Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Liza Weil
The show centers on the criminal law professor Annalise Keating who chooses five of her most brilliant students to join her firm and assist in her cases
Thriller, Legal drama, Drama
Even though it only premiered a few months ago in the US, How To Get Away With Murder has already established itself as a successful series that has the potential to stay on the air for several years. The show is a legal drama/thriller starring the magnificent Viola Davis, and created by Peter Nowalk (a former writer and producer on Grey’s Anatomy and the political thriller Scandal) and executive-produced by the very talented Shonda Rhimes (creator and showrunner of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal). The series was able to garner a large number of viewers and Viola Davis has already been nominated for a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for her solid performance.
The show revolves around the criminal law professor Annalise Keating (Davis) who chooses five of her most brilliant students to join her firm and assist in her cases. These students are all very competitive yet each of them is special in their own way : Wes Gibbins is sharp and creative even though he’s a bit naïf, Connor Walsh is narcissistic and manipulates people to get what he wants, Michaela Pratt is ambitious, resourceful and a know-it-all, Laurel Castillo is idealistic, smart and quiet and finally Asher Millstone comes from a privileged background so his classmates believe he is spoiled and entitled. The show simultaneously shows us flashes of the near future when the students are involved in a murder, using what they’ve learnt in class to try and cover it up.
How To Get Away With Murder is one of the most entertaining new shows because it works on so many levels. In fact, just like the other Shonda Rhimes series, HTGAWM has a diverse set of characters, an exciting premise and a strong female protagonist. However, the difference is that there’s a moral ambiguity in it which makes it much more interesting. The characters are forced to defend criminals and sometimes going to great lengths to prove they’re innocent. But the most complex and fascinating character is Annalise, played by Viola Davis who does an incredible job portraying a character who is multi-layered yet quite impossible to read. She constantly leaves us wondering what she’s really up to and whether she’s manipulative or genuine, a liar or a victim.
Lastly, How To Get Away With Murder is worth checking out especially if you’re a fan of Shonda Rhimes’ style. The drama/thriller might not be perfect due to a few predictable storylines, but it is certainly very amusing. Plus, Viola Davis’ excellent performance largely compensates for all of its flaws since she’s by far the best part of the show.
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How to Get Away with Murder screams “Shondaland” through and through, a sudsy primetime potboiler rooted in a belief that the experience of adulthood can be just as sexy as the bloom of youth. Full Review
Matt Brennan, Slant Magazine
With admirable economy and keep-up-people pace, creator Peter Nowalk reveals both the imperial nature of his lead and quick sketches of the five students from the opening scene. Full Review