Goliath is an American legal drama web television series by Amazon Studios. The show was commissioned with a straight-to-series order of eight episodes on December 1, 2015, and premiered on October 13, 2016, on Amazon Video. On February 15, 2017, Amazon announced the series had been renewed for a second season and confirmed that Clyde Phillips was joining the series as showrunner. The trailer for the second season was released on May 1, 2018. The new season two consisting of eight episodes was released on June 15, 2018. On December 11, 2018, the series was renewed for a third season, set to premiere in 2019.
|Opening theme||"Bartholomew" by The Silent Comedy|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||16 (list of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||Robert Lloyd Lewis|
|Editor(s)||John David Buxton|
|Original network||Amazon Video|
|Original release||October 13, 2016 –|
Goliath follows "a down-and-out lawyer (Thornton) as he seeks redemption. His one shot depends on getting justice in a legal system where truth has become a commodity, and the scales of justice have never been more heavily weighed toward the rich and powerful."
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||8||October 13, 2016|
|2||8||June 15, 2018|
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|1||1||"Of Mice and Men"||Lawrence Trilling||David E. Kelley & Jonathan Shapiro||October 13, 2016|
|Billy McBride is a washed-up, ambulance-chasing lawyer who spends more time drinking than he does meeting his clients or with his estranged family. In the meantime, Cooperman McBride, the firm he helped found and build along with Donald Cooperman, is now a Goliath - bigger and more powerful than ever before. Michelle McBride (Billy's ex-wife, and mother of their 16-year-old daughter Denise) and Callie Senate, senior lawyers at Cooperman McBride, are unhappy with their junior associate Lucy Kittridge stuttering in court, but Callie is unable to fire her because this would open the firm up to litigation. Patty Solis-Papagian, a DUI lawyer, unsuccessfully tries to convince Billy to represent her neighbor Rachel Kennedy on a small case involving Borns Technology, one of Cooperman McBride's biggest clients. Rachel's brother Ryan Larson is said to have committed suicide by blowing up a boat that belonged to his employer Borns Tech, but Rachel does not believe this story and wishes to sue them for wrongful death. Billy agrees to take the case and visits Ryan's widow Gina and son Jason, but Gina does not agree with Rachel's suspicions. After he leaves, Gina calls Cooperman McBride. Billy finds two fishermen who witnessed the explosion that killed Ryan. Cooperman anticipates that Billy will file a wrongful death lawsuit, and asks Michelle to have Lucy start drafting a response. Billy asks Brittany Gold, a prostitute he is familiar with, to work as his legal assistant. When Billy files the lawsuit, Cooperman insists that Callie argue for the dismissal of the case in court, once again overriding Michelle's objections regarding his choice. While driving Denise back to her mother's house, Billy is pulled over and assaulted by a cop, and comes to in lockup. Throughout the episode, Billy is stalked by a man in black.|
|2||2||"Pride and Prejudice"||Alik Sakharov||Jonathan Shapiro & David E. Kelley||October 13, 2016|
|Billy is released from lockup the next morning, and rushes to the courthouse, only to find that the judge has already dismissed the case in his absence. Cooperman decides to counter-sue Billy for malicious prosecution. Billy visits Rachel to apologize and to take up the case once again, but she turns him away. The stalker visits the fishermen to find out what they told Billy. Billy asks a court clerk to help him get his case back up before the judge in the state court, refiles the case in federal court under the High Seas act, and meets with Patty and convinces her to help him get Rachel back on board. Cooperman is revealed to be spying on his employees, including Lucy, who is tasked with drafting the countersuit as well as the motion to dismiss the new case. Brittany tries to quit working for Billy, and introduces Marva as her replacement, but is convinced to stay. Rachel visits Gina, who reminds her that Ryan had left a suicide note, and berates her for reopening old wounds. The case is mysteriously dismissed from federal court, but gets reinstated to the state court. Leonard Letts, general counsel for Borns Tech, is unhappy at Cooperman prioritizing his revenge against Billy over Borns Tech's interests in the case. Letts finds out that Ryan used to work on a top-secret project. The case goes up before Judge Keller, who attempts to summarily dismiss it. Billy openly bad-mouths the judge, who holds him in contempt, thereby entitling him to a hearing on the matter. As they leave the court, Rachel is run over by a speeding van.|
