Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting drug money to an ex-girlfriend, normally law abiding Piper Chapman is sentenced to a year and a half behind bars to face the reality of how life changing prison can really be.
The cases of the F.B.I. Behavioral Analysis Unit (B.A.U.), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again.
Matthew Gray Gubler,
A new FBI profiler, Elizabeth Keen, has her entire life uprooted when a mysterious criminal, Raymond Reddington, who has eluded capture for decades, turns himself in and insists on speaking only to her.
A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot that will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives.
The series was inspired by the television series Damages (2007) and the movie Legally Blonde (2001) and incorporated some elements of those two mediums for this show. See more »
The quarter flipping animation shows it to be a 1999 Pennsylvania State Quarter series coin. (In reference to the show's home state). However, when it lands it is shown to be a pre-1999 coin with an Eagle on the reverse. See more »
Except Viola Davis, who is the lead actress of the series, the rest of the cast members who are billed as regulars are arranged in alphabetical order, judging by their second names. See more »
Loved It, Then Hated It, Now I Love To Hate It: A Lawyer's Tale
At the time of writing, I have seen all of season one and the first
episode of season 2.
I've seen other reviews on here that talk about how impossible it is to
watch this show if you have any legal knowledge, and I would just like
to add my two cents to this topic. I sympathize. I'm a lawyer, and have
worked in criminal defence (once upon a time), and I, too, generally
have a really hard time watching any legal dramas whatsoever.
Television takes egregious liberties with the justice system, and shows
that portray the practice of law are difficult to watch when they are
wildly inaccurate, and it is frustrating to witness protagonists do
things that you know are illegal or unethical. As annoying as this is,
the tendency is understandableeven criminal law is only so compelling
in real life. The assumption is that most viewers do not have legal
training, and that nobodylawyers includedwill watch a show where
competent, ethical practitioners stay at the office late looking up
cases on Quicklaw, fiddling with binding machines, and trying not to
smudge pad thai sauce on their prelim transcripts.
This show, however, is so ridiculous that it actually rose to the level
of suspension of disbelief required for me, at least, to still enjoy
it. It is basically a soap opera. Trying to subject it to human logic
is a pointless exercise that will inevitably leave you discombobulated,
shouting at the sky about injustice or whatever people do once they've
discovered their whole life is a lie.
For instance, I would be hard pressed to conceive of a more profound
conflict of interest than that contained in the season 1 episode 10
court scene if someone bet me $100 and a case of beer (I won't describe
it in the interests of no spoilers--the blame-shifting thing). And that
is just the tip of the iceberg. Every other thing that every character
does in this show would get you summarily disbarred, fired, or charged
At the end of the day however, that is not the point. This show seems
to know exactly how over-the-top it is. But rather than trying to scale
back the insanity in the name of realism, it revels in knocking it
right into twelfth gear. Left and right, people are lying to each other
or the court, sleeping around and committing feloniessometimes at the
same timebecause why not? The degree of accuracy is so low that the
mercury drops out the bottom of the thermometer and creates a rift in
the space-time continuum. It fails so hard it wins. It is the Hearts
equivalent of shooting the moon.
So get some popcorn and get comfy. Try to resist the analytical voice
in your head that keeps screaming "No!" and just let it wash over you.
Everything will be fine.
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