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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
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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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4.4 out of 5 stars

457 global ratings

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Lucas2022Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 April 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
too many holes too upsetting
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It was supposed to be entertainment. It has high production values, two really good actors, Ted Danson and Željko Ivanek (he plays Danson’s lawyer, and the superb Glenn Close.

But it has so many holes, they force the story so much in order to fit it with the end they had already written, that I found myself getting upset with the story instead of enjoying myself. It was distracting.

Example (WARNING: CONTAINS PLOT SPOILERS!)

Frobisher offers half a billion as settlement to Patricia Hewes. She doesn’t accept it right there and then. But she should take the offer to her clients. It wasn’t up to her to make the decision. And the clients would obviously accept the offer. They almost accepted a previous offer of 100 million, five times less.

But that would end the story. This is just one of the many holes and implausible plots of “Damages”. It’s really a stylised but empty story. Rubbish.
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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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J. CroninReviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 October 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
A modern legal drama
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Glenn Close is an illustrious actress with an imposing screen presence. But she has waited until 'Damages' to make her regular appearance on our television screens, delivering a modern and dramatic take on the traditional lawyer genre. In the vein of '24' and other modern series, Damages focuses on one court case, with many subplots and undercurrents.

Patty Hewes (Close) is a leading and feared litigator. She is currently spearheading a civil suit against billionaire Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson) whose company collapsed with 'accounting irregularities' leaving his employees without their pensions. Hewes hires recent graduate Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) who turns out to be more than a match for Hewes' manipulations and ploys. Parsons' involvement with Hewes will drag her family and friends deep into a web of corporate deceit and high stakes litigation.

As the series draws to it's gripping close, it becomes clear to the viewer that everything you've seen on screen matters. There are no wasted scenes or screentime in this high-paced, intricate drama. An exciting and moden soundtrack makes this the best legal drama in years. And interestingly, we never see the inside of a courtroom!
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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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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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EricReviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 September 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wow, as addictive as anything I've seen for years!
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I'm pretty sure I bought this Season 1 Blu-ray (at an incredibly low price) only because I'd seen the Season 3 Box Set in a shop and was intrigued by the cover. Not a great way to choose stuff, but hey what a result!

Well I started to watch it yesterday and went to bed bleary eyed after watching 7 episodes in one day. That really is not my style at all. Last time I did anything like that was during the earlier and mid Seasons of West Wing.

I know I'll watch the rest of it today. It's a tight story with grown-up expectations of the watcher - so far there's been no "Previously On .." at the start of any episodes, it just carries on developing the plot and hooking you further in.

Just plain brilliant!!

Season 2 & 3 will certainly follow.
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A. WrightReviewed in the United Kingdom on 28 March 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Damages ~ Complete season 1
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I have already seen season 1 on TV. But seing it was for sale at such a good price I just had to buy it. I was hooked from day 1. It's absolutely brilliant. On the one hand I want to know how it all ends, but on the other I look forward to each episode so much, I think I will be slightly disappointed when it does. If you haven't seen this yet I think you will be pleasantly surprised especially if you like stories that unfold slowly and week by week/episode by episode you find out how each little detail ties in to another you had previously seen but not quite understood. If you like a good mystery or who-dunnit then I think you will like this. Season 2 is on now, and it's just as good as the first. The whole thing is just so clever.
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MutianReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 March 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enthralling!
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Damages has got to be the best thing on TV at the moment. Right from the first episode I was captivated into the world of Patty Hughes and Ellen Parsons, it's brilliantly written and the actors are totally convincing at bringing the twisted plots to life.

Amazon is offering a real bargain price for this series, I promise you if you like legal dramas or just want to watch something intelligent then you will be gripped on this series right from the first opening titles to the end credits of the final episode, I was yelling at the TV for more! Luckily season 2 is now on the BBC and it seems to be even better than this first season.

Enjoy!
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