TV Reviews for Regular People: “All Rise”

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  1. Pinky says:

    This review makes me nervous. It’s tough to tell if the show is just about race and sex. But that’s probably true for the viewer as well. A show will typically start out with its broadest pitch, then it will settle into character development and world-building. On the other hand, legal shows can be particularly preachy.

    It’s been years since a legal show really caught my attention. Probably The Practice is the last one that I’d watch even the unwatchable episodes.Report

    • Mike Schilling in reply to Pinky says:

      I’m bingeing The Practice right now. I always liked it, but t was on when the kids were little and TV was something there was rarely time for. Typical David Kelley show in that it started out strong but got sillier and sillier as time went on. Like, who know Boston was such a hotbed of serial killers?Report

      • Pinky in reply to Mike Schilling says:

        Serial killers who need a lawyer for their trial tomorrow morning.Report

        • Mike Schilling in reply to Pinky says:

          I just watched the perfect The Practice cold open:

          Pretty woman showing an album of pictures of herself as high school cheerleader. “I had the body and I could do the gymnastics.”

          Eleanor: “Those are lovely pictures, but you’re going on trial for murder tomorrow.”Report

  2. I don’t watch much (or lately, any) network tv. It’s not a policy of mine, but there’s just so much available elsewhere, like Netflix–and my schedule is a bit limited and I have no DVR–that I usually don’t get around to it. (The main exception is sometimes network shows that make it to Netlfix, like The Good Place, but I’m sure there’s lots that I miss.)

    At any rate, thanks for reviewing these shows. I might actually give this one a try. I know law dramas are an overworked things, but I might like to get into one.

    I’ll add that in my (apparently, limited) experience, the pilot is often not a very good show compared to the shows that follow. I’m told, for example, that Breaking Bad is really good, but I was so turned off by the pilot that I didn’t continue watching. Maybe that’s true of All Rise? (Maybe not, but I’m raising the possibility..)Report

  3. Kolohe says:

    I watched it this week, and I liked it, and I think I have some of the same reservations as you. I’m fine with the fact that the judge is supposed to be a trailblazer and that all the young professionals are the first such generation to ‘look like Los Angeles’

    All hour long shows are going to mix up the comedy and drama, but I feel this show didn’t quite get the tonal shifts fined tuned enough in the pilot (especially when it literally ‘starts with a bang’ and then kind of merely runs in place for the next act.

    The other off thing that stuck out to me was I feel they tried to give a bit too much characterization too soon to the public defender. She’s harried! She’s hard charging! She’s got an romantic admirer at work! She’s got an abusive current relationship! They honestly should have dropped one or the other of her character notes for the pilot and slowly introduce the other. (Or perhaps give just a hint of her bad current relationship in an episode stinger, the way they gave for the DA and [preemptive edit for spoiler] [someone the DA knows])Report

  4. Christi says:

    Tonight’s show was spectacular, from beginning to end. I enjoy all the shows but this one was just genius.Report