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  • Series Premiere Date: May 11, 2012
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: LAPD detectives Wes Mitchell (Warren Cole) and Travis Marks (Michael Ealy) are sent to couple therapy by their captain to end their constant bickering.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  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: 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    May 4, 2012
    50
    The USA "Characters Welcome" machine strains mightily with this one. [11 May 2012, p.65]
  5. 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.
  6. 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."
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    May 11, 2012
    37
    This isn't escapist TV; it's TV you need to escape.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Jul 19, 2012
    10
    I have a soft spot for USA series-Psych,Burn Notice,White Collar & now Common Law as well, thanks to the adorable Michael Ealy & his copI have a soft spot for USA series-Psych,Burn Notice,White Collar & now Common Law as well, thanks to the adorable Michael Ealy & his cop partner, Warren Kole! The Wes/Travis dynamic is great, the premise hilarious, the plot is enough to keep us interested & some delicious eye candy to boot!! There are plenty of avenues to explore w/both characters' histories and I look forward to many C.L. seasons! Love it! Expand
  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. Expand
  3. Aug 2, 2012
    10
    This show is overall a solid 9.5, but in its niche genre, it's a 10. You have to appreciate this show for what it is - a USA, characterThis show is overall a solid 9.5, but in its niche genre, it's a 10. You have to appreciate this show for what it is - a USA, character driven, cop drama with comedy thrown in. The chemistry between Warren Kole and Michael Ealy drives the show and you really grow to care about the characters, which is USA's specialty. I will continue to watch this show throughout the duration of it's season and urge anyone who likes television to give it a try as it is the best new show of the summer. The acting is great, the plot is great, and it fills a gap for television these days - an authentically funny show with good acting and characters that you care about. Collapse
  4. 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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  5. May 16, 2012
    7
    Not a bad beginning. Hopefully it will get better as the season continues, it is lighthearted and has its comedic moments. The negative is theNot a bad beginning. Hopefully it will get better as the season continues, it is lighthearted and has its comedic moments. The negative is the cliche rivalry from another set of partners and the impossibly hot forensic scientist. The show has hope, but needs an underlying back-story to keep it alive rather than a week-to-week case that needs to be solved. Expand
  6. 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. Expand