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.



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Air date: Oct 14, 2016
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A down-and-out lawyer seeks redemption. Billy Bob Thornton stars.


Billy Bob Thornton
as Billy McBride
William Hurt
as Donald Cooper
Olivia Thirlby
as Lucy Kittridge
Maria Bello
as Julie McBride
Tania Raymonde
as Brittany Gold
Dwight Yoakam
as Wendell Corey
Molly Parker
as Judge Keller
Britain Dalton
as Jason Larson
Nina Arianda
as Patty Solis-Papagian
Harold Perrineau
as Judge Roston Keller
Amy Brenneman
as Diana Blackwood
Diego Josef
as Julio Suarez
Diana Hopper
as Denise McBride
Paul Williams
as James 'JT' Reginald III
Toni Torres
as Elena Morales
Julia Jones
as Stephanie
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Critic Reviews for Goliath Season 1

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (18)

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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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's commitment to the way TV used to be made, with just enough allowance for how shows are made now, has offered up a best-of-both-worlds scenario.

Oct 17, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Goliath: Season 1

  • 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 :)
  • Aug 15, 2018
    Amazing find on Amazon Watched both seasons in a matter of days. We both loved the characters portrayed in it and the storyline. It wasn't predictable as some shows typically are. Great how each season had a different story to follow with new characters and the quirks of the bad guys really made the story so different than your typical suspense /mystery crime drama. Can't wait for season 3 and it's only been a month Hurry up Goliath
  • Aug 12, 2018
    2.5 = Slog; 3.0 = Tolerable; 3.5 = Fun Enough; 4.0 = Satisfactory; 4.5 = Good; 5.0 = Great, or Underrated.
  • Aug 09, 2018
    Season 1 was excellent. It was fast paced, exciting and kept you gripped. We were hooked. Season 2 had an interesting but much more convoluted (unnecessarily) plot line. The story was interesting and some of the characters very compelling. However there was way too much gore and sexual depravity which diminished the story line. The cast Billy, Patty, Brittney and Denise are incredible. They are complex and rich. The actors in Season 1 were fun to love and gate. The cast from season 2 were all so despicable which is successful but they were too depraved. If you are squeamish Do NOT watch season 2

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