• Network: ABC
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2010
  • Season #: 1
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 9 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9

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  1. Oct 24, 2010
    10
    Three words: tension, suspense, pace. This show has all three in abundance. It does a nice job of creating believable, likeable, well-rounded characters. The plot is gripping, realistic, and emotionally charged. It's fascinating and gripping. It has you constantly guessing and switching allegiance. One criticism: the good guys always win, and that detracts from the realistic premise; asThree words: tension, suspense, pace. This show has all three in abundance. It does a nice job of creating believable, likeable, well-rounded characters. The plot is gripping, realistic, and emotionally charged. It's fascinating and gripping. It has you constantly guessing and switching allegiance. One criticism: the good guys always win, and that detracts from the realistic premise; as the series develops, no doubt that will change though. Expand
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. There's some minor Rashomon-style point-of-view switching as the attorneys prepare their opposing cases each week, and never know who's going to win, which makes this a bit different, and a bit more intriguing, than many standard lawyer shows.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    50
    Where other law shows tend to have one side view the other as the embodiment of evil, here we see that these two are old friends from law school who enjoy the battle of wits even as they're convinced they're on the right side of every fight. On those occasions when The Whole Truth slows down to just let those two bounce off each other, it's a show I almost want to watch. But the rest of it is too fast, and too thin, to bother with.
  3. Each warrior is given equal time and the evidence is piled up on both sides to maximize the suspense around the weekly suspect's guilt or innocence. But the personality cost is too high for the payoff.