• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 8, 2012
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 24
  2. Negative: 6 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 3, 2012
    83
    It's all quite sturdily built and well-acted, with characters one cares about.
  2. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jan 9, 2012
    75
    [A] weekly fix of justice and resolution while the overarching--and more intriguing--story line of McDeere's plight slowly unfolds.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 6, 2012
    75
    A solid, well-done series. [19 Jan 2012, p.42]
  4. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jan 6, 2012
    75
    The Firm is a modern, old-fashioned lawyer show--and that's a good thing.
  5. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 4, 2012
    75
    The cast is appealing and the story line is not only compelling but also deals with fascinating moral complexities.
  6. Reviewed by: Melissa Maerz
    Jan 3, 2012
    75
    The Firm's straightforward, one-man-against-the-system story still feels compelling.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jan 6, 2012
    70
    A solid if unspectacular story about one of the most unlucky lawyers ever depicted on television.
  8. Reviewed by: Emily Yahr
    Jan 6, 2012
    70
    Enough happens to keep you from changing the channel, but there are hints of a show that could get dull fast.
  9. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Jan 5, 2012
    60
    Somewhere in this big pile of plot is a potentially enjoyable series, if the producers can figure out how to balance the week-to-week procedural elements of McDeere's court cases with the overarching mystery of his new associates' sinister secrets.
  10. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jan 4, 2012
    60
    The action moves at an admirable clip and the cases feel interesting enough so we want to see how they come out.
  11. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Aug 27, 2012
    50
    The Firm is tedious but not terrible; whether it will be watchable depends, one, on how much you like legal procedurals and, two, how the ongoing McDeeres-in-jeopardy plot is handled in future episodes.
  12. Reviewed by: Rick Porter
    Jan 9, 2012
    50
    Lucas is actually quite good as Mitch, as is Molly Parker as his wife, Abby. The issue lies more with the mechanics of the plot.
  13. Reviewed by: Cynthia Fuchs
    Jan 9, 2012
    50
    These cases don't come together so much as they suggest a formula.
  14. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 5, 2012
    50
    The Firm at this point doesn't offer much on its own.
  15. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 5, 2012
    42
    Silly, but let's take the glass half-full approach. There's nowhere to go but up.
  16. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jan 6, 2012
    40
    NBC's version of The Firm is shaky at best.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 5, 2012
    40
    The series is a pretty good metaphor for the original law firm: outwardly slick and polished, but with a hollow core.
  18. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 4, 2012
    40
    The Firm tries to marry case-of-the-week stories with a conspiracy plot. It doesn't succeed.
  19. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jan 5, 2012
    37
    The Firm is part weekly procedural, part season-long conspiracy, and wholly unsatisfying.
  20. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jan 10, 2012
    30
    At least Lewis appeared to be having fun, which can't be said of anyone else in this rather grim production.
  21. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jan 6, 2012
    30
    The case of the week and the background story seem to be competing to see which can be sillier.
  22. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jan 6, 2012
    30
    Like so many reboots, The Firm is a waste of precious resources, especially its cast.
  23. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 6, 2012
    30
    It feels the opposite of relevant and fresh.
  24. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jan 9, 2012
    25
    Mitch just might be the stupidest attorney ever depicted on TV.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jul 14, 2012
    9
    Loved it. Super good.. Whats with the bad reviews. They are sooo wrong. Just needed more people to know about the show. Just want more. Hope it get's a second season.

    Peace..
    Full Review »
  2. Mar 9, 2012
    8
    The Firm is a suspenseful thriller which does a great job at expanding the story of the McDeere family. Of course its another instance of them getting involved with an overly-watchful and controlling firm, but it wouldn't be The Firm without it!! I think the casting is well thought out and acting is above average. The direction of the show is also well done and makes you wonder what will happen next. With all the boring reality shows that continue to pervade the tube, I am glad to see a show worth watching. Full Review »
  3. Jan 12, 2012
    3
    John Grisham may be turning in his grave if he had one...or least biting his lip for this DRY remake. Cancel! Left a review because I'm a Grisham and Firm admirer and hate to see something great get defaced. zzzzzz! Full Review »