When you’re this fab, you can get away with murder.
How To Get Away With Murder Season 1 Wednesdays (from 8 March) e.tv (*194) 21:30
To law professor attorney Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) in How To Get Away With Murder (2014current), the legal system isn’t about right, wrong or justice. It’s about winning the case. And that’s as easy as 1-2-3: discredit the witness, introduce a new suspect and bury the evidence. Every year Annalise handpicks (and corrupts) five students from her Criminal Law 100 class to work as interns at her firm for a firsthand lesson in literally getting away with murder. Annalise’s new interns – Michaela (Aja Naomi King), Wes (Alfred Enoch), Connor (Jack Falahee), Laurel (Karla Souza) and Asher (Matt McGorry) – soon find out that the practical component of their course is a lot trickier that theory. And a mix of shocking flashbacks, flashforwards and present- day action will keep audiences up in the air on who’s guilty of what until the gavel comes down at the season finale.
THE SHONDA TOUCH
Super-producer Shonda Rhimes and her co- executive producer Betsy Beers produced the show with series creator Pete Nowalk, a writer on Shonda’s other dramas Grey’s Anatomy (2005current), Private Practice (2007-2013) and The Fixer (2012- current). And in true Shondaland-style, the casting and storytelling is set up to make space for everyone, regardless of race, sexual orientation or economic background. Then the consequences of living those lives come into the story truthfully, right down to quiet moments like getting ready for bed.
REAL TO REEL
In one of the show’s most powerful moments, we see Annalise’s bedtime routine: removing her wig, make-up and glamorous clothes in episode 4 (on 29 March). It’s not a peep show; it’s like watching a vulnerable creature remove the diamond-hard Annalise-Keating-shell she uses to win the respect that allows her to survive and thrive in her field. It’s in that moment of exposure that the unmasked and pained Annalise confronts her hubby Sam (Tom Verica) with the shocking evidence of his infidelity. And that’s when the mystery deepens…
Annalise Keating (centre) is playing puppet master without anyone realising.