I’ve said it once here that these days, I watch mostly sitcoms, sci-fi, and superpower-based TV shows. I don’t seem to have the patience for most shows in other categories but once in a while, a show catches my attention and leaves an impression.
Bull somehow managed to that to me so I decided ‘Hey, let’s talk about it.’
Bull follows the life of Dr. Jason Bull, a cocky and extremely intelligent psychologist who runs a successful trial-consulting firm. He and his team of experts in various fields use what he calls ‘trial science’ (a mix of psychology, data analysis, and human behavioral studies) to help his clients win cases.
Admittedly, on the surface, it sounds like a pretty basic show and the concept in the simplest form isn’t entirely new. The closest comparison would be the show Lie To Me which ran from 2009-2011 but even if you never saw that, there are loads of shows with cocky and intelligent male leads everywhere (Castle, The Blacklist, The Mentalist blah blah blah).
However, Bull has some elements that make it unique in its own way;
Every episode of Bull is different in tone and texture. The show uses the first few episodes of the first season to give us a glimpse into the lives of the major protagonists but after that, every episode focuses less on the lives of Bull and his team and more on the lives of the clients.
Even in the first few episodes, the show still paid attention to the lives of the clients and all the extra time we spent on Dr. Jason Bull was used to establish his intellectual prowess and his relationship with his teammates.
Using this dynamic, we learn about the life of the other protagonists slowly as each episode passes without things feeling forced.
I know this looks like a cliché point. One of the elements of a good show is great on-screen chemistry among the cast. Bull is special because at first glance it seems like most of the characters have nothing in common, they all have different personalities and perform different roles within the team.
As the show progresses, their lives begin to intersect and you begin to experience the complexity of human nature and interaction. It’s a really fun dynamic.
I wasn’t sure whether to call this continuity or balance. They both explain the point in different ways. As much as Bull takes us deep into the world of each client, it doesn’t leave out the major cast in a way that is detrimental to the show.
In fact, in time you begin to learn things about the main characters (some deep things too) that keeps you involved in their personal lives without distracting you from the focus of the episode.
In summary folks, Bull is a really cool show.
You should check it out.
Let me know what you think.