I never watched damage until like 4 or 5 seasons had passed. I shouldve known it was top notch because everything on fx is topnotch. its the best station on cable, and damages is so dark with so much back stabbing,, outmaneuvering and stuff, its like damn, people are so selfish and cruel.
Damages was a fun and surprising find. I really enjoyed the story arcs of each season. I was also impressed by the acting, dialog, and the overall ability of the show to keep me guessing (even though they gave glimpses into future events). Damages was a smart and compelling show with a unique style that deserves to be imitated.
After canceling our cable, we decided to go subscribe to Netflix stream, and decided to watch Damages. My husband and I love the darkness of the stories and just finished season 3. Season 5 is still on tv , so I am hoping Netflix will have it to stream as soon as season 5 ends.
I was a fan of Damages from the beginning. Unfortunately this season the writers have felt it necessary to add extremely foul language and more explicit sex scenes and nudity to what used to be a great series. The acting and story line have always been outstanding, but I feel the series has now been reduced to being trashy. I have decided not to finish watching this final season.
damages is a very great law thriller series, with some very great actors, every episode has a good story and suspenseful can get a little dull in parts but always bounces back, glenn close plays an amazing part as patti hewes should be Oscar winning for her role.
I rented the box set and just couldn't stop watching the show! I normally HATE lawyer shows, they're all copycats, but THIS ONE wooooow! It was completely different and less about the mumbo-jumbo lawyer jargin and more about the story. This one was really really good. I'm sure actual lawyers will be pissed at the stereotypes but this was a very pleasing show! I like Mrs. Streep in roles where she's a woman with power who has to make some tough, questionable decisions. It's more believable with the older actresses in these roles- like what she did on the Shield. I laugh when I'm at work because I wonder how many of the female execs are like her because their attitudes remind me of Streep's character here. The other characters vibe well and the writing always leaves something out so that you have more to look forward to- as they did with Season 1 ending. You really can't predict the plots going on and you have to question any character who gets any camera time. This was a well put together crew and storyline to match the talent.
I just watched the first season and after all the hype and the reviews, I was expecting a lot more. The non-linear story line made each episode just annoying and predictable. The dialogues were not electrifying and the acting was at best decent. The show is no "Practice" and it is no "Boston Legal."
Just because the show revolves around a civil case does not mean its a legal show. Just because Patty Hewes is a gungho lawyer, who kills a dog, breaks promises, manipulates people and tries to kill her associate, does not make her an anti-heroine. There was no true 'ooohh - ahhhh' shock moment in the entire first season. There was no moment were you felt proud about any of the characters, every twist or turn in the season seemed artificial or seemed to have been perpetrated for the purpose of shocking the viewer without providing any real insight.
I am not certain if the producers and writers simply wanted to tap into an available niche or if the intended target demographic of the show is young educated women who have previously stayed away from the legal genre, but I can only assume that the success of the show is due to this reason. The writing and character development is week and no mythos is created about Ellen Parsons. Simply mentioning that she has great ambition and 'their is something about her,' etc... does not equate to building a character who the audience would want to watch, relate to, or care about.
The story line of the entire civil suite is at best flimsy. Without dwelling into the complexity of the legal world, the season ends with a 2 billion dollar settlement with two or three links of questionable evidence. The video tape could easily have been coerced, any half-brain lawyer could easily have argued that the recording was made under duress, a gun could have been pointed at the guy and someone could have forced him to say the things he did. The accused would never get a chance to cross examine the testimony and thousand of holes could have been created in that recording. For a show to assume the mantle of a legal drama in 'high-stakes' litigation and then make such obvious and quite frankly retarded mistakes is inexcusable and then for Patty Hewes, to go ahead and turn that tape to the DA after signing the non-disclosure agreement and risking the settlement of 5000 people that throughout the season has been the only thing that she cared about is even more, for a lack of a better word: retarded.
