For the People: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
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For the People's concept may be all too familiar, but the character depth and clever dialogue help set it apart.



Critic Ratings: 16


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User Ratings: 127

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Air date: Mar 13, 2018

The series premiere of the drama about six talented young lawyers who work on opposite sides of the law and handle the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country.

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Air date: Mar 20, 2018

The six young lawyers are even more determined to bring home wins and prove they are worthy of the Mother Court, as they tackle their second round of cases. Jay must set aside his personal feelings as he defends a client with controversial beliefs, and Sandra's idealism leads to an important lesson from Ms. Krissman.

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Air date: Mar 27, 2018

Sandra and Kate go head-to-head on a high-profile case involving a young woman accused of leaking classified information, but they learn to find common ground in their fight for justice and pursuit of the common good. Allison struggles to make a case for her client as the courts look to new technology to avoid bias, and Leonard seeks professional legitimacy at the cost of a personal relationship.

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Air date: Apr 3, 2018

After Seth learns that the people of his hometown and former elementary school in Lincoln, Neb., have become seriously ill due to groundwater contamination, he becomes invested in seeking justice, potentially jeopardizing the future of his career. Sandra, Jay and Allison assist Jill with a potential murder case, but as they grow skeptical of their client, Jill only grows more passionate.

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Air date: Apr 10, 2018

Judge Byrne finds himself at a crossroads in his career when he presides over a case that requires a disproportionate mandatory minimum sentence. Allison represents a charming defendant in a fraud case while on duty for the first time, and Leonard struggles to decide whether or not to bring charges against a political figure.

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Air date: Apr 17, 2018

Allison defends a man accused of stealing supplies intended for victims of a devastating island hurricane and goes up against Celia Chavez, a tough Assistant U.S. Attorney for whom losing is not an option. Sandra defends a peculiar client accused of assault, but with an altered view of reality and on the other side, Kate is being sought after by an ATF agent in need of legal advice for an unlikely suspect.

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Air date: May 1, 2018

Leonard is forced to confront some longstanding insecurities when his new high-stakes case leads him to question what is right and what is wrong. Sandra goes head-to-head with Seth who files charges against a daring comedian accused of threatening a U.S. president's life; and Jay defends a tennis player accused of intentionally throwing a match to help his coach win a bet he placed against him.

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Air date: May 8, 2018

Jill and Roger's complicated friendship is tested when they finally square off over a DEA raid that left an inmate clinging to life. Meanwhile, Kate is assigned to an animal smuggling case involving the death of an endangered panda; and Jay's emotions are thrust into a case when he learns his trusting father was a victim in a pyramid scheme.

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Air date: May 15, 2018

Sandra goes the extra mile for a client when she goes up against the FBI and ends up in one of the most unexpected and compromising situations of her young career. Meanwhile, Roger assigns Kate, Seth and Leonard to work on a highly sensitive case after receiving a tip alleging that the governor of New York is trying to illegally sell a seat in the Senate.

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Air date: May 22, 2018

In the Season 1 finale, Sandra defends a hydrologist accused of spying for the Chinese government, but the similarities between this and a former case she lost has her confidence shaken. Meanwhile, Jay faces his fears and goes up against Kate in a case involving a PTA president accused of selling drugs to students; and Allison receives a tempting proposition from her wine-forger client, and Leonard reaches out to Kate for advice that culminates with a surprising confession.

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Tv Season Info

The drama series follows the personal and professional lives of a group of new lawyers working in the oldest district court of the US: the Southern District of New York, also known as Mother Court. Kate Littlejohn (Susannah Flood), Leonard Knox (Regé-Jean Page), and Seth Oliver (Ben Rappaport) are assigned to the U.S. Attorney's office as public prosecutors, while Sandra Bell (Britt Robertson), Allison Adams (Jasmin Savoy Brown), and Jay Simmons (Wesam Keesh) start working as public defenders. The cases tried in Season 1 include the murder of a woman by a white supremacist, the leaking of classified documents by a whistleblower, and the eviction of a woman with a disabled son.

