Tuesday, March 14, 2017

NBC's 'Trial & Error' is Fitting For the Show

Nicholas D'Agosto and John Lithgow in "Trial and Error"
Nicholas D'Agosto and John Lithgow in Trial & Error. (NBC)

TV SHOW REVIEW

Trial & Error maybe the perfect name for NBC’s new comedy as it appears that the show was created just that way. While mostly funny and features a terrific cast, some jokes fall flat (I swear you can hear crickets) and some are incredibly distasteful. Still, the show does bring some new to the table and among the show’s silliness, there is some heart to it as well.

Trial & Error appears to be trying to be the next Parks and Recreation or The Office as it too is set up like a documentary. This time it is for a true-crime show. Emmy award-winner, John Lithgow stars as the show’s suspect, Larry Henderson (which ironically is similar to the character’s name he played in the movie Harry and the Hendersons, but I digress…) who is accused of killing his wife. Nicholas D’Agosto plays Josh Simon, the attorney sent from New York to represent him. It’s his first case and everything that can go wrong, will. Every time Larry opens his mouth he sound more and more guilty of the crime his says he didn’t commit.

Set in a small Southern town, Simon has to work the case on a shoestring budget and a pair of misfits. His office is set up next door to a taxidermy shop with some of the shop’s critters still decorating the place.



Steven Boyer and Sherri Shepherd in "Trial and Error"
Steven Boyer and Sherri Shepherd (NBC)
Steven Boyer plays Josh’s assistant who is learning the ropes as he goes and maybe listens to his gut too often. Sherri Shepherd plays Josh’s receptionist, Anne Flatch, who probably the best character in this cast and clearly the one having the most fun with her role. Ann has so many issues that keep her from doing her job well that to explain them would take away a lot of the show’s humor. However, to give you an idea, she has no “face memory,” meaning that no matter how often she talks to someone, she never remembers that she’s seen them before.

Other cast members included Carol Anne Keane (Jayma Mays) as hard-as-nails attorney who apparently feels that she needs to dominate men in order to compete with them in the workplace and Summer Henderson (Krysta Rodriguez) who is Larry’s daughter.

Trial & Error doesn’t explain if Larry is or is not guilty and each episode hinges on the one before so it is a mystery to figure out. Like an episode of Dateline, the story will have some unsavory twists and turns as well. So, is it worth it to watch the show? I think so. Josh is so earnest wanting to see the good in people and wanting to do the right thing the right way, that it’s refreshing to see someone striving to act on good morals. Of course, this is based on watching two episodes.

You get your own change to judge the show as Trial & Error airs Tuesday, March 14 with two back-to-back episodes airing at 10:00 p.m. The show will continue to air two back-to-back episodes the following Tuesday beginning at 9:00 p.m.