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Damages

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This intense, twist-filled, and breakneck-paced series takes a three-pronged approach as a legal thriller, gripping murder mystery, and adrenaline-fueled character study, delving into and illuminating the characters' personal lives. The first season focuses on the Frobisher case and the murder mystery involving Ellen's discussion in the interrogation room and its subsequent offshoots. But the ...
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  1. 1. Get Me A Lawyer
    4 January 2008
    56min
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    After Patty (Glenn Close) handpicks Ellen (Rose Byrne) to be a first-year Associate at the high- profile law firm, Hewes & Associates, life will never be the same for either one of them. Ellen, newly-engaged to her boyfriend David Connor (Noah Bean), is thrilled to join the ranks and be trained under Patty and Patty's trusted Senior Associate, Tom Shayes (Tate Donovan). But Ellen soon realizes...
  2. 2. Jesus, Mary And Joe Cocker
    31 July 2007
    48min
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    When Ellen (Rose Byrne) and David (Noah Bean) gather with family to celebrate their recent engagement, Katie (Anastasia Griffiths) reveals her paranoia surrounding her involvement in the Frobisher (Ted Danson) case and her safety. Trying to alleviate her fear, Ellen assures Katie that they can trust Patty (Glenn Close) to help them, but when she brings Katie to the office, things do not go the...
  3. 3. And My Paralyzing Fear Of Death
    2 August 2007
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    When Patty (Glenn Close) and Ray Fiske (Ivanek Zeljko ) are called in by the Judge about the Frobisher case, Patty is asked to come up with a substantial reason to continue with their litigation by the end of the week. Looking for clues, Patty and Tom (Tate Donovan) learn about Katie's (Anastasia Griffiths) new friend. Meanwhile, Patty fears for the safety of her family when her life is threat...
  4. 4. Tastes Like A Ho Ho
    4 January 2008
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    While down in Florida for business, Katie (Anastasia Griffiths) partied the night away in one of Florida's hippest nightclubs and saw something she shouldn't have - Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson) with an unknown man in a parking lot. That one night, five years ago, has left her in a dire position - right in the center of the Frobisher class action lawsuit. If Katie correctly identifies the man ...
  5. 5. A Regular Earl Anthony
    21 August 2007
    46min
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    Frobisher (Ted Danson) pushes Ray Fiske (Zeljko Ivanek) to take a more aggressive approach with Patty (Glenn Close), who is on shaky ground with the clients. Tom (Tate Donovan) reckons with his own career options and seeks the advice of an outspoken friend (Donal Logue). Written by: Todd A. Kessler & Glenn Kessler & Daniel Zelman & Mark Fish Directed by: Jean DeSegonzac.
  6. 6. She Spat At Me
    4 January 2008
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    Patty cautiously pursues Gregory eager to learn his secrets before it's too late. An emboldened Frobisher attempts to salvage his legacy with an unconventional strategy. Lila ominously reappears in David's life further testing his relationship with Ellen.
  7. 7. We Are Not Animals
    11 September 2007
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    The Frobisher case now hinges on Gregory Malina's deposition which has Patty committed to keeping him safe from the nefarious forces of the opposition. Ellen and Tom are keeping something from Patty who they fear might be manipulating them.
  8. 8. Blame The Victim
    18 September 2007
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    With the key witness missing and Frobisher's camp taking extra measures to keep the momentum, Patty must find a new strategy for the case. Ellen gets blindsided when her parents show up with troubling news.
  9. 9. Do You Regret What We Did?
    25 September 2007
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    Both sides continue to fight for the upper hand as the mystery behind Gregory's disappearance deepens. With Frobisher's deposition nearing, he and his team bring on a secret weapon, while Ellen unearths information that could have serious impact on the case.
  10. 10. Sort Of Like A Family
    2 October 2007
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    Titans collide as Patty and Frobisher square off in his deposition. Ellen has been relegated to the sidelines where she contemplates a few risky moves that might get her back in the action.
  11. 11. I Hate These People
    9 October 2007
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    Pressure from the trial is talking its toll on Patty and Frobisher alike, as both sides intensify their tactics despite potentially dire ramifications. Ellen's secret information could be a huge help to Patty, but will the reward justify the risk?
  12. 12. There's No "We" Anymore
    16 October 2007
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    The story of Ellen's incarceration for David's murder converges with the tumultuous events surrounding Patty's efforts to take down Frobisher Written By: Todd A. Kessler, Glenn Kessler, and Daniel Zelman Directed By: Mark Piznarski
  13. 13. Because I Know Patty
    23 October 2007
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    The season comes to its shocking conclusion.

