Doubt: Season 1 (2017)

Season 1

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Doubt struggles with tone in its premiere episode, but ultimately develops into a decent courtroom/workplace drama that is buoyed by a talented cast.



Critic Ratings: 30


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User Ratings: 58

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Air date: Feb 15, 2017

A successful defense attorney (Katherine Heigl) begins falling for her client (Steven Pasquale), a charismatic surgeon who just might be guilty of committing a grisly murder in the series premiere of this drama.

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Air date: Feb 22, 2017

Sadie works on a case involving one of Isaiah's oldest friends as she tries to keep her relationship with Billy strictly professional. Meanwhile, Cameron is conflicted about having her client testify against his own cousin.

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Air date: Jul 1, 2017

Sadie confronts Billy about new evidence in the case against him, and his explanation disappoints her. Meanwhile, a piece of evidence surfaces and it could expose a massive scandal, and Cameron and Tiffany defend a psychic accused of grand larceny.

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Air date: Jul 8, 2017

Sadie hopes to uncover a new lead in Billy's murder case by interviewing his former classmates. Also: Sadie defends her childhood best friend in a probation violation case; Cameron is asked on a date by her former classmate; and Albert's father arrives.

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Air date: Jul 15, 2017

DNA results come back in Billy's case, but Sadie avoids the gag order about them to bolster public support for him. Also, a client reveals to Albert the location of his murder victim, and Cameron represents a woman who was issued a cease-and-desist order for publicly shaming a rapist.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2017

Isaiah and Sadie visit her mother in prison after they learn some important information regarding her former accomplice. Meanwhile, Cameron and Albert defend a transwoman arrested for stabbing a famous baseball player; and Cameron gives into her feelings for Peter.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2017

Nick and Tiffany help Sadie and Albert review audiotapes from Billy's sister's old therapy sessions, hoping to find clues in the murder case against him. Meanwhile, Sadie serves as council on the divorce proceedings for Isaiah's daughter; and Cameron agrees to represent Carolyn in her upcoming parole hearing.

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Air date: Jul 22, 2017

Sadie must testify at Carolyn's parole hearing on her qualifications as a mother, but a man from Carolyn's past resurfaces, hoping to scuttle what may be her last chance at freedom. Meanwhile, Nick takes on his first case since passing the bar and is up against the DA who put him in prison; and Cam takes her relationship with Peter to the next level.

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Air date: Jul 29, 2017

Albert discovers the truth about Sadie and Billy's relationship and steps in as first chair on the murder trial, fearing Sadie's judgment is compromised. Meanwhile, Cam and Nick defend a client accused of conspiracy to commit kidnapping; Isaiah takes a break from the firm after the outcome of Carolyn's parole hearing; and Tiffany tries to get over her ex-fiancé.

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Air date: Aug 5, 2017

Albert and Sadie struggle to rebuild broken trust, as opening statements loom in Billy's trial, and do their best for Billy as the prosecution lays out a devastating case. Meanwhile, Peter and Cam face the first crisis of their budding relationship when Peter considers a run for District Attorney.

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Sadie Ellis (Katherine Heigl) is a brilliant attorney who falls in love with William Brennan (Steven Pasquale), a client of hers accused of killing his girlfriend 24 years earlier. She makes it her mission to prove William's innocence, while hiding her feelings from everyone at work for fear of ruining her career. Among her colleagues are Albert Cobb (Dulé Hill), her close friend; Cameron Wirt (Laverne Cox), a transgender attorney who experiences injustice all the time; Tiffany Simmons (Dreama Walker), a young associate and quick learner; and Nick (Kobi Libii), who earned his degree while in prison. Their boss is Isaiah Roth (Elliot Gould), a renowned attorney they're all trying to please. The first season of the legal drama follows the many cases the firm tackles, while also delving deeper into William's case.

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Critic Reviews for Doubt Season 1

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (16)

Doubt is a legal drama so heavy on the personal that it veers into soap territory.

