Goliath (TV series)

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Goliath
Goliath, 2016 TV series, title card.jpg
Genre
Created by
Starring
Opening theme "Bartholomew" by The Silent Comedy[1]
Composer(s) Jon Ehrlich & Jason Derlatka
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 16 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Robert Lloyd Davis
Cinematography Edward Pei
Editor(s) John David Buxton
Production company(s)
  • David E. Kelley Productions
  • Jonathan Shapiro Productions
  • Amazon Studios
Distributor Amazon Studios
Release
Original network Amazon Video
Picture format
Audio format 5.1
Original release October 13, 2016 – present
External links
Website

Goliath is an American legal drama web television series by Amazon Studios. The show was commissioned with a straight-to-series order of eight episodes on December 1, 2015,[2] and premiered on October 13, 2016, on Amazon Video.[3] On February 15, 2017, Amazon announced the series had been renewed for a second season and confirmed that Clyde Phillips was joining the series as showrunner.[4] The trailer for the second season was released on May 1, 2018.[5] The new season two consisting of eight episodes was released on June 15, 2018.[6]

Premise[edit]

Goliath follows "a down-and-out lawyer (Thornton) as he seeks redemption. His one shot depends on getting justice in a legal system where truth has become a commodity, and the scales of justice have never been more heavily weighed toward the rich and powerful."[7]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Billy Bob Thornton as Billy McBride: formerly a brilliant and personable lawyer who founded the law firm Cooperman McBride with Donald Cooperman, and the two of them grew it to be a large successful company. He walked out of the firm and became an alcoholic after a murder suspect he got acquitted on a technicality went on to kill an entire family. He lives in an extended-stay hotel by the Santa Monica Pier.[8]
  • Nina Arianda as Patty Solis-Papagian: a DUI lawyer and real estate agent, who brings Rachel Kennedy's case to McBride.[9]
  • Tania Raymonde as Brittany Gold: a prostitute who cares about Billy McBride and sometimes works as his legal assistant.[10]
  • Diana Hopper as Denise McBride (recurring season 1, main season 2): Billy and Michelle's 16-year-old daughter.[11]

Season 1[edit]

  • William Hurt as Donald Cooperman: McBride's partner in founding Cooperman McBride. He is disfigured with facial burns, and functions as a recluse: he rarely if ever leaves his office, and most people at the firm have never seen him. He monitors meetings and depositions remotely by cameras. Without the staff's knowledge, he has the entire office bugged, giving him access to everything that happens. He holds a grudge against McBride.[12]
  • Maria Bello as Michelle McBride: Billy's ex-wife and a partner at Cooperman McBride. She is angry with McBride, but respects his legal skills and is still fond of him.[13]
  • Olivia Thirlby as Lucy Kittridge: a young associate at Cooperman McBride who Cooperman installs on the Larson case.[14]
  • Molly Parker as Callie Senate: a senior lawyer at the firm who previously used a relationship with Cooperman to advance her career.[15]
  • Sarah Wynter as Gina Larson: widow of Ryan Larson (who worked at Borns Tech and is supposed to have committed suicide by blowing himself up on a boat).[16]
  • Britain Dalton as Jason Larson: son of Ryan and Gina. He eventually becomes the plaintiff in the case.[17]

Season 2[edit]

  • Ana de la Reguera as Marisol Silva, a city councilwoman from East Los Angeles, in the race to be the first Latina mayor of Los Angeles.[18]
  • Matthew Del Negro as Danny Loomis, a charismatic yet devious political operator and consiglieri to the city's power elite under the guise of being a "financial analyst".[19]
  • Morris Chestnut as Deputy District Attorney Hakeem Rashad, who was on the losing side of Billy’s last criminal case and has a bitter, old grudge against him.[20]
  • Mark Duplass as Tom Wyatt, a successful Los Angeles developer who wants to give the city a distinct skyline. A prominent philanthropist, he is a major contributor to mayoral candidate Marisol Silva.[21]

Recurring[edit]

  • Julie Brister as Marva Jefferson: Billy's legal assistant.

Season 1[edit]

  • Damon Gupton as Leonard Letts: Corporate counsel to Borns Tech.
  • Dwight Yoakam as Wendell Corey: CEO of Borns Tech.[22]
  • Harold Perrineau as Judge Roston Keller: The presiding judge on the Larson case.[22]
  • Ever Carradine as Rachel Kennedy: Ryan's sister, and the initial plaintiff in the wrongful death case against Borns Tech.
  • Kevin Weisman as Ned Berring: A former employee at Borns Tech and a key witness in the case.
  • Jason Ritter as FBI Agent Farley.

