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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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THERESA THOMPSON March 8, 2013 at 9:04 am

I AM ULTIMATELY UPSET BECAUSE U GUYS TRULY DON’T KNOW WHAT TRUE TALENT IS. U DON’T KNOW WHAT A GREAT SHOW IS. REALITY TV WILL DIE WHEN EVERYONE STARTS TO WANT SOMETHING CALLED DRAMA OR A SCRIPTED TELEVISION PROGRAM. SICK OF U GUYS KILLING GREAT TELEVISION. I WANT ONE MORE SEASON AND I WILL START A FACEBOOK CAMPAIGN TO GET THE VIEWERSHIP NEEDED IF NECESSARY BUT MY ENTIRE FAMILY OF 6 ADULTS IN INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA ARE NOT HAPPY.

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brett March 4, 2013 at 10:55 pm

The actors were good. But honestly what show on tv is about cops, doctor, or bout crime. Reminded of nash bridges except the partners in common law didnt get along. Bring them back on a different type of show and youll have a hit. Stop playing iy safe and doing topics that have ten different tv shows like it. Hell make a shpw bout matrix, or inception, or something that hasnt already been done. Hell make a pirate show. That be killer.

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marie March 4, 2013 at 8:19 pm

i had a feeling when it had not come back on yet and see previews for new shows. never missed an episode, was excellent. all the shows i like are getting cancelled but they keep bringing back the stupid reality shows, and giving us more of them. i live reality every day!! execs need to get a clue!!!!!!!!!!!! i DVR so i can skip the stupid commercials

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Cathy McCown March 4, 2013 at 11:24 am

I so unhappy that “Common Law” was canceled. It’s one of the best shows since “The Closer” with Brenda Lee Johnson. Fast drama, with a second story line, and quick witted humor.

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Renee March 3, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Loved Travis and Wes. The best show on USA. Reminds me of the classics like Starsky and Hutch or Moonlighting. The writing was smart, witty and fun. USA please reconsider!

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Valerie March 3, 2013 at 9:56 am

I loved this show….Please bring it back!! great chemistry between the actors and just the right amount of comedy!! Loved it and so disappointed!!

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Gary February 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm

We Loved the show. Our kids loved it. Fridays are rough on tv shows. Hope they reconsider!

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Mike February 24, 2013 at 11:51 am

Can’t believe they cancelled this show. My wife and I have tried several other USA shows. Burn Notice jumped the shark a long time ago, same with Covert Affairs. White collar didn’t keep us interested. The only other show we watch now is Psych. I hope they will reconsider, but it is probably too late to get these guys back.

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Jan February 18, 2013 at 9:18 am

I can’t believe they cancelled this show and kept some others. I watched every episode. Couldn’t wait

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Angela February 13, 2013 at 12:17 am

I can’t believe it was cancelled either! I’ve been waiting for the previews and just now started to get worried. We saw every episode! They really need to consider DVR and on demand viewing when recording ratings if that’s how they decide to keep/cancel shows!

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catherine February 12, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Bring this show back. It was entertaining

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HBT February 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

loved the series sorry to see it go

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Cheryl H January 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm

Absolutely loved this series. Did not realize it was canceled until now, since I have been patiently awaiting its return. I felt the concept, and chemistry between the main characters, was well done. I agree with the above comment and feel it was as good as White Collar. I even made sure I did not miss a single episode of Common Law but do not feel I need to be as diligent with White Collar. So how do we get it back. I do believe that there are many of us awaiting the return and will be very surprised and disappointed when the truth is made well known.

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Anonymous February 24, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Yes, it was one of my favorite shows. Please put it back on

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E SIMONE January 27, 2013 at 6:01 pm

super serie drôle et legère

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Roe January 26, 2013 at 9:14 am

My family loved watching this show. Please bring it back!! Can’t believe they canceled this and kept White Collar… seriously!!

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