Third-episode verdict: The Deep End

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 3

There’s almost no point doing this since the show’s so obviously doomed, but seeing as I’ve watched the first three episodes now, I might as well tell you what I thought about it.

After a pretty dismal first episode, which saw our team of newbie lawyers thrown in at "the deep end" of legal practice in an insane LA law firm run by Clancy Brown and Billy Zane, things actually started to improve. Although the second episode was no great shakes, the third episode was actually quite nice, as we saw the buddy romance between the Australian sex-mad lawyer who used to be on Neighbours and the the blonde female lawyer who actually had some charisma start to take off. It was sweet and amusing, took various turns, and didn’t quite turn out to be as obvious or as stupid as it looked like it was going to be.

The show’s weak point is the law cases themselves, and blonde lawyer’s fight against her dad in episode two alternated between interesting (she threatens to have him disbarred at one point) and cringeworthy (trying to get a witness to testify); ditto the sexual harassment suit in the third episode and the slightly offensive deportation suit, which featured Anna from Chuck pretending to be Chinese.

If it focused more on the relationships and ignored the law cases, this could have been a pretty good, light comedy-drama. There are a few too many dull and ppor leads in it to be truly good, but it has enough glimmers of talent and good writing in the later episodes to distinguish it from the pack.

Unfortunately, it’s pretty much dead, so it doesn’t matter. Hopefully, the decent parts of The Deep End will get jobs elsewhere.

Carusometer rating: 3
Rob’s prediction: Only seven episodes made so far, not great ratings and the Hollywood Reporter giving this a 5% chance of survival. I’m saying it’s not long for this world


  • Rob Buckley

    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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