Goliath: Season 1 (2016)


Season 1

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Compelling performances from an excellent cast -- led by standout Billy Bob Thornton -- propel David E. Kelley's Goliath into must-watch TV territory.



Critic Ratings: 37


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Air date: Oct 14, 2016

In the series premiere, a down-and-out lawyer seeks redemption by pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit against the biggest client of his former law firm.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2016

Billy goes to extremes to take his wrongful death lawsuit to court.

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The judge gives Billy one day to make a compelling offer of proof before the case is dismissed.

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New evidence surfaces that threatens to destroy Billy's case.

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Depositions begin and more secrets come to light that threaten to destroy everyone involved.

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Billy desperately tries to protect his witnesses' credibility and his physical evidence.

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Billy faces a tough decision: head directly to trial or take his chances with a continuance.

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Air date: Oct 13, 2016

In the season finale, former partners and friends square off as the trial concludes.

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A down-and-out lawyer seeks redemption. Billy Bob Thornton stars.

Cast & Crew

Tania Raymonde
Brittany Gold
Olivia Thirlby
Lucy Kittridge
Ever Carradine
Rachel Kennedy
Nina Arianda
Patty Solis-Papagian
Billy Bob Thornton
Billy McBride
Britain Dalton
Jason Larson
William Hurt
Donald Cooper
Maria Bello
Julie McBride
Ross Fineman
Executive Producer
David Semel
Executive Producer
Lawrence Trilling
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Goliath Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (22)

Given all the loose-ended, bizarro world TV dramas currently in play, it turns out to be a distinct pleasure to review a limited series with a linear storyline and a definitive ending.

Oct 19, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Goliath isn't a groundbreaker by any means - it bears some resemblance to Glenn Close's Damages - but it's a solidly entertaining legal thriller that benefits enormously from Billy Bob Thornton's strong lead

Oct 14, 2016 | Full Review…

If you're struggling with all the sci-fi weirdness of Westworld and never quite got Orphan Black, you will love the straightforward thrills of Goliath.

Dec 14, 2016 | Full Review…

What's there so far is... entertaining TV, but steady updates in the upcoming episodes could make Goliath truly mighty.

Oct 14, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

As a hard-luck lawyer looking to get off the booze and back in the game, his McBride sounds like a stock character, except Thornton... creates someone who's anything but stock... He's the best reason to keep watching.

Oct 13, 2016 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Bolstered by as A-list a cast as anything on TV (with the exception of Westworld perhaps) and tighter, less showy writing than we've come to expect from Kelley.

Oct 13, 2016 | Full Review…

Each episode closes with a twist. Whether that twist is big or small, it gives viewers just enough of a push to want to continue disentangling something that runs a bit deeper than your average court case.

Aug 26, 2018 | Full Review…

[Billy Bob Thornton] carries each scene, trope-laden as they may be (the drinking problem, the cheesy one-liners) with an effortless swagger that's both engaging and exciting.

Dec 20, 2017 | Full Review…

Compelling, gritty crime series has nudity, cursing, drugs.

Nov 22, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Even great casts have their limits, and in the case of Goliath, they give this shaggy drama just enough electricity to keep interest without offering a genuine reason to care about what's going on.

Nov 17, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Sitting through them is likely going to feel like a comfort food-fueled evening enjoying a Law & Order marathon from the comfort of my couch.

Oct 19, 2016 | Rating: 7.8/10 | Full Review…

Goliath asks the audience to concede far too much when it comes to the show's cliched characters and trite premise, and doesn't do nearly enough in return to buy viewers' interest.

Oct 14, 2016 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Goliath: Season 1

  • Apr 23, 2021
    Season 1 Goliath- The story is interesting, the cast display their fine acting skills to endear one to their character. A good watch, looking forward to viewing season 2!
  • Nov 28, 2020
    Great season. Intelligent, compelling, high quality writing.
  • Oct 25, 2020
    The actors are good, the premise seems interesting to begin with. Somehow it never takes off, and just meanders along. We keep on waiting for it to catch speed, but it never does. The climax is too contrived, and seems fake.
  • Feb 19, 2019
    I did not think I would like this show, but watched it because of the reviews. I think I have to agree that the show is good. The overall story is fairly simple, the plot twists are good and the script written well. BIlly Bob does a good job in the show. Not sure why, but he always seems to surprise me. I suppose by now I should know he is a good actor. I enjoyed the show and the underdog aspect of it.
  • Feb 18, 2019
    Love this show! After the first episode I could not stop smiling because I love Billy Bob and he does not disappoint!
  • Dec 12, 2018
    Good show but with some what lack-luster scripts. dialogue could use a lot of work.
  • Dec 09, 2018
    Season one had a terrible ending... I was waiting see them get some real good dirt but in the end it was pretty lame
  • Nov 24, 2018
    Disappointing. The underlying case is relatively weak for a full-season drama but this was the least of the things that affected Goliath overall. The legal thriller has no outstanding courtroom drama. The villains are clownish, and are defeated by their own vanity-filled stupidity - as well as frail bodies - rather than any investigative brilliance or smart legal trickeries by the end. The good guys' underdog potential or supposedly charming human frailties/idiosyncracies also go completely unexploited.
  • Oct 04, 2018
    A great show with a stellar cast! Looking forward to season 3!!
  • Sep 07, 2018
    Amazing show that’s hard to stop so watch it over and entire weekend! The last episode is fantastic and really should be followed by the previous two episodes. All the actors are amazing, even those that are annoying in the beginning become the glue that makes it all stick :)

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