Reasonable Doubt
Official promotional poster. Lead actress Emayatzy Corinealdi is depicted sitting at a table with her fingers laced together looking directly at the camera. The skyline of Los Angeles is behind her.
GenreLegal drama
Created byRaamla Mohamed
StarringEmayatzy Corinealdi
McKinley Freeman
Tim Jo
Angela Grovey
Thaddeus J. Mixson
Aderinsola Olabode
Michael Ealy
ComposerAdrian Younge
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9
Production
Executive producersRaamla Mohamed
Kerry Washington
Pilar Savone
Larry Wilmore
Shawn Holley
Running time46–55 minutes
Production companiesGood Home Training
Simpson Street
Wilmore Films
ABC Signature
Onyx Collective
Original release
NetworkHulu
ReleaseSeptember 27, 2022 (2022-09-27) –
present (present)

Reasonable Doubt is an American legal drama television series created by Raamla Mohamed for Hulu.[1] The series stars Emayatzy Corinealdi as a corporate defense lawyer navigating challenging high-profile cases.[2] The series also stars McKinley Freeman, Tim Jo, Angela Grovey, Thaddeus J. Mixson, Aderinsola Olabode, and Michael Ealy. Reasonable Doubt is Onyx Collective's first scripted television series.[3] It premiered on September 27, 2022.[4] On April 17, 2023, it was renewed for a second season.[5] The series generally received positive reviews from critics.

Plot

Jax Stewart is a successful defense lawyer at an up-scale Los Angeles law firm. She navigates difficult cases amid a separation from her husband and the reappearance of a former client she worked with in her previous job as a public defender.

Cast

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Can't Knock the Hustle"Kerry WashingtonRaamla MohamedSeptember 27, 2022 (2022-09-27)
2"Family Feud"Pete ChatmonResheida BradySeptember 27, 2022 (2022-09-27)
3"99 Problems"Neema BarnetteRyan Richmond & Loy A. WebbOctober 4, 2022 (2022-10-04)
4"Guilty Until Proven Innocent"Darren GrantTash GrayOctober 11, 2022 (2022-10-11)
5"So Ambitious"Sylvain WhiteMichelle Flowers & Jason WilbornOctober 18, 2022 (2022-10-18)
6"Renegade"Julie DashLoy A. WebbOctober 25, 2022 (2022-10-25)
7"N**** What, N**** Who"Carl SeatonJason WilbornNovember 1, 2022 (2022-11-01)
8"Song Cry"Numa PerrierResheida Brady & Raamla Mohamed and Michelle Flowers & Natalia TemesgenNovember 8, 2022 (2022-11-08)
9"Already Home"Pete ChatmonTash Gray & Ryan RichmondNovember 15, 2022 (2022-11-15)

Production

The series was created by former Scandal writer Raamla Mohamed.[7] It is loosely based on the experiences of celebrity attorney Shawn Holley, who is also a producer for the show.[8] Reasonable Doubt was produced through the Walt Disney Television's Onyx Collective.[9] Kerry Washington directed the series pilot.[10]

Release

The show premiered on September 27, 2022, on Hulu. The first season has nine episodes.[11] The first episode aired on ABC on November 10, 2022.[12] Internationally, the series is available on Disney+.[13]

On April 17, 2023, it was announced that the series was renewed for a second season.[14] Morris Chestnut will join the cast as a series regular.[15]

Reception

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 7.80/10 based on 8 critic reviews.[16] Metacritic assigned the series a weighted average score of 76 out of 100 based on 5 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[17]

Daniel D'Addario of Variety asserted, "Reasonable Doubt plays like the juicy soap Shonda Rhimes would never write; its excesses, often, grab and hold our attention."[18] Angie Han of The Hollywood Reporter praised Emayatzy Corinealdi's performance, saying, "Corinealdi is lots of fun to watch as Jax, and she’s blessed with scripts that allow her to embody multitudes," and wrote, "Reasonable Doubt serves up plenty of the juicy thrills and emotional dilemmas that wine-soaked group chats were made for."[19]

Nina Metz of Chicago Tribune gave the series a grade of 3 out of 4 stars and said, "There’s a lot to like about “Reasonable Doubt,” which is sharp and fun and moves at a good clip. And it’s smart about keeping things just this side of ridiculous."[20] Kristen Baldwin of Entertainment Weekly gave the show a B+, stating, "Reasonable Doubt is enjoyably Shonda-esque, in that it's a steamy, speed-plotted soap built around a morally ambiguous female power player whose life is filled with ridiculously attractive men. But Mohamed also weaves in frank and nuanced stories about marriage, parenting, and the importance of (and challenges with) female friendships," and complimented Corinealdi's performance.[21]

Accolades

Kerry Washington received a nomination for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series at the 2023 Black Reel Awards for Television.[22][23]

References

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  7. ^ Gutzmore, Clayton (November 5, 2022). "'Reasonable Doubt' Creator Raamla Mohamed and Larry Wilmore on Hulu Legal Drama and Supporting Black Creatives". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 14, 2023.
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