Overview

Goliath is a web TV series which was commissioned by Amazon Studios and falls into the legal drama category. The show received a straight to series order of eight episodes in 2015 and premiered on Amazon Prime Video in October 2016. 

The show has four seasons in total, with Clyde Phillips joining the series in season two. The third season made its debut in October 2019, and Amazon announced the final series renewal a month later.

Premise

Goliath focuses on a lawyer called Billy McBride who is down on his luck. He used to be a powerful lawyer, but is now an alcoholic. His fall from grace came after he lost a case which saw an innocent child murdered. His alcoholism costs him his wife and job. He lost his career after his partner Cooper kicked him out of their law firm. 

Billy decides to go up against Cooper by bringing a case against him. He begins to realise his old ambition by getting involved in the preparations, and battles for redemption by seeking justice in a legal system where truth is becoming increasingly rare.

Cast and characters

  • Lawyer Billy McBride – Billy Bob Thornton
  • DUI lawyer and real estate agent Patty Solis-Papagian – Nina Arianda
  • Prostitute and occasional legal assistant Brittany Gold – Tania Raymonde
  • Billy’s daughter Denise McBride – Diana Hopper
  • McBride’s legal partner Donald Cooperman – William Hurt
  • Billy’s ex-wife Michelle McBride – Maria Bello
  • Legal associate Lucy Kittridge – Olivia Thirlby
  • Senior lawyer Callie Senate – Molly Parker
  • City councilwoman Marisol Silva – Ana de la Reguera
  • Political operator Danny Loomis – Matthew Del Negro
  • Deputy District Attorney Hakeem Rashad – Morris Chesnut
  • Successful Los Angeles developer Tom Wyatt – Mark Duplass
  • Legal assistant Marva Jefferson – Julie Brister
  • Corporate counsel Leonard Letts – Damon Gupton
  • CEO of Borns Tech Wendell Corey – Dwight Yoakam
  • Judge Roston Keller – Harold Perrineau 
  • Ryan’s sister Rachel Kennedy – Ever Carradine
  • Former Borns Tech employee Ned Berring – Kevin Weisman
  • FBI agent Farley – Jason Ritter
  • Owner of Chez Jay Oscar Suarez – Lou Diamond Phillips
  • Son of Oscar Suarez, Julio – Diego Josef
  • Detective Keith Roman – Dominic Fumusa
  • Billy’s former colleague JT – Paul Williams
  • FBI Special Agent Jeff Clayton – James Wolk
  • Judge Martha Wallace – Alexandra Billings
  • Drug lord Gabriel Ortega – Manuel Garcia-Rulfo
  • Real estate agent Pete ‘The Broker’ Oakland – David Cross
  • Mary Roman – Annika Marks
  • DJ Diego Spiz – JC Gonzalez
  • Sumi Sen – Shelby Rabara
  • Wade Blackwood – Dennis Quaid
  • Diana Blackwood – Amy Brenneman
  • Roy Wheeler – Beau Bridges

Filming locations

The Ocean Lodge Hotel in Santa Monica Pier is a model for the replicas Amazon Studios built across three different soundstages for Goliath. The series is filmed both at the original Ocean Lodge and on soundstages across Los Angeles and in Raleigh, North Carolina. 

Another location in Santa Monica, California, is the Chez Jay bar. Filming for the third season sometimes took place in Santa Clarita. Evan Thomason, economic development associate with the Santa Clarita Film Office, confirmed that the series had filmed there for a previous season also.

Trailer

The Goliath season one trailer on YouTube has been viewed over 600,000 times. The clip opens with Will saying ‘Ever since I took this case, weird stuff’s been happening to me.’ There is then footage of Will out and about while a hidden camera takes photos of him.  We then see him drinking alone in a bar, while a woman asks ‘What happened?’ She is told ‘Michelle left. He drank too much.’

McBride’s legal partner is seen saying ‘I created this company’, and a woman is heard saying ‘He would love nothing more than to destroy you.’ Text on the screen reads ‘Every giant has its weakness.’ McBride goes on to say ‘I’m actually doing this. So get ready for it, will ya?’

Production

Amazon announced the pilot order for the series in 2015, where it was called Trial. The storyline was based on a script from David E Kelly and Jonathan Shapiro. Later, Amazon skipped the pilot order process and instead went straight to series with a first season order of ten episodes. This was then whittled down to eight episodes by its debut in 2016. 

Episodes and reception

Season One

  • Episode One – Of Mice and Men
  • Episode Two – Pride and Prejudice
  • Episode Three – Game On
  • Episode Four – It’s Donald
  • Episode Five – Cover Your Ass
  • Episode Six – Line of Fire
  • Episode Seven – Beauty and the Beast
  • Episode Eight – Citizens United

Season Two

  • Episode One – La Mano
  • Episode Two – Politics
  • Episode Three  – Fresh Flowers
  • Episode Four – Alo
  • Episode Five – Who’s Gabriel
  • Episode Six – Two Cinderellas
  • Episode Seven – Diablo Verde
  • Episode Eight – Tongue Tied

Season Three

  • Episode One – The Subsidence Adventure
  • Episode Two – Happiness From The Ground Up
  • Episode Three – Good Morning, Central Valley
  • Episode Four – Full Circle
  • Episode Five – Argus 2: Battledome
  • Episode Six – Fer-De-Lance
  • Episode Seven – Conscious Uncoupling
  • Episode Eight – Joy Division

At the time of writing, Goliath has a rating of 8.2/10 on IMDb. Rotten Tomatoes rates it at 82%, while Amazon.co.uk gives it 4.7/5. Meanwhile, 92% of Google users have reported that they liked this TV show.

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