Lethal Weapon (TV series)

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Lethal Weapon
Lethal Weapon TV Title Card.png
Genre Comedy-drama
Buddy cop
Action
Police procedural
Based on Lethal Weapon
by Shane Black
Developed by Matt Miller
Starring
Theme music composer Vo Williams
Composer(s)
  • Josh Kramon
  • Ben Decter
  • Tree Adams
  • Robert Lydecker
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 22 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Kelly Van Horn
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Cinematography Ramsey Nickell
David Moxness
Editor(s) Matt Barber
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network Fox
Original release September 21, 2016 (2016-09-21) – present
External links
Website www.fox.com/lethal-weapon

Lethal Weapon is an American buddy cop action comedy-drama television series that is based on the film series of the same name created by Shane Black. The series was ordered on May 10, 2016 and premiered on Fox on September 21, 2016,[1] on October 12, 2016, Fox picked up the series for a full season of 18 episodes.[2] On February 22, 2017, Fox renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on September 26, 2017.[3][4]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Damon Wayans as Roger Murtaugh, a senior Los Angeles Police Department Detective who returns to the force after recovering from a heart attack and is partnered with Texas transfer Martin Riggs. He is married with three children (two teenagers and a toddler), he is a native of Inglewood, California, and currently resides in Sherman Oaks. He carries a Heckler & Koch USP as his duty weapon, in early episodes, and later switches to a Glock. He was originally played by Danny Glover in the film series.
  • Clayne Crawford as Martin Riggs, a Navy SEAL-turned-police officer from El Paso, Texas. He moves to Los Angeles after the death of his wife and unborn child, transferring from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office to the LAPD's Robbery-Homicide Division. Riggs lives in a trailer on the beach, drives a 1977 Ford F-350, and his weapon of choice is the Beretta 92F, he was originally played by Mel Gibson in the film series.
  • Jordana Brewster as Dr. Maureen Cahill, the police department's psychologist who treats Det. Riggs (and occasionally Det. Murtaugh), the character was loosely based on Dr. Stephanie Woods played by Mary Ellen Trainor in the film series.
  • Keesha Sharp as Trish Murtaugh, Det. Murtaugh's loving wife and mother of his three children who works as a defense attorney; in the season one episode "As Good As It Getz", Trish quits her job after being passed over for managing partner at her law firm. She was originally played by Darlene Love in the film series.
  • Kevin Rahm as Captain Brooks Avery, the Commanding Officer of Robbery-Homicide Division. Before his promotion, Capt. Avery was partners with Det. Murtaugh; in "Lawmen", it is revealed that years ago he and a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputy (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) planted evidence to convict a murderer after previous evidence was excluded from trial; he was prepared to resign over the incident when it came to light, but Murtaugh convinced him to stay because if his impropriety was revealed it would mean that all of Avery's cases (many of which he worked with Murtaugh) would be reviewed if not overturned entirely. The character was loosely based on Captain Ed Murphy played by Steve Kahan in the film series.
  • Johnathan Fernandez as Scorsese, a medical examiner and forensics technician who works alongside Dets. Murtaugh and Riggs.
  • Michelle Mitchenor as Detective Sonya Bailey, a fellow detective with Robbery-Homicide Division. She is partnered with Det. Alex Cruz.
  • Chandler Kinney as Riana Murtaugh, Det. Murtaugh's teenage daughter, the character is loosely based on Rianne Murtaugh, played by Traci Wolfe in the film series.
  • Dante Brown as Roger "RJ" Murtaugh Jr., Det. Murtaugh's teenage son, the character is loosely based on Nick Murtaugh, played by Damon Hines in the film series.

