First Impressions: Trial & Error

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4/5 Stars

Summary: “Josh, a bright-eyed New York lawyer, heads to a tiny Southern town to defend an eccentric poetry professor accused of the hilariously bizarre murder of his wife. Josh’s optimism never ceases despite his legal team of unqualified local misfits and a makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop. Winning his first big case isn’t going to be easy, especially when his client continues to unwittingly say and do things that make him look guilty. Despite being complete underdogs, he and his ragtag team continue to take two steps forward, one step back to keep his client from stepping into death row.”

It’s The Office meets a murder trial and I absolutely love it!

John Lithgow starring in Trial & Error (and Nicholas D’Agosto cause I love him) were reasons enough for me to check out the show, but then the humor in it is what got me to stay.

First off, these characters are so out there, you can’t help but love them.  Seriously, Sherri Shepherd’s character is perfect.  They’re all kind of the weirdest of the weird, trying to come together to do something that ordinarily would be taken very seriously.

I am starting to be over all the police/crime dramas because they are blending in to being the exact same thing with different characters.  Adding the comedy of a half hour sitcom is extremely refreshing.

Like I said with Making History, I am not sure how long the show can last story-wise, but I am so excited to watch it happen.  If you think you might like a mockumentary show with a little bit of dark humor (not too dark, this is network TV) give it a watch and let me know what you think!

First Impression: This is Us

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4/5 Stars

If you loved Parenthood (the TV show), chances are you’re going to be into This is Us—at least, that’s what it seems like after watching the premiere.  It’s a character driven show, which I love, focused on family and just life in general.

I had been looking forward to the show 1) because Milo Ventimiglia is one of my favs and 2) because the different story lines all looked like they’d be really interesting to watch.  Now, I’d honestly watch for the plot twist alone!  I didn’t see it coming, though I probably should have.  I went from enjoying the episode to really wanting more to see how it all plays out.

The switching from person to person wasn’t always the smoothest transition.  Some points I thought it had gone to a commercial, but it was just changing scenes.  I get the feeling though, that this is going to be the type of show that just gets better as it goes on, like Parenthood did.  It’s got a lot of heart and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Airs on NBC Tuesdays @ 10