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Bull (2016)

Comedy | Drama 
Rayting:   7.0/10 15428 votes
Country: USA
Language: English

Brilliant, brash, and charming, Dr. Bull is the ultimate puppet master as he combines psychology, human intuition, and high tech data to learn what makes jurors, attorneys, witnesses, and the accused tick.

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User Reviews

mike-5445 9 September 2020

This show started with an interesting premise (trial science) but after a few seasons it's become a simplistic, formulaic and predictible and feelgood legal drama. Basic formula is (1) A client has an issue; (2) Bull's team select a jury; (3a) Bull's team noisily express exactly what's happening inside every jury's head with 100% accuracy; (3b) Bull's team struggle and look like they're going to lose; (4) New and compelling evidence is miraculously discovered by Bull's team, frequently showing Police/FBI/etc to be incompetent investigators (although this is not directly addressed); (5) Bull's team wins case while Jason Bull commentates his lawyer's brilliance in whispers.

It's a very simplistic show, which might appeal if that's what you're after, but could also be really annoying. For example, time scales are completely fictional. Bull's team is always urgently gathering evidence during a trial. They frequently break laws, hack computer systems, and invade people's privacy. ALL of these actions are brushed off as inconsequential and a justified means to an end for their client. His team made up from former employees of the FBI and Homeland Security are idolised as if those organisations are faultless.

Earlier episodes spent considerable time talking about juries, but there's no detail... just someone in a room staring at screens and expressing what are supposedly 100% accurate explanations of what each juror is thinking. Uncertainty is very rare.

I'm not very familiar with trial science but it's hard to imagine that it hits this degree of formulaic perfection. Maybe a disinterest in looking at that is why what is meant to be the main premise of the show is brushed over so superficially. If a show had to be based on trial science, there would be so many interesting things it could focus on: accuracy, ethics, just getting it to work, the list goes on. Bull doesn't. It's just an excessively simplistic legal drama.

Amy_cosmicchic86 4 October 2016

Despite the rush of people on IMDb who seem strangely desperate to trash this new show; I personally, as a fan of procedural crime dramas and team "puzzle of the week" shows like House M.D, really quite enjoy Bull so far. The first episode had an intriguing premise, the second episode built up the team members' characters enough to at least make them likable, and I think Michael Weatherly is enjoying the role massively and it shows in his winning performance. The psychological aspect of the show is something I don't think we see enough of on television in general and even if some of it is pumped up into quick, flashy computer bites, it still aids the story which is really all it's meant to do. As shows in their infancy go, I think this one is off to a promising start. Bull is a well-shot bit of interesting fun and I will definitely keep watching!

over_clock 7 April 2020

The show goes on and on about what a genius Dr. Bull is with psychology and jury science and then every single case is won by his investigators finding evidence. It's just another run-of-the-mill court drama show that throws psychology terms around like glitter to make it look flashier.

ceonimdb 6 May 2019

I've been watching this show since it started and have been hoping for it to get better since it started. Now it's just the thing that I watch when I'm bored and have gone through everything else on my DVR. You can predict the ending about 5-10 minutes into every episode. Bull is not a far cry from Tony Dinozzo, same guy, different profession. I like Freddy Rodriguez's Benny... but Cable was the only other likable character. Marissa is the worst - I literally fast forward during her character building scenes. The rest are just tolerable and give me the chance to multitask while the show is on.

kashmenon 16 October 2016

Its more like Person of interest meets Boston Legal. They have started off a great idea. I hope that it will get better as they go. As for now, the story line is acceptable but everyone except Michael Weatherly seems to be a bit lost. If they could change at least a couple of the supporting actors to somebody who can pull the character off that would make a huge difference. For now, i will keep watching the series. This is also the first time i am writing a review on IMDb. I couldn't stand the show being rated really low and a huge effort has been made and it is interesting and not like what people make it out to be. I urge that people take a view before going through the reviews and not watching it. Maybe you will like it, maybe you wont but you wont know unless you actually watch it.

kbethune-176-251819 3 February 2021

I tried to give it time. 13 episodes of Season 1. But it's just hard to stay invested in it.

Good stuff: there's compassion, and respect (kinda) for different groups of people. (At least, a veneer of respect, even if their resident hacker lady and behind-the-scenes chatter about others betrays how little the main characters respect people.) Some of the stories are kind of interesting, if predictable and unrealistic.

Bad stuff: I see I'm not the only one to compare this show to The Mentalist, and here's the thing, I love The Mentalist -- but 'Bull' doesn't seem to understand why The Mentalist worked.

Basically, Patrick Jane (TM) *earned* his criminality with the audience. It made sense. His dad raised him a carnival conman, then his wife and daughter were murdered by a serial killer and he's out for revenge and honest about it. The audience is willing to see that man, in that situation, manipulate people and cut legal corners (and it helps that PJ's police team only gradually gets on board with PJ's methods, each for their own reasons). And even in that extreme circumstance, and with his special skills, PJ regularly has to navigate real consequences (legal and physical) for his actions. And PJ sometimes gets stuff wrong (though sure, he's brilliant and eventually figures it back out again).

