Best drama, thriller mini-series in long time

The 10-episode legal thriller stars Bryan Cranston as Michael Desiato, a respected New Orleans judge whose teenage son, Adam (Hunter Doohan), is involved in a hit-and-run that leads to a high-stakes game of lies, deceit and impossible choices. 

Family comes first.

It’s almost an unwritten code.

Even if a son or daughter does something wrong, as parents we still support them.

That’s the premise behind Your Honor, an American limited series starring Bryan Cranston, adapted from the Israeli TV series Kvodo (Hebrew: כבודו‎). It premiered on Showtime on Dec. 6, 2020.

It’s recently released on DVD and Blu Ray and it certainly worth all the buzz. My wife, Linda, and I stayed glued to the TV as the story unfolded.

There are just 10 episodes and for now, the end is the end.

Michael Desiato (Cranstone) is a respected New Orleans judge. His son, Adam (Hunter Doohan), suffers from asthma. In the morning, Adam is revealed to be sleeping with a young woman. On the anniversary of his mother's death, he visits the spot where she was killed in the 9th Ward. He gets spooked by a threatening-looking gang, and quickly drives away.

Scared, he begins suffering from an asthma attack, and while looking for his inhaler he hits Rocco Baxter (Benjamin Wadsworth) who was on a motorcycle. Getting out his car, Adam finds Rocco near death. Adam tries to help Rocco and calls 9-1-1 with Rocco's phone, but cannot think straight and drives away after Rocco dies.

He confesses what happened to his father, who tells him he must turn himself in and that he can probably make a good case for himself. When Michael goes to the station, he learns the boy Adam killed is the son of Jimmy Baxter (Michael Stuhlbarg), the head of the largest organized crime group in New Orleans.

Knowing he will have Adam killed, Michael tells him that they have to cover it up. A man working for Jimmy finds Adam's inhaler at the scene and keeps it to himself. Michael cleans the evidence and throws it in the river, but their dog steals a piece of bloodied cloth and hides it in the house. So now we’re hooked.

Of course, Cranston is a great actor, which he proved with Breaking Bad.

Showrunner Peter Moffat has said that while it was originally written as a one-and-done, he would be open to discussions about a further season. “I would be being dishonest if I were to say to you that, as a writer, I don’t think about some of the things that might go in Episode 11,” he told Assignment X.

Stay tuned.

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