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For the People

For the People

Photo Credit:  ABC/Craig Sjodin
  • Premiered: 
    March 13, 2018
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  • Network: ABC
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Drama
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Paul William Davies 
  • Subject Matter: Legal
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Plot Synopsis

Executive produced by Shonda Rhimes and series creator Paul William Davies, FOR THE PEOPLE is a one-hour legal drama series that follows six talented young lawyers working on opposite sides of the law and handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (aka The Mother Court). Best friends Sandra Bell and Allison Adams serve as public defenders alongside Jay Simmons and their boss, Federal Public Defender Jill Carlan. They face off against prosecutors Seth Oliver, Leonard Knox, Kate Littlejohn and their supervisor, chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office, Roger Gunn. These lawyers are joined by Judge Nicholas Byrne, who rules on some of the court's most controversial cases, and Tina Krissman, the formidable clerk of Court who keeps everyone in line. These young lawyers are put to the test both personally and professionally as their lives intersect in and out of America's most prestigious trial court, as they try to bring home wins and prove they are worthy of The Mother Court.
On Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT, ABC premiered "This Is What I Wanted to Say," the Season 1 finale of FOR THE PEOPLE. Sandra defends a hydrologist accused of spying for the Chinese government, but the similarities between this and a former case she lost has her confidence shaken. Meanwhile, Jay faces his fears and goes up against Kate in a case involving a PTA president accused of selling drugs to students; and Allison receives a tempting proposition from her wine-forger client and Leonard reaches out to Kate for advice that culminates with a surprising confession. One week earlier -- on Tuesday, May 15 -- ABC announced that FOR THE PEOPLE will return for its second season later in the 2018-2019 television season.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by ABC Studios


  • United States District Court for the Southern District of NY - Manhattan, New York USA