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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 21, 2010
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The ensemble drama focuses on a group of first-year law associates at a Los Angeles firm.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    There's nothing original about the series that wasn't already covered in "L.A. Law."
  2. 50
    While it's not a great show, it does do for lawyers what "Grey's Anatomy" did for doctors--create what could be a watchable soap opera on top of cases that involve real issues and real drama.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    There's nothing here you haven't seen elsewhere.
  4. The pilot offers a deft introduction to the characters and their situations. It's just unfortunate that more care wasn't taken to create a show that feels fresh--The Deep End is rather moldy.
  5. 40
    It’s actually kind of depressing just how obviously “The Deep End’’ has been constructed of used parts from the likes of “LA Law,’’ “The Practice,’’ “Boston Legal,’’ “Damages,’’ “Eli Stone,’’ and “The Good Wife.’’
  6. 37
    Honestly, Deep End is the type of high-gloss, dim-bulb broadcast hour that makes you despair for broadcast hours.
  7. 20
    In the case of ABC's turgid legal melodrama The Deep End, you might not want to show up at all.

See all 23 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 3 out of 6
  1. CJK.
    Jan 26, 2010
    Are you serious? There are WAY worse premiers out there, and as far as they go, this one was actually pretty decent. I am a soldier who has been on several deployments, so I have watched many hours of television in various genres during my down time over the years, and while every show needs to build up a little bit before it becomes a success, I am confident if this one is given a chance it will become so. I'm trying to understand how so many fresh and innovative shows keep getting canceled, but boring, uninteresting ones stay on for years and years? I have typically hated law and cop type shows, save for Castle, Dark Blue, Raising the Bar, Southland, and from what I've garnered from just the premier, The Deep End. I, and many others I know, want to enjoy a show with a little bit less seriousness most of the time. After all, tv IS fiction, lol, and if I wanted to see more serious issues when I get the rare opportunity to relax for a while, I would read the paper twice each day or walk outside the wire more when I am deployed and see the realities of war. But honestly, I would prefer to get away from reliving the day's firefights and watch something even a fraction outrageous just to push the real world to the back of my mind and be drawn into the fake moment for an hour. People, I have one favor to ask. If you don't like the show, don't bury it with your negative comments, because those who do enjoy it may not have the time to gush about it all day long in blogs. Do those who like it a favor and just change the channel to something more to your tastes. I mean, there are more than enough channels out there, so you're bound to find something that is more in line with your particular interests, okay? Thank you. Expand
  2. JustinF.
    Jan 27, 2010
    I thought that the pilot episode of "The Deep End" was outrageously funny and showed a great amount of potential as a successful television series!
  3. Dorciak
    Jan 31, 2010
    so far so good.A layer's genre which is being touted as the new Grey's Anatomy of law programming, it's a promising new show.Let's hope it brings well written episodes. Collapse
  4. LindaW.
    Jan 28, 2010
    I've seen much better law shows. This one didn't even seem to try.
  5. dann
    Jan 23, 2010
    uninspired, unoriginal, and about as far from "realistic" as it gets...this is an abomination
  6. KennyG
    Jan 25, 2010
    Tuned in to see the cast, won't ever return because of the lazy writing. Awful, just awful.

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