Trial & Error: Season 1 (2017)

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Trial & Error

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Trial & Error hilariously parodies the true-crime genre with consistent laughs, irreverently funny "stupid humor," and animated characters who populate the show's dependably entertaining narratives.

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Critic Ratings: 35

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User Ratings: 162

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Air date: Mar 7, 2017

In the premiere, rollercizing poetry professor Larry Henderson is arrested for the murder of his wife; and bright-eyed lawyer Josh Segal comes down from New York to the quirky town of East Peck, S.C., to defend him. After meeting his eccentric client and odd-ball team, Josh quickly realizes he's in over his head. Later, Josh and his team discover another man's DNA in the bedroom while trying to develop an alternate theory to the murder. Josh is also concerned about Larry's lack of emotion.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2017

Josh and his team discover another man's DNA in the bedroom while trying to develop an alternate theory to the murder. Josh is also concerned about Larry's lack of emotion and obsession with a skate wrench.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2017

After coming up bust on a match to the DNA found in Larry's bedroom, Josh and his team discover a "sex print" on the wall that leads to a new suspect. Meanwhile, Josh gets sloppy and inadvertently gives a piece of damning evidence to the prosecution.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2017

When the new suspect turns up in a coma, Josh becomes sidetracked trying to solve this crime, eventually becoming a suspect himself. Meanwhile, prosecutor Carol Anne Keane presents the autopsy report, which reveals Larry's wife was struck by a blunt object, leading to a frantic search for the murder weapon.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2017

A new piece of evidence emerges that leads Josh to an unlikely, and dangerous, new suspect: Larry's brother-in-law. Meanwhile, the case takes another turn when the search for the murder weapon leads Dwayne to find a dismembered human arm.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2017

As Josh focuses on his new suspect, Larry insists on taking a lie detector test to help prove his innocence, but the results drop a bombshell on the case and the family. Dwayne briefly becomes a hometown celebrity as the man who found an arm in the lake, and the team gets a surprising new benefactor.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2017

As Josh prepares for trial, his boss comes down from New York to check up on him and reveals a gigantic hole in his case; and Larry, unsettled by his rift with his daughter and Josh's boss being in town, takes matters into his own hands with deadly consequences.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2017

With the trial now getting national attention, Mankiewicz decides to take over the case from Josh, throwing the team into turmoil; and when he suggests Larry plead insanity, Josh and Carol Anne Keane work together to convince Larry to stand trial.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2017

As the trial officially begins, Josh's strategy of painting another suspect as the murderer takes a crucial blow. Meanwhile, Anne and Dwayne investigate why Larry's former lover, Alfonzo, isn't on the prosecution's witness list.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2017

Josh tries to show the hostile jury the real Larry when they visit the crime scene before they hear the testimony of Larry's former lover, Alfonzo. Meanwhile, Anne and Dwayne search for Margaret's missing cell phone.

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Josh Segal (Nicholas D'Agosto) is a New York City-based attorney who travels to East Peck, South Carolina to defend Larry Henderson (John Lithgow), a poetry professor accused of killing his wife Margaret (Andie MacDowell). To get the job done, Josh has to work with an oddball team made up of his investigator Dwayne Reed (Steven Boyer) and his assistant Anne Flatch (Sherri Shepherd). He also has to face off against the aggressive prosecutor Carol Anne Keane (Jayma Mays) and deal with the fact that only Larry's daughter Summer (Krysta Rodriguez) believes Larry is innocent.

Cast & Crew

Sherri Shepherd
Anne Flatch
Jayma Mays
Carol Anne Keane
John Lithgow
Larry Henderson
Krysta Rodriguez
Summer Henderson
Nicholas D'Agosto
Josh Segal
Angel Parker
Heidi Baker
Patricia Belcher
Judge Horsedich
Cristine Rose
Josie Davis
Bob Gunton
Jeremiah Jefferson Davis
John Hartman
Mitchell
Julie Hagerty
Madame Rhonda
Kevin Durand
Rutger Hiss
Jeff Astrof
Executive Producer
Jeffrey Blitz
Executive Producer
Matt Miller
Executive Producer
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News & Interviews for Trial & Error: Season 1

Critic Reviews for Trial & Error Season 1

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (21)

A featherweight entertainment with a good cast, some charm, and not nearly enough laughs.

