Your Honor (American TV series)

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Your Honor
Your Honor (miniseries) Title Card.png
Genre
Based on
Kvodo
by
  • Ron Ninio
  • Shlomo Mashiach
Developed byPeter Moffat
Starring
Music byVolker Bertelmann
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Debra Lovatelli
  • Todd Lewis
  • Dewayne Darian Jones
  • Joey Hartstone
Cinematography
Editors
  • Tim Murrell
  • Michael Ruscio
  • Lynne Willingham
  • Jennifer Barbot
  • Diva Magpayo
Running time52–63 minutes
Production companies
  • King Size Productions
  • Moonshot Entertainment
  • CBS Studios
Release
Original networkShowtime
Original releaseDecember 6, 2020 (2020-12-06) –
present
External links
Website

Your Honor is an American drama television series starring Bryan Cranston, adapted from the Israeli TV series Kvodo (Hebrew: כבודו).[1][2] It premiered on Showtime on December 6, 2020.[3] In August 2021, the series was renewed for a second season.[4]

Premise[edit]

Michael Desiato is a prominent and respected New Orleans judge. When his teenage son Adam kills another teenager in an accidental hit-and-run collision, Michael encourages his son to turn himself in, but quickly changes his mind when he discovers that the boy who Adam killed was the son of a mafia kingpin and decides to cover up the hit-and-run instead. Michael's attempts to dispose of the evidence and conceal the truth have tragic consequences.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Bryan Cranston as Michael Desiato, a New Orleans judge, willing to do anything to protect his son
  • Hunter Doohan as Adam Desiato, Michael's son who is involved in a hit and run that killed the son of the head of an organized crime family in New Orleans
  • Hope Davis as Gina Baxter, the ruthless wife of a New Orleans mob boss and the mother of the boy who Adam killed
  • Sofia Black-D'Elia as Frannie Latimer, Adam's teacher who is having an affair with him
  • Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Charlie Figaro, a politician with connections to organized crime and Michael's best friend
  • Michael Stuhlbarg as Jimmy Baxter, the mob boss of the organized crime family, Gina's husband and the father of the boy who Adam killed
  • Carmen Ejogo as Lee Delamere, Michael's former protégé and a lawyer whom he convinces to take Kofi's case[a]

Recurring[edit]

  • Lilli Kay as Fia Baxter, Gina and Jimmy's only daughter who becomes Adam's girlfriend unaware that Adam killed her brother
  • Amy Landecker as Nancy Costello, a detective Michael turns to for help
  • Tony Curran as Frankie, an associate of Jimmy's criminal organization
  • Keith Machekanyanga as Little Mo, the right-hand man of the Desire gang leader in the Lower Ninth Ward
  • Lamar Johnson as Kofi Jones, a young black man who was forced by Little Mo to take the fall for Adam's hit and run
  • Benjamin Flores Jr. as Eugene Jones, Kofi's younger brother
  • Jimi Stanton as Carlo Baxter, Gina and Jimmy's eldest son, who was serving a sentence for a brutal assault on another black gang member at Angola Prison. Despite killing Kofi while in prison, he was released after Adam killed his brother
  • Chet Hanks as Joey Maldini, Carlo’s best friend who also works for Jimmy
  • Andrene Ward-Hammond as Big Mo, the leader of the Desire gang
  • David Maldonado as Lt. Brendan Cusack, a corrupt NOPD officer with ties to Jimmy, the Desire gang and Charlie
  • Melanie Nicholls-King as Female Jones, Kofi and Eugene's mother
  • Sampley Barinaga as Wesley, Adam's best friend

Special guest stars[edit]

  • Lorraine Toussaint as Judge Sara LeBlanc, the chief justice at the same courthouse where Michael works
  • Margo Martindale as Elizabeth Guthrie, a senator, Michael's mother-in-law and Adam's maternal grandmother
  • Maura Tierney as Fiona McKee, a prosecutor at the same courthouse where Michael works
  • Benjamin Wadsworth as Rocco Baxter, the boy who Adam killed accidentally in the hit and run

