Common Law: Season 1 (2012)

Season 1
Common Law

Critics Consensus

In spite of fine work from its leads, Common Law lives up to its title -- it's too weighted down by tired police procedural formulas to truly resonate.



Critic Ratings: 21


Audience Score

User Ratings: 8
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Air date: May 11, 2012
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Air date: Jun 1, 2012
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The comedy-drama cop show "Common Law" stars Michael Ealy as Travis Marks, a womanizing L.A. detective who is partnered with the divorced, former lawyer Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole). The two are polar opposites temperamentally, and soon during a routine investigation Wes points his gun at his partner, prompting their Captain (Jack McGee) to order them into therapy with an analyst (Sonya Walger) who specializes in helping build trust between couples and has helped the Captain in the past. As the mismatched duo attempt to work out their feelings with one another, they investigate a number of crimes including the homicide of a woman who was attempting to find love on a dating site on which Wes' ex-wife also has a profile, and an attack on the analyst's boyfriend.


Michael Ealy
as Travis Marks
Warren Kole
as Wes Mitchell
Jack McGee
as Mike Sutton
Sonya Walger
as Emma Ryan
Vanessa Cloke
as Dakota
Elizabeth Chomko
as Alex MacFarland Mitchell
as Rozelle
Gary Grubbs
as Mr. Dumont
Leslie Castay
as Mrs. Dumont
Kerry Cahill
as Kate Cafferty
Liza J. Bennett
as Amy Laroche
Ed Begley Jr.
as Dr. Van Waals
Ned Yousef
as Sean Coleman
Khandi Alexander
as Helen Sutton
Garrett Kruithof
as Barry Forty
Marcus Giamatti
as Derek Winfield
Dominic Purcell
as John Crowell
Karis Campbell
as Justine Winfield
Gino Anthony Pesi
as Ted Houseman
Amelia Jeffries
as Allison Murton
Carl Palmer
as Ronnie Carr
Matt Cedeño
as Tango Phil
Brittney Alger
as Receptionist
Mike Seal
as Hector
Camille Balsamo
as Officer Pratt
Wes McGee
as Agent Conrad
Judd Lormand
as Agent Valtini
Dana Gourrier
as Officer Helling
Scott A. Martin
as Henry Malone
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Critic Reviews for Common Law Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (14)

The real premise of the show is the partners' clashing personalities, and if the therapy works, the show will be over. Judging by the first episode, that may not be such a bad thing.

May 11, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Nobody will watch Common Law to watch crimes being solved. But viewers may be engaged by the characters and their chemistry, and that's what USA is counting on.

May 11, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Feels like a bunch of tasty ingredients that have not yet come together into a recipe.

May 11, 2012 | Full Review…

With its storylines moving forward in broad strokes and an airiness in its exposition, does not demand too much of you or of anyone, beyond its own efficient technicians and unshowily inventive actors.

May 11, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The result is distinctly forced, but a standout cast manages to put a breezy top spin on some leaden material.

May 11, 2012 | Full Review…

Looks to be a halfway decent alternative on a night that's not exactly brimming with first-rate viewing options.

May 11, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Like many USA shows, Common Law offers an entertaining enough premise that's bolstered by attention to character detail.

May 11, 2012 | Full Review…

For a summer dram-com, this has potential.

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Deploys so many predictable cop moments that I'm surprised the TV police didn't pull this show over for exceeding the legal cliche limit.

May 11, 2012 | Full Review…

Ultimately too much like every other traditional cop show you've ever seen.

May 11, 2012 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

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