5 Reasons to Watch How To Get Away With Murder

Catch the double-episode premiere tonight on the Sony Channel.



(SPOT.ph) For the record, it’s not a visual lesson in homicide and getting away with it. (Don’t get any ideas.) It is, however, a gripping legal thriller that will have viewers on the edge of their seats. It also happens to have a really intriguing and eye-catching title.


Take the cut-throat world of law school, a group of ambitious students, a brilliant and intimidating professor, throw in a twisted murder plot, and you have How To Get Away With Murder. We give you five great reasons to get hooked on this new and addicting drama series.


1. It has the Shonda Rhimes stamp all over it.

If you’re familiar with shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, then you’ll know this show has executive producer Shonda Rhimes written all over it. It holds nothing back; its narrative goes from zero to a thousand miles a minute, and interweaves between time periods. Lines and spiels are sharp and delivered in breakneck speed. In short, it demands that you sit and pay very close attention.



2. It has an amazing ensemble of characters.

At the center of it all is Viola Davis, who plays the tough-as-nails law professor and defense attorney, Annalise Keating. "I want to be her," says one of her students dreamily, and audiences will agree. She’s scary as a professor, and scary-good as a defense attorney. Her personal life? Just as scary. Annalise is also surrounded by a fascinating morally gray group of supporting characters, each as compelling as the last. We could go on and on about them, but that would take all the fun out of finding out for yourself.


3. The murder cases are pretty cool.

While there is a murder arc that spans the entire season, the series is also a procedural. Annalise selects a group of her best students from her university class to work on real murder cases. The show takes viewers from the classroom to the crime scene, and even the courtroom where Annalise and her law firm work their magic, morals be damned. Who cares if the defendant is actually a murderer? In this world, all that matters is a "not guilty" verdict.

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4. The cast is, in one word, diverse.

As with all Shonda Rhimes television shows, expect a lot of diversity. Say goodbye to cookie-cutter characters-of-color, and say hello to a wide range of intriguing personalities. (Competitive Michaela Pratt, resident "good girl" Laurel Castillo, and wallflower Wes Gibbons, just to name a few.) Whether or not you’ll end up rooting for them, they are as real and fascinating as they come. By the way, if wide-eyed Wes seems familiar to you, that’s because he was Dean Thomas in the Harry Potter movies. Talk about puberty done right. And while we’re on the topic of casting...


5. It’s LGBT-friendly, too.

Without giving too much away, expect more than a handful of gay scenes. Creator Peter Nowalk says he wants to "push the envelope, especially with the gay sex." He continues, "I didn’t see that growing up, and I feel like the more people get used to two men kissing, the less weird it will be for people." It’s not done to just to push a gay agenda, though. It’s all about having real people on-screen, even if the situations are far-fetched. The character is driven, complex, and willing to, er, get down and dirty to get ahead.



How To Get Away With Murder airs tonight, October 15, at 9:05 p.m. with a double-episode premiere on the Sony Channel.

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