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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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MM November 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm

We truly enjoyed Common Law and will truly miss it. Why do they take shows like this away. It had a little bit of it all. The laughter, kinship with problems, behavior issues when things go wrong, etc. Things that most of us can relate too. Those are the ones that most writers have a problem maintaining.

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B.A. Marshall November 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm

This show was great the chemistry between both actors was something you look forward to. I think the networks choose what they like not the viewers. I have pretty much never cared what was canceled but this show was great in my opinion . It would be a shame not to bring it back. I have watched Michael Ealy for some time and was glad to see him in this series. The other actor I Warren Kole i got to see him in this series I like him and Michaels on screen chemistry . They were go. PLEASE BRING THEM BACK

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Samantha Avelar November 5, 2012 at 5:01 am

Common Law was a great show. Even better I think than many of the other USA shows. Besides White Collar which I think is equally good. I think it was a mistake to cancel Common Law.

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Ivy October 4, 2012 at 5:53 am

Actually, the sets have all been torn down and the assets (set dressing, etc) have been sold. It’s cancelled.

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kellybelly November 20, 2012 at 9:05 pm

DO YOU WORK IN THE INDUSTRY THAT YOU KNOW THIS?

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Gary September 27, 2012 at 5:36 am

Please renew :)

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lenner briggs September 23, 2012 at 12:16 pm

I think command law is an excellent tv show please bring it back I called everyone and got them hooked on the show they already canceled csi Miami which was a big mistake I think crime scene should be canceled. So lease bring back common law its not only funny its also emotional and has alot of drama give it another chance people were just starting to get use to it you also have excellent actors and actresses so please give it another chance. I know that it will get a lot of feedback. And get a lot of fans and make alot of money

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rhobby September 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Plz renew. This show is good and has potential to be great if writing is improved.

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Helen Smith September 20, 2012 at 9:17 pm

I love Michael Ealy. Please renew this series.

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esharp3 September 14, 2012 at 5:46 am

please renew this GREAT show!

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esharp3 August 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

did they renew it!?!

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admin August 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm

esharp3 » No cancellation or renewal yet.

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Vale August 21, 2012 at 9:12 pm

LOVE THIS!!

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Anonymous August 20, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Love it

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Terry August 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I do not see my previous comment

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admin August 18, 2012 at 6:16 pm

Terry » That’s because you commented on another article about Common Law, not this one.

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Mary August 18, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Please renewvthisvshow

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cloey August 18, 2012 at 11:15 am

I love this show!

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cloey August 18, 2012 at 11:16 am

Looking forward to another season.

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JOY August 13, 2012 at 9:06 am

ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SHOW!!! SO HAPPY THEY ARE RENEWING FOR SEASON 2! HOPE ITS A LONGER SEASON THOUGH. I AGREE THE PROMOTION OF THIS SHOW STUNK SO I NEVER WATCHED IT TILL I CAUGHT IT ON MY COMPUTER. NEED TO DO BETTER PROMO’S NEXT SEASON!

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