Trial & Error (TV series)

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Trial & Error
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Genre
Created by
  • Jeff Astrof
  • Matt Miller
Starring
Composer(s) John Swihart
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Marlis Pujol
Editor(s) Yana Gorskaya
Dane McMaster
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original network NBC
Original release March 14, 2017 (2017-03-14) – present
External links
Website www.nbc.com/trial-and-error

Trial & Error (formerly known as The Trail)[1] is an American sitcom television series created by Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller for NBC. Produced by Warner Bros. Television, the series was commissioned in May 2016,[2] and premiered on March 14, 2017.[3][4] It stars Nicholas D'Agosto, Jayma Mays, Steven Boyer, Krysta Rodriguez, and Sherri Shepherd, with John Lithgow also starring in the first season. The series, which spoofs documentaries and reality legal shows, follows Northeastern lawyer Josh Segal (portrayed by D'Agosto) and his eccentric local associates (portrayed by Boyer and Shepherd) in a fictional small town in South Carolina called East Peck as he represents accused local citizens.

On May 20, 2017, NBC renewed the series for a 10-episode second season, with the entire cast, except Lithgow, returning, it is scheduled to premiere in 2018 as part of the 2017–18 television schedule.[5]

Premise[edit]

A comedic legal mockumentary about a young bright-eyed New York lawyer Josh Segal who settles in the small Southern town of East Peck, South Carolina with an oddball defense team and solves cases from behind a taxidermy shop; in the first season, they defend a compulsively eccentric poetry professor Larry Henderson accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife and it becomes challenging when his client is always making himself look guilty and the prosecutor Carol Anne Keane is determined to use the case as a stepping stone to greater local power.

Cast[edit]

  • Nicholas D'Agosto as Josh Segal,[1] a defense lawyer from New York who finds his first experience of murder trials in East Peck, South Carolina.
  • Jayma Mays as Carol Anne Keane,[6] Assistant District Attorney of East Peck and Josh's rival as well as love interest.
  • Steven Boyer as Dwayne Reed,[7] Josh's lead investigator and a former police officer in East Peck.
  • Krysta Rodriguez as Summer Henderson,[8] the daughter of Larry Henderson.
  • Sherri Shepherd as Anne Flatch,[9] Josh's assistant/head researcher who suffers from rare and bizarre disorders.
  • John Lithgow as Larry Henderson,[9] a poetry professor and the suspect on trial for the murder of his wife. (season 1)

Recurring[edit]

  • Bob Gunton as Jeremiah Jefferson Davis, a tobacco businessman, Margaret's brother, and hence Larry's brother-in-law.
  • Cristine Rose as Josie Jefferson Davis, the quiet, alcoholic wife of Jeremiah and the sister-in-law of Larry and Margaret Henderson.
  • Angel Parker as Heidi Baker, a local TV journalist who reports on the investigation of Larry Henderson.
  • Dave (Gruber) Allen as Dave, a taxidermist who owns a shop next to Josh's office.
  • Kevin Daniels as Alfonzo Prefontaine, Larry's fitness trainer and lover.
  • Patricia Belcher as E. Horsedich (pronounced Hi-sen-dich), the judge who presides over the case of People v. Larry Henderson.
  • Kevin Durand as Rutger Hiss, a local police officer who leads the investigation of Larry Henderson.
  • Julie Hagerty as Madame Rhonda, a pet psychic who later becomes Juror 9 in the trial of People v. Larry Henderson.

Guest stars[edit]