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Todd KesslerGlenn KesslerDaniel Zelman
Season year
2007
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4.3 out of 5 stars

318 global ratings

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skb17Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 September 2009
3.0 out of 5 stars
A perfect start with a so-so finish
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I was split between giving this three and four stars, because it starts off so well... and then tended to go downhill.

Firstly, the pilot. Wow. This was so tightly written. From that first minute it had me enthralled as to what was going on. Starting at the end, with a murder, then going back six months to see how it unfolds is genius.

Glenn Close in particular was enthralling as Patty Hewes, and Close embodied her with a quiet malevolence with the occasional glimmer of a softer side. But probably the star of the show, for me, is Zeljko Ivanek as Ray Fiske -- purely because he's one of the few characters that feels complicated, likeable and feels like he undergoes any form of emotional journey throughout the first season.

But after about episode 3, the pace starts to stall. Filler stories come in of family antics etc. One character faces leaving the law firm, and it adds nothing to the overall narrative. Now any show ever created tends to have arc plots and episode plots, so I feel bad criticising the show for this. But it was hard to stomach after the extremely focused storytelling of the first three episodes, and the attempts felt half-hearted.

The show then kind of stumbles towards the end, and does pick up some pace again in the last few episodes. And while there are some good plot twists towards the end, the main overall arc feels unsatisfactory. The revelations that have been dangled for the season weren't revelations at all, and some plot devices (such as a stalker story) just make the viewer feel cheated because they were obvious filler.

I think as a six episode season this could have been stunning. As it is, it has its highs and lows. It reminded me most of 24, and I think fans of that show will probably like this. At the price it is, I'd still highly recommend watching it. You could certainly do a lot worse for 13 episodes of TV.
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Film JunkieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 April 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
If it were a book you wouldn't be able to put it down!
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This series was worth the licence fee alone. I loved it. I was gripped from episode one and went to work with bags under my eyes every Tuesday because I had to watch it!

Close and Danson are awesome and the excellent acting talent that was on display from the other characters only enhanced their great performances.

Our story revolves around Danson, some dodgy accounting and a golfing trip to Florida which leads to his employees being jobless and wanting answers. Step in Close as Patty, a Ruthless litigator who will stop at nothing, do anything and hire anyone that will help her win her big case. Step in Sarah Shahi (from The L Word fame)a young lawyer fresh from Law school and wanting to prove herself. But is it her law talent that gets her that dream job? Tate Donovan (Ex-Mr-Aniston) also stars and I thought he really started to show off his acting skills in this but his character is weak and completely under Close's Thumb.

Just when you think you have it figured out along comes another twist and wham... your theory's out of the window. If you love a good 'who-done-it' this will have the grey matter working whilst perched on the edge of your seat! A real winner!
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BrommerDReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 January 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
Mrs Doubtfire reveals her evil side
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First heard about this on the Newsnight cultural review of 2008 where they were saying it was the highlight of the year for American drama so I checked it on Amazon and for only £8 I put it in my partner's stocking for Xmas - bargain.

I was expecting it to be sub-HBO standard but it isn't. Instead it is a gripping thriller with a cast of monsterous, yet believable, characters. I've only watched the first 5 episodes so far but if it maintains the standard it will be a most excellent series. I've given it 4 stars in case it tails off like some series do.

The only downside is that my canny partner pointed out that Glenn Close looks eerily like Robin Williams in the fat suit from [[ASIN:B000SKKCNW Mrs Doubtfire]] which only makes her more sinister.

Anticipating series 2 to be even better as the actors grow into their characters even more. Be afraid, be very afraid.
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ArtReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 November 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
BEST US series since 6 Feet Under
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Last winter we sat through all 5 years of '6 Feet Under' again.. Since we watched it first time nothing came along to equal a series in that style. I tried 'Brothers and Sisters' because Rachel (Brenda Chenoworth) Griffiths was in it; sadly it was EXTREMELY sugery and weak, more like a radio serial, with very static photography.

But NOW we have discovered 'Damages'!

Glenn Close was the initial draw, and is superb, but Rose Byrne is also excellent (and Australian like Rachel Griffiths but you'd never guess from her performance). And the 3 writers have created a women + women scenario for the main 2 characters, not unlike Cagney and Lacey many years ago, but these 2 are adversaries.

The story is complex, told in 'time layers' back and forth, so you know in the first episode what you THINK has happened, but the full story is only brought up to date in the last episode, and the twists and turns are gripping. The cinematography is as good as any feature film, and combined with a great cast, you are GRIPPED by this series.

I watched it all over one week!!

