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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 10, 2008
  • Season #: 1
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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. This is a good, old-fashioned legal procedural with few special effects but quite a lot of serious, adult writing.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    Law revels in reckless, rude antiheroics. But Margulies also excels in giving her character emotional depth, with a tragic backstory and a rocky personal life involving a long-suffering husband (Aidan Quinn) and a hot private eye (James McCaffrey) on the side.
  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. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    70
    Margulies vanquishes her ER heroine image, but bad dialogue and dull legal stories undermine her case.
  6. 60
    Without Margulies, the case would be closed for Canterbury's Law. She gives the show a chance. Her biggest challenge will be overcoming the writing.
  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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