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How to Get Away with Murder 

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A group of ambitious law students and their brilliant criminal defense professor become involved in a twisted murder plot that promises to change the course of their lives.


Peter Nowalk
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Series cast summary:
Viola Davis ...  Annalise Keating 65 episodes, 2014-2018
Billy Brown ...  Nate Lahey 65 episodes, 2014-2018
Jack Falahee ...  Connor Walsh 65 episodes, 2014-2018
Aja Naomi King ...  Michaela Pratt 65 episodes, 2014-2018
Matt McGorry ...  Asher Millstone 65 episodes, 2014-2018
Karla Souza ...  Laurel Castillo 65 episodes, 2014-2018
Charlie Weber ...  Frank Delfino 65 episodes, 2014-2018
Liza Weil ...  Bonnie Winterbottom 65 episodes, 2014-2018
Conrad Ricamora ...  Oliver Hampton 57 episodes, 2014-2018
Alfred Enoch ...  Wes Gibbins 52 episodes, 2014-2018


A sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller about a group of ambitious law students and their brilliant, mysterious criminal defense professor. They become entangled in a murder plot that will shake the entire university and change the course of their lives.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 September 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

How to Get Away with Murder See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Viola Davis is shown defending an alleged killer in Philadelphia's City Hall in How to Get Away with Murder: Pilot (2014). Davis was previously seen working in there when she portrayed the Philadelphia mayor in Law Abiding Citizen (2009). See more »


The quarter flipping animation shows it to be a 1999 Pennsylvania State Quarter series coin. (In reference to the show's home state). However, when it lands it is shown to be a pre-1999 coin with an Eagle on the reverse. See more »

Crazy Credits

Except Viola Davis, who is the lead actress of the series, the rest of the cast members who are billed as regulars are arranged in alphabetical order, judging by their second names. See more »

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The Comedy Hit of the Year!
22 February 2015 | by dunks58-615-955316See all my reviews

The writers and producers of this show probably thought they were creating an edgy, glamorous and sexy, if somewhat fanciful, legal drama. They have in fact created the best unintentional comedy I've seen in a long time. I've watched some preposterous twaddle on TV in my time, but this was so outstandingly, hilariously stupid that it deserves its own drinking game.

I guess it was - shall we say, "inspired"? - by that '70s classic "The Paper Chase" ... hotshot law students vie to win the esteem of the brilliant but cranky law professor ... but now, instead of pudgy, white, jowly John Houseman, Professor Cranky-Pants is a feisty, ultra-glamorous African-American lady with Naomi Campbell makeup and a skin-tight red leather jerkin ...

This show has SO many things wrong with it that it must surely become a cult comedy hit among the legal fraternity. For example ... Prof. Cranky-Pants is also a practising attorney who alternates, apparently day-by-day, lecturing in law *and* defending high-profile criminal cases .. 'cos, like, you would *totally* have time to do that ... and, naturally, she lectures publicly, in precise detail, on the actual cases she'll be defending THE NEXT DAY ... and because she's so brilliant and mean, she pits her students against each other to come up with the best possible defence for the case she's running tomorrow - and she'll use theirs if its better .. what? come on, I bet that really happens!

And of course, in this liberated and uncensored era, we see all the modern hi-jinks that glamorous yuppie students and their teachers get up to in order to .. ahem ... "get ahead" in the law game ... like the cute male student who turns out to be gay, who manages to get vital info about the case by going to the gay bar frequented by the gay nerds from the IT Department of the company where the defendant worked ... he chats up the bookish (i.e. wears glasses) but cute gay Asian-American IT nerd, who of course looks shiftily at his feet as he admits that he's been instructed by the firm's legal dep't not to discuss the case. It (almost) goes without saying that IT Nerd's steely resolve melts instantly when Sexy Gay Law Student uses his secret weapon - he turns his attentions away from him for a moment and makes eyes at another guy ... seconds later, after the obligatory "Don't tell anyone I told you" disclaimer, they're ripping each other's shirts off and slamming onto the bed, while IT Nerd sings like a canary ...

... later we meet the equally sexy female student who "impresses" Prof. Cranky-Pants by telling her how she used false pretences to illegally obtain totally inadmissible evidence about a witness' medical condition ... instant Credit, of course!

... later, in the obligatory "feet of clay" interlude, we follow Model-cute African- American Underdog Student (actually played by an English kid who was in Harry Potter) as he drops over to Prof. Cranky-Pants' (totally unlocked) office, late at night, to ask a sticky legal question - as you do ... but something's amiss ... we hear some grunting sounds - so of course he barges into the inner office where - naturally - he stumbles onto Prof. Cranky-Pants giving a head-job to an enormous, heavily-muscled, shirtless black man ... what? I'm sure that happens at Harvard Law School all the time!

We decided to press "stop" at the point where the students meet the defendant ... but she doesn't come to the large, comfortable, well-equipped lecture hall - oh no ... that would be too easy, and not "legal" enough. No, the ENTIRE CLASS has to meet her in Prof. Cranky-Pants' sumptuous, wood-panelled, book-lined office, and they cram in there, in a not-at-all-stagey-and-awkward manner, lined up the staircase, and everything ... taking notes, on notepads - as you do in 2014 - nodding sagely, or looking at each other quizzically and shaking their heads, while cute, tearful, blonde Ms Defendant gives her sob-wracked account of the case.

I know TV is just a business, but it never ceases to amaze me how so many people are willing to be involved with such sloppily-conceived, cliché-infested, badly written, poorly acted CRAP, and how network execs seem endlessly willing to give huge amounts of money to keep producing crud like this ... and it's doubly galling when one considers the many well-written, well-acted, well-produced and brilliantly original programming, like 'Firefly', 'The Fades' and 'Outcasts', that get cancelled after one series.

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