Season 2[edit]

  • Diego Josef as Julio Suarez, the son of the owner of Chez Jay, who is falsely accused of murder.
  • Dominic Fumusa as Detective Keith Roman: An LAPD detective involved in the conspiracy. Roman blames Billy for getting a killer off who then went on to murder a family a few years ago.[11]
  • Paul Williams as J. T., a former colleague of Billy's with extensive contacts, who left his legal practice following the execution of a client.
  • James Wolk as FBI Special Agent Jeff Clayton, who agrees to help Billy hunt down his prime suspect in the Marcos Pena murder.[23]
  • Alexandra Billings as Judge Martha Wallace, the judge in the Pena murder case, and a former prosecutor who has history with both Billy and J.T.[24]
  • Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Gabriel Ortega, a powerful drug lord behind the murder conspiracy; he has childhood connections to Marisol.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
18October 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)
28June 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)

Season 1 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
11"Of Mice and Men"Lawrence TrillingDavid E. Kelley & Jonathan ShapiroOctober 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)
22"Pride and Prejudice"Alik SakharovJonathan Shapiro & David E. KelleyOctober 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)
33"Game On"Bill D'EliaJonathan Shapiro & David E. KelleyOctober 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)
44"It's Donald"Alik SakharovJonathan ShapiroOctober 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)
55"Cover Your Ass"Anthony HemingwayJonathan ShapiroOctober 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)
66"Line of Fire"Lawrence TrillingJonathan ShapiroOctober 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)
77"Beauty and the Beast"Lawrence TrillingJonathan Shapiro & David E. KelleyOctober 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)
88"Citizens United"Lawrence TrillingJonathan Shapiro & David E. KelleyOctober 13, 2016 (2016-10-13)

Season 2 (2018)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
91"La Mano"Lawrence TrillingBen MyerJune 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
102"Politics"Lawrence TrillingNoelle Valdivia and Tony SaltzmanJune 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
113"Fresh Flowers"Dennie GordonJennifer Ames and Steve Turner & Marisa WegrzynJune 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
124"Alo"Dennie GordonNoelle Valdivia and Tony SaltzmanJune 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
135"Who's Gabriel"Dennie GordonTony SaltzmanJune 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
146"Two Cinderellas"Lawrence TrillingNoelle ValdiviaJune 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
157"Diablo Verde"Lawrence TrillingJennifer Ames and Steve TurnerJune 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)
168"Tongue Tied"Dennie GordonMarisa WegrzynJune 15, 2018 (2018-06-15)

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On May 14, 2015, it was announced that Amazon had issued a pilot order for the series, then titled Trial, based off a script by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro.[25] On December 1, 2015, Amazon announced that it was bypassing the pilot process with the project and was instead issuing a straight-to-series order consisting of a ten-episode first season to premiere in 2016.[2] The first season would ultimately come to consist of eight episodes total. On August 7, 2016, it was announced that the first season would premiere on October 13, 2016.[3]

Casting[edit]

On June 25, 2015, it was reported that Kevin Costner was in talks to join the series in the lead role of Billy McBride.[26] By June 30, he had exited talks.[27] On July 23, 2015, it was confirmed that Billy Bob Thornton had ultimately been cast in the role.[8] In August, Olivia Thirlby and Maria Bello joined the main cast.[14][13] On September 14, Sarah Wynter was cast in the series regular role of Gina Larson.[16] In November, Molly Parker and Britain Dalton joined the production as series regulars.[15][17] The following March, Nina Arianda and Tania Raymonde were also announced as part of the main cast.[9][10] In June, Dwight Yoakam and Harold Perrineau were cast in recurring roles.[22] In August, the final casting announcements, of Diana Hopper and Jason Ritter in recurring roles, were made.[7][28]

Renewal[edit]

On February 15, 2017, Amazon announced the series had been renewed for a second season. In that announcement, it was also confirmed that Clyde Phillips was joining the series in season two as the day-to-day showrunner. Kelley, Shapiro and Ross Fineman were set to remain in their roles as executive producers.[4]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 78% based on 36 reviews, with an average score of 6.04/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Compelling performances from an excellent cast—led by standout Billy Bob Thornton—propel David E. Kelley's Goliath into must-watch TV territory."[29] On Metacritic the first season has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[30]

Season two holds a rating of 83% based on 5 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes.[31]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Ceremony Category Recipient(s) Result Ref.
2017 74th Golden Globe Awards Best Actor – Television Series Drama Billy Bob Thornton Won [32]

References[edit]

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