The Goodwin Games

The Goodwin Games
Genre Comedy
Created by
Composer(s) John Swihart
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Chris Harris
  • Carter Bays
  • Craig Thomas
  • Peyton Reed
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Original network Fox
Picture format 480i (SD)
1080i (HD)
Original release May 20 July 1, 2013

The Goodwin Games is an American sitcom series that aired as a midseason replacement on Fox from May 20 to July 1, 2013.[1] It was created and written by Carter Bays and Craig Thomas (creators of How I Met Your Mother) alongside Chris Harris.


The series revolves around a trio of estranged siblings: Henry, an overachieving surgeon with an overabundant ego; Chloe, a former child mathematical prodigy who became popular in high school and abandoned academia (and her friends) for a career as a struggling actress; and Jimmy, a career petty criminal with a string of convictions who has to sneak into his pre-teen daughter's bedroom at night to visit her. The siblings return home for their father's funeral. His attorney (one of Chloe's abandoned childhood friends) April Cho informs them that their father's will awards them $23 million, but only if they agree to compete in a series of games of their father's devising. The games are designed to force them to confront their personal failings, recall their childhoods, and bring them together as a family once again. When the siblings resist, April informs them that their father anticipated their reaction, and therefore a fourth individual will be involved in the games, a complete stranger named Elijah, who collects part of the remaining inheritance every time the siblings fail to follow their father's instructions.

Cast and characters

Main cast

Recurring role


On May 9, 2012, Fox placed a series order for the comedy[5] that was expected to premiere during the 2012–13 television season as a mid-season entry.[6] On June 7, 2012, it was announced that T. J. Miller was replacing Jake Lacy in the role of Jimmy.[7] On November 2, 2012, it was announced that Fox cut the episode order from thirteen to seven.[8]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Peyton ReedChris Harris, Craig Thomas & Carter BaysMay 20, 2013 (2013-05-20)1AVW791.61[9]
Henry, Chloe and Jimmy Goodwin are brought together when their father, Benjamin, dies shortly after finishing his will video. At the will reading, it is revealed he has left a fortune of $23 million. When he sets the siblings a challenge, which he calls "The Goodwin Games", to complete a game of trivial pursuit, something that they have never seemed to accomplish, along with Elijah, someone hired by their father.
2"Welcome Home, Goodwins"Peyton ReedTom RuprechtMay 27, 2013 (2013-05-27)1AVW011.37[10]
The Goodwins are forced to be there for each other when they hear church bells.
3"Small Town"Jesse PeretzGreg SchafferJune 3, 2013 (2013-06-03)1AVW061.62[11]
When Chloe sees Jimmy with a strange man, she suspects him of returning to his old ways.
4"The Hamletta"Peyton ReedCarter Bays & Craig ThomasJune 10, 2013 (2013-06-10)1AVW021.54[12]
Chloe goes back to college.
5"The Birds of Granby"David KatzenbergChris HarrisJune 17, 2013 (2013-06-17)1AVW031.39[13]
Jimmy reconnects with Piper's mother.
6"Happy Hour"John PutchChristine ZanderJune 24, 2013 (2013-06-24)1AVW041.50[14]
Chloe and April spend a night at the bar with an old friend from Math Club. Jimmy performs songs that are maybe a little too autobiographical. Henry accidentally "sexts" his ex.
7"The Box"Neil Patrick HarrisRachel AxlerJuly 1, 2013 (2013-07-01)1AVW051.49[15]
Chloe becomes convinced that her father is controlling her life from beyond the grave, and her paranoia is infectious.


The series premiered in Australia on Eleven on May 20, 2014.[16]


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