Aside from the fact that The Catch is filling ABC’s Thursdays-at-10 time slot and counts Shonda Rhimes among its executive producers, the show has very little in common with its #TGIT predecessor, How to Get Away With Murder.
That is to say, unlike the Viola Davis drama, The Catch‘s series premiere doesn’t include any mommy issues or corpses in rugs or scales of justice trophies that double as lethal weapons.
In fact, the freshman series might be the most lighthearted fare that Shondaland currently offers, with its Pitbull-fueled soundtrack and brightly colored set pieces. And depending on how dark you like your Thursday-night programming — on a scale from 1 to Derek Shepherd dying — you either loved or hated The Catch‘s debut.
Before you give us your thoughts on the first episode, let’s go over the basics: Mireille Enos (The Killing) stars as Alice Vaughan, a private investigator who dedicates most of her time to tracking down Mr. X, an elusive con man who has stolen millions of dollars from two of the biggest clients at Alice’s firm. As it turns out, the mystery man is Alice’s own fiancé, Christopher Hall (Parenthood‘s Peter Krause), and she finally puts those pieces together when Christopher ups and leaves her, taking her $1.3 million in savings with him.
Once Alice realizes that she’s been completely and totally played by her husband-to-be (after she purchased her wedding dress, tragically), she and her co-workers double down on catching Christopher — and they almost do. Although Krause’s character tries to remain one step ahead of the PIs at all times, they chalk up a win before the hour is up, successfully hacking into Christopher and his colleagues’ offshore accounts and stealing back money that was theirs in the first place. (Which isn’t to say Alice and her team are anywhere near catching Christopher. They’re just less behind.)
And therein lies another glaring disparity between The Catch and How to Get Away With Murder. Whereas Murder ended its pilot episode with a jaw-dropping cliffhanger — that dead body going up in flames is (spoiler alert!) Annalise Keating’s husband! — The Catch doesn’t introduce any of those “OMG!”-worthy moments that have become a staple of Shondaland programming.
Don’t get us wrong: We’ve got nothing against the subtle storytelling that showrunner Allan Heinberg and his writers are employing. But on the heels of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, two #TGIT programs that have almost succeeded in making “twisty” a real word, we were hoping The Catch‘s series premiere would add a few more sharp turns to its highly advertised game of cat-and-mouse.
But that’s just our take. What did you think of The Catch‘s debut? Grade the series premiere in our poll below, then hit the comments to back up your choice!