|3||3||"Game On"||Bill D'Elia||Jonathan Shapiro & David E. Kelley||October 13, 2016|
|Standing over Rachel's corpse, Billy recites 1 Samuel 17:49 (David slaying Goliath), the only prayer he knows. The man in black is hinted to have been responsible for Rachel's death. Gina chases Billy and Patty away from Rachel's funeral, but not before he talks to Jason. After meeting Cooperman, Judge Keller vacates the contempt charge to avoid the hearing Billy is entitled to. Billy refiles the suit with Jason as his new client. Patty is able to convince Judge Keller to appoint her as Jason's legal guardian, allowing Billy to remain as the attorney on the case. Judge Keller deems the case a complex one, which should be settled through arbitration under the guidance of a complex litigation manager, which he happens to be. When the parties are unable to reach a consensus, the judge asks Billy to present more substantial evidence the next day if he wants the case not to be dismissed. Billy visits the fishermen, and manages to get a video of Ryan's boat exploding and pieces of shrapnel from it. Using a fake job offer as bait, the team finds Ned Berring, a former Borns Tech employee, who identifies the shrapnel as part of a bomb that should never have been anywhere near civilian areas. In light of the evidence presented by Billy, and given that Callie and Letts are unable to refute or explain any of this evidence, judge Keller decides to allow the lawsuit to proceed.|
|4||4||"It's Donald"||Alik Sakharov||Jonathan Shapiro||October 13, 2016|
|Cooperman and Callie head to Borns Tech to find out exactly what this case involves. Letts, who now knows why the case cannot be settled, tells Callie that Ryan was working on developing military-grade fuel for missile propulsion systems, and that he used this fuel to commit suicide. This fact was not disclosed until now because the company did not have federal approval to test the fuel. Any legal settlement would need to be reported to the Pentagon, and would result in voiding their defense research contract, which is why settling is not an option. Patty is still angry at Billy for not settling when they had the chance during arbitration. Callie agrees to Billy's demand of an expedited discovery process, but demands that he disclose the identity of his whistle-blower. Cooperman continues his puppetry from behind the scene, much to Callie's chagrin. Gina shows Billy and Patty Ryan's suicide letter. Cooperman makes Lucy first chair, which does not sit well with Callie. Billy and Patty try to prepare Ned for a deposition. Brittany visits the pastor pretending that she is suicidal, and is referred to a counselor. The team is delivered a truckload of documents as part of discovery. Brittany tells Patty the story behind Billy's downward spiral. The man in black lures the fishermen into a drug deal and gets them captured by the DEA, tarnishing their credibility. Billy walks in on Michelle and Callie. Lucy finally meets her boss when Cooperman lures her into the office and the two begin a relationship.|
|5||5||"Cover Your Ass"||Anthony Hemingway||Jonathan Shapiro||October 13, 2016|
|The man in black continues his plan by informing the DEA that Billy organized the drug shipment the fishermen were caught with. Billy visits the fishermen in jail. Lucy's newfound confidence borders on arrogance as she starts alienating others at the firm. Billy issues Nicole, Cooperman's long-time secretary, a subpoena. Cooperman tears up the subpoena and tells her to consider it quashed. Billy is able to get under Lucy's skin at the deposition, forcing Letts to block Cooperman out and ask Callie to take over. Callie is able to dismantle Ned's testimony using evidence of illegal behavior on his behalf. Afterwards, Callie serves Billy a restraining order which bans him from entering Michelle's house. Comparing the suicide notes Ryan left at work and at home, Billy finds a reference to a time capsule Jason buried as part of a school project. The man in black confronts Lucy and asks her to tell Cooperman to return his calls. Inside the capsule, the team finds a model for a missile that Ryan claims to have been working on, and which Ned claims to be a weapon of mass destruction. Billy asks the pastor to testify at the trial, but the pastor tells him that he has been dismissed from the clergy for revealing Ryan's confessional secrets to Billy. Borns Tech CEO Wendell Corey and Cooperman discuss the time capsule Billy has dug up.|
