How to Get Away With Murder : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 25, 2014
Season #: 1, 2, 3
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 310 Ratings

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  • Summary: Criminal law professor Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) selects a group of her students to help her out at her law firm.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Sep 25, 2014
    100
    How to Get Away With Murder begins with an actual murder--a group of hypercompetitive law students are fighting over what to do with the body--before it flashes back to their first day in Keating's class, quickly establishing each character before discrediting our first impressions.... Thanks to Davis' powerfully layered performance, it's impossible to read Keating.
  2. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Sep 24, 2014
    83
    It’s not perfect, but it’s never boring.
  3. Reviewed by: Patrick Gomez
    Sep 25, 2014
    75
    It actually improves upon the successful formula by downplaying any romantic entanglements, which, at times, have weighed down the leads of Rhimes's other shows.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Sep 22, 2014
    70
    Davis goes all Sasha Fierce on the role. In fact, her potent performance nearly overwhelms the show, something that rarely happens on TV. She certainly makes the younger contingent of the cast fade into the woodwork.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Rorke
    Sep 25, 2014
    63
    How to Get Away with Murder is no “Good Wife” in the sophistication (or writing) departments, and when key turning points in the case involve witnesses who are color blind, you just want to Skype with Jessica Fletcher from “Murder, She Wrote” to wrap this one up.
  6. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Sep 25, 2014
    60
    For now, it appears to be a whodunit told in flashbacks and an ensemble drama whose ensemble has yet to fully emerge from Davis' formidable shadow.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Sep 25, 2014
    40
    It doesn’t offer enough fun to balance out the multiple improbabilities in its storyline, the constant time-shifts, the hard-to-follow scenes in the dark or what we’re expected to accept about the legal and academic worlds.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 58
  2. Negative: 13 out of 58
  1. Sep 29, 2014
    10
    This show has more twists and turns than a roller coaster! It kept me glued to the TV and wanting more! Viola Davis is amazing as AnnaliseThis show has more twists and turns than a roller coaster! It kept me glued to the TV and wanting more! Viola Davis is amazing as Annalise Keating! Best new show of the year, Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2014
    10
    This show is one I recommend to everybody. It is well-directed with a good cast. The actors do a pretty good job, and big hats off to ViolaThis show is one I recommend to everybody. It is well-directed with a good cast. The actors do a pretty good job, and big hats off to Viola Davis who plays Annalise Keating in the show. Hopefully, this show won't take us towards cliches and give us a new experience. Expand
  3. Sep 27, 2014
    10
    This show is amazing, sexy, and addictive. Viola Davis has such presence as a ruthless law professor. If you like a good mystery that's toldThis show is amazing, sexy, and addictive. Viola Davis has such presence as a ruthless law professor. If you like a good mystery that's told very intelligently, then you'll love this. Expand
  4. Sep 29, 2014
    8
    A great new show from ABC that keeps us stuck to TV, each scene is refreshing and captivating. With a good cast and a seductive argument thisA great new show from ABC that keeps us stuck to TV, each scene is refreshing and captivating. With a good cast and a seductive argument this series will keep us stuck (again :P) and looking forward to the events of the next episodes. I can not wait for the next episodes. Expand
  5. Sep 25, 2014
    5
    One of the most improbably new shows I have seen. The plot was borderline looney. The courtroom scenes were ridiculous. I could go on andOne of the most improbably new shows I have seen. The plot was borderline looney. The courtroom scenes were ridiculous. I could go on and on but I don't see much point. If you love "The Good Wife", you will not like this show. If you love "Grey's Anatomy", you'll probably like it.

    Two good things. Viola Davis and the show is shot in and around Philadelphia. Not much else.
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  6. Dec 18, 2015
    4
    I watched the whole season after Viola Davis won, so I had high hopes. After only a few episodes I began to question the judgment of thoseI watched the whole season after Viola Davis won, so I had high hopes. After only a few episodes I began to question the judgment of those who gave a positive review of this show, and the much-hyped admiration for Ms Davis's performance. Well, the show's plot and subplots have so many twists and turns that it was difficult to follow with logic. I discovered early on that it's a soap opera, so never mind how unrealistic the story gets. What's also difficult to understand was why Ms Davis performance was admired. She was so good in the movie "Doubt," but here whatever acting talent she has was negated by bad writing. All I did was wonder when is she going to cry (she cries "ghetto" tears, OBVIOUSLY acting! nothing understated). There were episodes she cried at least three times, even when it was not necessary. What a letdown! Expand
  7. Oct 13, 2014
    0
    Idiotic, sophomoric, pretentious and boring. All of the characters are totally unlikeable. Total waste of air time. It can't get cancelledIdiotic, sophomoric, pretentious and boring. All of the characters are totally unlikeable. Total waste of air time. It can't get cancelled soon enough. Expand

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