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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 14, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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  • Summary: Josh Segal's (Nicholas D’Agosto) next big case is to defend the eccentric first lady of East Peck, Lavinia Peck-Foster (Kristin Chenoweth), who is charged with murdering her husband.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Suspense


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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Jul 18, 2018
    Chenoweth delivers one of her best performances as Lavinia. ... Between its bright color palette, sunny setting and jaunty tone, Trial is a perfect complement for a glass of lemonade and a midsummer heat wave.
  2. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Jun 29, 2018
    It takes a tremendous amount of commitment and precision to make comedy this stupid work so brilliantly, and once again Trial & Error’s cast proves wonderfully capable.
  3. Reviewed by: Steve Greene
    Jul 19, 2018
    Unhinged at times, oddly thoughtful at others, Trial and Error is more than parody; it’s a welcome wave of silliness.
  4. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jul 10, 2018
    The premiere is the strongest by a wide margin--which isn’t to say that the season slides downhill so much as that premiere is fantastic. It’s hard not to miss Lithgow, but Chenoweth’s Lavinia is a melodramatic treat.
  5. 80
    The plot is simultaneously all-important and also totally irrelevant. Lavinia must be brought to justice or be acquitted of the crime in the end, and Trial & Error has machinations aplenty for both outcomes. But for all of the twists and slapstick pratfalls, all that really matters is the magnetism of Lavinia, her dastardly deeds, and that truly fantastic swim cap.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 18, 2018
    A summer pleasure. ... Kristin Chenoweth knows it's a mad, mad world out there but has the chops to make us forget about that for a little while.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jul 19, 2018
    Chenoweth works her campy magic, but the energy from the show is different. A running gag involving the town’s attitude toward female drivers is hilarious and the kind of off-kilter humor Trial & Error excelled at in its first season. There’s not enough of that.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Aug 9, 2018
    The main cast is as enjoyable as they were in the first season and it is, at least to me, a genuinely funny show. The biggest disappointmentThe main cast is as enjoyable as they were in the first season and it is, at least to me, a genuinely funny show. The biggest disappointment is the absence of John Lithgow. He helped make the first season so great and his departure really hurts season 2. The new guest star of the season, Kristin Chenoweth, plays a character who is just incredibly one-dimensional and lacks any depth what so ever. She is nowhere near as good or entertaining as Lithgow and his character was in season 1 and again, I feel that is a major blow because she's not the kind of character that fans can get behind.

    It's still a solid show though and I'm hoping it continues on for season 3 but knowing NBC, I doubt it.

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