Doubt

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  • TV-14
  • 2017
  • 1 Season
  • 5.9  (2,064)

Doubt was a legal drama television series that aired on CBS from February 15, 2017, to August 12, 2017, before being canceled due to low ratings. The show was created by Tony Phelan and Joan Rater who previously worked on Grey's Anatomy. Doubt starred Katherine Heigl, Steven Pasquale, Laverne Cox, Dulé Hill, Dreama Walker, and Elliott Gould.

The show revolved around the personal and professional lives of lawyers at a prestigious law firm in New York City, being headed by Billy Brennan (Steven Pasquale). The main character, Sadie Ellis (Katherine Heigl), worked as a brilliant defense attorney who was passionate about fighting for her clients, but at the same time, she is also struggling with her feelings for a client who may or may not be guilty of murder.

Throughout the season, Sadie Ellis and her colleagues work on high-profile cases that not only test their legal intellect but also their moral and ethical boundaries. Their cases range from defending a transgender teen who is accused of murdering his wealthy father, to a celebrity who is accused of rape, to a case involving a young woman accused of killing her boyfriend.

The show explores the dynamics between the lawyers at the firm, their relationships with each other, and the effect their cases have on them both professionally and personally. For instance, Sadie struggles with her romantic attraction towards a client, while her colleague, Cameron Wirth (Laverne Cox), deals with the fallout from her representing a transgender teen.

One of the strengths of Doubt is its diverse cast and the way that the show tackles social issues that many other legal dramas typically avoid. The show's storylines are not solely based on legal aspects but also touch on issues such as the stigma surrounding transgender individuals or the challenges faced by women in positions of power.

Doubt did not shy away from portraying the complex lives of its characters. Their personal struggles were just as important as their professional ones, making the show feel more like a character-driven drama rather than just a typical legal procedural.

The show also gives insight into the lives of high-profile lawyers and the challenging nature of their work. It shows that, despite their significant salaries, lawyers can still experience emotional turmoil and moral dilemmas. It also exposes certain flaws in the legal system, such as the problems surrounding jury selection.

While Doubt was praised for its progressive portrayal of social issues, the show's weak spot was its execution. Critics found the plot lines to be overly dramatic and predictable. Despite featuring a great cast, the show fell into the trap of being excessively soapy. For example, the romantic subplot between Sadie and her client, Billy, was not well-received by critics and viewers alike.

Another issue was that Doubt failed to capture a consistent audience. Due to its time slot (Wednesdays at 10 pm), the show was up against stiff competition from other shows. Moreover, CBS made an unprecedented decision to pull the show off the air after only two episodes, leading to a lack of support from the network and subsequent decline in viewership.

Overall, Doubt was a legal drama that tackled important social issues and had a diverse cast with commendable performances. However, despite its potential, the show suffered from poor execution and a lack of network support, ultimately leading to its cancellation.

Doubt is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on February 15, 2017.

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The Return
13. The Return
August 12, 2017
After the jury delivers their verdict in Billy's trial, Sadie learns he has a secret that might have impacted his case. Also, Billy uses a favor owed to his family by the governor and gets Carolyn released from prison, and Nick is charged with the murder and Isaiah and the firm rally around him to get him released.
Running Out of Time
12. Running Out of Time
August 12, 2017
Sadie gives her closing argument in Billy's trial and the jury begins deliberating. Also, Sadie learns about Carolyn's cancer diagnosis, and Tiffany and Cameron defend a woman who murdered her best friend while allegedly sleepwalking.
I'm In If You Are
11. I'm In If You Are
August 5, 2017
Billy upends his case when he chooses to go against the advice of Sadie and Albert and decides to testify in his trial. Also, Cam must decide if she will forgive Peter, and Nick and Tiffany defend a former prison friend of Nick's.
Finally
10. Finally
August 5, 2017
With opening statements looming in Billy's trial, Albert and Sadie struggle to rebuild broken trust and do their best for Billy as the prosecution lays out a devastating case. Also, Peter and Cam face the first crisis of their budding relationship when Peter considers a run for District Attorney.
To See, to Tell
9. To See, to Tell
July 29, 2017
Albert discovers the truth about Sadie and Billy's relationship and fears Sadie's judgement has been compromised; Cam and Nick defend a client accused of conspiracy to commit kidnapping; Isaiah takes a break from the firm.
Top Dog / Underdog
8. Top Dog / Underdog
July 22, 2017
Sadie testifies at Carolyn's parole hearing on her fitness as a mother; a man from Carolyn's past resurfaces; Nick's first case is against the district attorney who put him in prison.
Where Do We Go from Here?
7. Where Do We Go from Here?
July 22, 2017
The firm reviews Billy's sister's old therapy session tapes for clues in the murder case against him.
Faith
6. Faith
July 15, 2017
Amidst prep for Billy's trial, Isaiah goes with Sadie to visit her mother in prison; Albert and Cameron defend a transwoman who was arrested for stabbing a famous baseball player; Cameron gives into her feelings for Peter.
Not A Word
5. Not A Word
July 8, 2017
The DNA results in Billy's case come back; Albert is tormented by Rodney Hill, one of his clients; Cameron represents a woman who was issued a cease and desist order for publicly shaming her rapist.
Clean Burn
4. Clean Burn
July 8, 2017
Sadie interviews Billy's ex-classmates in hopes of finding a key piece of evidence and defends her childhood best friend in a probation violation case; Albert's unpredictable father visits; Isaiah faces off in court against his former law partner.
Poison Prize
3. Poison Prize
July 1, 2017
Sadie confronts Billy about new evidence in the case against him, and his explanation disappoints her. Meanwhile, a piece of evidence surfaces and it could expose a massive scandal, and Cameron and Tiffany defend a psychic accused of grand larceny.
Then and Now
2. Then and Now
February 22, 2017
Sadie is determined to keep her relationship with Billy strictly professional while working a case involving one of Isaiah's oldest friends.
Pilot
1. Pilot
February 15, 2017
In the series premiere, successful defense lawyer, Sadie Ellis, develops feelings for her charismatic client, Billy Brennan, who may or may not be guilty of a brutal crime.
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Where to Watch Doubt
Doubt is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Doubt on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    February 15, 2017
  • IMDB Rating
    5.9  (2,064)