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.
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 Josh Segal (13 episodes, 2017)
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 Carol Anne Keane (13 episodes, 2017)
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 Dwayne Reed (13 episodes, 2017)
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 Summer Henderson (13 episodes, 2017)
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 Anne Flatch (13 episodes, 2017)
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 Larry Henderson (13 episodes, 2017)
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 Josie Davis (8 episodes, 2017)
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 Heidi Baker (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Judge Horsedich (7 episodes, 2017)
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 Edna / ... (6 episodes, 2017)
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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.

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Their first case is a real killer.

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14 March 2017 (USA)  »

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Trial and Error  »

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The character name "Dwayne Reed" is a pun on "Duane Reade," the ubiquitous New York drug store chain. See more »

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Spoofs The Staircase (2004) See more »

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Murder Most Silly
15 March 2017 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Larry Henderson is accused of his wife's murder. Her death was caused by crashing through a window. He claims he loved her dearly. A young New York lawyer (Nicholas D'Agosta as Josh Segal) is sent down to handle the preliminaries in Larry's trial. His two assistants--chosen from local talent--are dedicated to the cause, but fairly useless.

The conceit of this comedy is that the viewer is watching documentary footage. This allows the actors to break the fourth wall. Other comic underpinnings are the fish out of water nature of Josh coping with Southern customs and prejudices, the dumb redneck, the secretary who suffers from a plethora of psychological syndromes, and the wackiness of Larry (John Lithgow).

Jayma Mays plays the prosecuting attorney with political aspirations. As a whole, the cast is strong. I found the writing to be funny, but I wonder if it can remain funny by repeatedly mining the same tropes. In the first two episodes, the writers have shown a certain fearlessness. Given the level of absurdity in the show's premises, there is plenty of room for unpredictable twists. And this is a show ripe for juicy guest starring roles.

Although this is no "My Cousin Vinny", it has promise. And I have laughed out loud enough to make me very interested.


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