Bull: Season 1 (2016 - 2017)

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Michael Weatherly's performance is top-notch, but not enough to save a show that relies too heavily on a well-worn series of legal show tropes and an off-putting premise.

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Critic Ratings: 27

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User Ratings: 5

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 20, 2016

In the series premiere, renowned psychologist Dr. Jason Bull heads a prolific trial consulting service.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2016

A gender bias is unearthed about Dr. Bull's new client, a female pilot accused of negligence following a plane crash, forcing Dr. Bull to create a new defense strategy.

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Air date: Oct 11, 2016

The murder of a star athlete brings about jury bias when the accused is a woman who publicly claimed he assaulted her. Also: Benny encounters a former flame while working on the case.

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Air date: Oct 18, 2016

A young woman fights a drug patent lawsuit, forcing Bull and his team to visit a small Texas town that was the sight of the only trial loss of his career.

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Air date: Oct 25, 2016

A socialite is murdered and her parents try to hire Bull to prosecute her working-class fiancé, but he chooses to defend the fiancé instead. Also: Marissa, Cable and Danny try to persuade Chunk to let them investigate a new guy he wants to date.

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Air date: Nov 15, 2016

Bull faces a surgeon with a big ego and a God complex who is being sued for malpractice. Later: he seeks outside help when he realizes Benny may not be sympathetic enough to the jurors.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2016

Bull uncovers a conspiracy involving a corrupt assemblyman while helping a new client facing vehicular manslaughter charges. Also: Danny and Cable investigate why Marissa is acting and dressing differently.

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Air date: Dec 6, 2016

Bull's ex-wife goes to court in a wrongful death suit and she asks Bull to help her case, but unresolved issues from their marriage and a feud with her brother hamper Bull's efforts.

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Air date: Dec 13, 2016

Bull confronts his past and returns to his childhood home when he defends an accused arsonist.

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Air date: Jan 3, 2017

A wealthy CEO enlists Bull following a murder accusation involving an employee in a self-driving car.

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In Season 1 of this drama, a renowned psychologist heads a prolific trial consulting service in this drama series based on the early career of Dr Phil McGraw.

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Critic Reviews for Bull Season 1

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (15)

If you're tired of high-concept dramas and serialized offerings that require far too much viewing time in your already jam-packed schedule, Bull is certainly a light, breezy offering that could help you unwind after a long Tuesday.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

If Bull had been watching me watch, he'd have known I was inclined to vote the show guilty - of being thoroughly missable.

Sep 19, 2016 | Full Review…

Weatherly is the here, the now and the only overriding reason to watch Bull. On his own or in the NCIS ensemble, his star quality is obvious and likely enough to carry Bull through a multi-season run.

Sep 16, 2016 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

I doubt it's possible for a CBS legal drama starring former NCIS player Michael Weatherly and debuting between NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles not to be a hit.

Sep 20, 2016 | Full Review…

Even Weatherly's most devoted fans may find this one a load of bull.

Sep 20, 2016 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

But wait! This is something different - it's about a trial consultant who advises clients about how to choose and influence a jury. If you think that's going to make this series something special, you may need some analysis of your own.

Sep 20, 2016 | Full Review…
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Whatever its roots, Bull is a repellent mix of behaviorist fascism and pseudo-intellectual arrogance.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

While the series tries to dazzle you with high-tech sophistication, it fumbles around when it comes to the human factors.

Jan 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Bull might offer a cool new tweak to the TV legal drama... but it leaves the tried-and-true CBS blueprint untouched.

Jan 25, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

While there are definitely moments that allow the show to redeem itself, the overall try-hard feeling results in a lukewarm product that isn't worth spending your time on when there's so much other quality television out there.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

There's something about Michael Weatherly that's very watchable... both his acting and the larger show succeed.

Sep 16, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Bull is not a great show - the pilot uses too many legal show tropes - but it's not a bad CBS procedural.

Sep 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Bull: Season 1

  • Sep 09, 2020
    This is a great show!
  • Dec 04, 2019
    If you like shows like ncis, you would probably enjoy this. Kids won't understand it, but it isn't vulgar, and I don't recall any cursing. It is a court type show.
  • Jun 09, 2019
    buena serie entretenida, graciosa, pero muy cargada en el personaje principal

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