Despite it’s name sake, there is not a whole lot of trial and error when it comes to the consistent quality of this NBC Comedy.
This show had me laughing throughout the whole journey of young, big city outsider Josh and his team of misfits attempting to prove the innocence of a suspected wife killer and “rollerciser”. This holds true in the first two episodes of it’s second season “Trial and Error: Lady Killer”. Last season left us with big roller skates to fill. John Lithgow gave an amazing performance as the eccentric, lovable, and questionably innocent defendant Larry Henderson.
The comedy of last season was based on how terrible of a client Larry was for Josh and how the deck stacked against them just kept getting higher. Season two makes the brilliant move to flip the script and give Josh a Client that could not look more guilty but is beloved by the town. And who do they get to play a character loved by the masses. Why it is the actress loved by the masses Kristen Chenoweth.
In my opinion, Chenoweth should be put on trial for multiple murders because she absolutely kills every scene she is in. The rest of the team are back and are in top form as well. Sherri Shepherd as the quirky Ann Flatch is back with even more bizarre medical conditions including Jumping Frenchmen of Maine disorder and spontaneous human combustion! Steven Boyer’s Dwayne Reed is back in uniform and is terrifyingly funny in his ignorance of the law and how it applies to him. And let’s not forget about our “North Eastern” hero Josh Segal, who is our audience avatar as we navigate amusingly insane town of East Peck. Nicholas D’Agosto continues to be pitch perfect in the role and wears a face of befuddlement like Kristen Chenoweth wears her immaculate wardrobe.
The beginning of the season has already introduced us to great new concepts to mine some comedy from like “M Town”, an S Town analogue that is following the trial and could throw a monkey wrench into the defense at any point. My personal favorite gag is the East Peck Lady Laws which are decades old, misogynistic laws that are parody of some of the more ridiculous laws that are still in place around the country today. This is writer/creator Jeff Astrof’s first attempt at the mockumentry style and he takes to it like a duck to water. The writing is still as on point as in the first season and the actors only get better as the get more comfortable in their roles. You will be blown away by how many of the events of these episodes are actually hinted at in the course of the previous season. It gives a real sense that the show knows where it’s going and has much more in store for not only this season but hopefully many more to come.
All in all, This show is blast and every episode will leave you wanting the next one immediately. Do yourself a favor and catch up on the first season any way you can and start chanting “Murder Board” with the rest of us!