I loved the cast and I think the concept was played well... But seriously who the hell is Elijah?
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it was the only thing I didn't like about the episode, the forced conflict with a stranger, glad it was over sooner rather than later
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Yeah seriously it felt tacked on and the fact that he got a million dollars for putting up with them for like an hour... that seems wrong. Unless he comes back again, then I might be alright with it
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I actually quite liked this show. And if they manage to conclude it, it might be just as well that it only lasts for so long. It doesn't sound like a concept that can be dragged out for very long without going stale.
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Sounds really bad and lets face it the HIMYM guys took an idea with a 3 or 4 season life and stretched it out until it was awful. Who doesn't split their inheritence evenly unless one of your kids is a serial killer or something, dumb dumb dumbness, hot lady but that's not enough.
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The dude is just too hot not to watch and I like TJ Miller! so defo will watch!
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Yeah there was a movie like that... A bit lame. I'll pass!
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I will try it
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Seems kind of shallow siblings playing games to inherit money. Nah I'll find something else to do. Probably make a good movie but a tv show.
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It's 23 MILLION dollars. You wouldn't at least try? You'd just be like "keep your millions, Dad. Don't leave me a goddamn cent, okay?"

Theoretically, they have a better chance at the money than if they played the lottery. Are you so zen that you have never once played the lottery or daydreamed about what it would be like to have more money than what you currently make?
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Ah, but when you say WE can watch the pilote episode too, you mean only those of use that live in the United States. Which I don't. You guys know websites are being accessed from all over the world, right? And not only by US citizens?
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Its all about international syndication value. People in the us can't stream things from CTV or SHOWCASE websites. Just torrent it
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No thanks, TJ Miller and "zany character" are watchwords for show-avoidance.
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could have sworn that was kate hudson at first glance.
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Becku is better, She has boobs.
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I was looking forward to this for ages (about a year in fact) but because it's already dead in the water I'd decided to gave up on it. I only watched the pilot because of Becki Newton, she's awesome, how come she can't land a regular role on a series that isn't destined for failure? Anyway, the pilot was good except for TJ Miller. Why do sitcoms feel they have to cast a character like that. TJ Miller, Josh Gadd and others like them annoy the hell out of me. They are the same in everything and they are completely unnecessary. I'll probably watch all of the "series" because it is good, despite Miller, but I'll be watching it when there's nothing else on.
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that's pretty much the whole run, nothing on for the next 10 weeks
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I'll check it out but I lost interest when TJ Miller replaced Jake Lacy.
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Just finished watching and man was it a nice surprise! Didn't expect it, but it was truly
entertaining with every character adding something to the mix. Loved the total random stranger bit (not spoiling it). And like is mentioned before...Becki Newton!! Y'all should watch!
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I think i'll just watch that episode of "It's always sunny in Philadelphia", where they play that made up game seven times instead. Go CharDee McDennis: The Game of Games!
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Best episode of the series.
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It has potential but it's getting burned off, shame.
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All good actors and TJ Miller is hilarious so why not! (Becki is of course the main draw)
Hard to see Scott Foley in a comedy though, after his awesome role on Scandal...we'll see!
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from the creators of how i met yor mother.....hope is same good
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I'll tell you why I watched the premiere and will watch every episode they have the balls to air.... because the networks aired Whitney, Men at Work and drivel like that and passed on an oppurtunity here. And with shows like this. So I with enjoy watching them bleed of shows like this on their schedule while they try to make voting for the next whatever-who-gives-a-sh!^ into a 3 episode arc. TJ Miller is a comedy gold mine. Scott Foley does comedy as well as rom coms and melo dramas. Jake Lacy and Becki Newton were so good they found other shows who wanted them for a reason..Hint,, the Office and HIMYM and Beau Bridges has great comic timing.

Yes I know this show is a goner, but I would rather watch a show like this now than watch a bad show in the fall or early spring rotation that simply wasn't a good show.
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Seeing as it's chances of renewal are bad and I wouldn't be watching it on tv anyway I might check this out if it's renewed, but I'm not going to risk getting invested in a show that's got one foot in the grave.
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whats the point of watching a cancelled show ?
its like proposing to your already-married-to-your-best-friend-ex-girlfriend !
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roll the clip seth macfarlane
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Def don't watch watch Goodwin Games. Its cancellation means Scott Foley can come back to Scandal :D
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I think he did this way before he showed up on Scandal, so really, if it does well it's more likely to NOT have Scott Foley on it. Which means it wouldn't come back anyway.
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Seeing as he has series regular status here, as opposed to recurring on Scandal, it's more likely he'd leave Scandal than this. Plus, there's prob contract stuff involved aswell.
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Love Becki and Scott but not the other guy so much. I'm going with Tim on this and talk to my doggies...
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I watched the pilot, I thought it was good, and better than most of the comedies that premiered this year, that said with nil chance of renewal, I don't think I'll tune in next week.
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tune in next week, it may only burn of a couple hours going into summer, but it beats the bachelorette
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Oh, I'll definitely tune in if I'm home, and I'll probably even DVR the season, but is not on my must watch list.
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