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  • Starring: Ted Danson, Tate Donovan, Zeljko Ivanek
  • Summary: Newly hired Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) enters the cutthroat world of New York attorney Patty Hewes (Glenn Close).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. The law-firm arena is one of TV's oldest and most familiar genres, but Damages enlivens it by defying expectations.
  2. It demands commitment and a willingness to pay attention to the smallest bits of information, but it's also riveting. Once you decide to go take this case, you won't want to turn back.
  3. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    Richness of detail permeates this modern tube-noir. The more damage done, the more juicy fun for us to savor.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Who's a villain and who's a hero here? Can you tell the pawns from the players? All excellent questions as we become absorbed in FX's latest thrill ride.
  5. 80
    A legal thriller with the depth and structure of an engrossing novel.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    The producers have assembled a solid cast and deftly employ flashbacks to ratchet up suspense.
  7. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    By far the dumber and hammier of the two shows ["Saving Grace" is the other].

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 64
  2. Negative: 7 out of 64
  1. BetsyK.
    Oct 31, 2007
    This had me from beginning to end. Glenn Close and all the others put on the best TV suspense I have seen for a long time. Please FX, go another season. The word is just getting out. Expand
  2. Sep 18, 2011
    This show is genius. Each character equally deep and complex...and the plot just keeps getting better. I have a really hard time enjoying other dramatic tv shows as a result. Expand
  3. RisaD.
    Oct 24, 2007
    Excellent show. They left an opening for continuation (will Ellen catch Patti, did Frobisher really sustain a fatal wound, etc) Hmmm, I wonder.
  4. HellenL.
    Aug 23, 2007
    An excellent show....considering the trashy Saving Grace on TNT
  5. Aug 7, 2011
    Great casting, acting and writing. Damages is smart, suspenseful and never fails to surprise. Television at its finest, has me hooked! Glenn Close and Rose Byrne provide strong leads. Even side characters seem fully developed as the show rarely introduces a new character without purpose. A great legal thriller where no one can be fully trusted. Expand
  6. Jan 21, 2012
    The best thing about this series is the story-telling method in which a small piece of the future is revealed at the beginning, and the rest of the season is spent doling out details in bits and pieces. Each episode leaves the viewer with a cliff-hanger ending ensuring your addiction. The cast is great; excellent acting values all around. The director's hand is invisible, and the writing is good. This show loses a few points for select weak moments at the hands of the lighting, hair, and costume design departments. From time to time interior and exterior lighting angles don't match creating that "something is not quite right but I can't put my finger on it" feeling. Hair and clothing are 95% right on with that occasional "my grandmother helped me with this" choice thrown in just to keep the viewer guessing. Big points lost for Zeljko Ivanek's horrible southern accent. Expand
  7. Oct 31, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. You can't really judge a show till it's over. This, along with the Sopranos are the finest examples of shows that would have rated very high were it not for the awful finales. But where the writers for the sopranos simply failed to do their job, these writers failed to do it well. Nothing bothers me more than plot holes and unfortunately the finale was riddled with them. The most outrageous of them being Patrick Scully, a man willing to testify in court for immunity in a weak case for attemted murder, doesn't hesitate to put himself in an open and shut case of second degree murder. Keeping in mind the man has never killed more than a dog before, i find it nearly impossible to believe. Also, Ellen not only doesn't turn in the woman who tried to have her killed but she gives up a promising career. Not one part of this finale made a bit of sense. It's like the writers just started smoking crack. Expand

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