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Review of "Trial & Error" 3/14/17 by Suzanne
Airs Tuesdays 10/9c

I was really looking forward to this series because I love John Lithgow, and he usually does some great work.  This show, however, is very disappointing. I don't find it funny at all. I watched the first episode on NBC's press site. They let me watch multiple episodes, but I could barely get through one. Lithgow does a great job, as does the rest of the cast, especially Gotham's Nicholas D’Agosto as the young, naive lawyer Josh. Lithgow is a kooky professor named Larry that's accused of murdering his wife.

It's a spoof of all of those murder mystery/legal shows that have been popping up the last few years, like "American Crime," "American Gothic," "Secrets and Lies," and "Gracepoint."  Someone is arrested for murder in a high profile case, and then some lawyer and his team work all season to prove their case (and the audience wonders if the client is innocent or guilty).Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't.  The recent series "Doubt" seemed to be one of these, but it only lasted two episodes before they yanked it off the schedule.  I don't think this one will fare much better.

You may find it funnier than I did. I'm pretty picky when it comes to comedy. If it doesn't make me laugh, I don't like it. I think that's what any good comedy should do.  Check it out for yourself.


In the spirit of true-crime documentaries, this outrageous fish-out-of-water comedy centers on bright-eyed New York lawyer Josh Segal (Nicholas D’Agosto), who heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case. His mission? To defend an eccentric “rollercizing” poetry professor (John Lithgow) accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife. Settling into his makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop and meeting his quirky team of local misfits, Josh suspects that winning his first big case will not be easy, especially when his client is always making himself look guilty.

The cast also includes Jayma Mays, Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer and Krysta Rodriguez.
Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller serve as writers and executive producers. Jeffrey Blitz directs and also serves as an executive producer. “Trial & Error” is produced by Barge Productions and Good Session Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Please visit the official show site at
Twitter: @trialanderror
Hashtag: #TrialAndError


When the new suspect turns up in a coma, Josh (Nicholas D'Agosto) becomes sidetracked trying to solve this crime, eventually becoming a suspect himself. Meanwhile, prosecutor Carol Anne Keane (Jayma Mays) presents Margaret Henderson's autopsy report that reveals Larry's (John Lithgow) wife was struck by a blunt object, leading to a frantic search for the murder weapon. Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer and Krysta Rodriguez also star.


After coming up bust on a match to the DNA found in Larry's (John Lithgow) bedroom, Josh (Nicholas D'Agosto) and his team discover a "sex print" on the wall that leads to a shocking new suspect. Meanwhile, Josh gets sloppy and inadvertently gives a piece of damning evidence to the Prosecution. Jayma Mays, Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer and Krysta Rodriguez also star.


When rollercizing poetry professor Larry Henderson (John Lithgow) is arrested for the brutal murder of his wife, bright-eyed lawyer Josh Segal (Nicholas D'Agosto) comes down from New York to the quirky town of East Peck, South Carolina to defend his first big case. After meeting his eccentric client and odd-ball team, Josh quickly realizes he's in over his head. Jayma Mays, Sherri Shepherd, Steven Boyer and Krysta Rodriguez also star.

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