|6||6||"Line of Fire"||Lawrence Trilling||Jonathan Shapiro||October 13, 2016|
|Lucy mentions the visit of the man in black to Cooperman, and reveals that his name is Karl Stoltz, but Cooperman denies knowing him. Brittany helps Billy blackmail the cop who assaulted him, and mentions that the cop knows something. The depositions on the Larson case continue, and Gina and Jason crack under questioning. Someone breaks into the storage locker containing the discovery documents and turns the place upside down. Billy goes to judge Keller with the time capsule, and lists the reasons why he should take custody of this piece of evidence. The cop is served a subpoena after tells Billy that he was working for Stoltz. Callie angers Michelle by urging Denise to come home while the two of them are in bed. Cooperman tells Michelle to tell Billy that he wants to meet him. Billy takes what he knows about Stoltz and Borns Tech to the FBI and the US Attorney's office, but is blocked by red tape. Wendell and Cooperman get Letts on board by threatening to fire him. The FBI agent he met with gives Billy a file on Stoltz. Billy meets with Cooperman who merely insults and threatens him, but he is unfazed and serves Cooperman a subpoena before leaving. As he drives back home, Billy is nearly driven off the road by a black truck. Suspicious, Billy opens his trunk to find Stoltz's corpse.|
|7||7||"Beauty and the Beast"||Lawrence Trilling||Jonathan Shapiro & David E. Kelley||October 13, 2016|
|Billy informs the LAPD of Stotltz's corpse, and is allowed to leave since they do not have any evidence to charge him with the murder. Lucy's stutter returns during a meeting of the defense team, and Cooperman removes her from the trial and breaks up with her. Michelle breaks up with Callie because of the traumatizing way she broke the news to Denise. Brittany is pulled over and assaulted by the cop she helped blackmail. During a status hearing, judge Keller berates Billy for his lack of progress. Billy decides to move right on to the trial, shocking all involved parties. As the trial begins, Patty and Callie make the opening statements. Patty puts Gina on the stand, but Callie discredits her by making her admit to an affair. Billy's FBI friend gives him images of the destruction caused by the munitions based on Ryan Larson's model, but the judge disallows them because they lack foundation and are prejudicial. Ned is put on the stand, and testifies to Borns Tech's design and manufacture of cluster bombs, an illegal form of munitions. However, Callie makes him admit that the cluster bomb model and blueprints found in the time capsule did not have the Borns Tech name or logo on them, and could have been made by anyone. Callie fires Lucy on behalf of Cooperman, and tells her she will never be a successful trial lawyer. Billy puts one of the fishermen on the stand and gets him to recount his witnessing of the explosion, but is not allowed to elicit testimony regarding Stoltz. Billy decides to put Corey on the stand, and leads him to name Cooperman as the only man who can answer several of Billy's questions. Billy asks that Cooperman be made to testify, and Cooperman is thrilled at the chance to face off against Billy. Callie visits Billy to give him her witness list, which has only a single name on it: Brittany.|
|8||8||"Citizens United"||Lawrence Trilling||Jonathan Shapiro & David E. Kelley||October 13, 2016|
|Billy confronts Brittany who tells him that she did not have a choice but to testify. Michelle suspects that Cooperman had puppeteered Corey's responses, thereby making sure that he himself would be called to the stand. Billy grills Cooperman regarding his knowledge of Karl Stoltz, which he states can be proved by Lucy's testimony. After vehement denials, Cooperman seems to lose touch with his surroundings, before collapsing due to a stroke. Since the defense is unable to cross-examine Cooperman, his testimony is considered inadmissible. Callie puts Brittany on the stand and makes her admit that she helped Billy blackmail a cop. Both parties make their closing arguments. Cooperman, who has been paralyzed by his stroke, tries in vain to convince Michelle to help him end his own life. Brittany attempts to talk to Billy, but he ignores her, and Patty chases her away. The jury returns after deliberations with a verdict that Borns Tech was responsible for and tried to cover up Ryan Larson's death, and awards damages to the tune of $162.1 million. The defense team tries to negotiate with Billy for a lower settlement, and to avoid admitting guilt, in return for paying up