The Client (TV series)

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The Client
The Client CBS Series JoBeth Williams.jpg
Promotional poster for series
Genre Drama, legal thriller
Created by John Grisham
Written by Judith Paige Mitchell
John Grisham
Grace McKeaney
Edward Tivnan
Directed by Helaine Head
Mike Pavone
Win Phelps
Michael W. Watkins
Starring JoBeth Williams
John Heard
Polly Holliday
Ossie Davis
Theme music composer Steven Graziano
Dino A. Moriana
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 20
Executive producer(s) Judith Paige Mitchell
Mitchell Binder
Cinematography Lowell Peterson
Editor(s) Robert L. Sinise
M. Edward Salier
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Michael Filerman Productions
Judith Paige Mitchell Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original network CBS
Original release September 17, 1995 (1995-09-17) – April 16, 1996 (1996-04-16)

The Client (also referred to as John Grisham's The Client) is an American television series that was broadcast on CBS.[1] It aired for one season, premiering with a two-hour movie pilot on September 17, 1995,[2] and airing new episodes through April 16, 1996. The series was based on the 1994 film The Client, itself adapted from the 1993 John Grisham novel also titled The Client. It starred JoBeth Williams, John Heard, and Polly Holliday in the roles created in the film by Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, and Micole Mercurio, respectively.



The leads of the series were played by JoBeth Williams as Reggie Love,[3] and John Heard as Roy Foltrigg. As series regulars, Polly Holliday as Big Momma and David Barry Gray as Clint McGuire are the only other characters to appear in all 20 episodes.

Besides Micole Mercurio, who played Big Momma in the film and guest-starred in the fourteenth episode, Winning, as Naomi, the only other actor to appear in both the series and film was Ossie Davis. His portrayal of Judge Harry Roosevelt in the film, led him to recreate that part in 13 of the 20 first-season episodes of the series.


The following actors were considered recurring, with many of them portraying characters already created in the book and/or movie:

  • Valerie Mahaffey as Ellie Foltrigg (4 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Mac Davis as Waldo Gaines (3 episodes 1995–96)
  • David Michael Mullins as Lewis Maddox (7 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Burke Moses as Jackson Love (6 episodes, 1995–96)
  • William Converse-Roberts as Dr. Gus Cardoni (6 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Derek McGrath as Arnie (4 episodes, 1996)
  • Thom Barry as Judge Waite-Barkley (4 episodes, 1996)
  • Brixton Karnes as Officer Brill (4 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Harry Lennix as Daniel Holbrook (3 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Emilio Borelli as Nick (3 episodes, 1996)
  • Allen Williams as Howard Straithe (3 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Timothy Carhart as Walon Clark (3 episodes, 1995)
  • Emmanuelle Bach as Nicole (3 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Ray McKinnon as Lenny Barlow (3 episodes, 1995)


John Heard as Roy Foltrigg & JoBeth Williams as Reggie Love, 1996

While the series lasted 20 episodes, it reached a larger audience when the TNT Network rebroadcast the series five nights a week, March 1999 through February 2001, to solid ratings.[4]

DVD Release[edit]

While the full series is not yet available on DVD or Blu-ray, the 1995 pilot episode of the series was included as a bonus feature on the 2013 Blu-ray release of the 1994 film.[5]


  1. ^ Bruce Fretts (June 9, 1995). "CBS Fall Television Preview". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  2. ^ Todd Everett (September 15, 1995). "Review: 'John Grisham's the Client'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  3. ^ "'Client'-Ele". Variety. March 12, 1995. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  4. ^ "JoBeth Williams' 'THE CLIENT' begins encore run on TNT". The Houston Chronicle. March 14, 1999. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09.
  5. ^ "The Client (Blu-ray)". WalMart.

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