  • Andrew Daly as Thom Hinkle, a DNA expert who suffers from a bizarre type of OCD.
  • Marla Gibbs as Mrs. Kratt, Larry's antipathetic neighbor.
  • Fred Melamed as Howard Mankiewicz, a founding partner of the firm where Josh works.
  • Andie MacDowell as Margaret Henderson, Larry's deceased wife whose murder becomes the subject of the mockumentary.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (2017)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot"
"Chapter 1: A Big Crime in a Small Town"
Jeffrey Blitz Jeff Astrof & Matt Miller March 14, 2017 (2017-03-14) T11.10106 5.92[10]
Northeastern junior attorney Josh Segal arrives in East Peck, South Carolina to represent local poetry professor Larry Henderson, who is accused of murdering his current wife, Margaret, only during pre-trial. The case proves challenging as the client is somehow always making himself look guilty, and Josh quickly finds himself in competition with the determined, no holds barred prosecutor, Carol Anne Keane. Later, a shocking discovery regarding Larry's faithfulness causes his brother-in-law to turn on him and decide to finance the prosecution instead—forcing Josh alone to fully represent him—and everyone, except his daughter Summer, to (further) doubt his innocence.
2 "Chapter 2: A Wrench in the Case" Jeffrey Blitz Jeff Astrof March 14, 2017 (2017-03-14) T12.15452 4.58[10]
Josh starts his first duties as Larry's lead defense attorney: investigating the bloody handprint found in Larry's house, where Margaret was found dead, with the help of a DNA expert whom Anne brings and who suffers from a bizarre (and disgusting) type of OCD; and sending Dwayne to Roanoke, Virginia to retrieve the body of Larry's first wife, who was allegedly murdered in the same manner as was Margaret, in order to get a proper autopsy... which ultimately becomes impossible to happen.
3 "Chapter 3: The Other Man" Jeffrey Blitz Bill Callahan March 21, 2017 (2017-03-21) T12.15453 5.29[11]
It is discovered that Margaret was having an affair, and the identity of the other man proves to be a shocker to everyone. Meanwhile, Larry becomes publicly humiliated at Margaret's funeral.
4 "Chapter 4: An Unwelcome Distraction" Jennifer Celotta Bill Martin & Mike Schiff March 21, 2017 (2017-03-21) T12.15454 4.25[11]
After the lead investigator of the murder—who is also the other man—is found comatose, Carol Anne uses this as an opportunity to bring frivolous charges against the defense, who may or may not be responsible for the incident.
5 "Chapter 5: Right-Hand Man" Jeffrey Blitz Craig Gerard & Matthew Zinman March 28, 2017 (2017-03-28) T12.15455 4.25[12]
Josh finds evidence that may link Margaret's brother to her murder; Dwayne tries to prove Josh that he can be the latter's valuable "right-hand man"; and Summer and Anne help Larry practice his testimony.
6 "Chapter 6: Secrets & Lies" Ken Whittingham Sherry Bilsing-Graham & Ellen Kreamer March 28, 2017 (2017-03-28) T12.15456 3.23[12]
7 "Chapter 7: The Case Gets Big" Dean Holland Amy Aniobi April 4, 2017 (2017-04-04) T12.15457 3.76[13]
8 "Chapter 8: A Change in Defense" Matt Sohn Story by : Kassia Miller
Teleplay by : Patrick Kang & Michael Levin
April 4, 2017 (2017-04-04) T12.15458 3.01[13]
9 "Chapter 9: Opening Statements" Rebecca Asher Bill Callahan April 11, 2017 (2017-04-11) T12.15459 3.64[14]
10 "Chapter 10: A Hostile Jury" Matt Sohn Bill Martin & Mike Schiff April 11, 2017 (2017-04-11) T12.15460 2.88[14]
11 "Chapter 11: Unusual Suspect" Ryan Case Craig Gerard & Matthew Zinman April 13, 2017 (2017-04-13) T12.15461 2.67[15]
12 "Chapter 12: The Defense Rests" Matt Sohn Jeff Astrof & Bill Callahan April 18, 2017 (2017-04-18) T12.15462 3.79[16]
13 "Chapter 13: The Verdict" Jeffrey Blitz Jeff Astrof April 18, 2017 (2017-04-18) T12.15463 3.01[16]

Broadcast[edit]

Internationally, the series was acquired in Australia by the Seven Network[17] where it premiered on April 30, 2017,[18] and in New Zealand by TVNZ.[19]

Reception[edit]

Trial & Error has received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the series has an approval rating of 85% based on 33 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "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."[20] On Metacritic, the series has a score of 67 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21]

Ratings[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" March 14, 2017 1.4/5 5.92[10] N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 "A Wrench in the Case" March 14, 2017 1.0/4 4.58[10] N/A N/A N/A N/A
3 "The Other Man" March 21, 2017 1.2/5 5.29[11] N/A N/A N/A TBD
4 "An Unwelcome Distraction" March 21, 2017 1.1/4 4.25[11] N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 "Right-Hand Man" March 28, 2017 1.0/4 4.25[12] N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 "Secrets & Lies" March 28, 2017 0.8/3 3.23[12] N/A N/A N/A N/A
7 "The Case Gets Bigger" April 4, 2017 0.9/3 3.76[13] N/A N/A N/A N/A
8 "A Change in Defense" April 4, 2017 0.7/3 3.01[13] N/A N/A N/A N/A
9 "Opening Statements" April 11, 2017 0.9/3 3.64[14] N/A N/A N/A N/A
10 "A Hostile Jury" April 11, 2017 0.8/3 2.88[14] N/A N/A N/A N/A
11 "Unusual Suspect" April 13, 2017 0.6/2 2.67[15] N/A N/A N/A N/A
12 "The Defense Rests" April 18, 2017 0.9/3 3.79[16] N/A N/A N/A N/A
13 "The Verdict" April 18, 2017 0.7/3 3.01[16] N/A N/A N/A N/A

References[edit]

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