Mar 14, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Trial and Error is blunter in its punchlines, but still frequently charming, mostly thanks to Lithgow's daffy appeal and D'Agosto's genial frustration as the straight man in a room full of kooks.

Mar 13, 2017 | Full Review…

In 3rd Rock From the Sun, Lithgow was an alien trying to get by. In Trial & Error, he's a human trying to get by. His brilliance gives Trial & Error a good chance of succeeding.

Mar 13, 2017 | Full Review…

You'll likely at least be grinning, if not sometimes laughing out loud. Because after a halting start, the amusements are plentiful during the three half-hours made available for review.

Mar 13, 2017 | Rating: B | Full Review…

I laughed, and then I cried to myself about how stupid I was to laugh at such a silly show. But there it was: I laughed out loud at this kooky, uneven spoof, whose jokes are almost inevitably about how profoundly stupid the characters are.

Mar 10, 2017 | Full Review…

If you like your comedy dark and twisted, Trial & Error could be just your cup of cyanide-laced coffee.

Mar 14, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

This deeply silly sitcom may be guilty of overplaying its hand to score cheap laughs... But with the glorious John Lithgow at its center... it's wise to recuse oneself from delivering a verdict too quickly.

Mar 14, 2017 | Full Review…

For now, Error works because of its well-timed jokes, insightful wit and the actors' commitment to these oddball characters, if you can keep up.

Mar 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Call me crude, immature, and jejune-editors do, all the time-but I cannot help but feel a certain fondness for a show in which characters have names like Judge Horsedich. And any comedy casting Shepherd deserves special recognition.

Mar 10, 2017 | Full Review…

Consistently funny and with surprisingly engaging twists for a comedy, Trial & Error commits few errors through its first three episodes.

Mar 10, 2017 | Full Review…

NBC's latest mockumentary sitcom is somehow an irrelevant spoof of modern crime documentaries. Aside from a few laughs and the fun of seeing John Lithgow at full blast again, it mostly misses what should have been an easy target.

Mar 7, 2017 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Ah, look, it's okay. Not for now, but later. Perhaps for the flu season when you're lying on the couch, half-conscious, dosing up on Lemsip. Then it'll be suitably soothing and untaxing.

Apr 19, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Trial & Error: Season 1

  • Jun 14, 2019
    so damn funny, all the best stuff gets cancelled....
  • Oct 15, 2018
    fantastic showwwwwwwww nbc reneeeeewwwww
  • Jul 03, 2018
    I'm dumbfounded by the positive reviews for this series. I had watched the first episode but it was so weak I never bothered to watch anymore. I recently tried again to watch the first season after seeing positive reviews and was only able to drag myself through 7 episodes before bailing. The only reason I stayed was that I was expecting some sort of change in quality, based on the reviews. It never came. The jokes are strickly sitcom level with setup/punchline, like clockwork or better yet, a metronome. In fact, the jokes are so obvious that you know what the punchline is before it comes. all the time! That's all bad enough but on top of this incompetence is the premise of the show, all southerners are inbred, probably racist idiots. Inbred, racist idiots can be funny if the material supports it but there is nothing there there. It seems that what they are trying to capture is the sort of bonkers atmosphere of the Bob Newhart series where he is the B&B owner. In that show, there were all kinds of wacky characters with the sane and befuddled Bob in the middle but the writing was much better and well, Bob Newhart.
  • Dec 12, 2017
    It is a silly show but it makes you laugh really hard!
  • May 12, 2017
    The supporting cast carries this one. John Lithgow in particular is hilarious! Hope he's back for season 2. :)
  • Apr 29, 2017
    Just a really bad show that is so stupid it is annoying to watch.
  • Apr 25, 2017
    Best comedy on television! SEASON TWO WITH MARTIN SHORT PLAYING PHIL SPECTOR!
  • Apr 18, 2017
    I absolutely love this show! I find it refreshing. I absolutely love John Lithgow, and find him best when quirky. I hope this show makes it another season, would be greatly disappointed if it didn't!
  • Apr 14, 2017
    Funny, and of course John Lithgow is hilarious!

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