I asked you guys what dramatic shows you might be interested in discussing here recently and Bull came up a lot. CBS describes the show like this, “Inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw, Michael Weatherly stars as Dr. Jason Bull. Brilliant, brash and charming, he’s the ultimate puppet master combining psychology, intuition and high-tech data to learn what makes jurors and the accused tick.”
I really liked the first episode of this show. It’s a crime drama in the view of Law and Order to some extent. Each week is a different case. However, this series focuses on the trial aspect. Someone has already been arrested and the defense team is working to get the client a not guilty outcome. The clients are always going to be rich. Rich kids, rich adults, perhaps even rich companies. The common link between the rich defendants is that they hire a very high-tech team to profile the jury. The process begins with jury selection, but continues with tailoring the defense to be appealing to the jurors. This includes dressing the defendant. Coaching the defendant on posture and facial expressions while in court. Determining whether or not the defendant to should testify. Those are things we were all mostly aware of from watching trials on TV. Most attorneys do these things.
But not like Bull. Bull is the leader of the team whose sole focus is on the jury and their individual backgrounds and responses to the attorneys. And no one is better at it than Bull.
There were parts of the editing I found annoying. Bull will look over at the jurors during trial and we see them literally speaking to him on the show. I think I would rather see Bull and hear his thoughts, “He’s hungover.” “She hates the lead prosecutor.” Instead we see the jury speaking their thoughts to Bull. It’s kind of cheesy.
But overall I really like the show and I recommend it to you with by saying, “It’s worth a look.” If you watched let me know what you thought in comments. If you didn’t there is a clip below. IF YOU WATCH THE CLIP IT PRETTY MUCH SPOILS THE ENTIRE FIRST EPISODE. So if you want to watch the first episode on demand or have it on DVR you should skip it.
I’d also like to know what other dramatic shows you guys are watching. Please do not spoil the shows when you discuss them. Especially Empire as I have not had time to watch that yet.
What new fall shows have you seen that you enjoyed?