Weak writing, weak character development, overly presumptuous twists that made no sense, bad litigation, random and unnecessary plot deviation. All of these could be elaborated individually, but at the end, those who get the review will not need to be convinced. Those who call it the best show on TV really need to look into other shows of the same genre of a higher caliber.
The last episode of season 3 was an insult to people's intelligence. They really forced their hands to create a finale that would never happened. Things such as Tom Shayes quitting in order to be approached by Toby's lawyer, that before the lawyer was cut of Toby's family. And all those killings to finish the story... And then that Joe Tobin leaving the envelope that could send him to jail in a drawer, there to anyone find it in such an easy way. Really, it was disgusting to watch so much stupidity . The last episode just ruined a season that was really good.
That Glenn Close and Patty are fantastic actresses. Please keep the seasons going--it is the greatest! The intelligence of the writers is really impressive and these days we know what happens if you don't have great writers--the difference between 24 and Heroes--go figure! Really appreciate the great entertainment Damages offers!
This show should be aired on national television as well--it's that great--we all know how national TV needs a face lift these days--i.e, Chuck, get real--we are sick of boring, stupid shows--even Burn Notice and Leverage are better programs!
Love the intrigue and intelligence this show offers--my kind of soap for sure!!!
When Damages aired in 2007, it quickly rose to critical acclaim for its fabulous writing and brilliant acting. Glenn Close & Rose Bryne are fantastic.
Damages is all about Patty Hewes (Close) thirst to close cases no matter what the cost. But things quickly get complicated when she hires Ellen Parsons (Bryne)to work with her; as she proves to be a match for Patty. Sooner than later they are both going behind each others backs to 'out do' the other, in a game of cat and mouse. Without spoiling it for anyone who hasn't watched it; nothing is ever as it seems. This show; full of twists and turns, suspense, dry humour and a unique style of story telling, always left you wanting more, but sadly it has been reported that there wont be anymore after the successful third season.
However it still remains on of my all time favourite shows, for its wonderful stories and characters over the years. A show criminally underwatched and misunderstood, a deffinate gem for televison of this decade. So if you haven't seen it, I advise you to not miss out. To me this show vastly became 'Sort Of Like Family'. So "Get Me A Lawyer", go and watch Damages. Brilliant. 10/10.
The whole concept of "Damages" really appealed to me from the start. I had to get over a personal aversion to Glenn Close in order to watch this, but I am a big fan of Rose Byrne so that helped a great deal.
One thing you can say about "Damages" is that it is never dull! There is action from start to finish as we follow Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) as she chases corporate America through the courts for the crimes they have committed against ordinary citizens. But Patty is no Snow White, she is ruthless enough to have people murdered on a whim and bend and break the law on any level in order to win her cases. Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne) is a great foil for this as she doesn't follow orders quite as easily and sees Patty for what she is far more quickly than most.
An excellent (if speedy) romp through the jungles of the legal minefield which is the speciality of Hewes and Associates which you should watch. Just remember, watch closely or you'll miss something vital!
There's no need to say it again, but I will. Glenn Close is fantastic. She's the main reason I decided to watch this show. It's a beautifully written drama about attorneys and criminals and about the difficulty to know the difference between them. It's a hight voltage show about loyalty and trust, and about lies and betrayal. The first season was a simple perfection, some episodes were not very intense, but most of them made me forget to breathe. The second season was not as brilliant as the 1st one, but still very very good.
Glenn Close is a real queen of the show, her character is not a fairy godmother, but there is no single person in this show who is. There are no 100% good or 100% bad guys, but there's Patty Hewes and I stick to her.
So I just started watching this show with the start of season 2, thanks to the recomendation of a few trusted friends. Glad I made this discovery, because I think it's one of the best under the radar shows out there right now.
Ever she scared the bejeezus out of every living man in Fatal Attraction Glenn Close has always had my attention. She gives one of her most gripping performances of the season in this episode...and I can't believe she's not getting more recognition.
