For the People: Season 1 (2018)


Season 1
For the People

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 16


Audience Score

User Ratings: 122
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Air date: Mar 13, 2018
Air date: Mar 20, 2018
Air date: Mar 27, 2018
Air date: Apr 3, 2018
Air date: Apr 10, 2018
Air date: Apr 17, 2018
Air date: May 1, 2018
Air date: May 8, 2018
Air date: May 15, 2018
Air date: May 22, 2018

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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.


Britt Robertson
as Sandra Bell
Jasmin Savoy Brown
as Allison Adams
Ben Rappaport
as Seth Oliver
Susannah Flood
as Kate Littlejohn
Wesam Keesh
as Jay Simmons
Rege-Jean Page
as Leonard Knox
Rege-Jean Page
as Leonard Knox
Ben Shenkman
as Roger Gunn
Hope Davis
as Jill Carlan
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Judge Nicholas Byrne
Anna Deavere Smith
as Tina Krissman
Britne Oldford
as Sandra Bell
Olivia Sandoval
as Celia Chavez, Assistant United States Attorney
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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…
Top Critic

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…

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…
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Audience Reviews for For the People: Season 1

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aug 08, 2018
    great show! the perfect blend of focusing on the characters lives and the cases they are faced with. If you like dramas and/or shondaland shows you should watch it
  • Jun 09, 2018
    so sappy, lots of SANCTIMONIOUS SPEECHES. A few good bits, mostly by susannah flood,
  • May 30, 2018
    Absolutely wonderful! I have always loved courtroom dramas, but hate the UNNECESSARY grim-dark PLOT LINES or unrealistic, contrived plot lines. while for the people definitely takes a lighter view of the ensemble cast's personal lives, every single case is something that easily could have been on last night's news. every character is interesting and obviously has plot lines and backstories that are being set up and delivered on with great care. an absolute great watch.
  • May 20, 2018
    Love the drama in the courtroom and out,also when they go head to head argueing about their cases.

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