TV Tuesday: The Wright Verdicts 1995

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Twenty-five years ago, today, the television series The Wright Verdicts debuted on CBS. Created and executive-produced by Dick Wolf, it starred Tom Conti, Margaret Colin and Aida Turturro as the main cast (Variety also lists John Glover but, IMDB does not.). Notable guest stars were Candy Clark, Peter Facinelli, Allison Janney and Leslie Mann.

There were only six episodes that aired between March 31 and June 11 with a seventh episode intended for a May slot, never airing. It’s first episode was on a Friday, the second episode aired the following Wednesday, the third episode went back to Friday, the following week and the fourth episode showed up on a Sunday, the next week. The last two aired episodes were on Sundays in June. [No wonder it failed. ~Vic]

IMDB Summary:

Legal drama with Charles Wright, an Englishman, working as a lawyer in New York City. Sandy Hamar is an ex-NYPD detective who serves as the mandatory private eye and Lydia is the super efficient secretary.

 

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Variety Review:

The Wright Verdicts is mature in the best sense. [I]t’s smart, has no false innocence and has the right amount of fun. Criminal lawyer Charles Wright (Tom Conti) will win juries over like clockwork and the series should likewise charm viewers. The character’s chief skill is blarney or, as his investigator puts it, shucking and jiving. Charles is bumbling and self-deprecating one minute, erudite and mischievous the next. Conti brings off Wright’s sense of humor and his status as a ladies’ man. The dynamic between Conti and his two female employees […] needs some work. [T]here’s so much flirtation that the relationships in this office triangle seem headed in only one direction.

The hour has a surplus of spectacular aerial shots of Manhattan.

Picks and Pans from People:

With crimes revolving around designer drugs and cellular phones, the show poses itself as a Perry Mason for the ’90s. It’s about as conventional and formulaic as that old warhorse. The parlor-game plotting is more than passable but, the writing is undistinguished. Only Conti’s malty voice and trilling accent are enough to elevate the program’s mark a little.

Entertainment Weekly:

Executive producer Dick Wolf has cannily combined two genres…Murder, She Wrote’s warm coziness and his own Law & Order’s cold, complex cases…and come up with a lukewarm show that’s nonetheless pretty irresistible.

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9 thoughts on “TV Tuesday: The Wright Verdicts 1995

    badfinger20 said:
    March 31, 2020 at 9:49 PM

    I liked Margaret Colin a lot back in the day. I remember her most on Independence Day. I have to say though I don’t remember this one.

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 1, 2020 at 9:49 PM

      Oh, yeah. I forgot that was her.

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        badfinger20 said:
        April 1, 2020 at 9:50 PM

        I didn’t… I always liked her.

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          The Hinoeuma responded:
          April 1, 2020 at 9:56 PM

          I knew she looked familiar. LOL!

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            badfinger20 said:
            April 1, 2020 at 10:14 PM

            I don’t know why but I liked her first time I saw her.

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    JT Twissel said:
    April 1, 2020 at 7:17 PM

    Gosh, I missed a lot in the 1990s. I like Tom Conti but those days I had to get to work by 5 am.

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      The Hinoeuma responded:
      April 1, 2020 at 9:55 PM

      Judging by how quickly it disappeared, you didn’t miss much with this one.

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