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Sadie Ellis is a brilliant attorney at a boutique firm who starts to fall for her charismatic client, Billy Brennan, an altruistic pediatric surgeon recently accused of murdering his girlfriend 24 years ago. Sadie is hiding her growing feelings from everyone, including her close friend and colleague, Albert Cobb, who thinks he knows everything about her. Working on other cases at the practice is Cameron Wirth, a transgender Ivy League graduate who fights passionately for her clients since she's experienced injustice first hand; Tiffany Simon, a second-year associate who is quickly learning the ropes from Wirth; and Nick, a former felon who earned his degree while serving time. They all consider it a privilege to work for Isaiah Roth, a revered legal lion and "lefty" legend, whose approval is their holy grail. Sadie's decision to become involved with her client could put her career, as well as her happiness, at risk if Billy is found guilty, which means she needs to work all the harder to prove reasonable doubt, even if she has some herself.

 
Status: Running
TV Channel: CBS
  • Dan Fienberg

    A soapy legal procedural that feels like a subpar version of The Good Wife by way of a subpar version of a Shonda Rhimes-free ABC Shonda Rhimes show (though still not quite as subpar as Conviction and Notorious, ABC's own confused efforts to do Shonda without Shonda).

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The series seems to have been assembled by a particularly indifferent Victor Frankenstein, the parts crammed together without much regard for whether the stitching is visible or whether the finished product works.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    It’s very clear from the dialogue, pacing, and tone that Doubt would really like to remind you of still another CBS show--The Good Wife--but, sorry, it’s nowhere in the same league.

    Yahoo TV Full Review
  • Josh Bell

    The producers surround [Katherine Heigl] with a strong supporting cast as her fellow lawyers, including Elliott Gould, Psych’s Dulé Hill and Orange Is the New Black’s Laverne Cox. But the cases are dull and formulaic, watering down hot-button issues to fit in the show’s neat, simplistic framework.

    Las Vegas Weekly Full Review
  • Allison Keene

    Doubt does win some points back for stacking its talent roster so deep that it can afford to keep people like Judith Light and Becky Ann Baker around just for minor roles. But even given the talent of the cast and what seems like a surprisingly strong push for diversity, even for Heigl fans there’s nothing about Doubt that makes it close to appointment television.

    Collider Full Review
  • Jon Negroni

    It’s a courtroom drama that happens to be fine enough for viewers willing to follow the twists and turns of legal jargon that is remarked upon and divined by the writers, rather than delivered through investigative drama.

    We Got This Covered Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    Comfort food appeal to some viewers who could certainly do worse than this series that tends to be more lighthearted (listen for the bouncy music soundtrack), with enjoyably quirky supporting characters. It’s just unfortunate the show’s primary story is often overwrought and obvious.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Bethonie Butler

    The pilot feels more focused on introducing names and faces than actual characters worthy of our investment. The cases feel like standard “Law & Order” fare, which is fine on “Law & Order” but less compelling here. There is promise in the ensemble cast.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Doubt assembles such an impressive cast it's easy to wish they had more ambitious material with which to play. As is, this CBS legal drama delivers a steady dose of "The Good Wife"-lite-type banter, without presenting much of an argument to keep watching.

    CNN Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    Sadie and Billy predictably debrief each other, supposedly complicating the ongoing case, but we’re more caught up in the weekly cases, especially when Cam Wirth is handling them. Cox sashays away with the show, which ends up being a feeble and not especially imaginative “The Good Wife” wannabe.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Gail Pennington

    After its overwrought pilot, Doubt could settle into being a perfectly watchable show for fans of the genre. The jury, however, remains out.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Jeff Jensen

    You don’t buy her boundary-crossing romance with Billy, because Heigl and the writing can’t you make you believe she’d ever be flawed enough to do that. You simply don’t doubt her enough for Doubt to work as well as it should.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    So far it’s strictly so-so on the storytelling front, but with some scenes that raise the bar beyond that. Those mostly involve Light, though. And she’s not the one who’s supposed to carry the load.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    While the cast is competent, Cox seems to have difficulty with her lines in some scenes. With time, she may relax into her role, but I have misgivings Doubt will be around long enough for anyone to get comfortable. Imitation Shonda Rhimes just isn’t as good as the real thing.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Esther Zuckerman

    There’s nothing yet extraordinary--save for a casting choice--about the series. But it has enough compelling material that it can’t be written off completely.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    The conflict between idealism and reality runs through Doubt like a bright thread, sometimes restated in explicitly political terms. Sometimes the firm's lawyers seem to be giving their clients short shrift in deference to dubious leftist shibboleths about community. Is "snitching" really the word for testifying against a gang-banger murderer? That piquant political dilemma, coupled with the increasingly jagged story line of Sadie's dubious romance, keep Doubt more watchable than it probably has a right to be.

    Reason.com Full Review
  • Scott D. Pierce

    As a soap opera, Doubt is pretty good. It's filled with likable characters played by a nice cast and features relatively interesting cases handled by a boutique New York law firm.

    The Salt Lake Tribune Full Review
  • Sonia Saraiya

    There’s a brazen quality to Doubt that is frothy enough to be silly but grounded enough to take on topical, controversial subjects. It doesn’t require too much effort to let unfold, and with such a talented, deep bench of actors, it’s usually enough to watch them bounce off of each other while flaunting their impossibly stylish accessories.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jen Chaney

    At first glance, it seems like just another glossy, TV exploration of law and order, with Heigl in the role of fireball attorney crusading for justice while click-clacking through courtrooms in high heels. In a lot of ways, that’s exactly what Doubt is. But it also happens to be a solid showcase for Heigl and her fellow actors, including Laverne Cox.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Meredith Blake

    It is a worthy, highly watchable effort. While a bit tonally uneven in early episodes and not especially groundbreaking--it is, at its core, yet another legal procedural--Doubt is elevated by witty banter and a stellar supporting cast.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Jeff Korbelik

    The cases are what propel the drama, but it's the high-profile cast that will keep viewers coming back.

    The Lincoln Journal Star Full Review
  • Rob Lowman

    The show is competent for what it is. (Phelan and Rater know the territory.) And the series manages to address some real issues in evenhanded ways. So while it’s not my cup of tea, I wouldn’t write Doubt off.

    Los Angeles Daily News Full Review
  • Verne Gay

    Think of this as “Grey’s” in a courtroom, with a good New York cast, two legends (Gould and Bill Irwin, who plays a judge), a TV star and a TV pioneer.

    Newsday Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    Doubt isn't art, but it's a well-done piece of popular entertainment that, for Heigl, represents a welcome return to form.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Dorothy Rabinowitz

    The scripts exude a distinct touch of ambition. Their content isn’t limited to cases grabbed from today’s headlines--some of them reflect a certain consciousness of history.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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