Feb 15, 2017 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

So far it's strictly so-so on the storytelling front, but with some scenes that raise the bar beyond that. Those mostly involve Light, though. And she's not the one who's supposed to carry the load.

Feb 15, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Decent courtroom/workplace drama, also a pioneering one.

Feb 13, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

When it comes to TV law firms, the one on CBS' wobbly Doubt can't compare to the one on the sturdy Good Wife.

Feb 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Doubt gives few justifications for sticking with it, other than an undeniably super cast of actors I'd be eager to watch weekly on a much better show.

Feb 16, 2017 | Full Review…

If it would just focus and let its talented actors play off one another rather than splitting them up amid various tasks, it might end up being something more than just entertaining -- within reason.

Feb 15, 2017 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Doubt is classic CBS procedural, but thankfully with some Good Wife vibes. And like that law show, the supporting cast and their B plots are strong.

Jan 4, 2017 | Full Review…

It's compelling in parts and humorous in fleeting moments, and there's always much intrigue surrounding Billy's past and whether he's really telling Sadie the truth about the case.

Feb 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

I know Katherine Heigl can be...controversial, but I like her, and I think this is a great role for her. The series even has a bit of a Shonda Rhimes feel to it.

Feb 16, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

It's very clear from the dialogue, pacing, and tone that Doubt would really like to remind you of still another CBS show -- The Good Wife -- but, sorry, it's nowhere in the same league.

Feb 15, 2017 | Full Review…

While Katherine Heigl is a natural fit for the lead role, the show is generally at its best when it focuses on Laverne Cox and Dulé Hill's characters instead.

Feb 15, 2017 | Rating: 6.3/10 | Full Review…

Imitation Shonda Rhimes just isn't as good as the real thing.

Feb 15, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Doubt: Season 1

  • Nov 04, 2018
    A série acaba por ser boa graças ao elenco talentoso e a alguns casos interessantes nos episódios. É uma pena a série ter sido cancelada, porque ela tinha algum potencial.
  • Nov 05, 2017
    The first two episodes were crap, but the rest of the season was _fabulous_!
  • Oct 28, 2017
    This was a solid show with a great cast and strong writing and storytelling. Why the network failed to give it time to develop is beyond me! It joins Firefly and Tru Calling in the graveyard of excellent shows. ??
  • Aug 14, 2017
    I liked the first two episodes enough, that I was gonna watch weekly, and video review weekly.! But, after that, it got pretty bad. Not awful, but definitely not as good and promising as the beginning. The first two episodes were solely written by the two creators, and they only wrote the finale after that. The pilot was also directed by Adam Bernstein, of Breaking Bad fame, and several other things for me. So I see why it lowered immensely in quality, and kind of decreased over time. But, if you're easy to please, and like law shows, I think this is for you. But I was pretty frustrated at the finale, especially since they had five months between episodes airing. They were cancelled, if you didn't already know. This show, I mean. This show was cancelled. Wow. Ok. That's it, now.!
  • Aug 14, 2017
    I really enjoyed it and wish it would come back
  • Aug 13, 2017
    If most of your critics are men and you viewed this in the beginning you destroyed a very entertaining show...As must as I loved The Good Wife this was got in cancelled...and we were left the future when RT gives a bad review I will hurry to watch on TV or go to the movie.. another one you didn't like..Chicago Justice..which was great...
  • Aug 05, 2017
    Love this show! It's nice and mellow with sarcasm. Unlike some of tv's other violent shows.
  • Jul 29, 2017
    Love it!! Really needs a 2nd season! If CBS is stupid and keeps it cancelled I hope Netflicks picks it up
  • Jul 21, 2017
    I totally enjoy this program, and love the trans character.
  • Jul 05, 2017
    I enjoyed this show. It was fun, and the characters were complex. It was not as serious as L&O SVU which is just too intense. I enjoyed the change in pace.

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