The Mysteries of Laura: Will You Remain on Debra Messing's Case?

Mysteries Of Laura Review

Olivia Benson she’s not, but The Mysteries of Laura‘s titular homicide detective (played by Debra Messing) is still one bad mother.

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In the first five minutes of the NBC drama’s comedy’s pilot — which aired Wednesday as a special preview of sorts — Messing’s Laura Diamond (literally) shoots a perp’s ear off, then shifts her (metaphorical) target onto her twin boys, who seem to land her in far worse danger than any criminal ever could. They also apparently inherited their mother’s perfect aim, because when they decide to pee on each other at one point, it’s a direct hit.

And she can’t exactly lean on her husband — actually, make that soon-to-be-ex-husband — for support, either. Jake (The Firm‘s Josh Lucas) is as much a child as their children, and given his history of *ahem* indiscretions, he’s not sitting pretty atop her “most trustworthy” list at the moment. Of course, she’s going to have to get used to having him around, as he comes on board as her precinct’s new captain in the episode’s final moments. (Dun, dun, dun!)

Laura’s work life is peppered with a mixed bag of humans, including a spritely assistant (30 Rock‘s Max Jenkins), a take-no-crap-from-nobody partner (Deception‘s Laz Alonso) and a bitter Betty (True Blood‘s Janina Gavankar) who’s gunning — though not literally, at least not yet — for her job.

Backing up a bit, the Mystery of the pilot involves the murder of a computer mogul; and while a plethora of potential killers are served up to viewers, the culprit turns out to be none other than Laura’s now-former captain (Veronica Mars‘ Enrico Colantoni). Laura’s personal connection to the case makes it hard for viewers to play along — are we expected to recognize that ring? — but it does serve reinforce Laura’s attention to detail and willingness to expose the truth at any cost.

So, will you be pursuing Laura in the future, or are you marking this case officially closed? Grade the premiere below, then drop a comment with your full review.


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58 Comments
  1. Jake says:

    It wasn’t awful, IMO, but it definitely needs to improve fast

  2. Tran says:

    The 8 p.m. Wednesday night time slot continues to be a “black hole” for NBC but I really don’t know if Mysteries of Laura is going to be the one NBC series that could break the “curse”. I give it a C.

  3. fernando933 says:

    I liked it, it had drama and comedy, it’s unique from most cop shows, Debra was really good as the lead.

  4. Dayna says:

    The original show from Spain is sooo good. I just don’t know why american television have to remake everything! Can’t you just air the original? I don’t know if I’ll be watching. I like my version.

  5. SVUnCI says:

    That trench coat she wore is the new Maria Bello Prime Suspect hat. Omg, so corny; typical McG pilot, but I’ll continue to watch (on tape delay whenever I get a chance.)

  6. Kourt says:

    This show is much different than Castle. It’s more comedy than drama. Debra Messing is great as Laura can’t wait to see how her character evolves. The ending was sure a twist with Jake being made captain. can’t wait to see more episodes

  7. donholley77 says:

    Pretty Cool! Liked the twist in whodunit & the last scene! “You’ve Got to be kidding me! MCG is a cool director. My fear is the humor will be 1 note & weigh down the mystery of Laura! Had to be better than the Extant Finale?

  8. Lysh says:

    I enjoyed it. I was excited to see Enrico Calantoni, so I’m a little disappointed about the end. I might stick around, at least until Arrow comes back and then decide if I’ll watch more then. I’ve been rewatching Chuck and it was cool to see McG in the credits.

    • donholley77 says:

      I’m the same “Arrow boat”! Enough time between now & the Arrow premier, to decide which show gets priority.

    • Nancy says:

      I liked it except the cheesy ending. It seemed the last 5-10 minutes were a different show. I think i’ll try one one time to watch. If not better than not going to waist my time. Sad, because I like Debra Messing.

      • A fan says:

        I agree with you. I was really enjoying the show until the silly ending. I hope future shows are better developed since the show has definite promise.