In contrast, Bull's 'Dr. Bull' seems basically magic -- and does NOT earn his criminality with the audience. He's 100% right, all the time (at least for the first 13 episodes: he's infallible at knowing guilty from innocent, and conveniently gets to choose only cases where he represents innocent people, and his manipulations never earn a bad result once) -- and despite him and his whole crew seemingly having no significant backstory to justify it, these wealthy people engage in casual criminality constantly, with no repercussions or even criticism from a peripheral character. *Constantly* engaging in hacking and spying that is absolutely illegal -- with no fear or even conversation about whether they might get caught or maybe shouldn't be doing it.

I kept waiting for some heavy backstory to emerge to explain why these white collar professionals feel justified committing all these casual crimes in the course of their everyday work, but the most we've gotten in 13 episodes is that Bull's dad was an unlikeable conman when he was a kid and they're now estranged. So it's *kind of* like TM with lead characters having conmen fathers, but doesn't quite match TM which gave the son his own (more serious) reason to circumvent the law. And without that sympathy for motives, watching 'Bull' feels like watching entitled rich people break laws they haven't earned any moral right to even *consider* breaking. Does it make their jobs easier? Of course. Every job in the world becomes easier if we break the law. But the law typically exists for a reason, and breaking it usually has a consequence for others (which is why the justice system imposes a consequence back towards us), and an audience's sympathy typically requires that a character's actions seem justifiable. Characters should generally be able to do their jobs well without breaking the law, unless it's an *extreme* situation and you show the weight of that extremity to us (ideally with actual consequences, even if the characters manage to avoid them). TM works because it goes to an extreme: Maladjusted, guilt-ridden conman reacts to serial killer by pursui

Ed-Shullivan 21 September 2016

Although the premise of Bull may have some merit, which is the story of a very good looking Dr. Jason Bull (starring Michael Weatherly) who owns a company named Trial Analysis Corporation, and whose life ambition is to be able to read people, including lawyers, judges, perpetrators but especially prospective jurors so that his clients will win their trials regardless if they are innocent or guilty, there is just a bit too much hocus pocus involved to pique my interest.

Like many other drama/crime series the writers tend to draw their audience down a certain emotional path and then in the last 10 minutes of the show (before the last set of another over extended commercial break) they not only show up with the star of the show and save the day by revealing how smart they are to the rest of the TV series cast, they end up showing how stupid they must think their audiences must be to spend the better part of an hour drama series filtering through an endless supply of TV commercials only to witness a very disappointing ending that you will so quickly forget that you won't even be able to repeat the dumb scenario to your friends at work the next day during lunch break.

I will give this series the benefit of the doubt and I will watch a few more episodes in case the scripts improve, but I don't hold out much hope if I have to base my assessment on the pilot episode.

So far I give Bull ** out of **** stars.

aakennedy-61990 21 March 2019

I had hoped that it would be good and I keep watching in the vain hope it will. I hate, yes I know it's a strong word, but I hate the way everything is nicely parcel up at the end ie we find the guilty party. That said given the way the scripts are written we know pretty early who is the guilty part. NCIS is the poorer for the loss of Michael and Bull is pretty pants.

thrall7 5 October 2016

I was intrigued by this show with the ads that appeared during the summer. I've liked Michael Weatherly, but will admit to not being a fan of Dr. Phil, who is both the inspiration for the title character and was a co-writer of the pilot. Dr. Phil: don't quit your day job. The show is simply unbelievable. A multi-million dollar high-tech office, with dozens of staffers, yet no apparent source of income for any of that. The pilot dialogue, to acknowledge Dave Barry's phrase, seemed to come from the wooden dialogue generator. All of the characters are relentlessly hip: there's the now obligatory knit cap wearing techie; a fabulously dressed wardrobe consultant; Bull relieves tension by hitting a tethered baseball in the office, while replete with his oh-so-cool two or three days' of beard growth. None of the characters are people you feel empathy with or care about. Early on, this show has benefited immensely from the prime time slot following "NCIS." I will be very surprised if it holds the early ratings as the season goes on. Maybe not the best career move for Michael Weatherly.

jonij-77617 6 December 2016

Don't listen to the Naysayers, and cynics on this review status. This TV show Bull is good, but like many others along this line, you have to remember it is just getting started. Just like any new product that has problems and kinks, they have to be fixed and then rolled out again. Also, trying to care and mend people is a very well difficult and tasking thing to do, but he does it with a bit of style, grace … and oh, getting up in people's faces that deter him with a calm demeanor. Thus, with his experience, this is something he does to get a better scope or compass about them, trying to capture their character so he will know where to go next. I also like his crew, each one does a good job with all they need to do, and with a bit of spirited confidence and can-do attitude alongside of a small amount of humor and comedy.

The premise of this show is interesting, trying to get into the minds of people to see how they think and what moves them. This character Dr. Bull (Michael Weatherly) seems to care about these people, the defendant, the jury and everyone in between. He even takes the diamond in the rough, the little guy and even the underdog, and makes them become a little better than they were. Besides, I love how his character seems to take the problems that come before him with a cool and rational angle, even when he goes up against a bad guy. Together with his crew this drama, Bull, shows signs of definite potential. So give it a chance, even with its minor snags, you might just learn something about yourself.

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