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Damages is a beloved show that has a small, dedicated fan base because it is unlike any other television series. The series is known for its big named cast and unusual way of operating. Damages focuses on the lives of lawyers but rarely follows what happens in the courtroom. It uses inventive twists and different story telling techniques to create its own kind of appeal. The show was cancelled by FX, but many thought the show had promise. It was picked up by Direct TV, and the compelling drama continues to offer new surprises.

Damages is essentially about the relationship between a young lawyer and her mentor. Rose Byrne plays an intelligent lawyer named Ellen Parsons. She would not usually be thought of as naive but she is unprepared for the harsh world she enters. Glenn Close is her deceptive, unpredictable mentor. She captivates many audience members, and her portrayal of Patty Hewes provides viewers with a character who is not evil but still may do anything to succeed. The show highlights two women in positions of power, illustrates the differences between the two and depicts the struggles they face. Ellen may not like the way Patty operates, but the vulnerabilities in Patty still draw her to the older woman. Plus, Ellen may have to become like Patty to prosper.

Each season follows a single case and looks at the behind the scenes scheming and drama that exist on all sides of an issue. The show is especially complex because it does not move linearly. The show begins with a pivotal moment at the end of the season and then goes earlier and builds back up to the moment. Characters often appear to be dead or in trouble, and the show works backwards to shock and deliver answers that offer more than what was originally shown. This complexity makes Damages a show that needs to be priority viewing, and it is hard to follow for those that only want to catch a few episodes. Many that do watch find the stories captivating and are unable to stop.

Damages is clever, fast paced series because mysteries never last longer than a season. It is also notable for never making any character truly good or evil. Damages looks at the grey areas that are present in all people while using a legal backdrop to fuel conflicts. Damages' cast and plots leave many enthralled.

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The 101 Network
5 Seasons, 59 Episodes - Ended
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Damages Full Episode Guide

  • In the series finale, Patty and Ellen battle in court, and the aftermath permanently changes their lives.

  • McClaren's latest leak forces Ellen into the spotlight. Tension between McClaren and Rutger Simon boils over.

  • Patty and Ellen get caught in a blizzard; McClaren discovers a major player in the trading scandal.

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Take a really close (haha) look at this picture. Did you guess who it was before you even read the title and knew? It’s kind of scary what makeup can do to a person, isn’t it? Glenn Close is dressing like a man. On purpose! Has Glenn crossed over to the other side and become a transvestite? Nope, Glenn is only doing her job. She has taken on playing a man’s role in the movie Albert Nobbs.

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