immediately and waiving all rights to appeals. Corey admits to Billy that Ryan died in an accident while disposing of illegal fuel the company was not supposed to have. Given this admission, Billy settles for $50 million paid immediately. Billy, who has also secretly recorded Corey's admission, turns the recording over to the FBI. Michelle reveals that Cooperman is being asked to retire, and fires Callie, who is revealed to have been behind Corey implicating Cooperman in his testimony. Letts watches on as the FBI raids Borns Tech, while Corey is arrested as he is about to leave the country. Billy goes to the hospital to visit Cooperman, who reveals that Rachel's death was truly an accident: the one they were trying to kill was Billy.|
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|9||1||"La Mano"||Lawrence Trilling||Ben Myer||June 15, 2018|
|Mayoral candidate Marisol Silva is pressing the LAPD and the DEA to be tough on gangs and cartels. Oscar, who works at Billy's regular bar Chez Jay, comes to Billy because his son Julio has been arrested for a gangland killing he didn't commit. Brittany visits Billy to apologize to him. Billy visits Julio to make sure he is adequately represented. Denise returns from visiting her mother, who now lives in London. Marisol visits Billy and reveals that she is a friend of Oscar and Julio, and asks him to continue checking up on Julio. Billy asks Detective Roman, a friend of his at the LAPD, to walk him through the crime scene of the double homicide, but immediately starts noticing holes in the official story. Roman is later seen discussing the case with Danny Loomis, and it is clear there is something shady afoot. Danny recognizes Julio on one of Marisol's campaign billboards, and asks Tom Wyatt to tell her to distance herself from the kid. On the way to court to testify to Julio's alibi, Oscar is shot down in broad daylight by unknown assailants.|
|10||2||"Politics"||Lawrence Trilling||Noelle Valdivia and Tony Saltzman||June 15, 2018|
|In a flashback, Tom is revealed to have met Hunter Friedman, one of the murder victims along with Marcos Pena, while visiting a real estate broker. Tom, Danny, and the broker discuss killing some of the members of their operation, including Hunter, leading to the murders that Julio is arrested for. Billy breaks the news to Julio and agrees to take his case. Brittany returns to work for Billy. He visits Patty to recruit her for the case, and she reluctantly agrees. At the preliminary hearing, the prosecution is able to present CCTV footage of a gun-toting Julio at the crime scene. Billy is angry at Julio for lying about his alibi, but Julio admits that he had gone to Marcos's home to kill him, but ran away when he heard gunshots. He claims that the murderer was a short Hispanic guy, who is later seen being paid for the hit by Roman. Billy visits JT, an old friend of his, and gets his help in looking for the real murderer. After telling the media that she believes in Julio's innocence, Marisol visits Billy. Gabriel Ortega, head of the La Mano cartel, threatens Tom and demands that he make sure that Julio is convicted without attracting any more attention. Hakeem Rashad, the prosecutor on the case, offers Billy a plea of voluntary manslaughter, but Billy is adamant that Julio is innocent. Marisol has a cello delivered to Julio in jail. Tom and Danny tell Marisol that they had Hunter killed, and that she is involved in this because of some information she had passed them about the DEA raids. Marisol seeks out Billy in her distress, but does not tell him what is bothering her.|
|11||3||"Fresh Flowers"||Dennie Gordon||Jennifer Ames and Steve Turner & Marisa Wegrzyn||June 15, 2018|
|Julio's brothers are murdered in a flashback; he finds a gun on one of them and keeps it. JT identifies the murderer of Marcos and Hunter as Tito Garcia, and tells Billy how to find him. Billy uses JT and judge Martha Wallace's past history to get the judge to allow him to depose Tito at the preliminary hearing. When Billy and Patty ask Roman to help them find Tito, he refuses, and threatens Patty. Billy finds Tito, but Roman has Tito arrested and deported by ICE before they can talk. Billy asks Agent Clayton at the FBI for help finding Tito. Marisol keeps avoiding Tom and refuses to back down from supporting Julio. Clayton tells Billy that they have Tito; Billy lets Marisol know, and she tells Tom and Danny. Danny has Gabriel assassinate Tito. The cops find the murder weapon near Julio's house. Patty tells Julio about the plea deal; he tells her that the gun from the video was his brother's, and that it is currently with his girlfriend. Tom stalks Brittany.|
