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Damages is a legal thriller set in the world of New York City high-stakes litigation. The series, which provides a view into the true nature of power and success, follows the turbulent lives of Patty Hewes, the nation's most revered and reviled high-stakes litigator, and her bright, ambitious protégé Ellen Parsons.

Broadcast History:
FX Networks: Seasons 1-3
DirectTV: Seasons 4-5


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    • Writing failure in TV series: Damages.

      What a perfect opp to provide a series that teaches points of law, however small or simple. Have you noticed how absent "any" useful legal learning is from the series. What a disappointment. Based upon a failure to improve over the 1950's series "Perry Mason", my score is 4.5
    • Give me some characters to care about!

      This has to be the first drama where I really haven't cared about any of the characters, super villain or hero. In the end I found more warmth and depth of character in Frobisher than any of GC'S legal team. Got completely bored by episode 9 and couldn't go on any longer. Too slow and who really cares who killed the drippy boyfriend, both Ellen and him may as well have been made of cardboard!moreless
    • Ellen Parsons is horrible

      Ray Fiske was the only reason I continued to watch the show. Something about that southern drawl! Lawyers that moonlight as private eyes??? At times the show is hard to follow. Ellen Parsons is the worst part of the show.
    • The Show Takes Place in Antarctica

      Damages is a solid little show with decent writing and some very good acting. Glenn Close is phenomenal, Zeliko Ivanek is great too, and Rose Byrne has some solid moments as well. The show jumps around with it's story telling so they tell you part of the ending right away and the rest of the season is putting the pieces together, with new details being uncovered throughout each episode. It creates a more mystery feel for the characters and the audience, rather than a regular law procedural.

      The problem is that it must take place in a dystopian future where the Earth is in another mini Ice Age. For some reason, IT IS ALWAYS COLD OUTSIDE. Literally always. Every character wears a heavy coat and sweater in almost every scene. With the jumping around story telling, the show will show you 6 months in the future to help move the mystery along. Well if it's cold in their present, wouldn't it warm up in 6 months? You'd think so. But nope, they all wear pea coats and pullover sweaters. I don't understand.

      Overall good show though.moreless
    • Damages

      Great performances by Glenn Close, Zeliko Ivanek, Marcia Gay Harden, Timothy Olyphant, William Hurt and Ted Dansen. Sadly, the Ellen character was a despicable backstabber and snake in the grass, and the actress, Rose Byrne, has no acting ability.

      The jumping forward and backward in time was annoying and distracting. This series had a lot of potential. The main problem was the casting of Rose Byrne as Ellen, and the directors constant change in timing.moreless

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    Drama, Suspense


    Thrillers, Family Dramas, Crime, Detectives, Legal