Recurring[edit]

  • Thomas Lennon as Leo Getz, a comedic ambulance-chasing attorney who befriends Riggs and Murtaugh after he witnesses a client's murder and is put under their protection. The character was originally played by Joe Pesci in the film series.
  • Hilarie Burton as Karen Palmer, a DEA agent who sometimes works with Riggs and Murtaugh with drug trafficking cases, and is also Riggs' love interest. The character was loosely based on Lorna Cole, played by Rene Russo in the film series.
  • Floriana Lima as Miranda Riggs (née Delgado) (season 1), Det. Riggs' late wife. Originally from the Los Angeles area, she moved to Texas when she married Riggs, and after her death, he moved to LA and joined the LAPD, the character is based on Victoria Riggs from the film series, although she was never seen as she had already died before the events of the first movie.
  • Richard Cabral as Detective Alejandro "Alex" Cruz, formerly an undercover officer with the LAPD's Gang Division who now works at the Robbery-Homicide Division.
  • Tony Plana as Ronnie Delgado (season 1), the Los Angeles City Attorney and Det. Riggs' father-in-law.
  • Michelle Hurd as Gina Santos (season 2), a police big shot who arrives to take control of the division as chief, superseding the authority of Captain Avery. She and Murtaugh had previously partnered as detectives on a stakeout.

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 18 September 21, 2016 (2016-09-21) March 15, 2017 (2017-03-15)
2 TBA September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26) TBA

