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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 13, 2018
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  • Summary: Sandra (Britt Robertson) joins her roommate, Allison (Jasmin Savoy Brown) at the Federal Public Defender’s Office in this ensemble legal drama set in New York City's Southern District of New York Federal Court.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Kristen Baldwin
    Mar 2, 2018
    91
    ABC’s new legal drama For the People is formulaic in the best way possible, meaning it delivers exactly what you want from a Shondaland drama--and perhaps a little bit more.
  2. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Mar 12, 2018
    80
    This is still very much a Shondaland show. But For the People exhibits, quite well, how crowd-pleasing television can have a higher purpose by educated even as it seduces.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 12, 2018
    75
    Intelligent, sharply produced and respectful of its female characters, For the People looks like a winner.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Mar 12, 2018
    58
    For the People is OK but not great, too all over the place for any of the legal cases to make much of a dramatic impression.
  5. Reviewed by: Lorraine Ali
    Mar 12, 2018
    50
    The cases they work are interesting in a ripped-out-of-the-headlines sort of way, but they're not given enough attention to counter the predictable dramas enveloping them.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 16, 2018
    40
    What’s mildly intriguing, at least in the first few episodes, is the chance to see a Shondaland series in its nascent moments of restraint, when the dialogue and plot still have a chance of resonating with reality.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Starr
    Mar 6, 2018
    37
    You will struggle to care. ... The largely unknown cast is fine, but they’re working with such bland material that it’s hard to work up much enthusiasm.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 5
  2. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. Jun 13, 2018
    10
    For someone who likes legal drama selectively, this one hit the spot. I like the storytelling, character development, and the plot isn'tFor someone who likes legal drama selectively, this one hit the spot. I like the storytelling, character development, and the plot isn't incredibly predictable. I love the cast isn't completely whitewashed. I can't wait to see another season. Thank you for making an interesting show I enjoy. Expand
  2. Jun 11, 2018
    10
    Smart, interesting, and engaging, if your mind works a certain way. I actually think this show is great and I have loved every episode. TheSmart, interesting, and engaging, if your mind works a certain way. I actually think this show is great and I have loved every episode. The plots are clever, and I cared about the characters from the get go. Having said that, every episode I also think to myself, "man, this is too complex for what most people are looking for in their entertainment and will probably get cancelled, dang it." It is a well-done, well-plotted show, and you will enjoy it if you are looking for something more intricate and intellectual. If you just want a fun escape without much thinking needed, you will want to look elsewhere. We are all in the mood for different kinds of shows at different times in our life, so this show isn't going to appeal to everyone, but I hope enough people are in the mood for this one, that the show does not get cancelled. :-) Expand
  3. Mar 16, 2018
    4
    It feels too much like other Rimes shows. Eager, bright--but cute--new attorneys (interns, gladiators, etc.) ready to do battle without theIt feels too much like other Rimes shows. Eager, bright--but cute--new attorneys (interns, gladiators, etc.) ready to do battle without the burden of a lot of depth. Expand
  4. Mar 28, 2018
    4
    Desperate to like this show, 3 episodes in and it all feels too forced. Maybe it will hit it's stride but with other shows out there doing itDesperate to like this show, 3 episodes in and it all feels too forced. Maybe it will hit it's stride but with other shows out there doing it "right" i'm not sure it can keep up Expand
  5. Apr 22, 2018
    0
    The promos couldn’t even get me interested in this show. Another ho-hum courtroom drama with social complications on the side. Nothing new here.

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