Spoiler-free review: NCIS star Michael Waverley’s new series Bull puts psychology in the spotlight
5USA’s newest import Bull is a legal series with a difference – centring the spotlight on the psychology of the jury.
Behind this is Dr Jason Bull, played by NCIS‘s Michael Waverley, a leading psychologist who specialises in “trial science”. Using his skills and those of his consulting firm, he helps advise on the selection of jurors and measures how these jurors will respond to different arguments. It’s a sophisticated concept for a series, and thankfully, it’s all explained very neatly in the opening minutes.
There’s something very seductive about Bull. It’s an original and interesting take on a process we’ve seen countless times on television. The execution is excellent, fitting in twists and turns at all the right moments and provoking viewers to think about some eye-opening questions. One specific technical highlight is the portrayal of the social media response to a criminal trial in its full chaotic glory.
Then there’s Waverley, who is as expert a leading man as one would expect if they’re familiar with his previous performances on NCIS. He’s suitably enigmatic, propelling the show forward with charm and authority.
Bull is a television series that will leave you wondering exactly who Dr Bull is and what else he can achieve using his unconventional methods. It’s an entertaining race from the start to the finish, effortlessly engaging and full of interesting questions. In short, it’s not one to be missed.