|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||January 1 -|
March 31, 2006
In Justice is an American police procedural television series created by Michelle King and Robert King. The series began airing on Sunday, January 1, 2006 on ABC as a midseason replacement and assumed its regular night and time on Friday, January 6, 2006 at 9 p.m. EST. It ended after its 13-episode run on March 31, 2006. The series was simulcast in Canada on CTV. In the UK In Justice was shown on UKTV Gold beginning September 17, 2006 and was later repeated on ABC1 in 2007.
In Justice focuses on freeing wrongly convicted criminals. Kyle MacLachlan (of Twin Peaks) stars as David Swain, a wealthy and successful lawyer who heads a high-profile organization called the National Justice Project (commonly abbreviated as "NJP") in the San Francisco Bay Area, along with his lead investigator, ex-police detective Charles Conti (portrayed by Jason O'Mara). Members of the National Justice Project work pro-bono to overturn wrongful convictions, liberate the falsely accused and discover the identity of those who are really to blame. Although the NJP is fictional, there are organizations which examine cases involving people who may have been wrongly convicted (e.g. the Innocence Project).
Each new episode starts out with "what the jury believed", usually a scene in which the person who was wrongly convicted acts out the crime. Throughout the show, David and Charles unravel many clues to how and why the person they are trying to exonerate was convicted in the first place.
Each episode revolves around separate cases and addresses the various reasons for miscarriage of justice. The progress in the show relies less on the famous but largely fictitious forensic procedures used in the CSI franchise and other procedural shows. In a few episodes "CSI-fiction" is mentioned as a description of theatre and inaccuracy, and sometimes forgery of forensics technology.
The series deals with a few subplots. The most prominent is Conti's remorse from his time as a police officer, when he caused an innocent suspect's suicide by coercing him to confess to the murder of his family, and how it makes him obsessed with clearing the wrongfully convicted. Other subplots deals with Swain's uneasy relationship with judicial colleagues and the district attorney's attempts to discredit him, Sonya's personal motivations for clearing the wrongfully convicted - her brother being one of them, and Brianna's reservations and doubts about some of the cases.
The show's "sneak-peek" episode aired on January 1, 2006, while the original series pilot was aired on January 6, 2006. According to Variety, the program won its timeslot in the January 1 sneak airing and finished second in its January 6 timeslot, the latter just slightly behind CBS's Close to Home. The eighth episode, "The Public Burning", came in second to NBC's coverage of the Winter Olympics.
|#||Title||Directed by||Written by||Viewers
|1||"Brothers and Sisters"||James Frawley||Tom Szentgyorgyi||10.50||January 1, 2006||103|
|2||"Pilot"||Mick Jackson||Jeff Melvoin, Robert King & Michelle King||9.20||January 6, 2006||101|
|3||"Golden Boy"||Paul Holahan||Robert King & Michelle King||8.70||January 13, 2006||102|
|4||"Confessions"||Stephen DePaul||Terri Kopp||8.90||January 20, 2006||105|
|5||"Another Country"||John Contner||Jeff Melvoin||7.60||January 27, 2006||104|
|6||"The Ten Percenter"||David Straiton||Henry Robles||8.80||February 3, 2006||107|
|7||"Cost of Freedom"||Paul Holahan||Barry M. Schkolnick||8.41||February 10, 2006||106|
|8||"The Public Burning"||Marita Grabiak||Michael Oates Palmer||8.33||February 17, 2006||108|
|9||"Victims"||Kevin Bray||Courtney Kemp||6.60||March 3, 2006||109|
|10||"Badge of Honor"||Peter Medak||Marc Guggenheim||5.09||March 10, 2006||110|
|11||"Lovers"||J. Miller Tobin||Terri Kopp & Karen Campbell||6.51||March 17, 2006||111|
|12||"Side Man"||Paul Holahan||Michael Oates Palmer & Barry M. Schkolnick||6.72||March 24, 2006||112|
|13||"Crossing the Line"||Paul Holahan||Henry Robles||5.52||March 31, 2006||113|
The team succeeds in clearing a convicted person in each episode, except in "The Public Burning", where justice fails and a mild mentally challenged man is executed just minutes before truth is revealed (though it is unclear if the team were able to expose the killer, since Conti confronts the murderer in his house).
On Rotten Tomatoes the series has an approval rating of 40% based on reviews from 10 critics. The site's consensus states: In Justice brandishes a refreshingly righteous premise, but this derivative procedural's good intentions can't vindicate the indistinctive casting and uninspired cases. On Metacritic the series has a score of 48% based on reviews from 16 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
David Hinckley of the New York Daily News compared the show to Without a Trace and Cold Case. He wrote: "The chemistry among the leads isn't fully there, and the trail of clues, at least in the opening two episodes, relies on a lot of serendipity and improbable deductive work. But "In Justice" is a watchable show." Linda Stasi of the New York Post said: "It's not bad. Now understand that I say this despite the fact that the producers themselves should be arrested for theft for swiping everything that wasn't nailed down to make this show." Stasi notes the cast are "startlingly good-looking" and "the acting is quite good", she praises the writing, with some reservations about the "cheesy dialogue". She concludes "you may, in fact enjoy it a lot."
Phil Gallo of Variety called the show "A model of midseason mediocrity". Tom Shales of the Washington Post wrote: "It's an imitation of something already being imitated here, there and everywhere." Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle called the show "a mess" and was critical of ABC for not knowing what they wanted the show to be.