Before anybody panics, I’m not about to try to give you tips on how to get away with killing anyone (although I do have a few ideas).
No, what I want to talk about today is the ABC show, How to Get Away With Murder. I won’t give away any spoilers (at least, I don’t think I will!), in case you haven’t watched it yet but want to.
The show is rather unique in its presentation. It doesn’t tell the story in a linear way, instead jumping back and forth through time to tell bits and pieces of the past and present. This is a very interesting method, and it works. Every time you think you have things figured out, you jump backward in time or back to the present and learn something new that makes you rethink everything you thought you had figured out.
The show is, of course, about how to get away with murder. I’m not really giving anything away to tell you that there are a bunch of characters who are trying to get away with murder. But there’s more to each episode than just the overall murder. Each episode, like Law & Order, NCIS or Criminal Minds, deals with another crime that is dealt with by the end of the episode. Sometimes it’s murder, sometimes it’s something else. What also makes it a bit unique in this area is that we don’t see the investigation of the episode crimes. We see the end result of those investigations. We see the cases in court, a defendant on trial and their lawyer(s) trying to get them off the hook (and sometimes we know if they’re guilty or innocent, and sometimes we’re not really sure).
The actors are all great, too. Some of them, I’ve seen elsewhere (Billy Brown, for example, plays Viola Davis’s cop boyfriend, and I’ve seen him in Sons of Anarchy), and they are playing characters that are quite different from the characters I’ve seen them play before. I find that really fun, because they pull it off quite well. Other actors are new (to me, at least), but I think they’re doing a great job.
The storyline is confusing, and tangled, but intriguing and well written. I can’t deny a few times thinking that it seemed like things weren’t going anywhere and wondering what the point was, but I always get drawn back in and can’t manage to walk away.
If you’re a fan of shows like Criminal Minds, Law & Order, Revenge, or Elementary, you might love How to Get Away With Murder. If nothing else, it’s at least worth watching an episode or two.
I can’t speak for your area, but in mine, How to Get Away With Murder airs at 10pm(eastern) Thursday nights on ABC.
I’m waiting for tomorrow night!