Season 1 (2016–17)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 1 "Pilot" McG Story by : Matt Miller & Shane Black
Teleplay by : Matt Miller
September 21, 2016 (2016-09-21) T15.10138 7.93[5]
A slightly unhinged widowed former Navy SEAL lands a job as a police officer in Los Angeles where he is partnered with a veteran detective who is trying to maintain a low stress level in his life.
2 2 "Surf N Turf" McG Matt Miller September 28, 2016 (2016-09-28) T13.20102 7.23[6]
Murtaugh and Riggs are sent to deal with a noise complaint at a party. And when they arrive there are shots fired, they chase the shooter only he was killed. They go back to the Captain who is with an ATF agent who tells them the weapon that was used is strictly for military use, which means someone got their hands on some and are trying to sell it. Riggs upon looking over what happened doesn't think the one who was killed is the target, they think it's someone else, a woman. They track her down and learn she's from Russia and pregnant, she tells them that a few months ago she got involved with a guy and she caught him trying to unload the guns and when he saw her, he tried to kill her that's why she ran. And evidently, the shooter was there to sell the gun when he saw her and told probably the guy she was there, who told him to take care of her, they put her in protective custody while they try to find out were the guns came from. Murtaugh finally learns about Riggs and his wife.
3 3 "Best Buds" Steve Boyum Gene Hong October 5, 2016 (2016-10-05) T13.20103 6.62[7]
Riggs and Murtaugh follow a violent case involving a drug cartel, theft, two killings and, unfortunately, Murtaugh's old T.O., Ned Brower. As the case unfolds, it turns out that Ned is more involved than just driving the cash, which leaves Murtaugh with an inevitably dangerous decision to make. Looking for back-up, the duo turns to Cruz for help; in the midst of all the chaos, Riggs continues to depend on outside vices, rather than face the reality of Miranda's death, while Murtaugh and Trish struggle to find alone time. Miranda Riggs appears as a vision to Riggs early in the episode and at the very end he remembers walking up to her parents home with her for the first time.
4 4 "There Goes the Neighborhood" Jason Ensler Adele Lim October 12, 2016 (2016-10-12) T13.20104 6.84[8]
A string of burglaries hits close to home for Murtaugh when one occurs in his own neighborhood, and it gets just as personal for Riggs when another break-in ends in a casualty. Meanwhile, Roger Junior connects with an old friend who might be twisted up in some criminal action of his own.
5 5 "Spilt Milk" Larry Teng Seamus Kevin Fahey October 19, 2016 (2016-10-19) T13.20105 6.66[9]
Murtaugh delves deep into the psyche of a former navy seal who is wanted for criminal activity, and draws parallels between him and his partner, Riggs, who also served in the military. Riggs' connection to the suspect threatens to interfere with the case, but it also forces him to open up to Murtaugh.
6 6 "Ties That Bind" Antonio Negret Erik Mountain November 9, 2016 (2016-11-09) T13.20106 7.02[10]
When Riggs and Murtaugh investigate a high-profile case surrounding the murder of a young model, they uncover a vicious secret behind the locked mansion gates of one of LA's wealthiest families. Riggs gets a jolt from his past when he discovers that an old friend of his wife has ties to the case. Back at home, Murtaugh is shocked to hear that his daughter is sending promiscuous photos to her new boyfriend.
7 7 "Fashion Police" Rob Seidenglanz Kyle Warren November 16, 2016 (2016-11-16) T13.20107 6.60[11]
As Riggs and Murtaugh examine the murder of one of L.A.'s fashion expeditors, they follow a trail of evidence that leads them to an ongoing and exceptionally dangerous underground investigation led by the DEA agent Karen Palmer (Hilarie Burton). In the meantime, Trish and the kids are off visiting colleges, leaving Murtaugh to a "bender" of his own, while Riggs has trouble sleeping through the night due to his all-too-real dreams of Miranda.
8 8 "Can I Get a Witness?" Jason Ensler Amanda Green November 30, 2016 (2016-11-30) T13.20108 6.43[12]
When a million dollar casino heist takes a deadly turn, Riggs befriends the only credible witness, an eight-year-old boy, and takes him into his care. On the flip side, Murtaugh pulls some dangerous stunts in an attempt to prove to everyone that he can be a motorcycle guy. Meanwhile, Riggs contemplates what to do with the money he received from selling his home in Texas.
9 9 "Jingle Bell Glock" Steve Boyum Joe Smith December 7, 2016 (2016-12-07) T13.20110 6.26[13]
The whole precinct's holiday celebrations are cut short when they're called to examine a ruthless homicide linked to Eddie Flores (guest star Raul Casso), the deranged nephew of a notable drug lord who has a previous history with Riggs. The holiday season weighs heavily on Riggs, who flashes back to past Christmas with his former wife, Miranda. Murtaugh is also a little preoccupied with his neighbor's obnoxious holiday decorations.
10 10 "Homebodies" Michael Fields Alex Taub January 4, 2017 (2017-01-04) T13.20111 6.30[14]
Riggs and Murtaugh end up in the middle of a turf war as they investigate the murder of a millennial "designer drug" dealer.
11 11 "Lawmen" Sylvain White Andy Callahan January 11, 2017 (2017-01-11) T13.20109 6.48[15]
Riggs and Murtaugh are pitted against the LA Sheriff’s department.
12 12 "Brotherly Love" Uta Briesewitz Stacy A. Littlejohn January 18, 2017 (2017-01-18) T13.20112 6.29[16]
Riggs and Murtaugh get involved with a notorious auto theft ring after a car containing a large amount of cocaine is stolen from the impound lot.
13 13 "The Seal is Broken" Nathan Hope Adele Lim & Gene Hong January 25, 2017 (2017-01-25) T13.20113 6.28[17]
Riggs and Murtaugh investigate a series of violent crimes targeting members of the same church; the anniversary of Miranda's death weighs on Riggs; Trish and Roger butt heads with R.J.
14 14 "The Murtaugh File" Matt Barber Seamus Kevin Fahey February 8, 2017 (2017-02-08) T13.20114 6.25[18]
A car crash reveals that Cahill is the target of a murderous stalker; Riggs finds Murtaugh's file in Cahill's office and becomes obsessed with finding out about his past; Roger and Trish discover their daughter has a fake ID.
15 15 "As Good As It Getz" Nick Copus Rob Wright February 15, 2017 (2017-02-15) T13.20115 6.37[19]
Riggs and Murtaugh are forced to work with DEA agent Karen Palmer again, to protect Leo Getz, an ambulance-chasing attorney who was linked to the Cartel. As the three delve further into the case, they begin to realize that Leo may not be the only one with a target on his back; in the meantime, Riggs begins to view Agent Palmer in a new light while Murtaugh is left worried after Trish makes a spontaneous decision.
16 16 "Unnecessary Roughness" Bethany Rooney Laura Putney & Margaret Easley February 22, 2017 (2017-02-22) T13.20116 6.26[20]
A murder involving a high school football phenomenon draws Riggs and Murtaugh into the lucrative - and corrupt - world of college recruiting. Meanwhile, Murtaugh considers a big change in his professional life, and Riggs contemplates an even bigger shift in his personal life, as he spends more time with DEA Agent Karen Palmer.
17 17 "A Problem Like Maria" Rob Bailey Alex Taub March 8, 2017 (2017-03-08) T13.20117 5.93[21]
Riggs and Murtaugh team up again with DEA Agent Karen Palmer, and together they gain inside knowledge of dangerous new cartel operations. As Riggs' attachment to Palmer deepens, so do his impulsive actions, further worrying Captain Avery and Delgado; in the meantime, Trish explores the potential of an amazing new career opportunity.
18 18 "Commencement" Steve Boyum Matt Miller & Kyle Warren March 15, 2017 (2017-03-15) T13.20118 6.02[22]
After making a startling discovery that pertains to Miranda's death, Riggs heads to Mexico and the cartel in search of answers. Worried about Riggs, Murtaugh is seen driving into the night to Mexico.

