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The Firm: Is the New NBC Series Worth Watching?

The Firm TV showTonight, NBC premieres their latest legal drama — The Firm. This new TV series isn’t based on another TV show like Prime Suspect but is instead based on the John Grisham novel, which was turned into a feature film in 1993.

The Firm TV series picks up 10 years after the end of the 1993 movie with Mitch McDeere (Josh Lucas), his wife Abby (Molly Parker), and daughter Claire (Natasha Calis) coming out of the witness protection program. The mob boss they feared is dead and the McDeere family believe that enough time has passed that they’ll be safe. Relocated to our nation’s capitol, Mitch starts his own practice, Abby is a teacher, and Claire is making real friends. Unfortunately, things don’t go as smoothly as they’d hoped and trouble starts all over again. The show’s cast also includes Callum Keith Rennie, Juliette Lewis, Tricia Helfer, and Shaun Majumder.

It’s been nearly 20 years since the release of the feature film. Was the new TV show worth the wait? Is it worth your time? Here’s what some critics have been saying:

Boston Herald: “The two-hour pilot is a chore to sit through… ABC’s fairy tale serial Once Upon a Time has more connection to reality than this dreck. Parker is criminally wasted as the voice of common sense. Lucas is flat and dull, forced to spout such pompous lines as, ‘I spend my day making sure that no man’s freedom or future is taken unjustly.’ Mitch just might be the stupidest attorney ever depicted on TV. I wouldn’t trust him to handle a library fine.”

LA Times: “Although it opens with a fast-paced chase scene, things quickly bog down with flashbacks and all manner of story lines, none of which seem to be dominant or terribly compelling… Like so many reboots, The Firm is a waste of precious resources, especially its cast… The question is, do we need such a show when we have Damages and The Good Wife? It may be ironic to call a legal thriller created by the man who all but invented the legal thriller derivative, but in this case, it feels very much like the truth.”

Washington Post: “The two-hour pilot debuting Sunday night is strong and goes in every direction tantalizingly. Enough happens to keep you from changing the channel, but there are hints of a show that could get dull fast… There’s a lot going on, but for now, The Firm seems intriguing enough to have the time to decide what it wants to be.”

NY Times: “Having performed such leaps of logic, the writers apparently didn’t have much strength left for the weekly plot, which is notably slight and unbelievable, even for a TV legal drama. Mitch is forced by a do-gooder judge to defend a teenager in a schoolyard killing. Hearing that the dead student’s father wants to put out a hit on his young client, Mitch does what any good lawyer would do. No, not call the police. He has his brother pretend to be a hit man and solicit the job. The folks over at The Good Wife will be wondering why they didn’t think of that one.”

Hollywood Reporter: “The two-hour premiere of The Firm on Sunday (9 p.m.) is likely to snag viewers who are on the lookout for yet another legal thriller and don’t mind being diverted from the central shocker for most of those two hours. In the meantime they’ll get a solid if unspectacular story about one of the most unlucky lawyers ever depicted on television.”

Kansas City Star: “The TV cast is all right, but it’s not on that level [of the movie cast]. Lucas seems especially bland. And I resent it taking the time slot of the much better Prime Suspect.”

USA Today: “For the most part, The Firm cries out to be quickly forgotten — but it does have at least one memorable moment. Capping a geographically muddled opening chase, Mitch plunges into the Capitol reflecting pool, confounding his pursuers, who split up and go around rather than following Mitch across. What, because the pool’s filled with acid and Mitch is the only one with safety booties? It’s a small matter. But a show that opens with that kind of casual, incompetent stupidity is telling you how little effort it plans to expend on telling its story, and how little respect it has for your intelligence. Take the hint.”

What do you think? Are you going to watch the Firm series? If you’ve already seen it, will you tune in again?

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Sandra Stowe April 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm

love the show. Please keep it going.


Merry April 4, 2012 at 8:09 pm



George March 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

Listen, those reviews are wrong. It is good show. Don’t take it off and harry’s is good also. If these shows are taken guess I will go to tvland.


Knip March 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm

I love this show…I find it amusing that all of the reviews are bad, but the general population loves The Firm. NBC did a poor job of marketing this gem. John Grisham has a huge following and law dramas are popular. What is it that I am missing that the “pro critic’s” are so sure of makes The Firm a dud? I’m 32 and my fiance’ is 25…we look forward to watching The Firm every week.


Kim March 17, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Love The Firm and waited all week for Episode 11 to air. Hope it isn’t being cancelled. Great show


Diane Cochrane March 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I sure hope we get the next episode of The Firm as really enjoying it. Wondering when Episode 11 will air??


Theresa Boyet March 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm

I am frustrated….The Firm is listed in the St. Louis Missouri newspaper but when I try to record it is not listed on the channel. This has happened several times. I like the show and am always disappointed when it is “kicked out”?….for another program.
why does that happen?
thanks for your time


Mark kennedy March 16, 2012 at 9:29 am

Hope it stays on, I love the show.


Mike March 16, 2012 at 4:43 am

I really enjoy this show. It’s not like all the reality tv crap out there… you actually have to think through the episodes to truly enjoy them, and it seems mainstream America would rather not do that… thus the low ratings…

Sorry, off my soapbox… but I do love this show and hope it continues.


Cindy Rankine March 12, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Love the show. Can’t wait for each new episode. Hope it gets the rating to stay on for a while.


Vendetta Dressel March 2, 2012 at 5:25 pm

I really like the show, The Firm. Hope they don’t cancel it. It was on Thursdays and now haven’t seen it. Can someone tell me when it is on now?


Anonymous March 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm

saturday night


Brenda Damiano March 2, 2012 at 9:44 am

Love the show in Ontario Canada


colette March 2, 2012 at 8:20 am

I love the tv show” The Firm” I hope it stays on I always look forward for that night that it is on, both my husband and I.Please don’t take it off the air.


Joy Merz March 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I really enjoy watching the firm and will continue to watch the show. I hope it stays on the air.


Karen February 28, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Loved the show – hope it stays on


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