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How to Get Away With Murder Review

by Becca Herrmann
Posted on Nov 02, 2017

I was perusing Netflix for a new show to watch when I came across “How To Get Away With Murder.”

Being a Shondaland connoisseur, I wasn’t sure I wanted to get caught up in another one of her shows, especially around midterms. I skipped over it at the time, but then my sister convinced me that I needed to watch it, and I needed to do it now. My sister isn’t a big fan of TV dramas, so I knew if she thought it was great, I needed to give it a try.

I won’t say it’s the best decision I’ve ever made, but it’s up there. I finished the first season in three days, and shortly after, got through all three seasons that are on Netflix.

As far as I know, watching “How To Get Away With Murder” didn’t affect my midterm grades, but it did affect my sleeping habits, heart rate and popcorn consumption.

The show starts out in a Criminal Law 101 classroom, or as Viola Davis’s character, Annalise Keating, calls it: How To Get Away With Murder. Keating selects five students to work for her at her law firm. They become the “Keating 5.” Shortly after, the first person dies. Without giving too much away, I’ll just say that it’ll knock your socks off.

Each cast member seems perfect for the role they play, the majority of them being suffering college students, which many of us can all relate to. They make you fall in love with them, rooting for them to be okay and crying when they’re not. I won’t lie, I’m a little emotionally invested in my favorite characters and might stop watching if the writers kill them off the show.

The episodes are set up to show the future at first, then explain everything through flashbacks. The layout of the show may seem a little confusing at first, but viewers can catch on quickly. The end of season one wraps up the first death and then the show moves to season two.

Each season centers around one fatal night, how the main characters get there and the aftermath of the murder. But don’t think these three things are the only action of the season. There’s relationship after relationship between the Keating 5 and other minor characters, and there’s even more drama surrounding the struggle to get good grades and keep all of their secrets.

I don’t want to give away too much, but just when I think I know where the storyline is going, the writers will throw a wrench into the show. They always leave my mouth hanging wide open staring at my screen.

There are three seasons on Netflix right now. The fourth is currently airing on ABC on Thursday nights at 9 p.m.