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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2010
  • Season #: 1
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  • Summary: The Jerry Bruckheimer-produced drama looks at a case from both the prosecutor (Maura Tierney) and defender (Rob Morrow) points of view.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. If Mr. Morrow takes his performance down a notch, the character will be much easier to embrace....As in most of her roles, Ms. Tierney elevates the script, playing Kathryn as a hard-charging but sympathetic prosecutor whose personal life takes a backseat to her professional duties.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    75
    The Whole Truth equals " Law & Order: The Next Generation." It's still just a little too overeager and needs to mature.
  3. 70
    For the most part, the procedural material is boilerplate stuff we've seen zillions of times already on "Law & Order," with right turns and smoking guns and unexpected witnesses. The pleasure to be found on the show is in watching Tierney and Morrow riff off each other like very competitive tennis players.
  4. 58
    Tierney and Morrow are both seasoned TV stars, but even they can't make The Whole Truth ring true.
  5. The Whole Truth, which airs opposite "The Defenders" on ABC, is less lousy.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    50
    It's all very fast-paced but relentlessly and annoyingly simplistic, with virtually no dramatic nourishment along the way. The show's other gimmick is to add a reveal at the end of each episode to let us know who was really responsible for the crime and whether justice was served. In the two episodes I watched, can't say I really cared by the end.
  7. 30
    Rigidly formulaic drama is almost always a bad idea, and in this case it's, well, criminal. Neither Maura Tierney as the prosecutor nor Rob Morrow as the defense attorney get enough screen time to develop their characters past the cardboard stage.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  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; as the series develops, no doubt that will change though. Expand
  2. Sep 30, 2010
    8
    Refreshing concept. Interesting, captivating storylines. Intelligent, quick, perfect for those with limited attention span. Provocative, leads to watercooler discussion. Acting well done. The relationships and show in general will gel and improve. This show deserves to be watched and appreciated. Expand
  3. Oct 21, 2010
    8
    A solid start for a very interesting courtroom drama. Unlike Law and Order (which I love), the show has no cut and dry Good vs Bad angle to work off of. Instead, the development of the case and the interplay between the Prosecution and Defense must hold interest. The episodes have been hit and miss so far (and during), but given the chance to find its rhythm I think it offers something new outside the typical Good vs Bad drama TV. Collapse
  4. Sep 23, 2010
    1
    In my opinion this new legal drama is absolutely unwatchable. The acting is unbelievably stiff and the storyline as unrealistic as it can possibly be. What a big step down for Maura Tierney ! Her abilities, as seen in ER, are way under-appreciated in this show. Rob Morrow could have done better too.
    Jerry Bruckheimer really screwed the pooch on this one !

    Law and Order depicted the legal system much better, even in its disappointing twentieth season. Don't watch it if you have any requirement for at least a basis of realism. I know, I won't watch past the pilot.
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