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
19 1 "El Gringo Loco" Steve Boyum Matt Miller & Kyle Warren September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26) T13.20701 4.37[23]
Murtaugh intercepts Riggs just as he is preparing to shoot and kill Tito Flores, the drug lord responsible for Miranda's death. He convinces Riggs to bring Tito back to the U.S. alive, in the trunk of Murtaugh's car. When they prepare to turn Tito over to U.S. authorities, however, they open the trunk and discover Tito has been shot in the head and killed.
20 2 "Dancing in September" Rob Bailey Alex Taub October 3, 2017 (2017-10-03) T13.20702 4.10[24]
With Deputy Chief Gina Santos (Michelle Hurd) looking into their past cases for evaluation purposes, Murtaugh and Riggs take on a Russian drug ring. The case has Riggs reconnecting with Agent Palmer, who has been given desk work at the DEA ever since she leaked the Tito Flores file to Riggs. Elsewhere, RJ is packing for college and seems reluctant to live on campus, until he learns that his dorm building is co-ed, which then has dad and mom concerned.
21 3 "Born to Run" Nathan Hope Stacy A. Littlejohn October 10, 2017 (2017-10-10) T13.20703 3.89[25]
Riggs and Murtaugh, along with young detective Zach Bowman (Andrew Creer), investigate when the bodyguard of famous pop singer Shaye (Joanna Levesque) is murdered. The detectives uncover a secret relationship between Shaye and the bodyguard, along with an even bigger secret in Shaye's past. Meanwhile, Riggs and Palmer struggle to find normalcy in their relationship.
22 4 "Flight Risk" Omar Madha Seamus Kevin Fahey October 17, 2017 (2017-10-17) T13.20704 3.79[26]
23 5 "Let it Ride"[27] TBA TBA October 31, 2017 (2017-10-31) TBA TBD
24 6 "Gold Rush"[28] TBA TBA November 7, 2017 (2017-11-07) TBA TBD

International broadcast[edit]

In United Kingdom, ITV started airing the series beginning on March 3, 2017.[29] It's viewing figures remained consistent with around 2.5 million tuning in each week. In Australia, the Nine Network[30] premiered the series on January 29, 2017;[31] in the Philippines, it premiered on June 10, 2017 on ABS-CBN[32] and ended on September 9, 2017. Only 14 episodes were aired; in Hong Kong, the TVB Pearl premiered the series with switchable dual-language in original English and local Cantonese version on October 11, 2017.

Production[edit]

Casting[edit]

On February 12, 2016, Damon Wayans was cast as Roger Murtaugh,[33] on February 19, 2016, Golden Brooks was cast as Trish Murtaugh.[34] On March 3, 2016, Jordana Brewster was cast as Dr. Maureen Cahill,[35] on March 7, 2016, Kevin Rahm was cast as Captain Avery.[36] On March 10, 2016, Clayne Crawford was cast as Martin Riggs,[37] on March 15, 2016, Chandler Kinney was cast as Riana Murtaugh.[38] On March 17, 2016, it was announced that Keesha Sharp would take over the role of Trish Murtaugh from Brooks.[39][40] Also on March 17, Johnathan Fernandez was cast as Scorsese.[40][41] When the pilot was picked up to series, Johnathan Fernandez was made a series regular. Though showrunner Matt Miller has expressed interest in making Leo Getz (Thomas Lennon) a series regular at some point, the character is confirmed to be making frequent guest appearances throughout season two.

