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      Season 1 – Close to Home

      2005 Drama List
      65% 20 Reviews Tomatometer Annabeth Chase (Jennifer Finnigan) is a young, aggressive prosecutor in the Indianapolis area with a near-perfect conviction record who tries the cases that take place in her own backyard. Returning to work after the birth of her first child and, later in the series, the death of her construction worker husband, Annabeth is ready to take on the most difficult cases -- fueled by her passion to protect her community and her family. Jerry Bruckheimer serves as an executive producer of the crime drama. Read More Read Less
      Close to Home — Season 1

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      Close to Home doesn't do much to distinguish itself from other grim courtroom dramas, but Jennifer Finnigan elevates proceedings as a prosecutor trying to maintain a work-life balance.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Oct 4, 2005 Pilot A woman admits to setting her house afire while she and her children were locked inside, but Annabeth is unable to find a witness to back up the woman's story. Details Episode 2 Aired Oct 11, 2005 Miranda Annabeth denies a kidnapping suspect a lawyer during interrogation in the hope of eliciting information about his victim's whereabouts. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 18, 2005 Suburban Prostitution Annabeth prosecutes a case involving a madam who runs a prostitution ring consisting of middle-class soccer moms. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 25, 2005 Divine Directions Annabeth tries to convince a jury of the guilt of an extremely religious woman who claims she was divinely directed to kill her husband. Details Episode 5 Aired Nov 1, 2005 Romeo and Juliet Murders Annabeth and Maureen prosecute a case involving stepsiblings whose parents are found murdered after they discover the teens' secret. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 11, 2005 Parents on Trial Annabeth searches for a way to diffuse a defense attorney's argument that his client killed a 6-year-old boy because of his inadequate father-son relationship. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 18, 2005 Double Life Wife Annabeth prosecutes a woman accused of running down another woman outside a mall and fleeing the scene of the crime. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 25, 2005 Under Threat Annabeth receives police protection after members of a defendant's gang use Haley to scare her off the case. Details Episode 9 Aired Dec 9, 2005 Meth Murders Annabeth prosecutes two men for murder and discovers that one of the defendants, who was high on meth at the time of the murder, was paid to commit the crime but accidentally killed the wrong people. Details Episode 10 Aired Dec 16, 2005 Baseball Murder Annabeth tries to ferret out the truth when a teenage boy attacks a member of the opposing team after an important baseball game. Details Episode 11 Aired Jan 6, 2006 The Good Doctor Annabeth prosecutes a case involving a respected doctor who accuses a teenage delinquent of murdering his wife. Details Episode 12 Aired Jan 13, 2006 Privilege Annabeth must find other evidence to tie a suspect to a crime after the judge throws out incriminating statements the suspect made after his arrest. Details Episode 13 Aired Jan 27, 2006 The Rapist Next Door A recently paroled sex offender who moves into Annabeth's neighborhood becomes the prime suspect in the rape of a young woman. Details Episode 14 Aired Feb 3, 2006 Dead or Alive Annabeth tries to convince the mother of a confessed killer to testify against him when other evidence is deemed inadmissible. Details Episode 15 Aired Mar 3, 2006 Reasonable Doubts When Annabeth prosecutes a man in the death of his mother-in-law, his defense attorney creates a case against the man's wife. Details Episode 16 Aired Mar 10, 2006 Escape Annabeth discovers inconsistencies in a kidnapped woman's story and uncovers a secret causing her to question who is to blame for a prison-break and a robbery. Details Episode 17 Aired Mar 31, 2006 Land of Opportunity Annabeth and her office investigate a string of real-estate fraud cases involving a crooked developer. Details Episode 18 Aired Apr 7, 2006 Still a Small Town Annabeth attempts to link several of her former classmates to the murder of their high-school friend who dies after a game of touch football. Details Episode 19 Aired Apr 28, 2006 Sex, Toys and Videotape Annabeth learns at trial that the murder victim, who was strangled the night before her wedding, was keeping a secret from her friends and family. Details Episode 20 Aired May 5, 2006 The Shot Annabeth prosecutes a high-school basketball player for the murder of his teammate. Details Episode 21 Aired May 12, 2006 David and Goliath Annabeth faces off with a slick defense attorney who tries to use his client's fame to sway the jury in a murder trial. Details Episode 22 Aired May 19, 2006 Hot Grrrl Annabeth prosecutes two teens for the murder of a man they claim was an online sexual predator. Details Next
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      Previous Andrew Ryan Globe and Mail It's more low-concept TV fodder from Jerry Bruckheimer, who in this case delivers a lifeless, generic legal drama. Oct 3, 2019 Full Review John Doyle Globe and Mail The pilot is manipulative, overblown trash, but it could get a lot better if it calms down. Oct 3, 2019 Full Review Robert Bianco USA Today We already have seen too many shows this season built around the infliction of pain on women. But at least Close doesn't revel in it... And the image of woman-as-victim is countered by the show's presentation of a strong heroine. 3/4 Oct 3, 2019 Full Review Roger Catlin Hartford Courant Jennifer Finnigan finds her niche in a new crime show about a new mom who is also a tough prosecutor. She makes "Close to Home" different from the handful of shows like it. Oct 3, 2019 Full Review Jay Handelman Sarasota Herald-Tribune It's a surprisingly compelling story. Oct 3, 2019 Full Review Cynthia Fuchs PopMatters It's married the procedural to melodrama, with occasionally intriguing results, primarily having to do with Annabeth and Maureen's simmering, self-containing, all-unspoken-realities exchanges. Oct 3, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Season Info

      Charles Beeson, Martha Mitchell, John Peters, Lewis A. Gould, Andy Wolk, Roxann Dawson, Kevin Dowling
      Executive Producer
      Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, Jim Leonard, Simon West
      Leo Geter, Lukas Reiter, Lindsay Sturman, Alfredo Barrios Jr., John E. Pogue, Carol Barbee, Don Winslow, Jim Leonard, Erica Shelton
      TV-14 (D|S)
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      Release Date
      Oct 4, 2005
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