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  • Writer's pictureTrish Perry

Jury Duty Can be Hilarious

Updated: Feb 28


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Have you watched Jury Duty, available to stream for free through the Freevee app? I actually watched it a month prior to serving on jury duty this year, and it was funny how many of my fellow jurors had seen the Emmy-nominated show and loved it.


A group of actors stage a fake jury trial, playing the roles of every person involved in a civil court case: judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, bailiff, witnesses, plaintiff, defendant, the works. The only person not in on the fact that the case isn't real is one man, San Diego solar contractor, Ronald Gladden. And he is our hero. Ronald has been convinced that the legal case is being documented by a small film crew, which makes the ruse easier to pull off.


Actor James Marsden (Enchanted, 27 Dresses, Westworld) is the only well-known actor on the show, and his convincingly cringey version of himself is terrific. As a matter of fact, all of the actors are excellent and convincing, despite quite a few odd behavioral characteristics.


If you haven't seen the show yet, do yourself a favor and check it out. You'll laugh a lot, and you might even find the final episode poignant and satisfying for a number of reasons. If you have seen it, I'd love to hear what you thought of it. I don't know if this same premise can be accomplished again--the show got a lot of attention--but I'd love to see another season.

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