• Network: CBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2006
Season #: 1, 2
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 45 out of 57
  2. Negative: 9 out of 57

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  1. JoshW
    Sep 9, 2007
    1
    This show is ridiculous and contains the most unbelievable cases. Judges allow things that would never work in an actual courtroom. Absurd.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Sep 23, 2006
    3
    Formulaic legal drama. Defender turns prosecutor. Jumpy editing style. Overall I was bored with the whole show. Perhaps it gets better in the second half but I will never know as I stopped watching after a half hour.
  3. jerrib
    Sep 28, 2006
    3
    over dramatized, james woods over colored over makeuped hair and face just not a believable as a cop drama, a cracker talking to a hoodie? not believable at all, I;d rather watch desperate housewives, at least i can laugh!
  4. dgardner
    Jan 27, 2007
    3
    ehh
  5. BillM
    Jul 30, 2007
    0
    Does it not bother anyone else that Shark, while working for the public, has committed acts which should have had him disbarred not to mention sent to jail? The Dial M for Monica was the worst case of an unscrupulous lawyer.
  6. AnonymousMeA
    Oct 27, 2006
    1
    The drama is fine but then you remember about the 100th time the writers hit you with "moral grey-ness" that this is really an excuse for the present political climate. Very CBS to have a built-in excuse for "the ends justify the means": because they are just so entertaining! (see Guantanamo, Iraq & et al). Furthermore, when you review the mechanics of the show put the suspect in a The drama is fine but then you remember about the 100th time the writers hit you with "moral grey-ness" that this is really an excuse for the present political climate. Very CBS to have a built-in excuse for "the ends justify the means": because they are just so entertaining! (see Guantanamo, Iraq & et al). Furthermore, when you review the mechanics of the show put the suspect in a serious crime first speaking with the DA's investigators, this show is blowing chunks. Everyone knows that the cops work the cases, no? Oh, that's right, the CSI's do that nowadays! Thanks CBS! What a load of crizzap. First of all, the police are the non-elected officials in the matter. This is the appropriate arm for investigation --especially-- in high-profile cases, as they do not have the appearance of conflict of interest. But the propaganda machine volume knob is now at '11' so forgive me for pointing this out. In fairness, I appreciate some of the situations that the show renders with the dramatic elements as palette. Woods is intelligent enough to show some real pathos. It only becomes a paint-by-numbers drama when all the posing and posturing lead to the tortured subtext that reads like Woods own --clearly outlined and heartfelt-- beliefs. This is not just Jack Lord spouting hip eulogies about why the drug-addled youth went down. This is from the play book of the media elite. A real right-wing apologia. Expand
  7. DenisR
    Sep 22, 2006
    3
    An hackneyed, pandering attempt to expolit our fascination with the high energy glamorous defense lawyer without the unfortunate issue of defending criminals. Makes Close to Home look like Shakespeare.
  8. JoS
    Sep 25, 2006
    0
    Watched it once, boring.
  9. GinaO
    Sep 29, 2006
    2
    James Woods is a great actor but I found the frenetic dialogue exhausting and unconvincing. Danielle Panabaker as his daughter is excellent, but found the rest of the supporting cast quite boring.
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. If you don't like Woods' frantic, frequent speeches, and you can't get out of the "Without a Trace" Thursday habit, best to steer clear.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Woods is such a compelling presence that he might be able to elevate even procedural fare.
  3. 75
    Woods is every bit as entertaining as he strives to be. [25 Sep 2006, p.43]