When it comes to comedies, I normally prefer old school family sitcoms. Then every now and again, a different type of comedy comes along and surprises me. Trial & Error is that comedy and you are going to want to watch the hilarious, well-done 1-hour debut tonight at 10p on NBC.
Trial & Error is a mockumentary about a man, who is accused of killing his wife, and the trial to prove his innocence or guilt in a small Southern town. Doesn’t sound like it would be something you would laugh at, but you do multiple times a minute? It is just so witty; you have to pay attention to get all of the jokes. It is not that the jokes that are hard to get, it just that there are so many of them. In addition to that, the cast is so spot on the way they deliver the writers’ brilliant words.
Larry Henderson’s (John Lithgow) wife has been murdered and he is the #1 suspect. His wife’s brother thinks he is innocent, so he hires a Yankee lawyer to represent his brother in law. Henderson is so lovable because he has a childlike innocence. You think there is no way he could have done it, but the evidence keeps stacking up against him.
Josh Simon (Nick D’Agosto) works for a big North East law firm and he is used to things being done a certain way. Down in the South, he is stuck working in a taxidermy store with two people who don’t know what they are doing. Dwayne (Steven Boyer) tried to be a cop but it didn’t work out. He is a blithering loveable idiot, but every now and again he gets something write. Anne (Sherri Shepherd) is their assistant and she suffers from more disorders than there are in the medial books. They really aren’t much help to him and he really needs it because Carol Anne Keane (Jayma Mays) will do anything to convict Henderson. She knows being a woman in the South makes it tough for her to get ahead, so she plays harder than any man. And boy does she need a man.
Each week Henderson’s case goes through a lot of twists and turns, just when you think you figured it out, something happens that completely throws you. It is just so much fun to watch this show unravel. I am six episodes in and I can’t wait to find out if Henderson did it or not. Everything points to the fact that he did, but like OJ you just don’t want that to be the case. Well at first, you didn’t want that to be the case for OJ.
I am not detailing too much about the episodes because I want you to enjoy the show as much as I am. There is an innocence to this show that just makes it so delightful to watch. Plus, every episode makes me laugh and laugh until it hurts. I sincerely, can’t sing the praises of Trial & Error enough. This is a comedy we have been waiting for, we just didn’t know it until now.