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [5]Directed byWritten by [6]Original air date [5]U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Part One"Edward BergerTeleplay by : Peter MoffatDecember 6, 2020 (2020-12-06)0.449[7]
Adam Desiato, the 17 year-old son of New Orleans judge Michael Desiato, goes to visit the site of his mother's murder. While driving, he accidentally strikes another teenager riding a motorcycle. Adam, panic-stricken, watches as the young man dies, and he then flees the scene. Adam begins trying to cover up any evidence. When Michael returns home, Adam confides to his father about the accident. Michael prevails upon his son to turn himself in. But when he realizes that the dead teenager is the son of Jimmy Baxter, a notorious local organized crime figure, Michael fears for his son and decides to hide his son's involvement.
2"Part Two"Edward BergerPeter MoffatDecember 13, 2020 (2020-12-13)0.658[8]
Michael asks his friend Charlie Figaro to get rid of Adam's car, but instead of destroying it Charlie pawns it to Kofi Jones (a teenage member of local street gang Desire). In formulating an alibi for Adam's hit and run, Michael reports the car stolen, leading to Kofi being arrested after running a red light in the vehicle. The woman Adam is in a sexual relationship with is revealed to be his current high school photography teacher, Frannie Latimer. When Michael retrieves his car, a piece of Rocco's bike falls from its undercarriage and police are able to tie it to Rocco's death and charge Kofi with murder. Kofi, held without bail due to his gang ties, is threatened by fellow Desire gang member Little Mo, who wants Rocco's cell phone and assurance that Kofi will plead guilty to guarantee the safety of his family. Michael asks his former friend Lee to represent Kofi in court. Jimmy (who believes a rival organized crime boss arranged Rocco's death as retaliation) arranges for DNA testing to be performed on Adam's lost inhaler. While contemplating their current predicament, Michael is upset by Adam's recollection of seeing many witnesses immediately following the hit and run.
3"Part Three"Edward BergerAlison McDonaldDecember 20, 2020 (2020-12-20)0.537[9]
Adam begins acting erratically and taking pictures of the scene of the crime, among other things. Lee begins working on Kofi's case and learns that he was tortured by the police when being questioned. Charlie expresses to Michael that they are in over their heads. Carlo Baxter is given permission to attend Rocco's funeral, at which Michael sees that Carlo is being transferred to Kofi's prison; he tries to arrange for Kofi's protection there. Lee arranges for Kofi to be released from his charges due to lack of evidence. Adam confesses to Frannie that he was the one who killed Rocco. On the night before his release, Kofi is transferred to Carlo's cell.
4"Part Four"Clark JohnsonDavid MatthewsDecember 27, 2020 (2020-12-27)0.467[10]
Kofi was murdered in prison by Carlo, but the prison authorities are not treating it as suspicious. Charlie and Michael choose to double down on the story they have concocted. Frannie fears that Adam will reveal their relationship. Michael and Lee tell Female of Kofi's death. Gina pressures Jimmy to do more to avenge Rocco's death, and Fia upsets her parents by no longer believing in God. Lee and Michael start a relationship. Adam is suspended from school after fighting with a friend. This leads to a visit from Elizabeth, Michael's mother-in-law, who is suspicious of him and Adam as she knows they did not visit Robin's grave on her anniversary. Nancy, Charlie and Lee are with them at dinner, discussing Kofi's arrest and murder, as the dog finds the piece of bloodied clothing. Michael distracts attention, but argues outside with Adam. Female's house is blown up.
5"Part Five"Clark JohnsonDewayne Darian JonesJanuary 3, 2021 (2021-01-03)[b]0.563[12]
During a session in court, Michael discovers he is being blackmailed by someone claiming to know Adam killed Rocco. Carlo is released from prison. Desire works to recruit Kofi's younger brother. The blackmailer demands $222,000 from Michael. Adam purposely meets Fia in a restaurant. Desire meets with the Baxters. Lee meets with Kofi's father to get his permission for an autopsy. Gina and Jimmy hear Adam's voice on a recording given to them by the police and discover Michael covered up evidence at a gas station.
6"Part Six"Clark JohnsonJennifer CacicioJanuary 10, 2021 (2021-01-10)0.500[13]
Michael asks for Nancy's help in his attempts to find his blackmailer. Jimmy enters the Desiato home and realizes Kofi is not behind the hit and run. Adam grows closer to Fia. Michael finds the blackmailer. Jimmy and Frankie sit outside Michael's house waiting to have him killed, but is interrupted by Adam and Fia. Carlo and Joey want to get into the drug trade and meet with Desire to help with the distribution. Lee talks to inmates to attempt to find out details of Kofi's death and discovers proof Carlo killed Kofi. Jimmy and Frankie confront Michael while he is meeting with his blackmailer Trevor, believing he killed Rocco. Michael tells Jimmy about Carlo's upcoming arrest and promises to oversee the trial and ensure he is freed. Jimmy kills Trevor.
7"Part Seven"Eva SørhaugJoey HartstoneJanuary 17, 2021 (2021-01-17)0.745[14]
Nancy arrests Carlo and interrogates him for Kofi's murder. Michael and Frankie dispose of Trevor's body. Nancy realizes that the Baxters knew about Carlo's upcoming arrest ahead of time. Jimmy threatens to kill Michael should he not come through on his promise to help Carlo go free. Michael is assigned Carlo's preliminary hearing, but the murder case is assigned to Judge LeBlanc. Nancy grows suspicious of Lt. Cusack. Lee is fired for ignoring the orders of her boss to drop her obsession with the Kofi Jones case. Michael has drinks with Judge LeBlanc who is then arrested for drunk driving on the way home.
8"Part Eight"Eva SørhaugFrank BaldwinJanuary 31, 2021 (2021-01-31)0.662[15]
Michael is eventually assigned Carlo's murder case after Judge LeBlanc steps down after her arrest video goes viral. Carlo's murder trial gets underway. Nancy goes to Michael with her suspicions about Lt. Cusack. Adam is accepted into New York University, but tells Frannie he wasn't. Jimmy gives Michael a deadline for helping Carlo's case. At the dinner to celebrate his acceptance into NYU, Adam expresses alternative plans he is considering. Frannie discovers Adam and Fia's relationship.
9"Part Nine"Eva SørhaugJennifer CacicioFebruary 7, 2021 (2021-02-07)0.582[16]
Joey is found by the Baxters, but escapes and surrenders to police and agrees to testify against Carlo. Michael reveals to Nancy that his ex-wife was having an affair and that Adam doesn't know. Nancy inadvertently reveals to Jimmy that Fia's boyfriend is Michael's son. Michael allows Joey to testify, but spikes the water Joey was drinking with pills. Frannie runs into Fia and Adam in a cafe and later confronts Adam. Lee discovers proof that Kofi could not have killed Rocco and that Lt. Cunningham has ties to Desire. Charlie confronts Frannie and figures out Adam and Fia's relationship.
10"Part Ten"Bryan CranstonPeter MoffatFebruary 14, 2021 (2021-02-14)0.742[17]
Elizabeth tells Adam about his mother's affair. Lee meets with Big Mo and tells her she knows that Kofi didn't kill Rocco. Carlo takes the stand in his trial and testifies he killed Kofi in self defense. Fiona disproves Carlo's story. Nancy confronts Michael about his and Adam's lie of when they visited the gravesite. Charlie also tells Michael that he knows Adam killed Rocco. Charlie makes a deal with Nancy. Lee also realizes Adam killed Rocco and confronts Michael. Carlo is found not guilty after Michael bars Eugene from testifying. Eugene buys a gun and attempts to kill Carlo at the party celebrating his not guilty verdict. However, he misses and shoots and kills Adam instead.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The series was first announced as being developed by CBS Studios in August 2017,[18] with a series commitment in October 2017.[19] The series premiered on December 6, 2020.[3] On August 24, 2021, Showtime renewed the series for a second season.[4]

