Episodes: Seven (half-hour)
TV show dates: May 20, 2013 — July 1, 2013
Series status: Cancelled
Performers include: Scott Foley, Kat Foster, Becki Newton, T.J. Miller, Melissa Tang, and Beau Bridges.
TV show description:
This single-camera comedy follows the story of three grown siblings who return home after their father’s death. They unexpectedly find themselves poised to inherit a vast fortune of more than $20 million — if they can adhere to their late father’s wishes.
If any of the Goodwin kids feel like they deserve the money, then it’s Henry (Scott Foley), the eldest child and an overachieving surgeon. He sees himself as a role model for his less successful siblings — and reminds them every chance he gets. Returning home forces Henry to question the choices he’s made, especially as he reconnects with his first love and true soulmate, Lucinda (Felisha Terrell, then Kat Foster).
Chloe (Becki Newton), the middle child, was a math prodigy, and her unofficial role as “the smart one” of the family still sends Henry into fits of jealousy. But long ago, Chloe gave up academics in favor of being the popular girl. Now, through a series of hidden messages, her late father leads Chloe back to her old love of numbers — and back to the person she’s meant to be.
Youngest sibling Jimmy (Jake Lacy, then T.J. Miller) could use the inheritance the most. He’s a small-time ex-con and a dull-witted guitarist who’s deep in debt to a loan shark. Though Jimmy may be the family screw-up, he has more heart than the rest. Like his siblings, Jimmy’s also returning to something in this town — his eight-year-old daughter.
Pulling the strings from beyond the grave is the children’s late father, Benjamin (Beau Bridges), a college math professor. Guilty over not parenting his kids better, Benjamin has left behind a series of unique challenges — administered by his estate attorney April (Melissa Tang). Through these tasks, Benjamin hopes he can get his children to rediscover their true selves and learn the lessons he failed to instill in them while he was alive.
Episode #7 — The Box
Chloe and Jimmy try keep their respective relationships a secret from Henry, who they fear will judge them to no end. Meanwhile, the siblings realize how much their father is controlling their lives beyond the grave, which leads them to figure out the answer to the final clue.
First aired: July 1, 2013
What do you think? Do you like The Goodwin Games TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?