Finally, I thought this episode had some great music. I was ecstatic to hear the song "Said So What," by one of my favorite bands, The French Kicks, in this episode.
i knew a show with glen close had to be awesome BUT this is way above my expectations! the acting is too good to describe and the plot is worthy of a chinese puzzle!
special mention Zeljko Ivanek or ray.how come this guy has been under the radar
i knew a show with glen close had to be awesome BUT this is way above my expectations! the acting is too good to describe and the plot is worthy of a chinese puzzle!
special mention Zeljko Ivanek or ray.how come this guy has been under the radar since? the scene with patty were he kills himself?wow
kudos to everyone in this show.i stumbled upon the show by accident and have been hooked since!
i dont like many tv shows but this is a 10 in my books every epoisode is amazing.
jus hope they finish this storyline before season 2 and people i honestly dont see anything wrong in forbishers actions so i hope in the end they keep the moralising down to a minimum and call it a draw.
This is the best show to come along in a long time. Can't remember when I have looked forward to each episode of any other show like this one. Hate to see it come to an end and hope it becomes a regular. Acting is fantastic! Needs more advertising though, because I still talk to people who have not seen it or heard about it. Have tivo'd each program and will enjoy seeing them all over again. Thanks for running all of them this past weekend. Glenn Close is at her best and Ted Danson has showed a side of him that is the great actor.
Excellent! This is the best legal show ever. The writing is superb and the acting is superb. I patiently await the next season and maybe the first series will be re-run. One problem I noted was that the show was not well advertised. People heard about it but didn't know when and where to find it. Silly I know, but a comment I heard more often than I care to admit.. It's been my favorite show and when it ends, I'm so disappointed. The interest level and drama is equal to the early shows of the Sopranos.
This is an excellent show and I want it to return for more season's!! There was plenty that was left unsaid and unfollowed up on...Ted Danson and Glenn Close are excellent, and I liked the people playing Shayes and Ellen.
Damages is an excellent show, it always keeps you trying to figure it out. I TVo it, so I can look back at details I missed before. I hope it comes back a second season, as there are alot of unanswered questions...such as, who was the father of Patty Hewes' baby Julia? And who is Marshal Phillip's father (Ray Friske's law partner who took over his case) that Patty said she didn't like? And why does Patty want to take down Frobisher so bad? It seems personal, more than just her job. A second season would be excellent as Ellen works undercover for the FBI to get info on Patty and for us to find out why the FBI is investigating her. Also, it wasn't confirmed Frobisher is really dead...I don't know how people can say there is no story to continue...there is plenty to make a story out of.I hope they continue another season, and I like how Fox plays it several times during the week with repeat episodes if you miss it. Also, what is up with Patty's son, Michael? There is definitely some mystery and a story there.
This is a weekly show that deals with high powered, ambitious, and dirty handed people. Every one on this show has his/her own hidden agenda, but somehow all relate to each other's lives. Filled with mystery, drama, and intrigue.
Glenn Close brings her "A" game to this show. She's always been a top notch actress on the big screen, so I was unsure how she would do on television every week. All I can say is WoW! Welcome back Ted Danson, as always, one heck of an actor! Some of the actors on this show are unfamiliar, but look out all you other weekly series, these actors/actresses are top notch! I'm hooked and have gotten friends hooked too. Can't wait for next season! Best weekly series out there! This show is gripping,ever changing, and has you hanging on the edge of your seat. Just when you think you have it all figured out.........GUESS Again!
I really got caught up in the show but never cared much for Ellen or David, they seemed to have a cold edge that never warmed. I loved Ray and even felt compassion for Furbisher, I loved watching them act. Patti has so many sides that to try to figure her out would make you crazy, now I don't know what, if anything she said had truth to it, the grenades,did I miss who sent them?I would love someone to tell me cut and dried what I so blatently missed in the last episode, that everyone else seems to have gotten.Please reply.
