5 reasons everybody should be watching How To Get Away With Murder
If you’re a big fan of US TV, you might have heard about How To Get Away With Murder, the new legal drama taking the US by storm. If not, you’re about to. The series stars the Oscar-nominated Viola Davis and is from the creators of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal.
How To Get Away With Murder is a smart, sexy piece of television that glamorises criminal law without taking away from the nitty-gritty details. It features complex characters and really thrives in its ability to tell a story in many part, interspersed with many plotlines. In short, HTGAWM is exciting as hell to watch, and so far it’s only getting better.
Here are five reasons why we think you’d be mad to miss it:
1) Viola Davis
Viola Davis is magnetic as Professor Annalise Keating, whose character undoubtedly could be a disaster if played by an actress with less ability to capture nuance. We don’t really have a reason to like Annalise at first – she’s strict, she’s cheating on her husband, and she doesn’t really have any moral qualms (defence attorney). Yet the character draws you in with the raw power that Davis so easily commands. Even when this woman is upset, you won’t see a crack of it unless she lets you. It’s no surprise that her students are desperate – maybe even willing to kill – for her respect. This woman doesn’t take opportunities, she carves them out of nothing for herself. And look at her success rate.
How To Get Away With Murder hosts a diverse selection of interesting, complex characters – each desperate for Annalise’s approval in some way. There’s Wes – the underdog wait-list student who wins Annalise’s approval with his ideas, Michaela – the workaholic who’s determined to be the next Annalise, Connor – the clever guy who’s willing to drop to all kinds of dirty methods to get to the top, Laurel – the coolheaded moral compass (or is she?), and Asher – the preppy rich guy with daddy’s connections.
3) Learning criminal law
Each episode contains its own individual trial whilst making moves towards solving an overarching mystery. Sounds simple, but so many shows are incapable of progressing a long-running story whilst keeping each case stand-alone. With HTGAWM this is an art form, and consequently there are a lot of different cases – where Annalise defends both victims and perpetrators – in which we learn how to get away with murder and other abhorrent crimes. I don’t know how useful this will ever be, and if you’re a big fan of law drama it’s stuff you’ll already know, but look how excellently packaged it is.
What you get in HTGAWM is an excellently paced mystery. Each episode contains flash-forwards to the students dealing with the nasty aftermath of a murder – but why? Who committed the murder(s) and for what reason? Each episode presents more ideas, more information, and moves an inch closer to the truth as we learn about the sort of people these students are and the dirty secrets held by Annalise. I was sceptical about how the show would be able to create the same excitement when these answers are finally revealed, but it just gets better.
How To Get Away With Murder is an excellent example of the new world order that’s happening far too slowly in television, which is basically that other people in the world exist apart from straight, white men. Finally. And at university, it’s more than likely students and professors would have very diverse backgrounds. Don’t worry if you’re a fan of the privileged white asshole guy though, you’ve got Asher, and he’s actually a sweetheart.
How To Get Away With Murder returns to Universal Channel on March 2 at 10pm.