  9. Kevin Dillon says:

    Are you all nuts this was a train wreck of poor stereotypes, while Messing was funny this shows tone was just plain off !!

  10. JB says:

    I realized part way through that I was hate watching the show. I did find the killer twist interesting, but the end ruined it all again.

  11. Bwhit says:

    I really like it. It was funny and it is not as depressing as some other police shows. I think the time slot is okay, it has the comedy lead in next to its counterparts that debut next week, SVU and Chicago PD, which are heavy and drama filled. I will stick around, I have enjoyed Debra Messing since Ned and Stacey!

  12. sherds says:

    I really wanted to like this show and was looking forward to seeing it . But i found it to be pretty horrible .Everyone seemed to be trying too hard . The kids were obnoxious not cute , the script dull and i enjoyed the person who turned out to be the murderer the most .

  13. Maryann says:

    I watched it only because nothing else was on. It was surprisingly much better than I was expecting. This is definitely an example of the previews doing a new show no favors.

  14. Maryann says:

    This will be on opposite Arrow? Almost nothing can compete woth Arrow, and certainly not this show.

  15. Ray says:

    I’d rather watch Eddie Murphy play 6 different characters in fat suits sitting around a dinner table passing gas. That bad.

  16. Let’s be real, Michael. You are lying through your teeth in that interview with Debra Messing. I get it. She’s probably nice. But this show is the furthest thing from funny. It’s just sad. It’s so horrible.

  17. BrightLight says:

    The only time I actually LOL’d was during the Pre-K home visit. Let’s face it Cricket Caruth-Reilly would not be caught dead in that outfit. ;)

  18. Deb says:

    It was horrible and I am so disappointed. Please rewrite!!!! Get rid of the annoying, juvenile husband (spouses don’t usually get assigned to the same precinct, especially when one is a superior to the other) and the bratty kids. Keep Colantoni please!

  19. Tracy says:

    Still wish they would have brought back SMASH – the problem was TERRIBLE season two showrunner Josh Safran not the show!

  20. Coal says:

    I liked, but NBC really needs to quit with the tactic of using late 90’s early 2000’s sitcom stars to try and create another hit.

  21. christopher bee says:

    Debra is really fantastic, after Smash i can not belive that she´s got that comedic chops, i like the cast and the whole premise. Yes the case of the week was very weak and yes the thing looks unbalanced at times, but there were really very funny moments (Naziteacher) to get me on board.

  22. Robby Horine says:

    If you want to see MofL, do so in the next four weeks, cause by the time we get to the world series, it’ll be sent to Saturdays for a burn off.

  23. zeke says:

    Fast action good story and she did a good job! I will watch it again! Plus good support!

  24. spoonreck says:

    Plus’s, her partner, the style, her character to an extent.
    Minus’s the kids are annoying, the husband is annoying and she is over the top at times.

    Tone her down and less kids and this is a easy show to watch weekly.

  25. Stormy says:

    I’m on the fence with it. Josh Lucas [whom I love] could have been replaced by a cardboard stand up. The twins were just an annoying distraction and made me question her parenting skills. They also seemed too old to be pre-K. The rest of the cast did fine, but DM just didn’t own it.

    • Allie Jen80 says:

      It didn’t make me question her parenting skills. I felt like she has probably been bad cop their whole lives (to Josh Lucas’ good cop) and sometimes it’s not the battle worth fighting. I thought that Josh Lucas’ character was a TERRIBLE father who encouraged the behavior that she was trying to break. I was so frustrated with him. Haha, I just realized the unintended double entendre of “good cop, bad cop”.

  26. GhostWolf says:

    Turned it off after a few minutes (basically after the ‘red’ incident with the kids).

  27. JJ says:

    I caught a couple of different scenes. It wasn’t awful, but it also didn’t inspire me to either watch the whole episode or come back for another. I found the husband character to be terrible.

