Review of Bull

Mondays, 10:00 PM ET on CBS

60 minutes

A drama inspired by the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw as the founder of one of the most prolific trial consulting firms of all time. Brilliant, brash and charming, Dr. Bull (Michael Weatherly) is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused tick.
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by UnknownfearContributor
Sep 22, 2016 2:20AM EDT
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This review is based on the pilot of "Bull" which aired 9/21/16

Many of you may be skeptical of a series based on the life of controversial TV personality Dr. Phil. Maybe many of you weren't aware it was,
and have just became skeptical. Please set aside your skepticism for the time being.

The series might be "LOOSELY" based off of Dr. Phil, but it stars the very good looking Michael Weatherly (NCIS) as Dr. Bull, not Phil, and its highly ... fictionalized. I highly doubt Dr. Phil had expensive cutting edge software that learns everything it can about people to predict whether they are learning towards guilty or innocent. So, skepticism hopefully quelled, lets talk about the show.

Bull is essentially a remake of the 2005 series "Lie to Me" starring Tim Roth, but instead of solving crimes brought to them by clients, they analyze jurors in order to help create a legal defense. Think of what they do as, masterminding the perfect defense strategy, based on psychology. So what it all boils down to, is a Lawyer show with a gimmick, and from the pilot, its one that works.

Bull is a procedural, so I don't suspect to see many serial elements. It seems to be a case of the week type show. Bull himself is very smug, but not arrogant, and is only ever a dick to make a point that will help people. We didn't get a good sense of the supporting cast in the pilot, they were quite forgettable, and the details of the particular case in the pilot seemed very soap opera, and very farfetched for reality. There was a fairly large twist at the end, which was ok, until it led to another, unnecessary, even larger twist, which was just dumb. I imagine this show will be done by many writers, not just one, or even a few, so I can't say for sure every episode will be as good as the pilot, but if they are, its a B+/A- show, and certainly worth watching until it starts to sink and die like Lie to Me did in its latter seasons.

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Oct 26, 2016 7:20AM EDT

you are right about the supporting cast...i like the crew at CONVICTION much more...but i do like BULL, and hope it doesn't get predictable...i am noting that there are chances for multiple episode stories, but they blew the one this week...they could have turned WINNING the freedom of the fiance into the end...and solve for the real culprit next week.

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Oct 26, 2016 4:27PM EDT

But thats not what the show is about. The supporting cast is still very weak, although marginally improving. I'd like to learn more about each of them because I can't imagine a man like Dr.Bull hiring anyone who isn't interesting. I'm liking the show so far, the techniques and methods they use for turning the Jury is an appealing concept -- but its starting already to feel very wrote and while the case and jury vary week to week, its starting to become set in this cookie-cutter format where before long it will get pretty boring -- so I think we're in agreement.

As for Conviction ... The supporting cast is better in that, though even with them the amount of character development they give us is very very low. At the very least, I'd like to learn more about Shawn Ashmore's character. Monday's Conviction was easily the best episode yet. I thought Hayes' speech during her interview was rather brilliant, and the episode in question had no mentions of sexual violence whatsoever, like many of the previous ones did. There is no reason in the world that I'd accept in support of a fictional show recreating such barbarism for entertainment purposes. Monday's episode I hope should show the writers that sexual violence is not needed for a good episode. Or any episode.

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