I've seen the whole season 1 and I have to admit it is probably the best show I have seen in the last 1o years. It is rather like a long movie than a TV series but the acting and the story line are brilliant and for someone who dislikes Glen Close she is sensational in the show. The story line has plenty of twists without being to far fetched. Its only a shame the in Aust. it can't be shown in prime time. A big recommendation to watch for those who have never seen an episode before !!! ! A must see show !
It had been a very long time since any network came up with such an original yet truthfull series. Needless to say, Glenn Close and Ted Danson surely give this sundae it's cherry on top. However, all other characters which I had not seen before, also spice it all up. I think both Glenn Close and Ted Danson could be Emmy material. I hope so. This show should be closely watched for that trophy. I can't wait until Season 2 starts. I am dying to see what the deal is with Patty's dead child and what the Feds are truly after her for. Nail bitting time!!!
Damages is both a powerful, tense, crime drama, political/legal thriller and murder mystery AND a compelling analysis of the American system, a dog eat dog world in which litigation has replaced legislation and the rich and their lawyers feed off the poor through a mix of manipulation and patronage as they flit from one carefully orchestrated tragedy to another.
Ellen Parsons, semi-naked and bloodstained stumbles through the streets of New York. 6 months earlier we begin to see the tragedy unfold, the naive but ambitious Parson's embarks upon both her career as assistant to successful litigation lawyer Patty Hewes and her inexorable spiral downwards in to tragedy. If the show has faults they are the bleakness of it's vision and sparsity of truly likable characters (the one I counted didn't even make it to the end of the first season alive: the scene Parson's flees is the brutal murder of her own fiancée...).
This is "The Devil Wears Prada"s loathsome evil twin. It's fear, corruption, murder and double dealing all the way. As we follow Ms Parson's rise and eventual fall secrets are revealed and events are gradually pieced together.
Like real-life litigation, on any country, everything goes slow... Damages really reflect this.. I compare Damages with Murder One because they have the same approach on revealing the case... and i think it's safe to say that Damages did a better job... the mixing plot, forward, backward made it more interesting than Murder One... and the way they gave the important clue on last-minute is brilliant...trigger my curiosity, they successfully drop almost all my guesses...I like the fact that even Patty Hewes really control everything...EVERYTHING....Ellen still can figure things out.. turns out she is not clueless after all... and she's really good on using leverage... i have to say i like the twist and i like the way things end...
This show had me in the first episode with the flashback. The way the episodes then started back at the beginning with flashbacks to the present had me spellbound. Best use of flashbacks I've seen. You couldn't miss an episode! I forgot that Glen close wasn't Patty Hewes or that Ted Danson could have ever been anyone but Frobisher. This show had enough twists and turns to keep me on the edge of my seat! What astounded me was that with all of the complexity - it made sense. I'm glad it is renewed but I can't imagine how they could ever top this first season!
What did i expect from a show with a huge star like Glen Close? I was worried it could be completley rubbish and i would not enjoy a single moment as has happened with many shows with such promise.
To my amazement as i started watching the show i was hooked the shift between past and present was accomlished well. It gave me enough in the first episode to want to watch more. What was happening? Who commited the crime? The gritty story telling of the present events was a great decision and real made me feel like i was in the mind of someone who wasnt quite sure of what was happening.
The real strength of the show lies in the great performances by cast. Glen is amazing as a ball busting woman, and Ted makes for a great sleazy ceo. Tate Donovon supported them well with a strong character who sways on the ethics fence at times. The leade character was portrayed very well and finely acted.
With the first season over and my head still unreavelling from all the twists and turns of the show i cant wait for the next season to begin, although I am intrigued to see how they continue to create an amazing story. I assume that it will loose the past presant storytelling and that will take away some of the intrigue. Only time will tell. This is a great show and long may it continue
Having just completed the first season "Damages" (and DVD is definitely the way to watch a show like this!), I'm very impressed. This richly layered mystery challenges viewers with a story that shifts back and forth through time, a twisting plot and a core group of characters, none of whom are particularly likable.
