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Student Wes Gibbins begins attending law classes taught by renowned lawyer, the tough and enigmatic Annalise Keating. She offers five students the chance to work with her, while in a flash forward, the students chosen dispose of a body.

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Michael Offer

Writers:

Peter Nowalk (created by), Peter Nowalk
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Viola Davis ... Annalise Keating
Billy Brown ... Nate Lahey
Alfred Enoch ... Wes Gibbins
Jack Falahee ... Connor Walsh
Katie Findlay ... Rebecca Sutter
Aja Naomi King ... Michaela Pratt
Matt McGorry ... Asher Millstone
Karla Souza ... Laurel Castillo
Charlie Weber ... Frank Delfino
Liza Weil ... Bonnie Winterbottom
Tom Verica ... Sam Keating
Lenny Platt ... Griffin O'Reilly
Michael Gaston ... Henry Wiliams
Conrad Ricamora ... Oliver Hampton
Suzanne Savoy ... Judge Kathy Powell
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Storyline

Annalise Keating is a tough as nails Criminal Law Professor and when Wes Gibbins starts his first day at Middleton University, he has no clue what he's walking into. In her class, "How to Get Away with Murder," Annalise challenges her students to solve some of the most difficult criminal cases that her law firm takes on, and in the end, she selects a group of the smartest, most promising students to come work for her. The competition is on and the students will stop at nothing to make sure they get to the head of her class. While Annalise seems to have it all together, we soon learn that her clients' secrets aren't the only ones she's keeping. Meanwhile, in flash-forwards, we learn that the price of impressing Annalise might just be too much for some, when a group of four students, Wes, Connor Walsh, Michaela Pratt and Laurel Castillo get involved in their own murder mystery cover up. Written by Jiilo_Kim

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Trivia

The area on the campus of Middleton University, where Wes, played by Alfred Enoch and the other law students are disposing of the body shows an old trolley bridge in the background. It is an arched brick and stone tunnel that goes over a small creek. This distinctive Philadelphia-area architecture is in many scenes. The Fairmount Park Transit Company began in 1897, and by 1946, was defunct. But for 49 years, the trolley made 16 stops in West Park, including Chamounix - Chamounix Mansion - where this wooded campus scene was filmed. You can take a trail from Chamounix Mansion, cross that bridge - or climb down and check out the tunnel. See more »

Goofs

When Professor Keating is trying to discuss mens rea with Wes, we are led to believe, by her reaction when someone else says it, that the mens rea is "to kill." Mens rea, Latin for "guilty mind," can only, properly, be one of four things: negligence, recklessness, knowledge, or intent. There are a few nuances available (reckless with depraved indifference to the value of human life, for example), but "to kill" is not a mens rea. The more appropriate answer (given the facts presented) is "intent" or, perhaps, "intent to kill." See more »

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Annalise Keating: This is criminal law 100 or as I prefer to call it 'How to get away with murder'.
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I Come With Knives
(uncredited)
Performed by IAMX
Written by Chris Corner
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That's not how this works
1 October 2015 | by tiger86-2See all my reviews

That's not how any of this works. I hope you will forgive me for using this meme but it is exactly what needs to be said about the show's pilot episode. It is absurd, preposterous, ridiculous... You get the point. The problem is not that it is unrealistic. Every single courthouse drama out there is unrealistic. The problem is that what we see here is just retarded.

Without spoiling it, within just a bit more than half an hour we are forced to witness the main character violating the 5th amendment twice. We see her sharing her client's confidential information with hundreds of people. We see her congratulating one of her students for flat out violating the law, and then we see her intentionally violating the court protocols. I am not a lawyer, and I am not even an American, but even I know this is not how American justice system works.

And this is not the episode's only problem. The writing as a whole is horrible, and the directing is worse - the pacing is so fast you can't properly follow the plot, and the plot is just nonsensical. And that is not an opinion, that is a fact. The acting is somehow good, but I won't waste anymore time with this thing. Sorry.


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