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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 14, 2017
Season #: 1, 2
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

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  • Summary: The first big case for New York attorney Josh Segal (Nicholas D’Agosto) takes him to a small southern town to defend an unconventional poetry professor (John Lithgow) of murder in this comedic series created by Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller.
  • Genre(s): Comedy, Suspense

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Mar 14, 2017
    83
    Under normal circumstances, this wouldn’t be funny. But there’s a lot talented people hard at work on this show making sure that Trial & Error is presenting nothing that resembles “normal circumstances.”
  2. Reviewed by: Sonia Saraiya
    Mar 8, 2017
    80
    It’s frequently possible to see the jokes in Trial & Error coming from a mile away, but the commitment of the performers somehow makes even the silliest punchlines very funny.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Mar 25, 2017
    80
    Call me crude, immature, and jejune—editors do, all the time—but I cannot help but feel a certain fondness for a show in which characters have names like Judge Horsedich. And any comedy casting Shepherd deserves special recognition.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Mar 13, 2017
    70
    Trial & Error is solid and funny, impressively cast and in no significant sense groundbreaking.
  5. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Mar 14, 2017
    60
    Trial & Error can be amusing at times. But too often, it feels like everyone involved in this series might tear a ligament in their effort to achieve what is supposed to be effortless wackiness.
  6. Reviewed by: Sophie Gilbert
    Mar 13, 2017
    60
    If it can shift its sights to a more demanding target, there’s potential here for a fresh and ingenious new kind of comedy. But it requires sharper writing to make murder funny than the show currently possesses. There’s more to satire than simply taking a serious subject and stuffing it full of gags.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Cabin
    Mar 7, 2017
    40
    The result is a familiar yet no-less-depressing annual occurrence on network TV: a comedy built for vague amusement rather than real laughs.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Apr 30, 2017
    10
    The more I watch, the more I love it. John Lithgow is brilliant in this, as expected. I hope there's a season two. I also enjoy how theyThe more I watch, the more I love it. John Lithgow is brilliant in this, as expected. I hope there's a season two. I also enjoy how they break down the fourth wall. It just adds to the show that they 'know' we are watching. Expand
  2. Jul 29, 2018
    10
    The more I watched it, The more I got addicted to it. It was certainly original seeing a mock documentary style shooting applied to aThe more I watched it, The more I got addicted to it. It was certainly original seeing a mock documentary style shooting applied to a courtroom comedy. The cast really does a wonderful job and the characters grow quite a bit as the season progresses. John Lithgow obviously shines and Nicholas D'Agosto is a great counter part to his character.

    The ending is very fitting and doesn't feel cheesy or forced. It's be interesting to see them address a totally new case next season with no continuation of this one. This show really is a hidden gem and if you are a fan of shows like Parks and Rec or The Office, You'll love it.
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  3. Mar 16, 2017
    10
    This might become the next big hit after 'The Office', if it continues to do what it is supposed to. Trial & Error finally brings a TV ComedyThis might become the next big hit after 'The Office', if it continues to do what it is supposed to. Trial & Error finally brings a TV Comedy that is quite different from most and hope it sticks with its viewers for a long time. Expand
  4. Apr 19, 2017
    9
    Trial and Error is a fresh breeze in the comedy genre. The story however simple is being executed in a unique way that makes it unforgettable.Trial and Error is a fresh breeze in the comedy genre. The story however simple is being executed in a unique way that makes it unforgettable. All of the characters are prosaic yet remarkable. Expand
  5. Mar 15, 2017
    8
    'Trial & Error' brings ol' good Parks and Rec moves by preserving its interesting dynamics. It is a bit rushed but the characters are'Trial & Error' brings ol' good Parks and Rec moves by preserving its interesting dynamics. It is a bit rushed but the characters are deliciously funny and it really provides big laughs. Just give it a try. Expand
  6. Apr 3, 2017
    8
    I really did not expect much from this show. I generally do not care for single camera comedies and especially the faux documentary styleI really did not expect much from this show. I generally do not care for single camera comedies and especially the faux documentary style ones. That said, this series gets everything exactly right. It's funny as hell and most of the laughs come straight out of character. The fact that the writers actually bothered to create strong characters from the start enabled them to do this. It's just great writing. Expand
  7. Mar 19, 2017
    1
    You know that friend you have that tries so hard to be funny...and isn't? That's this show.. Painful to watch, and cringeworthy about once aYou know that friend you have that tries so hard to be funny...and isn't? That's this show.. Painful to watch, and cringeworthy about once a minute. Horrible Horrible Horrible. Expand

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