The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1 (2014 - 2015)


Season 1
The Mysteries of Laura

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Despite a talented cast, The Mysteries of Laura is dated both as a cop show and as a representation of single, working mothers.



Critic Ratings: 51


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User Ratings: 211

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Air date: Sep 17, 2014

Comedy drama series about an NYPD homicide detective whose brilliant career is in striking contrast with her chaotic home life, thanks to her lively twin boys and her charming but unreliable soon-to-be ex-husband and fellow cop. Laura and her boss attend a dinner party at the home of a computer software mogul who has received death threats. When the tech expert is murdered, all the other guests become suspects.

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Air date: Sep 24, 2014

Online dating leads to a woman's murder, so Laura tries to bait the killer by using an Internet dating site and going to nightclubs undercover. She also considers getting back into the dating scene for real after Jake finally signs their divorce papers.

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Air date: Oct 1, 2014

A popular biker-bar owner is killed, and the case takes Laura and Jake to a memorable location: the place where they had their first date. Meanwhile, the twins can't outwit their new ex-con babysitter, but just to be sure, Laura has Max spy on them.

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Air date: Oct 8, 2014

A political sex scandal erupts and Laura investigates the alleged mistress involved. However, problems with surveillance emerge, forcing detectives to enter the world of online gaming in order to zero in on a murderer.

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Air date: Oct 15, 2014

An unidentified body is found in the bathroom of a home that is not his own, so detectives try to figure out who the victim is, as well as uncover his killer. Meanwhile, Laura and Jake's problems with joint custody lead them to try nesting.

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Air date: Oct 22, 2014

A fashion designer's intern is murdered, so Laura infiltrates Fashion Week, where the suspects include top models and knockoff sellers. Elsewhere, Jake reassess Max's job.

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Air date: Oct 29, 2014

A gambling ring is uncovered by the team while they investigate the murder of a gallery owner's son in Koreatown, and Laura reunites with her estranged dad as she prepares to go undercover as a high-stakes poker player.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2014

A woman's body is found on a party bus, and the murder investigation leads to a beauty empire. Meanwhile, the detectives get competitive during an annual mud race.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2014

Religious motives are suspected in a couple's murder. Meanwhile, Laura and Jake look for a new nanny and encounter a familiar face in their search.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2014

A fertility doctor vanishes and his wife suspects foul play, so the detectives investigate and find themselves heading to the racetrack. Meanwhile, Laura earns the ire of a group of mums when the twins are accused of bullying others in their martial-arts class.

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The premiere season of this police drama, which was adapted from the Spanish series "Los misterios de Laura," focuses on Laura Diamond (Debra Messing), a New York City homicide detective who perseveres through the daily challenges of solving murders, dealing with her boss and soon-to-be ex-husband, Jake Broderick (Josh Lucas), and keeping her rambunctious twin sons under control as a single mother. Messing reunites with Eric McCormack, her longtime "Will & Grace" costar, when he guest stars as her ex-boyfriend.

Critic Reviews for The Mysteries of Laura Season 1

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (30)

If "Writing a Terrible TV Show 101" was a real college class, The Mysteries of Laura would be its textbook.

Aug 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The first episode of "The Mysteries of Laura" moved at a nice breezy pace and there was promising interplay between stars Debra Messing and Josh Lucas as estranged NYPD homicide cops with mischievous twin sons.

Aug 27, 2019 | Full Review…

The Mysteries of Laura is a disasterpiece of the first order, a show so colossally wrongheaded, so cringe-inducingly terrible that one almost has to see it to believe it.

Sep 17, 2014 | Full Review…

The weakest element is the procedural, and because that's ostensibly why Mysteries of Laura is an hour long, it's a fatal flaw.

Sep 17, 2014 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Messing is most agreeable, hitting her comedy marks and credible as supercop.

Sep 17, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Mysteries of Laura... has really snappy writing. It's good enough, in fact, to make this hour quite entertaining, but only if you can put aside the show's overt artificiality.

Sep 16, 2014 | Full Review…

The Mysteries of Laura is nothing. It's a "nothing" a show. Designed to do nothing. If you're a Debra Messing fan, then here she is. Have at it.

Aug 27, 2019 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…

The Mysteries of Laura could be a fun, light cop drama if it weren't so bad at just about everything else.

Aug 27, 2019 | Full Review…

You will be stunned at the level of badness, from the slopping editing to the bad writing. You will not be able to look away or keep from laughing.

Aug 27, 2019 | Full Review…

Lands like a videocassette that just dropped out of the sky from a time portal.

Jun 8, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not a show that is going to change lives, but it might just give you a laugh on a Monday night.

Apr 26, 2017 | Full Review…

The real mystery of Laura is why Debra Messing would have chosen this particular adventure after the crash and slow burn of NBC's Smash.

Sep 17, 2014 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Mysteries of Laura: Season 1

  • Dec 13, 2019
    Ken Jacowitz was in an episode of this show, so as a person of moral conscience, I must rate it 1/2.
  • Sep 23, 2017
    I love this show. It is super funny. The minute I hit play I am hooked. I watched both seasons several times I just can’t get enough. I wish they would do a 3rd season. Despite of what people are saying was suppose to happen I want to see it with my own eyes. So directors and cast if you reading this please reconsider doing one more season with a better ending. More of a happy ending instead of leaving the hanging. Thank you! Your Fan L. O.
  • Apr 29, 2017
    Love this series. Clever, witty, and well acted. Disappointed that it was cancelled.
  • Jan 30, 2017
    Sad they canceled it. Enjoyed it
  • Aug 18, 2016
    I liked the Mysterys of Laura it was a decent show to watch it was funny I am so tired of reality shows drama tits and ass that's all you see anymore the bachelor the bachelorette and the big brother shows why even bother to watch tv it's all about sex anymore we need more shows like Laura it had a little romance a little comedy and a little family life BRING IT BACK NBC
  • Mar 12, 2016
    Love the nanny; be great to see more of her if they bring her back. They shouldn't have killed off the captain. And a mehh to the new fiance. Also really bad ending to Tony... Debra Messing's character is not cruel, and that was. sigh. Oh, the dad is too stereotyped... but the sister shows some promise. Max is great (but ah a tad over the top, no? Give him something real to do.)
  • Jan 26, 2016
    Good wholesome entertainment. As a non working and then working mother of 4 I thought the depiction of a working mother and of family homelife pretty good. Great to see no gore or naked body parts. Your critics ratings reflect what's wrong with the entertainment industry. Only extreme violence or /and raunchy sex and foul language gets a nod. This show has a tongue in cheek approach with appealing characters and decent stories.
  • Jan 06, 2016
    Out-of-date, out-of-touch schlock. The worst parts are the stereotypical woman/mom jabs and jokes. As if the spindly Debra Messing is actually an out of shape and over weight woman who can't fit into her long-lost pair of skinny jeans, which weren't even in style before she became a mom. Also, all the age shaming thrown at her character is disgusting and absurd considering Messing always looks gorgeous. I'm disappointed that the audience score is so high on here because it's crap with a warped sense of reality.
  • Jan 03, 2016
    I thoroughly enjoy this show.
  • Dec 11, 2015
    I love this show. It reminds me of Psych. I loved Debra Messing in Starter Wife and Smash. I really hope she gets back with her ex.

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