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Damages: Season 1 (2007)

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Season 1 of this dense and time-tangled Glenn Close legal thriller begins with a flash-forward: Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), a brilliant and, at that moment, very bedraggled Manhattan lawyer, has just discovered the bludgeoned body of her fiancé, medical resident David Connor (Noah Bean). An attempt on Ellen's life is made as well, and both attacks stem from her association with Patty Hewes (Close), a power litigator who uses devilish tactics to fight on the side of angels. Six months prior to David's death, Ellen joins Hewes & Associates to work on a class-action suit brought by former employees of Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson), a corporate shark whom they accuse of selling his company---and their pensions---out from under them. As it happens, David's sister Katie (Anastasia Griffith), a talented young chef, catered a Frobisher event in Florida the night before he dumped his company's stock. Katie also had a fling that night with waiter Gregory Malina (Peter Facinelli), who is later befriended by Frobisher's lawyer, Ray Fiske (Zeljko Ivanek), whose folksy Southern charm masks demons. As the Frobisher case plays out over the season, Ellen is arrested for David's murder; Patty's loyal No. 2 at the firm, Tom Shayes (Tate Donovan), struggles to emerge from under her shadow; and a number of characters emerge from the shadows, notably "Uncle Pete" McKee (Tom Aldredge), Patty's avuncular Mr. Fix-it (and her actual uncle), George Moore (Peter Riegert), a former SEC official with ties to Frobisher, and freelancing NYPD detective Rick Messer (David Costabile).

Cast

Glenn Close
as Patty Hewes
Rose Byrne
as Ellen Parsons
Ted Danson
as Arthur Frobisher
Tate Donovan
as Tom Shayes
Zeljko Ivanek
as Ray Fiske
Noah Bean
as David Connor
Philip Bosco
as Hollis Nye
Anastasia Griffith
as Katie Connor
Peter Facinelli
as Gregory Malina
Michael Nouri
as Phil Grey
Peter Riegert
as The Executive
Casey Siemaszko
as Det. Dan Williams
Maya Days
as Det. Rosario Ortiz
Donnie Keshawarz
as Andrew Vida
Carmen Goodine
as Lila DiMeo
Marlyne N. Afflack
as Felicia Marquand
Marlyne Afflack
as Felicia Marquand
Marlyne Barrett
as Felicia Marquand
Zachary Booth
as Michael Hewes
Tom Aldredge
as Uncle Pete
Victor Arnold
as Larry Popler
Peter McRobbie
as Judge Toomey
Debra Monk
as Ellen's Mother
Josh Pais
as George Berber
Kathryn Meisle
as Mallory Fiske
Elliot B. Korte
as Owen Frobisher
Madison Arnold
as Vincent DiMeo
Elliot Korte
as Owen Frobisher
Gordon Clapp
as Gary Parsons
Francie Swift
as Holly Frobisher
Steven Gilborn
as Amos Derringer
David Costabile
as Bearded Man
Todd A. Kessler
as Perry the Doorman
Donal Logue
as Tom's Friend
Kristin Lehman
as Susan Keever
Ptolemy Slocum
as Ellen's Assistant
Sarah Shahi
as Jennifer Carillo
David Wike
as Man in Suit
Damian Young
as Well-Dressed Man
Cole Hauser
as Jack Shale
Lisa Emery
as Laura Watkins
David Dellinger
as Hugh Little
Reade Kelly
as Carl Lambert
Barbara Andres
as Mildred Popler
Adam Rothenberg
as Evan Wexler
Nestor Serrano
as John Petroni
Linda Powell
as Receptionist
Robin Thomas
as Martin Cutler
Jack Gilpin
as Headmaster
Michael Stuhlbarg
as Dr. Herschenfeld
Jennifer Roszell
as Deb Shayes
Mark Zimmerman
as ER Doctor
Réal Andrews
as Agent Kelly
Saundra Santiago
as Karen Gonzales
Neal Matarazzo
as Agent Wong
Natalie Venetia Belcon
as HR Representative
Marc Aden Gray
as Baseball Cap Man
Jennifer Missoni
as Attractive Woman
Joseph Kessler
as Angry Employee
Mackenzie Connolly
as Megan Shayes
Carla Occhiogrosso
as Patty's Assistant
John Cenatiempo
as Thug No. 1
Michael Angelo
as Thug No. 2
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Critic Reviews for Damages: Season 1

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For everyone rooting for quality TV, everyone connected with "Damages" is a real hero.

July 24, 2007 | Full Review…

All these interactions are rendered in smart, layered compositions, with elements that crowd and obscure, colors that distract and focus your attention.

July 24, 2007 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Damages may be the best series in what's shaping up to be a bumper crop of high quality cable, and that's not a light statement. No piece is out of place here; the writing, the plotting, everything is in tune.

July 24, 2007 | Full Review…

Damages is a legal thriller in the tradition of John Grisham that, thanks to Ms. Close, also carries a hint of Fatal Attraction psychodrama.

March 15, 2017 | Full Review…

This is a suspense-driven story, fueled by such extreme behavior that there is no up and down and no right and wrong.

August 20, 2013 | Full Review…

In among the camp, there's real intrigue.

July 24, 2007 | Full Review…

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