Friday, March 17, 2017

Trial & Error Pilot Review - Pilot

Network: NBC

Genre: Sitcom, Mockumentary

Airs: Tuesdays at 9/8c

My Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: A spoof of crime documentaries about the arrest and trial of a beloved poetry professor from a small town in South Carolina, who is accused of brutally murdering his wife, and the young Northeastern lawyer hired to defend him.

My Thoughts: Well that was fun! I honestly had low expectations for this show based on the sheer fact that I had never heard about Trial & Error until a week ago. I had also seen the trailer a few times and it didn't look all that impressive. However, I did see several articles online comparing this show to Parks and Recreation and that was what ultimately sold me on giving it a try.

Trial & Error is shot in a mockumentary style, very similar to Parks and Recreation and The Office. I LOVE this style of filming for sitcoms. I think it allows for a very real type of humor. This show also has a great cast of characters. The lead character Larry Henderson, played by the always great John Lithgow, is eccentric and clueless. His wife has been killed and he is the main suspect, but he appears to be so lackadaisical. His defense attorney, Josh Segal, is a young go-getter who accepts Larry's case as his first independent legal case. Josh's team is made up of the incompetent "retired" cop, Dwayne Reed, and his secretary Anne Flatch, who has every made-up disorder known to mankind. The cast is rounded out by Larry's daughter, Summer, and the city prosecutor, Carol Anne Keane.

With true-crime stories being all the rage the last year, I wasn't sure how a sitcom about a murder would work. It did though! It turns out, a courtroom is actually a great place for lots of laughs. My only negative, as of right now, is that Summer doesn't seem to bring anything to the table yet. I am guessing that in the future she might end up being a love interest for Josh, but her character provided nothing in this pilot episode. Overall, I thought this was a fantastic start for a new NBC comedy. NBC has had some rough times with new comedies since their Thursday night comedy block ended a couple years ago, but Trial & Error feels like something that would have fit right in. 

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