  28. Ave says:

    I gave it a low C… I was looking for something different that could compete with all the other police procedurals…some funny spots but It was too cliche / corny / predictable for the most part, that John Legend song was a little too much and the gazillion i love yous from the boys too gushy for ‘terrible two’s’. Also though it may seem to make good TV not all professional moms have disastrous home/personal lives and have to resort to drugging their kids, living in messy cars and going through a divorce…. I like Debra and Josh, hope the show evolves. Will watch next episode

  29. Patti says:

    It was horrible. I didn’t even finish watching the episode. I won’t be wasting my time on this show.

  30. HAP says:

    Debra looked great! The show was meh.

  31. Todd says:

    It reminds me of some of the older detective shows of the 80s and 90s that have been missing from television for some time. Police/detective shows have strayed from the days of Magnum P.I. and Remington Steel into trying to be more realistic and “ripped from the headlines”. While I enjoy the more realistic shows a great deal, it is nice, to me anyway, to see something like this that is different and reminds me of the shows I grew up loving.

  32. alexjones says:

    it was terrible, won’t be back next week.

  33. Morisot says:

    We stuck with it because it was set at Planting Fields on Long Island. And we like Enrico Colantoni. The kids’ story-line could have been funny but was soooo over-cooked. And hubby-as-superior was just too far-fetched.

  34. Sharon says:

    I thought it was over-the-top but really fun and I look forward to watching again.

  35. bj says:

    I won’t be watching this one again. I thought maybe at least the police side of it would be less comedic but I found it very melodramatic and over acted. And the “comedy” bordered on slapstick. I’m sure some people will like it but it’s definitely not my cup of tea.

    And what a waste of Enrico Colantoni’s talent.

  36. rob says:

    Brutal, absolutely brutal

  37. cyclone says:

    I didn’t watch Smash so I only know Debra Messing from her comedy work like Will Grace and before that Ned and Stacey but I thought this was a pretty good start. It’s definitely one of the better things that is on or has been put on NBC/TV the last few years. They found a way to mix in the detective/job aspects with the mother/home aspects really good. I also like those twins, they look just different enough that when I actually do learn their names I’ll be able to tell them apart (unlike the Scavo twins from Desperate Houswives). But the husband annoyed me 5 minutes in, maybe they should re-think the character or get rid of him all together.

  38. Mark says:

    Grace Adler kept popping into the scene…..LOL

  39. Michael says:

    She was fine and so was the rest of the cops, but the kids made me want to change channels and then the whole deal of her soon to be ex (maybe) becoming her boss made the show even worse. Sorry I gave it my one shot

  40. KMG says:

    SO disappointed in this show. It was one of the shows that I was most looking forward to this fall… love Debra Messing. But her acting on the whole denouement scene was just awful. She did fine with the humor scenes, but she just didn’t work in the “grumpy cop” scenes at all. The stereotypes were not only rampant, they were also overdone (bad kids? no, hellishly bad kids. out-of-touch dad? no, oblivious dad! Ex who the start just can’t shake? no, Ex who makes her entire home life miserable, then becomes her new boss! and on, and on…) I’ll give it another try or two, but if it doesn’t improve fast, I’m out.

  41. Stoneinfl says:

    As it is, I don’t want to see it again. It might be better if they’d rework it into a 30-minute sitcom.

  42. I love Debra Messing. She is a wonderful actress and I think she does a great job portraying this character Laura. The best moments of this show is whenever she opened her mouth, she had some great lines & delivery. Her character’s personal life is very interesting, more interesting than the mystery plot presented in the pilot. The plot seemed so ordinary & contrived to get rid of her boss & make way for a job promotion for her husband. Certainly the writers can come up with some better ideas.

  43. Edward says:

    Too boring!!!!!!!!!

  44. Brian says:

    Turned it off after 15 minutes. Poor concept, very weak writing. Characters not believable. Too bad. Like her.

  45. Avon97 says:

    Nope, deleted from DVR 15 minutes in. Horrible.