100% recomended ~ televison does not get any better than this.
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Boris JohnsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 May 2009
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good but not authentic
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Although this was a very entertaining series and supported by a standout performance by Glenn Close it suffered from not being very believable from a lawyerly perspective. Advising clients that they WILL win litigation does not happen in the real world; you never say to a client that they will win even if the evidence goes in their favour. Cases always carry a litigation risk. This advice Patty gives to her clients was even more proposterous given that she has no evidence, at this point to undermine Frobisher's defence.
Further, the way Patty Hewes singlehandedly ignores her client's requests to settle is ethically incorrect as a lawyer must always act within her clients' best interests and she had no evidence to believe that a further settlement from Frobisher would be forthcoming. However, as Patty is a character that operates on both the good and morally reprehensible sides of the law then her actions are always suspect; it is difficult to believe that she gains the respect of peers in this way or is not penalised heavily by the judicial system.
Rose Byrne was excellent as her protige and Ted Danson's supporting performance strong. This was a gripping thriller, with a predictable twist at the end. It just suffers from being highly implausible.
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Magnum ValentinoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 April 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
Five Reasons To Love Damages
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1. It has a twisty turny plot that really keeps you guessing, but unlike Lost, actually fills you in on everything you want to know. The season ends nicely, concisely and conclusively while laying the foundation for another.

2. Rose Byrne is in it and she's absolutely magnificent. She combines all the best features of Jennifer Connelly, Robin Tunney and several actresses from the eighties, she's cute, she's ballsy, and she's awesome.

3.It's only 13 episodes long so it won't wear you out and doesn't suffer from plot procrastination, even when it looks like its about to.

4. Michelle Trachtenberg isn't in it, not once, not even for a moment.

5. It's superbly written and has a unique visual style, much like The Sopranos does. It is NOT, however, "The Sopranos with a law degree", as the DVD art contests. How can a TV show have a law degree.
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G. ADAIRReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 September 2009
2.0 out of 5 stars
Disappointing
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After watching The Wire and Dexter, I found Damages bitterly disappointing. There's no substance to it, just gloss. For a show that purports to be steeped in the twists and turns of the legal world, there is surprisingly little law discussed - it's all glossed over, skirted around and implied, presumably to avoid the risk of boring the audience. Shame - it would've been interesting (and original) if they'd got under the skin of legal loopholes and misinterpretations to generate some of the story lines.

Characters are largely one-dimensional: the young ones are good looking, successful and wholesome, the older ones bitter and twisted; neither have unusual quirks or conflicts. In short, most of the characters exist purely to serve the plot. The character played by Glenn Close is the most interesting, but by episode 2 or 3 we pretty much have the measure of her and are no longer surprised by the supposedly unexpected actions she takes.

Glenn Close's performance, however, is excellent and often mesmerising. Unfortunately the other actors are nothing to write home about. Ted Danson fails to convince as the all-powerful CEO with vindictive tendencies, and instead comes across as affable and rather bumbling. The young actors are competent but not noteworthy. A petty point, perhaps, but I'm also confused by the casting choices: Among the cast are two young women and two young men, and for some reason the casting team decided to choose two men who look very similar to one another and two women who look very similar to one another. Lots of shadowy camera shots and quick glimpses - I was forever having to double check which one I'd just seen on screen.

Having said all of this, the plot does have plenty of twists and turns, and you'll probably find yourself caught up in the storyline to some degree, if not actually gripped or thrilled. I struggled on to the end but won't be bothering with season 2.

On the cover of the box there's a quote from London Lite describing the show as "The Sopranos with a law degree", but I think that's way off the mark. If anything, it's "Without a Trace" or "CSI" with a law degree. Actually not even a degree, maybe a diploma.
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TonkfanReviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 November 2008
5.0 out of 5 stars
I loved it
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This is a great series, from first frame to final credits.

I admit that I was completely taken into the glossy, glamorous, ultimately shallow world of the US legal system as depicted here - and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment.

While I fully accept the comment that the show sometimes felt like an ongoing marketing campaign, on a perverse level, I actually felt that element added to its enjoyment. Moreover, neither the show nor the actors involved, ever appeared to take any of it too seriously.

As for the Rainbow comparisons, I actually thought Rose Byrne was pretty good as the clever but extremely naive, rather pompous young lawyer, who makes the mistake of believing in her abilities just a little too much. And Glen Close makes a hugely enjoyable 'villain'.

To any potential viewer, don't over-analyse, just sit back and enjoy!

I've given it 5 stars because it was so entertaining, and on watching the series a second time, I loved it even more. Good television is a rare commodity in this reality/celebrity TV obsessed age, and I salute any series steers away from this sorry state of affairs.
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