• New Courtroom Drama Is a Load of Bull

    by  • September 13, 2016 • CBS, Paleyfest 2016 • 5 Comments


    An unconventional legal drama involving jury manipulation.

    Dr. Jason Bull is a master of manipulation. Holding three Ph.D.’s in psychology, Bull is an expert in “reading” people and knowing how they think. Bull puts his abilities to work in the courtroom as a “fixer” for defense attorneys, predicting what the jurors will do – then using his skills to create courtroom drama and manipulate the jury into finding his clients innocent.

    The first episode of Bull contained a large amount of adult-themed dialogue, such as discussions about teenagers engaging in drinking, drug abuse, bondage, fetishism, and anal sex. A photograph of one girl, nude and tied up on a bed, is briefly seen, and another girl’s battered corpse washes up on a beach. A man is shot, and another assaulted. Adult language, including uses of “ass,” “bitch,” “prick,” “dick” and similar words, is heard.

    In Bull, CBS has combined elements of ABC’s Scandal with its  own “exotic detective” formula (The Ghost Whisperer, Unforgettable, The Mentalist); and with ABC’s Notorious, Bull is the second new drama this year about the way public opinion and the justice system is subverted by expert “fixers” through media manipulation.  As the one doing the manipulating, Jason Bull is a smug, unsympathetic protagonist for a television series. Due to it’s language, violence, sexual dialogue, and unsavory premise, Bull is inappropriate for children.

    Bull premieres Tuesday, September 20 at 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS.



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    5 Responses to New Courtroom Drama Is a Load of Bull

    1. David
      September 23, 2016 at 4:49 pm

      The 1st episode contained images of bondage, bondage ‘statistics’, mentions of sex & anal sex, teen / young adult sex, drug use, murder, assassination attempt, a ‘brave’ gay coming out, horrible father, and horrible mother. The premise of the psychology of jury selection was interesting, but the show went for shock sex. I have no assurance that the rest of the season will be any better, so they lost me. I will never watch it again. I nearly turned it off midway through.

    2. PJ
      September 19, 2016 at 5:48 pm

      Was really looking forward to this new series featuring the actor from NCIS as that was/is a great show. It seems there is way too much violence against women being show graphically on TV. It is degrading and embarrassing to women and the producers of this trash should be held responsible. It seems it is a topic they must enjoy dwelling upon because they are showing more of it as time goes by.

    3. V Galloway
      September 17, 2016 at 8:22 pm

      We are definitely disappointed at more of this so called “adult drama” being shown on TV. Why won’t the Networks use their talents to produce great shows which are family safe? It is in demand, and we are watching less and less TV as it sinks into the sewer.

    4. efred
      September 17, 2016 at 11:48 am

      I’m not sure; I’m going to watch it because it’s Michael Weatherly. He will be sorely missed on NCIS; CBS really screwed up by not finding a way to bring back Cote DePablo’s character, Ziva David. By burning that bridge, I believe that NCIS will be hard-pressed to make more than one more season, let along this one. We’re going to watch the show only because he’s the main character; I’m sure he’ll find a way to make this jerk more admirable, like he did with Tony DiNozzo. Only time will tell.

    5. John Boulton
      September 17, 2016 at 7:25 am

      Oh great! All we need is training to be manipulative. But knowing my wife, who loved the actor on CSI, we’ll be watching it. I can hear myself already carrying on about how screwed our law system is.

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