Parents' Guide to

Your Honor

By Matt Cabral, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Guilty pleasure crime drama has great acting, gory violence.

TV Showtime Drama 2020
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It's difficult to not recall Breaking Bad's Walter White while watching Your Honor's good-judge-gone-bad jump through increasingly complex hoops to cover up his son's role in a lethal hit-and-run accident. Despite having traveled a similarly murky path with Cranston before though, it's still an absolute joy seeing him slowly transform from seemingly upstanding protagonist to morally ambiguous antihero. It doesn't hurt that the series' outstanding ensemble cast -- from Hope Davis' mob matriarch to Amy Landecker's dogged detective -- aren't merely present to prop up Cranston, but elevate the story with their own meaty performances.

Unfortunately, though, not even the stellar cast can keep Your Honor's twisty tale from occasionally buckling beneath its own weight. Its solid premise might make for a great two-hour feature film, but stretched over nine episodes it sometimes feels as though it's trying too hard to fill the time. There are a few too many narrative paths that either wind on too long, veer into far fetched directions, or simply feel unnecessary. That's not to say the show isn't packed with enough thrills, tension, and cliffhangers to easily keep you engaged for its entire run. On the contrary, the fantastic cast and dark, pulpy plot will more than satisfy fans looking to scratch that Breaking Bad or Ozark itch. Just don't be surprised when this promising, star-studded entry reveals itself to be more guilty pleasure weekend binge than must-see prestige TV.

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