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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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debbi June 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I can’t beleive you cancelled this show. It was very entertaining. Travis and Wes kept me laughing for the entire broadcast.

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Rose June 10, 2013 at 8:49 am

Common Law was one of the few shows that I really wanted to watch and waited to see it. All these reality shows are so bizzar that I can not even watch them…so phony…Please bring a show back that has good actors, interesting stories and great characters…PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE renew for at least one more summer season. I’m sure you will not be sorry for doing it.

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Betty Graven June 7, 2013 at 9:49 am

I’m sorry Common Law was cancelled. I watched all the episodes and was waiting
for it’s return, when I didn’t see it advertised like the other tv programs I went hunting.
Very sorry it was cancelled, a good entertaining show, loved it, please bring it back.

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Debbie June 6, 2013 at 10:05 am

I really enjoyed watching common law it was a great show the chemistry between them was awesome they made me laugh every time and we need more tv like that because all these reality shows on tv suck and just because ratings dropped a little towards the end of the season doesn’t people didn’t like the show. People get busy and can’t always sit down and watch when it’s on so we watch on demand. I don’t think these presidents or vice presidents know what their talking about, maybe they should ask viewers opinions before they do something stupid like cancel an awesome show like common law. BRING IT BACK PLEASE❗❗❗❗❗❗❗❗

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kwame June 2, 2013 at 10:57 pm

veryone send a ltter 2 usa and theyll hav to put it back on please help

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patricia wright May 27, 2013 at 6:04 pm

truly looked forward to seeing this show return. Yet I find stuff like Criminal minds, Duck show weird shows were still being seen and considered ‘good’ show, ‘funny ‘ shows , and ‘reality’ shows like I am having their baby and stuff like this continue to flourish, this is very stupid. Who do they have rating shows?……..dead people. really…..really…..and these are people that say this is good, great, and outstanding. now what for Common Law and us?

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angela lincoln May 25, 2013 at 9:03 am

i LOVED common law! i was looking forward to it only to find it canceled. it was a great show.

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Cindy May 21, 2013 at 11:26 am

Why do the good shows get canceled and all we have left are reality shows or singing and dancing. Common Law was a good show and funny. I have been waiting for the next season. them being different made the show great. Thank you USA Network. What to do now?

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ljm May 21, 2013 at 1:32 am

What can we do to get this show back on??? I’ve been waiting a year for rhetorically new season!!!!!

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Becky May 18, 2013 at 3:00 pm

And one of the few great shows on TV down the drain….thanks USA. This was one that the hubby and I looked forward to each week….great changing storylines with the continuing story of the partners’ therapy. Always entertaining…..always great writing….always awesome characters and character development! In a vast sea of reality show drivel and other garbage, WHY did USA have to take away this GEM?!?!

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terr May 18, 2013 at 6:44 am

This was one of the best shows I had seen. In years, what are they thinking cancelling it????

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GARY BARTON May 14, 2013 at 1:53 am

In the bleak landscape called network television this was one of the few truly entertaining programs. Decisions like this is why more and more people are moving away from television and to services like Netflix. I have 160 channels of brain deadening trash. One of the few programs worth watching and it gets canned. Go figure!

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Klydette May 9, 2013 at 6:55 pm

Well that was just stupid!! It was an hit, I loved that show….

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Tony May 6, 2013 at 2:16 am

I really found myself looking forward to seeing the quirky ‘working’ friendship and work relationship between the Travis and Wes every Friday night. It kinda reminded me of the old ‘Starsky and Hutch’ or ‘Cagney and Lacey’ pairings back in the day. These guys appear to be the next generation of this type of partnership. Please, please, PLEASE reconsider and NOT permanently cancel this series. Possibly bring it back as an “OFF” or “MID” season series?? Looking forward to seeing how this ‘odd couple’ find a balance between their work and social lives….

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cara May 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm

seriously????? Do Not Cancel this show!!! it was fun, entertaining and something to look forward to.

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