Casting[edit]

Bryan Cranston was announced to headline the series in late January 2019.[2] In August 2019, Michael Stuhlbarg, Sofia Black-D'Elia, Carmen Ejogo and Isiah Whitlock Jr. were added to the cast.[20][21] In September 2019, Hope Davis was cast in a leading capacity, with Lilli Kay and Amy Landecker joining in a recurring role.[22][23] Tony Curran, Keith Machekanyanga, Lamar Johnson and Benjamin Flores, Jr. were added in October 2019, with Margo Martindale joining in December 2019.[24][25] In October 2020, Maura Tierney joined the cast in a recurring role.[26]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography for the series began on September 16, 2019, in New Orleans, Louisiana, but was suspended in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[27] Production resumed on October 7, 2020, and concluded on November 25, 2020.[28]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

For the first season, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 50% based on 50 critic reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Bryan Cranston is powerful as yet another father with nothing to lose, but Your Honor too closely resembles other, better shows about good men doing bad things to warrant its relentlessly grim proceedings."[29] Metacritic gave the first season a weighted average score of 60 out of 100 based on 28 critic reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[30]

Ratings[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Your Honor
No. Title Air date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
1 "Part One" December 6, 2020 0.04 0.449[7]
2 "Part Two" December 13, 2020 0.13 0.658[8]
3 "Part Three" December 20, 2020 0.07 0.537[9]
4 "Part Four" December 27, 2020 0.06 0.467[10]
5 "Part Five" January 3, 2021 0.08 0.563[12]
6 "Part Six" January 10, 2021 0.07 0.500[13]
7 "Part Seven" January 17, 2021 0.10 0.745[14]
8 "Part Eight" January 31, 2021 0.10 0.662[15]
9 "Part Nine" February 7, 2021 0.07 0.582[16]
10 "Part Ten" February 14, 2021 0.09 0.742[17]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Ejogo is nice credited and does not appear until the second episode.
  2. ^ "Part 5" was released early for streaming and on-demand on December 31, 2020, ahead of its Showtime Sunday premiere.[11]

References[edit]

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