Bluff City Law: Season 1 (2019)


Season 1
Bluff City Law

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Though Bluff City Law's procedural proceedings often feel outdated, fans of Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee may find comfort in its familiar beats.

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Critic Ratings: 14

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User Ratings: 131

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Air date: Sep 23, 2019

In the premiere, corporate attorney Sydney Strait puts aside years of conflict with her father Elijah to rejoin his legendary Civil Rights firm and take on a chemical company whose product may cause cancer. No sooner is Sydney back, when she stumbles on a secret Elijah has been keeping from her that may change everything.

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Air date: Sep 30, 2019

Elijah and daughter Sydney must put personal feelings aside to help a group of farmers who are in danger of losing everything to an insidious corporate scheme. Anthony and Jake team up to take on a seemingly light-hearted case about a stolen barbecue sauce recipe that actually would have a deeper impact on the city than anyone knows.

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Air date: Oct 7, 2019

The fate of an innocent man is in the hands of Elijah and Jake. Meanwhile, Sydney and Anthony take a case brought to them by an old professor that may be more than it seems.

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Air date: Oct 14, 2019

After a young woman is murdered, Elijah and Anthony take on hate speech in a case against a controversial leader, Campbell Mathers, who is represented by Elijah's old friend and attorney Rachel Madsen.

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Air date: Oct 21, 2019

Sydney and Elijah help a 12-year-old girl find justice for the failed levee system that flooded her town. Della and Anthony fight for an old blues musician's song rights.

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Air date: Oct 28, 2019

Sydney and Elijah try two separate cases for an ex-college football star who is dying. Della is presented with a lifetime achievement award from the LGBTQ community.

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Air date: Nov 4, 2019

Sydney, Elijah and Briana take on a pill mill owner responsible for creating an addiction epidemic, and Jake helps George move forward in his post-prison life.

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Air date: Nov 11, 2019

Emerson's mother, General Virginia Howe, arrives in town with a life or death case she wants Sydney and Elijah to take. Della helps her son deal with her father's meddling behavior in the family business.

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Air date: Nov 18, 2019

Elijah and Sydney help a catholic teacher fired from her school after undergoing IVF treatment, and Anthony gets involved with Briana's nephew when he is prohibited from competing on the high school wrestling team.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2019

Sydney and Elijah race against the clock to get political asylum for a journalist whose life is at risk. Emerson plans a Thanksgiving surprise for Elijah.

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Critic Reviews for Bluff City Law Season 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6)

[Jimmy] Smits is solid enough as the patriarch of Bluff City Law while [Caitlin] McGee also makes her presence felt in some scenes. Overall, though, this is yet another same old, same old broadcast network drama series.

Sep 20, 2019 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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So far, so good. We have the meat and potatoes of your standard-issue boilerplate legal procedural.

Sep 3, 2019 | Full Review…
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The family friction fails to register; mostly the show feels like a pilot from some random yesteryear's fall TV season.

Sep 24, 2019 | Full Review…

At least they were able to film in Memphis and there are moments of decent texture, but generally the show feels like something David E. Kelley would have made and made better 20 years ago.

Sep 24, 2019 | Full Review…

The crusading civil attorneys angle enables Bluff City Law to feel different and hopeful, a nice contrast to the Dick Wolf courtroom-style drama that dominates TV.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Yet another legal drama, this series also suffers from preachiness, with father-daughter lawyers (played by Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee) going overboard in their idealistic quest for save-the-world justice.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The setting in Elvis' old hometown is emphasized, if only to keep your mind off Smits' earlier legal locale in L.A. Law.

Sep 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Solid law drama addresses social justice, family issues.

Sep 26, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Bluff City Law is less interested in legal issues than it is in eliciting tears, and even in that regard, it fails miserably. It's more insulting than it is touching.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a lot to love about this series including it's impressive pedigree, but the most compelling aspect is how the overall story makes you feel.

Sep 24, 2019 | Rating: 4.8/5.0 | Full Review…

Bluff City Law... seems to have forgotten that viewers have actually seen legal dramas before... tired and overwritten.

Sep 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Despite the cast, the cases in Bluff City Law are just too generic for us to stay interested.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bluff City Law: Season 1

  • Jun 01, 2020
    This TV series simplifies/explains the law just enough to make the show 'viewable to all' in my opinion; albeit it can at times do some more. Hence, it should be very very very enjoyable to watch. At least I think so, as a fellow 'lawyer' myself. The flow, the tactics, the emotions, and just the overall details of the show, thus far, really makes the show worth watching in my opinion. I also think the viewer can learn a bit from this show as well. NBC, please renew/continue with the show!
  • Mar 02, 2020
    Love the show! What happened to it?
  • Feb 10, 2020
    Top show of the year. Looking forward to many more seasons to come with this cast!
  • Dec 21, 2019
    Many new TV series are over-dramatized. I think Bluff City Law did a good job of connecting some believable situations into a well written legal drama with a decent set of characters, all of which are developed well with the storylines. What makes this show less believable and less interesting is that virtually every case ends up being won, which isn't the reality in the real world. Often, justice isn't served in the justice system. For that, I give the series a hit. There wasn't a single failure or storyline that developed from a failure that could be redeemed, which I think is a failure in the script. The actors bring the stories to life, Smits' delivers a good performance bringing his relatively conservative character to life, while McGee draws in the more revolutionary role with style. In fact, the good part of the script is that it matches a MacGyver style 'get it done with whatever tools you can find' case with legalese, essentially a means to get things done when the odds seem impossible. But, some of the storylines seem stereotypical,, tired and exhaustive. Stereotypes like entire towns being ravaged by opioids (and the obsessive media coverage it entails), and the legal team sweeping in to save the poor souls in the town from big pharma, and of course winning their case. In reality, it seemed like a cheesy story. But overall, I recommend it. Good TV, not the best show in history, but certainly one that is captivating and worth watching. And perks to the crew for getting out of Hollywood and filming on location in Memphis. Actually seeing scenes from the Mississippi River and Memphis streets and locations makes the script come to life. I hope the series is extended.
  • Dec 12, 2019
    Big fan of Jimmy Smits, enjoyable light legal drama show. Great characters and stories. I look forward to season 2!
  • Dec 07, 2019
    Really enjoy the series. The social issues the firm takes on plague our country today. Hope there will be a second season.
  • Dec 04, 2019
    Entertaining with some interesting character dynamics. Love to see this get into it's groove with Season 2.
  • Nov 27, 2019
    Love the show, love the interaction between the characters, they seem to have a good chemistry. Plots are ok and the acting is very good.
  • Nov 27, 2019
    Great Show. Im hoping it gets picked up for another season.
  • Nov 26, 2019
    Loved it. Gutted it has been canned. I didn't start watching until episode 5 - life was busy and I was still working my way through new shows but this and Prodigal Son have been the best.

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