Most TV "anti-heroes" are given some sort of redeeming characteristic so we can at least tolerate them for 45 minutes each week. Tony Soprano, Dr. House...all of these guys have something about them that keeps them from being complete jerks and/or monsters. But Glenn Close as Patty Hewes is (in my opinion) devoid of any "good" qualities. She lies, manipulates, exploits her clients, friends and family, lets her personal agenda run everything and cajoles and kills to get her way. And played by Close, Patty is a perfect TV villain.
In the other corner is the "bad guy" of the show, who at first glance appears to be far more sympathetic. But that is until we see a coked-up Arthur Frobisher order a witness against him murdered. Ted Danson erases any memories of Sam Malone by the end of the pilot and essays an incredibly complex character fighting for his reputation. His guilt or innocence is less important to him than the perception of his behavior.
Under Patty's wing is the show's focus, Ellen Parsons. Played by Rose Byrne, Ellen is actually the character I disliked the most. Aside from her ridiculous amount of experience and knowledge for someone six months out of law school, I couldn't stand her complaining about everything Patty does while lifting all of those negative qualities for herself. But Ellen changes dramatically over the course of the season, until she may be able to outmaneuver her mentor. Maybe.
And the always excellent Zeljko Ivanek turns in what may be the show's best performance after Close. As Ray Fisk, Ivanek plays out a tragic arc from beginning to end as he falls from grace and is confronted with the harsh realities of his world. He also provides the most shocking moment of the entire series.
From the opening riffs of the theme song, played out over a cold blue New York cityscape, it's clear you're not entering traditional legal drama territory. Even the lyrics are layered - "When I am through with you, there won't be anything left." Is this Patty's message to Frobisher, or Patty's warning to Ellen? "Damages" is a rarity - no character is safe, nothing is sacred. That's the advantage of having completely unscrupulous characters at the helm of a show - there's no action they "wouldn't" take.
Of course, it's not all perfect. Too many perfunctory characters slow down the plot and not all of the acting is great (Katie Conner and Gregory Molina especially). Plus, some of the subplots could be trimmed away without harming the overall story (the arc with Patty and her son, for example). But the fireworks Close, Danson and Ivanek bring to their scenes more than makes up for the less compelling stuff. My only concern is that the show has been renewed for not one, but TWO additional seasons. Granted, the set-up for Season 2 in the finale is a brilliant idea and has tremendous dramatic potential, so I hope the show keeps up its quality. The Frobisher case made for a great 13 episodes, and had the series ended there, it would be an undeniable classic.
I'll be waiting for Season 2 on DVD...regardless of how it plays out, the first season of "Damages" serves as a career highlight for all involved, and a very slick engrossing production.
I cannot wait for the next season of Damages to start. Although it is not the most realistic law drama on television, it certainly is plausible and is definitely entertaining. Glenn Close performance is just WOW! What a great dramatic actress and she plays the part of a cold, executive *itch with such flare and darkness. The entire season was quite dark, The starting of the episodes with the end result was a nice change from ordinary TV and the puzzle that viewers had to piece together was grand if you caught all the episodes. Although I had friends that never quite got into the show because they did not catch the first few episodes. This show is spellbinding and kept me at the edge of my seat. I can only hope that Damages comes back and soon. Even though I want a second season I do not believe this series will be around long. It feels like it could run out of momentum very quickly.
This series sadly ended here in the UK last night and it really couldn't have been more enjoyable. Glenn Close was on the top of her form and Rose Byrne, Ted Danson and Željko Ivanek were excellent also, with good performances from the rest of the cast. The twists and turns held my attention throughout the series and challenged the mind processes. It is to be hoped that this was an Over The Top picture of the American legal process, but it provided absolutely top notch entertainment. The camera work, also, was very good indeed. It's a crying shame that it looks as though a second series isn't going to happen - please reconsider!