Reception[edit]

Critical reception[edit]

Lethal Weapon has received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an 64% approval rating, with an average rating of 5.15/10 based on 36 reviews. The consensus says, "Lethal Weapon's overly polished production values and tired narrative are somewhat overcome by solid chemistry between its two leads."[42] On Metacritic, the first season has a weighted average of 56 out of 100 based on 24 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews."[43]

Ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49 rating
(average)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Wednesday 8:00 pm 18 September 21, 2016 (2016-09-21) 7.93[5] March 15, 2017 (2017-03-15) 6.02[22] 2016–17 35 8.63 2.2/8[44]
2 Tuesday 8:00 pm TBA September 26, 2017 (2017-09-26) 4.37[45] TBA TBD 2017–18 TBD TBD TBD

Season 1 (2016–17)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" September 21, 2016 2.2/8 7.93[5] 1.0 3.16 3.2 11.09[46]
2 "Surf N Turf" September 28, 2016 2.0/8 7.23[6] 0.8 2.68 2.8 9.91[47]
3 "Best Buds" October 5, 2016 1.7/6 6.62[7] 0.9 2.62 2.6 9.24[48]
4 "There Goes the Neighborhood" October 12, 2016 1.9/7 6.84[8] 0.9 N/A 2.8[49] N/A
5 "Spilt Milk" October 19, 2016 1.7/6 6.66[9] 0.9 2.81 2.6 9.47[50]
6 "Ties That Bind" November 9, 2016 1.8/6 7.02[10] 0.8 2.62 2.6 9.64[51]
7 "Fashion Police" November 16, 2016 1.7/6 6.60[11] 0.8 2.64 2.5 9.25[52]
8 "Can I Get a Witness?" November 30, 2016 1.6/6 6.43[12] 0.8 2.75 2.4 9.17[53]
9 "Jingle Bell Glock" December 7, 2016 1.4/5 6.26[13] 0.8 2.75 2.2 9.00[54]
10 "Homebodies" January 4, 2017 1.5/5 6.30[14] 0.8 2.82 2.3 9.03[55]
11 "Lawmen" January 11, 2017 1.4/5 6.48[15] 0.7 2.40 2.1 8.88[56]
12 "Brotherly Love" January 18, 2017 1.4/5 6.29[16] 0.8 2.54 2.2 8.83[57]
13 "The Seal is Broken" January 25, 2017 1.4/5 6.28[17] 0.8 2.70 2.2 8.98[58]
14 "The Murtaugh File" February 8, 2017 1.3/5 6.25[18] N/A 2.44 N/A 8.69[59]
15 "As Good As It Getz" February 15, 2017 1.4/5 6.37[19] 0.7 2.52 2.1 8.89[60]
16 "Unnecessary Roughness" February 22, 2017 1.4/5 6.26[20] 0.7 2.57 2.1 8.83[61]
17 "A Problem Like Maria" March 8, 2017 1.2/5 5.93[21] 0.7 2.36 1.9 8.28[62]
18 "Commencement" March 15, 2017 1.3/5 6.02[22] 0.7 2.55 2.0 8.57[63]

Season 2 (2017)[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "El Gringo Loco" September 26, 2017 1.2/5 4.37[23] N/A 2.75 N/A 7.12[64]
2 "Dancing in September" October 3, 2017 1.1/4 4.10[24] N/A 2.66 N/A 6.76[65]
3 "Born to Run" October 10, 2017 1.0/4 3.89[25] TBD TBD TBD TBD
4 "Flight Risk" October 17, 2017 0.9/4 3.79[26] TBD TBD TBD TBD
5 "Let it Ride" October 31, 2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD
6 "Gold Rush" November 7, 2017 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD

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