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Legal thriller finishes its second season

If you have not yet caught an episode of ABC’s How To Get Away With Murder, you are truly missing out. Tony and Emmy award winner, Viola Davis, plays the main character, Annalise Keating, in this mind-racing thriller.

From the creator of Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice and Scandal, the show is based out of Philadelphia where Annalise Keating, a criminal defense lawyer and law professor, recruits a team of five students to intern with her and help her solve her cases.

The private lives of everyone around Annalise are ridden with secrets, lies and murder. Eventually, all characters become twisted into a massive web that all lead back to Annalise in the center.

Yet, she somehow seems to come out unscathed from it all and saves everyone else time and time again.

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The actors that play her team include Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Aja Naomi King, Matt McGorry and Karla Souza. Davis, Enoch and King have all received numerous nominations for awards in conjunction with the show, while the show was named Television Program of the Year by the American Film Institute and also won the Outstanding Drama Series at the Image Awards and GLAAD Awards. This show has essentially taken television by storm.

What I really love about this show is how the characters’ stories, as well as the main storyline that intertwines them all, continually evolves while a new case or crime is introduced in each episode.

The intricate plot definitely requires close attention, but it is so juicy that watching never feels like a difficult task.

Sometimes it can seem like there is almost too much going on, but I believe it always ends up balancing out.

To be critical though, an issue I have with this show, as well as with Scandal, is that men control all of the women. Whether it’s through a sexual relationship, past abuse, infatuation, etc., almost all of the women in the show are held back in one way or another by a man or men.

I find this alarming because these women are also portrayed as strong, intelligent women, yet, they cannot seem to escape the manipulations of a man.

This often leads them to make increasingly poor decisions as a result of their “clouded judgment.”

I hope as the show moves forward that Shonda Rhimes allows these female character to break free from these “man chains” and continue to empower them as strong, independent female characters.

Overall, the story line is absolutely enthralling and it is unequivocally successful as a show.

It makes you feel like you’re keeping your mind sharp and even brushes you up on your law vocab.

The show was recently renewed for a third season.

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