|12||4||"Alo"||Dennie Gordon||Noelle Valdivia and Tony Saltzman||June 15, 2018|
|Gabriel demonstrates his punishment technique of forced amputation. Using the gun from Julio's girlfriend, Billy manages to get the judge to have a hearing to discuss the suppression of the second gun and the video as evidence. Tom starts getting closer to Brittany. A box containing Tito's head is delivered to Billy; Billy takes it to Roman and threatens him, and gets locked up. Roman's odd behavior starts worrying his wife Mary, as well as Danny. Billy rattles Roman at the suppression hearing. Gabriel tells Tom to have Julio commit suicide and leave a note, and to keep Marisol happy despite this, because Gabriel needs her to keep his access to the ports (for his drug trade) and Tom needs her for his dream of changing the LA skyline. Judge Wallace rules against Billy on the matter of suppression. Billy visits JT, and realizes that his true enemy is the La Mano cartel. He asks Marisol about the cartel, and when she evades the question, they get into a fight. She later visits Denise and gets her to ask Billy about the case, making him suspicious. JT tells Billy that Tito was Roman's CI. Billy confronts Roman and tries to turn him.|
|13||5||"Who's Gabriel"||Dennie Gordon||Tony Saltzman||June 15, 2018|
|Marisol's backstory is revealed. When Roman does not show up to a meeting where he was supposed to snitch on the cartel to Rashad, Billy visits him at home. Billy manages to convince him to go meet with Rashad, but Danny sees them leave together. Tom and Brittany spend more time together. Roman meets with Rashad and tells him that he is willing to talk in return for immunity and witness protection for his family, much to a watching Danny's horror. Denise starts working for Marisol, who fires her campaign manager Elena for asking too many questions. Brittany tells Tom that Billy has a witness that he has managed to flip. Clayton tries to woo Patty. Tom visits Marisol and tells her that they are out of time and options. She goes to visit Julio at the prison. Danny tells Tom that Roman is the snitch. Marisol later takes Billy to meet her brother Gabriel.|
|14||6||"Two Cinderellas"||Lawrence Trilling||Noelle Valdivia||June 15, 2018|
|JT is shown to have given up his legal practice and become a recluse after an execution that resulted from his losing a case to then prosecutor Martha Wallace. Billy attends a party at Gabriel's house in Mexico. Danny tries to lure Roman out, but he gets suspicious. Tensions rise between Marisol and Gabriel. Roman meets with Danny and tells him to kill him, so that his family never has to find out what they've done. Danny is unable to pull the trigger, and Roman leaves. Gabriel's henchman kills Roman and his family. A convict tells JT about a threat to Julio's life, in hopes of making a deal. Gabriel shows Billy around the estate, and he sees guns and people with amputated limbs. Patty calls Billy about the Roman murders and Julio, but Gabriel makes sure he doesn't get the message. As Patty rushes to try and save Julio, a prison guard forces him to leave a suicide note confessing to the murder, and kills him. Gabriel tells Marisol that the only way to stop Billy from digging further is to kill him. Patty finally gets through to Billy, and he walks out of the estate with a bottle in his hand.|
|15||7||"Diablo Verde"||Lawrence Trilling||Jennifer Ames and Steve Turner||June 15, 2018|
|Billy comes to in bed next to a Chinese woman. He finds out that he is being held captive by a group of unknown people. The woman, who calls herself Janet, tells Billy that they had met in a bar when Billy was asking for a ride to the border. Janet claims not to know where they are or why, either. Billy tries to get the people in the house to talk, but has little luck except a few cryptic phrases. He throws Gabriel's name out in conversation, which seems to make some of the people nervous. Billy and Janet attack their captors and male a run for it. While being tracked by a drone, their captors, and men with automatic weapons, they manage to make it to the town. Billy tasks some townspeople to protect Janet and tries to find a way to the border. 24 hours earlier, Patty spends the night with Clayton, and steals Roman's phone from a box of evidence in his apartment. Marisol tells Denise that Billy walked out of the estate and went missing. She is then confronted by Elena, who knows about her past as Gabriel's sister Claudia. Elena is later attacked by Gabriel's henchman who tells her to leave town. Tom's dependence on Brittany increases. Worried about Billy, Denise starts drinking heavily. Danny is confronted by the broker and the henchman, and commits suicide after realizing he cannot get away. Marva, who is calling numbers from Roman's phone on Patty's behest, gets through to Danny's phone as it is being bagged into evidence. Visiting the club, Patty links Roman and Danny to the broker. JT manages to find Billy, who reunites with Patty and Denise.|
