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
StarringMcKinley 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
Production companiesGood Home Training
Simpson Street
Wilmore Films
ABC Signature
Onyx Collective
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution
Release
Original releaseSeptember 27, 2022 (2022-09-27)

Reasonable Doubt is an American streaming legal drama television series created by Raamla Mohamed for Hulu. The series stars Emayatzy Corinealdi as a corporate defense lawyer navigating challenging high-profile cases. The series also stars McKinley Freeman, Tim Jo, Angela Grovey, Thaddeus J. Mixson, Aderinsola Olabode, and Michael Ealy. It premiered on September 27, 2022.

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 Raamla Mohamed, a former Scandal writer. It is loosely based on the experiences of celebrity attorney Shawn Holley, who is also a producer for the show.[1] Kerry Washington directed the series pilot.[2]

Reasonable Doubt was produced through the Walt Disney Television Onyx Collective.[3] The show premiered on September 27, 2022 on Hulu. The season has nine episodes.[4]

Critical reception

Reasonable Doubt received positive critical reception. It holds a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 7.8/10 based on seven critic reviews.[5] In a mainly positive review Daniel D'Addario described the series in Variety: "“Reasonable Doubt” plays like the juicy soap Shonda Rhimes would never write; its excesses, often, grab and hold our attention."[1] Kristen Baldwin rated the show a B+ in EW and stated, "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."[5] The Hollywood Reporter's Angie Han praised the lead actress's performance, "Corinealdi is lots of fun to watch as Jax, and she’s blessed with scripts that allow her to embody multitudes. Depending on the scene, Jax can be prickly or tender, sensuous or funny, and Corinealdi plays all her many facets with equal gusto. She’s also, importantly, able to generate chemistry with seemingly everyone in the ensemble."[6]

References

  1. ^ a b D'Addario, Daniel. "Soapy 'Reasonable Doubt' Centers One Very Flawed Lawyer: TV Review". Variety. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  2. ^ Wimore, Larry. "Kerry Washington and Raamla Mohamed on 'Reasonable Doubt'". The Ringer. Retrieved 12 October 2022.
  3. ^ Gallucci, Nicole (2022-09-30). "Emayatzy Corinealdi Mesmerizes As 'Reasonable Doubt' Attorney Jax Stewart". Decider. Retrieved 2022-10-12.
  4. ^ Baldwin, Kristen. "'Smile' lays out horror bait, 'Bros' is rom-com bliss, and 'Andor' requires some patience". EW.com. Retrieved 2022-10-12.
  5. ^ a b "Rotten Tomatoes Reasonable Doubt". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  6. ^ Han, Angie. "'Reasonable Doubt' Review: Hulu's Legal Drama Is a Soapy Good Time". THR. Retrieved 12 October 2022.