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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 10, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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66

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6.0

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  • Summary: Julianna Margulies returns to serial television as a lawyer who fights for justice even as her personal life is a mess.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 27
  2. Negative: 2 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Ari Karpel
    83
    Julianna Margulies now gets to command the screen in something juicier than the usual procedural. [14 Mar 2008, p.70]
  2. 80
    No television series has been built around a less likable character, or rendered itself so strangely, compulsively watchable as a result.
  3. Reviewed by: Misha Davenport
    75
    As Elizabeth Canterbury, Julianna Margulies is a feisty pit bull in designer heels. She's willing to do just about everything to clear her clients. If there's one fairy-tale aspect to the show, it's that she's able to take on only clients who are actually innocent.
  4. The series gets off to a reasonably strong start, propelled nicely by some decent (and, for network TV, hard-edged) writing and engaging performances by an above-average cast.
  5. 70
    Canterbury has promise but her law needs a lot of work.
  6. 60
    Though it's competently made and catches fire dramatically from time to time, Canterbury's Law doesn't have quite as much dramatic depth as those other shows ["Damages," "House" or "Saving Grace"]do at their best.
  7. Ms. Margulies never recedes from the scripted egomania; she rams right through it. She remains shrill even in grief.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. WilleyR.
    Apr 20, 2008
    10
    How can they possibly consider taking such a great show off the air? PLEASE reconsider!!!! We(varied ages) at our house love the show and How can they possibly consider taking such a great show off the air? PLEASE reconsider!!!! We(varied ages) at our house love the show and hunger for more of the Canterbury mojo! Expand
  2. mg
    Mar 11, 2008
    9
    I was really surprised at how good this series was. I'm really looking forward to the upcoming episodes.
  3. CharlesW.
    Mar 21, 2008
    9
    Great show.
  4. MasJ.
    Mar 29, 2008
    6
    Better than expected the premiere had intensity, but falling far from the writing and acting quality of the best lawyer show on TV - "Shark". Better than expected the premiere had intensity, but falling far from the writing and acting quality of the best lawyer show on TV - "Shark". Didn't like the recurring ethical failings used just to add drama. Expand
  5. DavidE.
    Mar 17, 2008
    4
    Totally formulaic, bad acting, poor scripts. Not worthy of even clicking the DVR to record. Rest in peace.
  6. JasonS.
    Mar 25, 2008
    3
    Just another by the numbers lawyer show with instantly forgettable characters. A show which seems to exist for no other reason than to fill Just another by the numbers lawyer show with instantly forgettable characters. A show which seems to exist for no other reason than to fill time in the schedule. I like Julianna Margulies, so I'm particularly disappointed. Expand
  7. MarioG.
    Mar 10, 2008
    0
    What a mess this show is.Its a third rate version of "the practice".

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