Cast & Crew

Ben Shenkman
Roger Gunn
Britt Robertson
Sandra Bell
Ben Rappaport
Seth Oliver
Regé-Jean Page
Leonard Knox
Anna Deavere Smith
Tina Krissman
Jasmin Savoy Brown
Allison Adams
Vondie Curtis-Hall
Judge Nicholas Byrne
Hope Davis
Jill Carlan
Susannah Flood
Kate Littlejohn
Wesam Keesh
Jay Simmons
Theresa Wood
Olivia Sandoval
Celia Chavez
Alice Hunter
Hanna Fane
Fran De Leon
AUSA Gail Broti
Anna Khaja
Vera Simmons
Rae Gray
Lara Abkin
Michael Beach
Douglas Delap
Caitlin Stasey
ATF Agent Anya Ooms
Shonda Rhimes
Executive Producer
Betsy Beers
Executive Producer
Andrew Bernstein
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Critic Reviews for For the People Season 1

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (8)

The women characters of For the People are treated with respect and dignity. It's Time's Up applied to prime-time entertainment -- and it's about time.

Mar 12, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

For the People is formulaic in the best way possible, meaning it delivers exactly what you want from a Shondaland drama - and perhaps a little bit more.

Mar 2, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

... a stultifying sense of been-there, done-that.

Mar 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The latest Shondaland venture (created by Paul William Davies) is about - you guessed it - attractive lawyers fighting for justice and, probably, hooking up in New York City. And you guys, I am here for this.

Mar 14, 2018 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Don't go into For the People expecting the sensationalist procedural melodrama often associated with the Shondaland brand and you might find yourself appreciating the simple pleasures of a deep ensemble cast delivering reams of clever dialogue.

Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

The youngsters are fresh-faced, their monologues are impassioned, and workplace drama has never been higher-pitched. But none of this covers for the fact that the show lacks soul.

Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Dreadfully formulaic but really rather good.

Aug 15, 2018 | Full Review…

For The People has a lot going for it. It has a talented cast, a vast world, and some decent writing. With some tweaks, it could be the next big legal drama.

Mar 14, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Slightly soapy legal series set in NY federal court.

Mar 13, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Why, it's just Grey's Anatomy for the legal set! But there's a reason the Rhimes formula is successful, and there's enough that's fresh in For the People to make it worth checking out.

Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

As a non-Shondaland enthusiast, I was surprised how much I didn't mind "For the People"... its new legal series.

Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a familiar journey with enough timely knots, snappy dialogue, and surprising, but not impossible, resolutions to make for an fun hour of television.

Mar 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for For the People: Season 1

  • Dec 09, 2019
    Loved it. Angry it's cancelled
  • Sep 22, 2019
    I absolutely love this show. It is a refreshing look behind the scenes of the US justice system, with fully developed characters and interesting cases. For the People stays relevant, referencing real-life issues with the people emotional tuning.
  • May 20, 2019
    It's actually good
  • May 12, 2019
    Do not cancel. One of the best shows on tv. RENEW
  • May 09, 2019
    I really like this show; the only thing I can't stand is that every relationship has to be either interracial or gay. It's so lame and boring.
  • Apr 24, 2019
    I love this show. They take real life news events and the amazing cast really makes you think about the issues. I highly recommend this show for anyone looking for something new to watch.
  • Apr 09, 2019
    The show has more going for it than meets the eye: it touches on some sensitive subjects as the latest episode shows on Season 2 -- the corruption of judges receiving kick-backs for sending juveniles with minor offensives to a 'for profit' institutions.
  • Aug 23, 2018
    excellen show I really hope it's not true that it's been cancelled
  • Aug 21, 2018
    The strength of this show is in it's ability to create fierce and unapologetic female leads who balance the drama with an inherent sense of morality. It excels where law shows like Chicago Justice have failed because it is fast paced, smart and thought provoking. It is no longer about good and bad but rather the grey areas which call into question all that we think we believe in. Do not underestimate the capacity this show has not just to entertain but to make you think.

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