Trial & Error is an American sitcom on NBC, the first two episodes, including Pilot has premiered on March 14, 2017. It was renewed on May 20, 2017 for a 10-episode second season, with the entire cast, except Lithgow, returning. It is scheduled to premiere in 2018 as part of the 2017–18 television schedule. Kristin Chenoweth joined the cast as the main suspect in the new case.

The series stars are Nicholas D'Agosto, Jayma Mays, Steven Boyer, Krysta Rodriguez, and Sherri Shepherd, with John Lithgow also starring in the first season.

Plot Summary

In the spirit of true crime documentaries, this outrageous fish-out-of-water comedy centers on bright-eyed New York lawyer Josh Segal, who heads to a tiny Southern town for his first big case. His mission? To defend an eccentric "rollercizing" poetry professor accused of the bizarre murder of his beloved wife. Settling into his makeshift office behind a taxidermy shop and meeting his quirky team of local misfits, Josh suspects that winning his first big case will not be easy, especially when his client is always making himself look guilty.[1]



The first season was filmed in Burbank, California while the second season will be filming in Vancouver, Canada.


Trial & Error has received positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes the series has an approval rating of 85% based on 33 reviews, with an average rating of 6.8/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Trial & Error hilariously parodies the true-crime genre with consistent laughs, irreverently funny 'stupid humor,' and animated characters who populate the show's dependably entertaining narratives." On Metacritic, the series has a score of 67 out of 100, based on 29 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".


  • When the show was ordered to series, it was originally titled "The Trail".