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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.
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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

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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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crissy December 17, 2013 at 4:32 pm

So sad, really liked this show :(

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Laurie November 17, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I was sad to see this show is cancelled. i loved it. but looking forward to Almost Human with Michael Ealy

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china November 6, 2013 at 12:04 am

this show was so awesome. All great cast not just one could actor and the rest ahh so so, good story to it and funny as hell. fell in love with it but now its not coming back wth is up with that?

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Dawn November 4, 2013 at 10:44 am

I so agree with all the comments! So disappointed that the show was cancelled after so few episodes. Would love to see it return.

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Dawn November 4, 2013 at 10:44 am

I so agree with all the comments! So disappointed that the show was cancelled after so few episodes. Would love to see it return.

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Robin October 31, 2013 at 9:58 pm

I loved the show! Mature dialogue, without vulgarity. Great character balance. Good TV is scarce.

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Deadeye October 25, 2013 at 12:45 am

I think the networks should tell you when a show is getting cancelled or renewed on tv, not the Internet. Common law was an awesome show. There should be a law that a show has to have at least two seasons to end the show properly.

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Lisa September 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm

Loved the show and the chemistry between Wes and Travis. Please bring Common Law back, going through withdraws looking for re-runs.

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W.T. September 13, 2013 at 9:30 pm

LOVE, LOVE, Loved this show! It had everything – comedy, drama, intrigue, action, action, action, and comedy :-)
SOMEONE PLEASE BRING THIS SHOW BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Diane August 29, 2013 at 8:19 pm

This show was such a wonderful breath of fresh air; funny, light and action to boot!
I do hope that the error of their ways will be recognized and it’ll be brought back asap.
This definitely was in the top 10 of great shows that you planned your week around.
Somebody please pick it up!

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kevin August 28, 2013 at 12:36 am

bring the show back change the night u air it on

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Steven Cole August 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

I loved this show I felt it was on par with NCIS in relationship to wit and seriousness. There are other shows on the network that should be cancelled.

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Jeff Huey August 17, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Please bring back this show. It is so much better than “PSYCH” which I do not watch. Please bring Common Law and Fairly Legal. Please!

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Thomas August 12, 2013 at 3:12 am

This was o e of the finest shows on tv . I can’t believe that you wold cansel it
When you get a real good show you always do this
Personally I think I’m giving up on this station

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melanie August 11, 2013 at 8:22 pm

I loved this show!!! Please bring it back! It’s better than Psych. Psych should be canceled.

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