Eli Stone: Season 1 (2008)

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Eli Stone may win over many converts with its inspired flourishes and Johnny Lee Miller's affable performance, but the series' surreality is often at odds with its alter ego as a standard court drama.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 31, 2008
2
Air date: Feb 7, 2008
3
Air date: Feb 14, 2008
4
Air date: Feb 21, 2008
5
Air date: Feb 28, 2008
6
Air date: Mar 6, 2008
7
Air date: Mar 13, 2008
8
Air date: Mar 20, 2008
9
Air date: Mar 27, 2008
10
Air date: Apr 3, 2008
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Eli Stone (Jonny Lee Miller) is an ethically challenged San Francisco lawyer, who, through a series of visions brought on by a life-threatening brain aneurysm, begins to change for the better. In the whimsical comedy-drama's first season, those hallucinations frequently showcase pop singer George Michael. Indeed, all 13 episodes are named after his songs. Eli works at Wethersby, Posner & Klein, which handles the business of wealthy clients, and one of its partners, Jordan Wethersby (Victor Garber), happens to be the father of Eli's fiancée Taylor (Natasha Henstridge), also a lawyer (who joins the firm in Episode 5). Eli's condition is a source of considerable stress, but he is not alone in his plight. His brother Nathan (Matt Letscher) is a neurologist who recognizes the seriousness of Eli's condition; and Dr. Chen (James Saito), an acupuncturist and Eastern mystic, believes Eli may be a prophet. Eli also finds allies at work in Patti (Loretta Devine), his sassy, but devoted, assistant, and Maggie (Julie Gonzalo), an ambitious junior associate who encourages Eli's emerging spiritual side. Of course, Eli's transformation from an unscrupulous attorney to a man with a conscience about the world's injustices, exemplified in cases involving medical malpractice, corporate malfeasance and, in general, the rights of the oppressed, doesn't sit well with the other names on the firm's letterhead, Martin Posner (Tom Amandes) and Marci Klein (Katey Sagal). They frown on his altruistic nature and even question his sanity. George Michael appears as himself in several episodes, including "I Want Your Sex," about free speech in schools, and Tom Cavanagh guest stars in flashbacks as Eli and Nathan's father. The cast also features Jason George, Sam Jaeger and Laura Benanti.

Cast

Jonny Lee Miller
as Eli Stone
Victor Garber
as Jordan Wethersby
Natasha Henstridge
as Taylor Wethersby
Sam Jaeger
as Matt Dowd
Laura Benanti
as Beth Keller
James Saito
as Dr. Chen
Matt Letscher
as Nathan Stone
Jason George
as Keith Bennett
Tom Amandes
as Martin Posner
Tom Cavanagh
as Aaron Stone
Patrick Breen
as Paul Sweren
Steve Harris
as Jayson Turk
Ajay Mehta
as Dr. Sanjay Rajapaksa
Katey Sagal
as Marci Klein
Jodi Long
as Judge Phelps
Meta Golding
as Carly Turk
Jos Viramontes
as Oscar Ramirez
Pamela Reed
as Mrs. Stone
James Avery
as Mason Andrews
Brooke Nevin
as Molly Foster
John Billingsley
as Daniel Foote
Barbara Niven
as Mrs. Wethersby
Scottie Thompson
as Jessica Benson
Ethan Phillips
as Principal Ackerman
Jennifer Aspen
as Dr. Leila Maxford
Molly Hagan
as Moira Foote
Jayne Brook
as Rebecca Green
Tom Irwin
as Judge Gaitin
Jim Rash
as Bradley Kitsis
Rick Worthy
as Leonard Dupler
James Remar
as Arvin Solinsky
David Barry Gray
as Danny Asbury
Sterling K. Brown
as David Mosley
Bill Smitrovich
as Judge Oliver Doyle
Jeffrey Hutchinson
as Rev. Liam Hewson
Carlos Jacott
as Willie Matos
Mia Korf
as Charissa Nakauchi
Hedy Burress
as Felicia Swain
Kirsten Nelson
as Amy Asbury
Rowena King
as Holly Rains
Tonye Patano
as Judge Simms
Blake Robbins
as Howard Masters
Claire Carey
as Sadie Abrams
Kevin Kilner
as Dr. Agon
Michael B. Silver
as Elliott Russell
Richard Schiff
as David Green
Rob Nagle
as Jeffrey Powell
Glenn Morshower
as Warden Brown
Derek Webster
as Paul Miller
Jeffrey Pierce
as Robert Swain
David Burke
as Alvin Berg
Madison Mason
as Judge Samuel Asquith
Reggie Austin
as Dr. Frances
Alanna Ubach
as Cathy Borilla
Kenny Baumann
as Peter Johnson
Andy Mackenzie
as Tattooed Guy
Cristos
as Luis Calderon
Mary-Pat Green
as Judge Joyce Abramovich
Michael Cavanaugh
as Lowell Grayson
Barbara Tarbuck
as Betty Johnson
Ernie Grunwald
as Daryl Rhodes
Charlie Hofheimer
as Scott Miller
Lisa Kaminir
as Judge Sanders
Tom Lenk
as WPK Assistant
Alan Rachins
as Familiar Lawyer
Cleo King
as Deborah Brehe
Bruce French
as Terrence Snyder
Robert Noble
as Judge Teufel
Ron Butler
as Jury Foreman
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Critic Reviews for Eli Stone Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (19)

You could do lots worse... This series has far more relatable characters and a digestible feel-good premise.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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Jonny Lee Miller, in the title role, makes Eli Stone appealing enough for an audience to actually care about his fate... The series itself is at least different, if not quite as novel as it looks in the promos.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

As Stone, Jonny Lee Miller is an absolute delight, never allowing the occasional silliness to overwhelm the sensitive aspects of his performance.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Eli Stone is a quasi-religious dramedy that deploys whimsy at a fever pitch. How odd, then, that the show, ultimately feels so unoriginal.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Someday, some producer will create a TV show that integrates pop music song-and-dance numbers in such a way that the home audience smiles, sways, snaps and sings along. Eli Stone ain't it.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Here, Berlanti seems to have fallen down a rabbit hole, beginning with a wackiness quotient that it usually takes a [David E.] Kelley show months or even years to achieve -- and that's usually the point when those shows become unwatchable.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

With the show's offbeat cases and moments of song, you'd swear Berlanti has David E. Kelley tied up in his basement and is pumping him for information. But Eli Stone is still the most instantly likable new drama you're going to see for quite a while.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

I loved this show when it debuted. After seven episodes, I love it even more.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

No amount of slapstick can leaven the dim Hollywood morality at work here.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Eli Stone is not innovative TV, but it effectively entertains.

Nov 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not that Miller isn't a likeable lead (his mix of charm and bewilderment is perfect) or that the comedy isn't clever. It's just that, for some, the series as a whole might try a little too hard to be cute.

Nov 15, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

There's a lot of potential in Eli Stone. The idea still remains intriguing, the right actors are in place and the characters have a decent, though so far generic start.

Nov 16, 2018 | Rating: 6.9/10 | Full Review…

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