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

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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  1. MamaAnnie says

    Loved this show! Smart and funny! PLEASE USA bring this back! I am an avid USA watcher (Psych, White Collar, Necessary Roughness, Fairly Legal, Royal Pains, etc…..) however the reruns, and reruns, and reruns of NCIS (also one of my fave shows) and Law and Order are getting BEYOND old!!!!! And I don’t want to walk away from one of my favorite tv channels because they are making stupid decisions without listening to the fans…a lot of us watch theses shows but due to busy work, life, kids, marriage, etc schedules we watch on dvr or on demand….please don’t cancel a fave of so many because we cannot watch it on your time! Thanks!

  2. dpatterson says

    I agree with you all. I would love to see this show revived even if it’s on another station. I miss it a lot. I’m a csi junky but I love Michael Ealy and Travis. I actually had a chance to laugh on a Friday night and recover from all the stress of the week. Can we start a petition or something?

  3. Jacquelyn says

    My mom and I loved watching the show. It made us laugh. We couldn’t wait for the next episode to come on. Please bring back for a second season.

  4. stonewall says

    AWE, I can’t believe common law is cancelled !! It is a good show, I’m gonna miss it for sure, Pleeeeeeeeeeese bring the show back !!! If they can do it for family guy 2 times, then it can be done for this show.

  5. says

    I have been wasted the entire summer and fall checking the menu to see when Common Law and Fairly legal. I have never watched USA before and since the shows I loved are
    no longer I guess you have lost me. Good luck with your reruns.

  6. Mike Baker says

    Enjoyed the show. Like so many good shows, it wasn’t given a chance. One less reason to tune in to USA. To bad for them

  7. Taylor Aiken says

    Common Law had it’s weak points, but overall it was a great show. It was definitely better than Psych. CBS Television Studios and Junction Entertainment should hire better writers and bring Common Law back to USA Network.

  8. mellow Mel says

    So disappointed! Show was funny, cute and entertaining not to mention, the guys were easy on the eyes. witty and charming. wish network would reconsider.

  9. Anonymous says

    I really enjoyed this show both actors were exceptional in their roles, I am so disappointed its being canceled!!! This was one of the few great shows on television:(

  10. Esther Feldman says

    This is one of the best shows on tv. USA likes to play CSI and Law And Order over and over again. I hope that maybe one of the other networks will find Common Law and start airing it.

  11. Charles G Willson King, M.D. says

    This was an hilariously entertaining show. The two lead characters were extremely charismatic and developed the same charm that the two leads in “Hawaii-Five-O” have. They have managed each to maintain their individuality but require the support of the other for the entertainment value. I do not know what there rating were but my wife and I looked forward to relaxing in front of the TV and just enjoying the banter and humor. It was a much better show than much of the murder and mayhem and reality TV that remains on the menu. I am sure that they had their loyal viewers!

  12. says

    i just finished the last episode (dvr’d the season as i am limited on time) what a cook show! i don’t have many shows i watch on a regular, but this was one i had planned to dvr and watch, so sad to see it go!

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