|16||8||"Tongue Tied"||Dennie Gordon||Marisa Wegrzyn||June 15, 2018|
|Billy sees one of his captors at Marisol's victory celebration. Billy and Patty confront the broker, and get him to flip. He tells Rashad enough to implicate Tom and Gabriel, as well as to throw suspicion on Claudia Quintero, whose name they do not recognize. Patty calls Brittany to tell her that Tom is dangerous; Tom lets her go despite catching her in a lie, because he realizes that they don't have a future together. Denise continues to drink heavily, despondent at having lost her role model, now that she realizes what Marisol has done. Clayton breaks up with Patty because she endangered him by stealing Roman's phone. Billy confronts Tom, who ridicules him for not realizing that Marisol was the one who had Julio killed, not him; in response, Billy ridicules Tom for not knowing that Gabriel is Marisol's brother. Billy and Patty approach Elena for information; she tells them about Marisol's real name and refers them to a church in her hometown. Billy and Patty go back to Mexico to find information on Gabriel and Claudia, but fail to do so. The FBI arrest Tom, but when Rashad shows up shortly thereafter, it is revealed that he was actually kidnapped by Gabriel's men. Gabriel proceeds to amputate both of Tom's arms and legs, and finally cuts off his tongue. Billy visits Marisol, now the mayor of LA, and she says she never loved him. Billy's last words to Marisol are to remind her of the blood on her hands.|
On May 14, 2015, it was announced that Amazon had issued a pilot order for the series, then titled Trial, based off a script by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro. On December 1, 2015, Amazon announced that it was bypassing the pilot process with the project and was instead issuing a straight-to-series order consisting of a ten-episode first season to premiere in 2016. The first season would ultimately come to consist of eight episodes total. On August 7, 2016, it was announced that the first season would premiere on October 13, 2016.
On June 25, 2015, it was reported that Kevin Costner was in talks to join the series in the lead role of Billy McBride. By June 30, he had exited talks. On July 23, 2015, it was confirmed that Billy Bob Thornton had ultimately been cast in the role. In August, Olivia Thirlby and Maria Bello joined the main cast. On September 14, Sarah Wynter was cast in the series regular role of Gina Larson. In November, Molly Parker and Britain Dalton joined the production as series regulars. The following March, Nina Arianda and Tania Raymonde were also announced as part of the main cast. In June, Dwight Yoakam and Harold Perrineau were cast in recurring roles. In August, the final casting announcements, of Diana Hopper and Jason Ritter in recurring roles, were made.
On February 15, 2017, Amazon announced the series had been renewed for a second season. In that announcement, it was also confirmed that Clyde Phillips was joining the series in season two as the day-to-day showrunner. Kelley, Shapiro and Ross Fineman were set to remain in their roles as executive producers.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds an approval rating of 78% based on 36 reviews, with an average score of 6.04/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Compelling performances from an excellent cast—led by standout Billy Bob Thornton—propel David E. Kelley's Goliath into must-watch TV territory." On Metacritic the first season has a weighted average score of 65 out of 100, based on 26 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".
Season two holds a rating of 86% based on 7 professional reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. Audience reviews are sharply at odds with those of professional critics, scoring only a 53% rating, with many reviews scoring 1-star, or even half a star.
Among Amazon Prime subscribers, Season two scores a mere 2.7 out of 5 stars with more than 4,700 reviews posted, 43% of which are rated one-star.
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|2019||23rd Satellite Awards||Best Actor in a Drama / Genre Series||Billy Bob Thornton||Nominated|||
|Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film||Mark Duplass||Nominated|
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