First Monday: Season 1 (2002)


Season 1
First Monday

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First Monday brings justice to neither its subject matter nor its star-powered cast.

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 15, 2002
2
Air date: Jan 18, 2002
3
Air date: Jan 25, 2002
4
Air date: Feb 1, 2002
5
Air date: Feb 8, 2002
6
Air date: Mar 1, 2002
7
Air date: Mar 8, 2002
8
Air date: Mar 29, 2002
9
Air date: Apr 5, 2002
10
Air date: Apr 12, 2002
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Tv Season Info

Cast

James Garner
as Thomas Brankin
Joe Mantegna
as Joseph Novelli
Charles Durning
as Henry Hoskins
Camille Saviola
as Esther Weisenberg
James McEachin
as Jerome Morris
James Karen
as Michael Bancroft
Gail Strickland
as Deborah Szwark
Stephen Markle
as Theodore Snow
Lyman Ward
as Brian Chandler
Hedy Burress
as Ellie Pearson
Randy Vasquez
as Miguel Mora
Christopher Wiehl
as Jerry Klein
Joe Flanigan
as Julian Lodge
Aaron Andre Frazier
as Deshawn Greene
Robert Gossett
as Lamar Davis
Nicki Micheaux
as Charmaine Greene
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Critic Reviews for First Monday Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (12)

The effort to lay a ticklish layer of realism on these characters without toppling them from their public pedestals is all too obvious. The writing runs to stilted and phony, and most attempts to lighten up that vaulted atmosphere fall flat.

Jan 3, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

There is no subtlety or nuance in any character and even less subtlety or nuance in any position or argument they might espouse. There is only the shouting.

Jan 3, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The excellent sets provide an authenticity missing in the plots of First Monday. Maybe the carpenters should have written the scripts.

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Despite a superior cast headed by the wonderful James Garner as a conservative chief justice and Chicago's Joe Mantegna as a new liberal judge, the drama suffers from ponderous, sometimes overly preachy dialogue.

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CBS should stick to sending bartenders to remote and dangerous locations where they can get on each other's nerves.

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"First Monday" is guilty of being in over its head as it plays for being intelligent and meaningful.

Jan 3, 2020 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

"First Monday," despite a soaring, "West Wing"-like theme song, makes politics mumble with passionless, dull speechifying, obnoxious harangues and bland, rote writing. Plus, it's painfully hokey.

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"First Monday's" attempts to reach high fall far short. Major issues are addressed, but they're trivialized and simplified.

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First Monday has loads of promise, but the first two episodes also have major problems in terms of tone and in translating the complicated legal issues that are the grist of the court's business into prime-time entertainment.

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"First Monday" isn't a bad show, but without a couple of F-18s in the cast, it's hard to see it taking off.

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It could be a series of substance and intelligence, a judicial West Wing. But co-creator and executive producer Donald Bellisario goes overboard trying to make the show accessible and entertaining.

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First Monday is a welcome addition to intelligent TV drama.

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