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The Deep End: Season 1 (2010)




Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 14
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 13

A direct rip-off of countless other legal shows, The Deep End jades viewers with blasé rehashings of overly familiar themes.


Average Rating: 3.4/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 11

A direct rip-off of countless other legal shows, The Deep End jades viewers with blasé rehashings of overly familiar themes.


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Season Info

The debut season of "The Deep End" follows the lives of five young attorneys who bond during their first year working for one of the most prestigious law firms in Los Angeles. As they tackle cases that often go against their personal morals, each struggles with a problematic personal life, and their hard-nosed boss offers little relief from their constant stresses.

Genre: Drama

Network: ABC




Air date: Jan 21, 2010


Five first-year law associates struggle to succeed at a prestigious firm. In the pilot, Dylan (Matt Long) is assigned to a nearly impossible pro-bono case; and Addy (Tina Majorino) makes an impression on her boss when she speaks her mind. Meanwhile, Beth allows a 90-year-old man to mistake her for his daughter; Liam lies to try to sign a client; and Malcolm's hiring circumvents the firm's traditional process.

Air date: Jan 28, 2010

Where There's Smoke

Beth and her lawyer father (Tom Amandes) clash in court, and Addy's new clients cause trouble for the firm. Meanwhile, Katie goes to the Montana offices as a result of something Cliff reveals to Susan.

Air date: Feb 4, 2010

To Have and to Hold

Dylan handles a difficult INS case; Beth and Addy defend a questionable client in a sexual-harassment case; Liam goes to Rowdy for advice on courting; and Cliff asks Hart to help save his marriage.

Air date: Feb 11, 2010

Nothing Personal

Susan gives Beth and Dylan a difficult pro-bono case involving a college tennis player who has lost her scholarship. Meanwhile, Liam and Malcolm are pitted against each other.

Air date: Feb 18, 2010

An Innocent Man

Addy's long-distance boyfriend arrives, with an agenda of his own. Meanwhile, Dylan and Liam believe their client is innocent. Jason: David Guintoli.

Air date: Feb 25, 2010

White Lies, Black Ties

In the first-season finale, Cliff tries to worm his way back into Susan's life; Addy and Malcolm try an end run around a deceitful insurance company; and Dylan and Beth work a case involving a photo sent by text message.

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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (13)

It's actually kind of depressing just how obviously "The Deep End'' has been constructed of used parts from the likes of "LA Law,'' "The Practice,'' "Boston Legal,'' "Damages,'' "Eli Stone,'' and "The Good Wife.''

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Nothing I saw inthe pilot has me wanting to make room for it on an incredibly crowded Thursday lineup.

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

It's just unfortunate that more care wasn't taken to create a show that feels fresh -- "The Deep End" is rather moldy.

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nice cast. Otherwise, charmless. Airless. Lifeless. (Blah, blah and blah.)

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Newsday

Trouble is, it doesn't feel all that fresh.

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

"The Deep End" is a pale imitation without smart writing, imaginative casting or even a clever conceit.

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

It lacks the ability to command attention the way those other shows do.

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source:

The main drawback is that ABC has dipped into this dramedic pool so many times that nothing here really distinguishes the show from its sundry predecessors.

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety

At first glance, "The Deep End" looks more like plastic food: shiny, colorful and perfectly appetizing, yes, but ultimately unsatisfying.

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source:

Honestly, Deep End is the type of high-gloss, dim-bulb broadcast hour that makes you despair for broadcast hours.

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

The only good news about this show is that it appears to have a script and actors and sets, which means it's not a reality show or "The Jay Leno Show.

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

ABC's "The Deep End" is being touted as a new "Grey's Anatomy" for lawyers, and frankly I think "Grey's" creator Shonda Rhimes should sue. Not for plagiarism but defamation

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

The network is looking for a show that people will watch. This could very well be it.

January 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The Deep End is stupid. It is obvious and ridiculous and badly acted for the most part.

January 20, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

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