Common Law : Season 1

  • Network: USA
  • Series Premiere Date: May 11, 2012
Metascore
54

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    May 8, 2012
    83
    One thing you can say for USA: It knows what it's doing. It's got its shtick, and it's sticking to it.
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    May 11, 2012
    70
    It never takes itself very seriously, yet there is serious chemistry between these guys.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    May 11, 2012
    67
    In the grand USA scheme of things, it's pretty much same old, same old. But that's still a workable recipe.
  4. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Aug 27, 2012
    63
    Nobody will watch Common Law to watch crimes being solved. But viewers may be engaged by the characters and their chemistry, and that's what USA is counting on.
  5. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    May 11, 2012
    63
    This isn't ground-breaking TV, but if you're looking for a few good laughs and a lot of action without the commitment of marriage, Common Law the way to go.
  6. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    May 10, 2012
    60
    It is nowhere near as smart as "White Collar" or as strangely touching as "Necessary Roughness" and seems content to hit well-worn marks, though more than occasionally with welcome style.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    May 10, 2012
    60
    The result is distinctly forced, but a standout cast manages to put a breezy top spin on some leaden material.
  8. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    May 11, 2012
    58
    The bromance is over before it starts.
  9. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    May 11, 2012
    50
    Common Law, with its storylines moving forward in broad strokes and an airiness in its exposition, does not demand too much of you or of anyone, beyond its own efficient technicians and unshowily inventive actors.
  10. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    May 10, 2012
    50
    The show around them [the actors], at this point, looks too flat and schematically plotted to succeed as the type of lightweight summer fun we've come to expect from USA.
  11. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    May 10, 2012
    50
    A show about a hot gay couple who are both cops would have been a lot more interesting than the umpteenth light police procedural USA has delivered.
  12. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    May 8, 2012
    50
    The writing is light and somewhat predictable, without quite hitting the level of sassy repartee of the "grand old men" of the USA stable, Dulé Hill and James Rodale of the deservedly long-running "Psych."
  13. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 7, 2012
    50
    The framework [couples counseling] is cute but irrelevant: You don't need an analyst piecing together the relationship when that's the audience's job. [14 May 2012, p.44]
  14. Entertainment Weekly
    Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    May 4, 2012
    50
    The USA "Characters Welcome" machine strains mightily with this one. [11 May 2012, p.65]
  15. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    May 10, 2012
    42
    Even with the couples counseling gimmick, Common Law is ultimately too much like every other traditional cop show you've ever seen, even as it's also too much like every other USA show you've ever seen.
  16. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    May 11, 2012
    40
    Common Law, like "Fairly Legal" before it, isn't just formulaic--it's lazy.
  17. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    May 11, 2012
    40
    On its first pass, Common Law feels awkward.
  18. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 9, 2012
    40
    The problem is by thrusting the duo almost immediately into what amounts to a highly straightforward procedural, the dynamic meant to distinguish Common Law from every other copshow--including several existing ones in the basic-cable universe--feels flimsy at best.
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    May 11, 2012
    37
    This isn't escapist TV; it's TV you need to escape.
User Score
8.2

Universal acclaim- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jan 17, 2014
    7
    There's nothing I love more than a good bromance and Common Law delivers it within moments of having these two boys on screen. It's a shameThere's nothing I love more than a good bromance and Common Law delivers it within moments of having these two boys on screen. It's a shame the series was cut short with only one season, but short and sweet is better than nothing. The ending was understandably rushed, but up till that point the pace and story were great. I can't gush enough about the characters! The acting was fantastic and the dynamic was so good I couldn't quit smiling. Full Review »
  2. May 5, 2013
    10
    One of the best TV show´s i´ve ever watched. The story is brilliant and i can´t understand why they cancelled the show. I´m very sad aboutOne of the best TV show´s i´ve ever watched. The story is brilliant and i can´t understand why they cancelled the show. I´m very sad about the fact that they won´t produce it any more. Full Review »
  3. Nov 10, 2012
    10
    This Show is awesome, soo sad that there will be no second season.
    Common Law shows the being a cop isn´t just shooting and arrest
    This Show is awesome, soo sad that there will be no second season.
    Common Law shows the being a cop isn´t just shooting and arrest people. Of couse it´s a Show from USA you see it.
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