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Common Law

Common Law TV series on USANetwork: USA
Episodes: 12 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: May 11, 2012 — August 10, 2012
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Warren Kole, Michael Ealy, Jack McGee, Sonya Walger

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TV show description:
This TV series revolves around two incredible — and incredibly different — police detectives. When things come to a head during their “seven-year itch” as partners, their captain forces them into couples therapy to save their “work marriage.”

Travis Marks (Michael Ealy) has a laidback demeanor and can seem nonchalant but is fiercely intelligent, has natural instincts and a maverick style that works. A product of street living and the foster system, Travis has the uncanny ability to read people. He’s also a ladies man who’s always got a date but has a hard time admitting his mistakes and making a commitment.

His partner, Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole), is intelligent, observant, obsessively methodical, and a man who keeps emotions bottled up inside. His perfectionist behavior sometimes rubs others on the LAPD the wrong way. Formerly an ace lawyer, Wes left that world after a client committed suicide. Now, he tries to keep his free-spirited partner in line and uses his legal acumen and affinity for facts to track down the bad guys. It’s good for the department but his marriage to his wife Alex didn’t survive because of his job.

Captain Sutton (Jack McGee) used to be the fire-breathing dragon of the LAPD homicide division, but years of therapy have made him a more understanding, open leader -– much to the chagrin of anyone who’s around when he feels like sharing.

Travis and Wes have a seven-year track record as the Los Angeles Police Department’s best detectives in the Robbery-Homicide Division. Because their constant bickering is interfering with their work and lands them on probation, Captain Sutton sends them to couples therapy with his own counselor.

A tough-as-nails therapist, Dr. Emma Ryan (Sonya Walger) tries to help Travis and Wes understand and resolve their conflicts and confront their demons in order to enhance their ability to work together solving crimes.

Series Finale

Episode #12 — Gun!
After being kicked out of Dr. Ryan’s group, Wes and Travis make a deal with their eccentric new therapist to get them out of counseling for good. But when a run-in with the members of the Special Investigations Section leads Travis to blow his top, the detectives realize that they don’t just need to go back to therapy — they need Dr. Ryan. Chastened, the duo offers to tell Dr. Ryan the story of how they ended up in counseling in the first place if she’ll take them back.

Flashback a few years. Officer Davis Paek, aka Pac-Man, introduces two detectives who would go on to distinguished careers in the Robbery Homicide Division: Wes Mitchell and Travis Marks. Hoping to return the favor, the detectives throw a couple of arrests their friend’s way and before long Pac-Man is being drafted by the SIS, a step up the ladder that would make any officer envious. But everything is not as it seems in the SIS, and when Pac-Man winds up dead, Wes and Travis start down the path that eventually leads to their meltdown.

Now, on the eve of Pac-Man’s birthday, Wes and Travis have a chance to bring his killers to justice — if they can first repair the damage from their own falling out. With a true breakthrough so close, Wes and Travis must confront the feelings that split them apart.
First aired: August 10, 2012


What do you think? Did you like Common Law? Are you sorry to hear that it’s been cancelled? How would you have ended the show?


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Lisa Tablack August 12, 2012 at 5:34 pm

I love this show. Need another season.


asperitias August 11, 2012 at 8:30 am

well, somehow your american tv channels seem to cancel the shows that require at least a little brains and a sense of humor. and since it is not dumb enough it surely will be canceled….
maybe because it is to demanding for a lot of your fellow viewers, they rather watch tparty speaches.


Jackson Gibb August 10, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I NEED A SEASON 2 PLEASE, this is one of the good shows and i cant remember the last time ive seen a good show


kelly August 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm

this show is funny & cute, 12episode is definitly not enough,please give us season2!!!


Sophie August 5, 2012 at 11:36 pm

We love this show…Please don’t cancel it….Looking forward to seeing Season 2~~~~~~~


suzyku August 4, 2012 at 11:00 am

Really enjoy this show and I hope they give it a season 2!


esharp3 July 21, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Awesome show! One of my favorites!!!!!


Alison July 21, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Great show!! Even Makes me laugh out loud!


tom July 14, 2012 at 4:36 pm

great show


Sophie July 1, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Love this show. Can’t wait for the second season~~~~


Hera2057 June 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Love this show! Its what tv shows are suppose to be, lighthearted and funny. Not every show has to be law n order.


Dave June 3, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Two and two thirds episodes were all I could stand! Cancelled the Season Pass and moved on!


Tank May 20, 2012 at 5:37 am

Love the show keep it going.


LOVIE LETT May 14, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I like this show!!!


Greg May 10, 2012 at 8:30 am

The first few commercials for this kinda turned me off. There was the implication that they were gay “partners” who were also police force “partners”. Later commercials addressed this and showed it was a play on the dysfunctional relationship and brought me back to the “maybe” category. I went ahead and set up a season pass. We’ll see how that pilot goes! I need something to replace “In Plain Sight” anyway.


Alison July 21, 2012 at 1:26 pm

In plain sight was a great show too!


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