How To Get Away with Murder is a show that launched in 2014 Fall season and man, the preview pulled me right in. Except if you all know me well, I don’t exactly have cable or a PVR and I only use bunny ears (before at my mom’s, now I don’t even have that) and I’m all over the place, so no, I didn’t end up catching the show and then just fell behind. What’s great is that it landed on Netflix a little while back. I made it my priority (after Veronica Mars) to get that done 🙂
Here we are! Let’s go!
How to Get Away with Murder [Season 1, 2014]
Creator: Peter Nowalk
Cast: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry, Karla Souza, Charlie Weber, Liza Weil, Katie Findlay
A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.- IMDB
First of all, in the intial concept of How to Get Away With Murder, its already a pretty successful premise in itself. We have separate cases in each episode that builds around the main mystery murder that involves what happened to a sorority girl called Lila Stangard and then hiding another related murder that could cause them all a lot of trouble. As the first season starts wrapping up, we start merging the past with the present and what happens afterwards. We get a lot of plot reveals and the twists and turns as they work with Annalise Keating and reveals the secrets behind each of them also.
The first few moments as Viola Davis, her character Annalise Keating, walks into the classroom and we scan across the faces of the law students that will be the stars here, the set up is done really well. Annalise Keating herself is a strong and independent character and an extremely tough lady. You know right away she’s a strong character. Her course is Criminal Law 100 or something and she calls it: How to Get Away with Murder.
I think there was one moment when I was 10 that I wanted to be a lawyer and that’s because a Hong Kong TV series that went on for multiple parts (also one of the most successful) was just so awesome to watch. That thought quickly went away when I realized the shy girl like me wasn’t going to break out of my shell and start arguing my way into wins. I can’t even do it for myself. So, for me, Annalise Keating may have her unethical moments but the show never fails to help us see that under all that lawyer powerhouse that she carries, she still is very much human when she deals with her husband, her students and her co-workers. She has her burdens and they shaped her to be who she is now, just like we learn one by one that her students all have their own characters and their own stories that make them who they are.
Talking about her students, the stars that she chose to work for her law firm, we have the book smarts Michaela (Aja Naomi King), street smarts Connor (Jack Falahee), quiet shooting star Laurel (Karla Souza), overcompensating Asher (Matt McGorry) and waitlist Wes (Alfred Enoch). As much of a mixed bag as they are, they play off each other’s characters really well and creates some sort of balance. We start off with Wes being somehow favored despite his lack of confidence and he turns out to be this guy who is all full of ethics and loyal. It sounds bad but he kind of got on my nerves because while I can connect a little with his character, he was seriously so easily manipulated or at least it felt that way. While, I can’t help but really like a very messed up Connor in all this unethical way because you know what, characters that start off bad have a way of developing the most. But then, I also like Laurel because while she is kind of annoying and really unsure of where she stands in everything and sits on the sidelines a lot, she has a mysterious personality that makes me wonder. Aside from that, Frank (Charlie Weber) who is one of the assistants of Annalise are also incredibly fun to watch. He has a little ship with Laurel and he is amazing. I look forward to see how they continue his storyline in Season 2.
We already started talking about familiar faces. First, we have Matt McGorry in the main cast that was in Orange is the New Black. Just like one of the prosecutors here are also from there as well. Then we have a few episodes with the wildly talented Marcia Gay Harden, playing as Annalise’s sister in law. Then we have my favorite character on this show, Ophelia played by Cicely Tyson as Annalise’s mother. That lady had some serious character. That episode in particular revealed a lot about Annalise’s past making it one of the best episodes in Season 1.
I’ve tried to keep this completely spoiler free. The setup and premise and even the character development were very intriguing. There are some parts that drag a little but it usually manages to pick right up. It manages to keep a relatively balanced storyline for us to connect with each of the characters. How to Get Away with Murder is a pretty good show and I look forward to catching up with Season 2 eventually.
Have you seen How to Get Away with Murder? What do you think about it? Who is your favorite character?