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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Air date: Jan 31, 2008

Eli's visions of singer George Michael coincide with a dire diagnosis by his neurologist brother, all while Eli puts his job and relationship with his boss' daughter in jeopardy by switching sides on a big case.

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Air date: Feb 7, 2008

After two weeks without visions, Eli is reluctant to take the case of a Mexican couple, who are suing a produce conglomerate for their use of pesticides. But he changes his mind after another round of hallucinations.

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Air date: Feb 14, 2008

Eli has visions of World War II before taking on a National Guard soldier's custody battle with her husband, who is represented by Eli's fiancée, Taylor. Meanwhile, Eli asks Nathan for help with his medical records when his boss demands an update on his condition.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2008

As Eli struggles to come to terms with the end of his engagement to Taylor, his visions convince him to help a former coma patient who wants to get his life back. Meanwhile, Jordan defends an old friend in a discrimination suit.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2008

Eli gets an opportunity to make wrong things right when he revisits an old case that he unscrupulously won for an automaker, but his efforts could be undone by a series of courtroom hallucinations. Meanwhile, Jordan welcomes two new lawyers to the firm: his daughter Taylor and a former adversary, Keith Bennett.

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Air date: Mar 6, 2008

Eli needs Jordan's help when he is in danger of being disbarred after an embarrassing courtroom episode puts his ability to practice under scrutiny. However, Eli's fate may ultimately rest with Nathan's testimony about his brother's condition.

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Air date: Mar 13, 2008

As a result of his recently reduced stature at the firm, Eli is in the unfamiliar position of playing second fiddle to Maggie in a malpractice suit against a doctor who used to work at Nathan's hospital. Meanwhile, Taylor thinks she can reconcile with Eli through an actual performance by singer George Michael.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2008

Eli's defense of a real-estate mogul takes an interesting turn when his client's desire to evict residents from a neighborhood---where he wants to build a shopping mall---may be the only way to save them from the earthquake that Eli has foreseen.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2008

Eli's occasional muse, George Michael, seeks his counsel on behalf of a teenage girl who was kicked out of school for playing a suggestively titled song by the singer during an abstinence-education assembly. Meanwhile, Eli prepares for his first date since the end of his engagement, and Taylor and Matt work together on a judge's lawsuit.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2008

While defending Nathan in a medical-malpractice suit, Eli is transported back in time to the day their father (Tom Cavanagh) died. Meanwhile, Taylor takes on an extraordinary divorce case involving cheating spouses, and Eli finds out the truth about Matt and his ex-fiancée.

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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 & Crew

Matt Letscher
Nathan Stone
Victor Garber
Jordan Wethersby
Julie Gonzalo
Maggie Dekker
Sam Jaeger
Matt Dowd
Natasha Henstridge
Taylor Wethersby
Jason George
Keith Bennett
Tom Amendes
Martin Posner
Jodi Long
Judge Marcia Phelps
Tom Cavanagh
Jeremy Stone
George Michael
Himself
Patrick Breen
D.A. Paul Sweren
Laura Benanti
Beth Keller
Ajay Mehta
Dr. Sanjay Rajapaksa
Steve Harris
Jayson Turk
Justin Leiberman
Young Eli
Rob Nagle
Jeffrey Powell
Meta Golding
Carly Turk
Michael Schultz
Director
Ken Olin
Director
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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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