'Common Law': USA asks if even work partners need couples therapy


"Common Law" premiered on May 11 on USA and tried to reinvent the buddy cop drama. In the series, partners Travis Marks (Michael Ealy) and Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole) are having issues after five years as partners. Their boss (Jack McGee) makes them go to couples therapy after having success in the shrink's chair himself. These are the top detectives in the department. Of course they are. One is OCD and by the books. The other is a free-wheeling rule breaker. Shocker.This show has a lot of conventions. In particular, an annoying tendency to try to prove that they're not gay. (Something addressed in a wonderful Huffington Post article.) It's really not necessary to do that in 2012, is it? That said, there is some fun chemistry between Kole and Ealy. There are moments that work. It's hard to judge a show on the first episode, especially when you're establishing characters. For a summer dram-com,...



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