Bluff City Law: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
Bluff City Law

Critics Consensus

Though Bluff City Law's procedural proceedings often feel outdated, fans of Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee may find comfort in its familiar beats.



Critic Ratings: 13


Audience Score

User Ratings: 81
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Air date: Sep 23, 2019
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Jimmy Smits
as Elijah Strait
Caitlin McGee
as Sydney Keller
MaameYaa Boafo
as Briana Johnson
Barry Sloane
as Jake Reilly
Michael Luwoye
as Anthony Little
Jayne Atkinson
as Della Bedford
Mo gallini
as Edgar Soriano
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Critic Reviews for Bluff City Law Season 1

All Critics (13) | 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…
Top Critic

So far, so good. We have the meat and potatoes of your standard-issue boilerplate legal procedural.

Sep 3, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

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…

What works tepidly well here is a family dynamic that at least feels unusual; what does not are heard-them-all-before clichés about the power and responsibilities of attorneys.

Sep 23, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bluff City Law: Season 1

  • 1d ago
    I love this show! I think it's authentic. I like the family dynamic and LOVE Jimmy Smits!
  • 2d ago
    Once again. Critics will kill a good show.
  • 2d ago
    I LOVE this series and I LOVE Jimmy Smits - of course you have to condense months/years of court time into an hour show - ALL shows regarding more complex issues do that, but the principles are there and the heart is there ! So, do y'all think those so-called "reality" shows are actually reality? Please!
  • 3d ago
    I've been watching it since the beginning, it is fabulous! I look forward to watching it every week. I don't care what the critics say, they're just people like you and me.
  • Oct 10, 2019
    It just falls flat compared to other law inspired shows over the years like law and order and the Chicago series.
  • Oct 09, 2019
    It's a good drama and gets better each episode
  • Oct 08, 2019
    The show is very good & has gotten better with each episode. The characters are interesting & the actors portray real people.
  • Oct 08, 2019
    This is such a fresh take on a legal drama. Loving it!!
  • Oct 06, 2019
    Just a nice old fashioned drama com. It's a fun show.
  • Oct 05, 2019
    It is pretty poorly written. The second episode deals with very real problems farmers have with agribiz, patented seeds etc.

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