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Made in Jersey: Season 1 (2012)

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 18

Janet Montgomery is appealing, but otherwise, Made in Jersey is a strictly by-the-numbers crime drama that does little with its working-class milieu.

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Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 13

Janet Montgomery is appealing, but otherwise, Made in Jersey is a strictly by-the-numbers crime drama that does little with its working-class milieu.

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Season Info

An attorney, Martina Garretti, (Janet Montgomery) from an Italian-American family uses her street smarts as she takes on cases at a top New York City law firm, Stark & Rowan . Highlights include: Martina must deal with an ugly rumor being spread about her, and she must testify against her own client in a difficult case.

Genre: Drama

Network: CBS

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Episodes

1
Air date: Sep 28, 2012

Pilot

HD. After voicing her opinion in a company staff meeting, Martina makes a good impression on her boss, Donovan Stark, who assigns her third chair on a murder case involving a student accused of killing her professor.

2
Air date: Oct 5, 2012

Cacti

HD. While going through jail mail Martina finds a letter from a client who was institutionalized after pleading insanity for manslaughter, and is now lucid and claims innocence.

3
Air date: Nov 24, 2012

Camelot

Martina questions a father's motives in a custody case involving a surrogacy, an unborn child and a comatose woman. Meanwhile, Martina's sister has a dispute with her neighbors concerning a tree, so Martina uses her legal skill to help her.

4
Air date: Dec 1, 2012

Payday

Martina's football expertise helps her land a new client: a promising quarterback whose career ended in high school because his coaches neglected to get proper treatment for his injuries. Meanwhile, an accounting error delays Martina's first paycheck.

5
Air date: Dec 22, 2012

Wingman

Martina works on a case involving a murder and a robbery at an upscale jewelry store, and she suspects the store owner is suppressing some key info. Meanwhile, Martina's nephew gets in trouble for stealing.

6
Air date: Dec 22, 2012

Ancient History

A nightclub owner is accused of killing his friend and business partner, and Martina uses some of her experience in the DA's office in building his defense. Meanwhile, Darlene divulges a secret to Riley, resulting in discord at the law office.

7
Air date: Dec 29, 2012

The Farm

A young woman leaves rehab to join a cult, and Martina represents her concerned parents. Meanwhile, Tommy spreads an ugly rumor about how Martina gained employment at her prestigious law firm.

8
Air date: Dec 29, 2012

Ridgewell

Martina must testify against her own client, an angry father who assaulted the CEO of a chemical company he blames for making his daughter ill. Elsewhere, Darlene quits her job and begins voicing her opinion more.

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (18)

Another CBS show, another ho-hum crime drama.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Made In Jersey feels curiously half-dressed.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Montgomery, a British actress whose New Joisey accent is credible enough (though maybe a little heavier than it needs to be at times), is almost ridiculously likable as Martina.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Jersey's painfully familiar but easy-to-take act, which plays like a USA Network show on auto-pilot, feels "Made for Fridays."

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

"The Good Wife" has nothing to fear.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: RedEye
RedEye

Only Janet Montgomery makes it bearable.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

The character is likable enough without the constant elbows in our ribs, but even with this rootable underdog, the show is still just another formulaic lawyer show.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Kyle MacLachlan plays Martina's perceptive boss in this series, promising for its deft plotting and, perhaps above all, its high spirits.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

It's a standard show about another working girl overcoming the odds with her pluck.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel

Janet Montgomery is positively effervescent and since CBS seems to find success with anything it puts on the air, there's a good chance "Made in Jersey" hangs around.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

The pilot won't knock any socks off.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

Montgomery is captivating but she's trapped in a forgettable show.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News

There is nothing original about Made in Jersey.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

I liked this lightweight legal drama more than I expected to, and it's nice to see TV depictions of Garden State residents that aren't all Snooki-fied.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Contra Costa Times
Contra Costa Times

Taken on its own terms, Made in Jersey has a lot of energy in both its star and the pace of its storytelling.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Might as well settle in for a pedicure, choke down the accent and enjoy.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Cliche-ridden and predictable, tthe show about a Manhattan lawyer from the Garden State is as simplistic as it sounds.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

Here comes the jarring sight of Janet Montgomery, whose own voice is pure tea and crumpets, trying way too hard as rookie defense lawyer Martina Garretti.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

As schematic and derivative as it is, as invested in piling on the feel-good moments past the point even of suspended disbelief, there is something quite likable about Made in Jersey.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

The concept is ridiculous, the murder case not even remotely intriguing, the script for the pilot is amateurish, and the whole Jersey thing is so phonied up.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

This is TV at its most assembly-line efficient: a comfortably familiar product designed to move you from point to point, and time slot to time slot, without annoying you along the way

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Barely surpasses the excitement derived from folding laundry.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Sometimes a strong cast can save weak writing but such is not the case with CBS's Made in Jersey.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Did it have to seem so calculated, so pandering, so drama-free?

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

Based on Montgomery's appeal alone, "Jersey" might please enough folks to win its case.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

The murder case at the heart of the pilot is so uninteresting I found myself wishing for some more egregious stereotyping just so I'd have something to write about.

September 28, 2012 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

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