Tuesday, 9 p.m., NBC


The first big case for New York attorney Josh Segal (Nicholas D’Agosto) takes him to a small southern town to defend an unconventional poetry professor (John Lithgow) of murder in this comedic series created by Jeff Astrof and Matt Miller

What The Critics Say (Metascore 66)

  • Trial & Error has the kind of good bones and fool-proof premise that could make for a great, long-running sitcom (the plan is to debut a new crime every season). The performances are mostly wonderful–you won’t find me bad-mouthing Lithgow–and the already-tiring true-crime genre was due for a good zinging. It got one. — Ray Rahman, Entertainment Weekly
  • This isn’t Noel Coward. In fact, it’s not even “Modern Family,” but it’s funny and gives renewed meaning to the term “comic relief.” — David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
  • Lithgow is superb every time he’s on-camera, but Trial & Error has its own trial-and-error growing pains to go through before it either settles into something you want to watch every week, or a novelty that doesn’t sustain itself. — Ken Tucker, Yahoo TV