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Goliath - (S01E03)


Once a powerful lawyer, Billy McBride is now burned out and washed up, spending more time in a bar than a courtroom. When he reluctantly agrees to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against the biggest client of the massive law firm he helped create, Billy and his ragtag team uncover a vast and deadly conspiracy, pitting them all in a life or death trial against the ultimate Goliath.

Episode Title: Game On
Airs: 2016-10-14 at
  • Jeff Korbelik

    In “Fargo,” Thornton’s character was pure evil, but in Goliath he's just flawed--despicable at times, but with a good heart that shows often as he pursues justice against his old law firm and partner. This one’s quite bingeworthy.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Ben Travers

    What’s there so far is damn entertaining TV, but steady updates in the upcoming episodes could make Goliath truly mighty.

    Indiewire Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    This is all one big story, but each episode builds to an interesting climax that drives the story forward, and there's not the usual sag you get with a lot of the serialized Amazon and Netflix dramas.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Terry Terrones

    After a strong pilot episode, Goliath felt like it was starting to find its rhythm in episode two. The series moved to the courtroom and McBride's legal acumen was on full display. It was impressive albeit familiar ground.

    Colorado Springs Gazette Full Review
  • Willa Paskin

    The show has the kind of jaunty professionalism of a John Grisham novel, in which an outmatched lawyer takes on a, yes, goliath, and usually wins at great personal expense.

    Slate Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    Bolstered by as A-list a cast as anything on TV (with the exception of “Westworld” perhaps) and tighter, less showy writing than we’ve come to expect from Kelley, Goliath cruises through boardrooms of billion-dollar law firms and seedy bars populated with lowlifes with equal amounts of confidence. Full Review
  • Maureen Ryan

    Unlike many streaming dramas, each episode of Goliath has a satisfying internal structure, and the series exudes a notable sense of forward movement. This allows the stellar cast to wring evocative moments of intensity, pathos, and sly humor from the solid spine constructed by Kelley and his writers.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joe McGovern

    The show nonetheless sails along thanks to a full tank of Billy Bob. [14 Oct 2016, p.52]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    Kelley and Shapiro are a little too in love with their quirks to create a show that doesn’t occasionally tip over into unearned melodrama and/or Gothic horror, and the series’ understanding of lesbian relationships, in particular, is straight out of 1992. But at its core, where it counts, Goliath does more good than bad. Full Review
  • Mark Dawidziak

    Thornton is sensational as the shattered Billy McBride, a one-time star litigator who took the ruins of his life and crawled into a whiskey bottle. When he's not on screen, you grow impatient for his return.

    Cleveland Plain Dealer Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Goliath has plenty of moments where it verges on predictably prolonged melodrama, but it also has scenes that gracefully elevate the courtroom-suspense genre.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Matthew Gilbert

    It’s a solidly entertaining legal thriller that benefits enormously from Billy Bob Thornton’s strong lead.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Meredith Blake

    There’s nothing radical or particularly groundbreaking about it. If anything, it is conventional in an almost self-conscious way. ... But what truly elevates Goliath are the performances by Thornton and Arianda.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    What keeps Goliath watchable, and it's certainly quite watchable, is the superlative ensemble cast, particularly Billy Bob Thornton, whose gift at taking predictably quirky characters and making the beats of that quirkiness slightly off-kilter is close to unmatched.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    A lethargic procedural is brightened by a good cast.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Aaron Riccio

    In truth, the whole cast helps to elevate overly clever dialogue.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    With the exception of some added F-bombs, Goliath plays like a reasonably decent prime-time legal mystery circa 1998, not a modern drama revelation.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    That's a lot of acting chops squeezed into one series, and Kelley is too gifted a writer not to produce some clever dialogue and twists; still, the tale of a drunken lawyer seizing this shot at redemption can't help but feel a tad stale, almost like a variation of Thornton's "The Bad News Bears" role.

    CNN Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    A lot of the time the storytelling is needlessly pokey, dragging through situations that are too familiar from too many other series and movies, as if trying to make us think Goliath is arty and atmospheric and "character-driven." But on the other hand: behold Billy Bob Thornton.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Keep your eyes on Thornton and the shading he brings to his work--because most everything else in Goliath, the title included, is so on-the-nose it could make you cringe.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    As the story unspools, the part of it in which McBride figures continues to be entertaining, in a been-there-done-that kind of way. ... But then there’s the other half of the show’s odd bordering-on-bizarre split personality. ... Suddenly we’re in an arch, slick, hyped-up TV legal show, with lawyers marching in formation and exchanging withering put-downs.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Erik Adams

    Whatever there is to enjoy about the show, it’s all surface level, and that surface is too choppy to be routinely entertaining.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Thornton seems to be playing against script. His Billy seems to be thoroughly enjoying himself, despite the dire circumstances he finds himself in. It’s about the only surprise in Goliath. By the end of the second episode, it becomes obvious there are forces in play that will stop at nothing to thwart Billy’s quest for answers.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Overcooked though it may be, Goliath (terrible title, by the way) is entertaining because Thornton knows how to effectively underplay overwritten dialogue.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Goliath, so far, never comes within spitting distance of any of those productions. It’s David E. Kelley doing variations on his earlier shows, with some very good actors trying to make it fresh.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    Even great casts have their limits, and in the case of Goliath, they give this shaggy drama just enough electricity to keep interest without offering a genuine reason to care about what’s going on episode to episode.

    Collider Full Review