Annalise Keating (Academy-Award Winner Viola Davis) is everything you hope your Criminal Law professor will be - brilliant, passionate, creative and charismatic. She's also everything you don't expect - sexy, glamorous, unpredictable and dangerous. As fearless in the courtroom as she is in the classroom, Annalise is a defense attorney who represents the most hardened, violent criminals - people who've committed everything from fraud to arson to murder - and she'll do almost anything to win their freedom. On the surface, Annalise seems like she has it all - a successful career and loving husband, Sam (Tom Verica) - but her relationship with a local Philadelphia detective, Nate (Billy Brown), will force her to confront secrets about her life she never saw coming.
Each year, Annalise selects a group of the smartest, most promising students to come work at her law firm. The students vying for this coveted position include Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch), a wide-eyed, likable boy-next-door recently accepted off the waitlist; Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King), a confident, ambitious overachiever born knowing how to "lean in;" Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), a sly, sophisticated heartbreaker used to getting any prize he lays his eyes on; Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza), a quiet, sensitive idealist who's easy to underestimate and Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry), an entitled know-it-all born into a world of Ivy League educations and country club memberships. The students all work under two of Annalise's dedicated associates: Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber), a local Philly boy done good, and Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil), a sweet, observant team-player with a hidden edge.
Early in the first season, Wes becomes entangled with his mysterious neighbor, Rebecca (Katie Findlay), after she becomes the main suspect in the murder of a beautiful university coed. Annalise's involvement with Rebecca's case will challenge her students' values, convictions, and dreams, as she teaches them the dark truth about the law and our justice system. It's worth it though. Working for Annalise is the opportunity of a lifetime, one that can change the course of our students' lives forever, which is exactly what happens when they find themselves involved in a murder plot that will rock the entire university.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Airdate||Viewers (mill)|
|1||"Pilot"||Michael Offer||Pete Nowalk||September 25, 2014||14.12|
|Annalise challenges her students to solve some of the most difficult criminal cases, and selects a group of the smartest students to come work for her. Meanwhile, in flash-forwards, we learn that a group of four students, Wes, Connor, Michaela and Laurel get involved in their own murder mystery cover up.|
|2||"It's All Her Fault"||Bill D'Elia||Pete Nowalk||October 2, 2014||11.94|
|Annalise takes on a new client, Max St. Vincent, who is the key suspect in his wife's brutal murder. Meanwhile, Annalise deals with her growing suspicions that Sam is somehow involved in Lila's disappearance. In flash forwards, we learn that Wes might be hiding a few secrets of his own.|
|3||"Smile, or Go to Jail"||Randy Zisk||Rob Fresco||October 9, 2014||10.81|
|Annalise helps Paula Murphy after she was arrested for a misdemeanor. Meanwhile, the Middleton University president asks Annalise to represent Griffin O'Reilly, the star quarterback who has also been linked to Lila's disappearance but she's unable to make a decision until she knows that Sam wasn't involved in the case.|
|4||"Let's Get to Scooping"||Laura Innes||Erika Green Swafford||October 16, 2014||9.79|
|Annalise and her students investigate the case of Marren Trudeau, founder and CEO of a major brokerage firm, who has recently been arrested for insider trading. Meanwhile, Wes discovers a cell phone hidden by Rebecca whose contents reveal an unsettling clue in the Lila Stangard murder case.|
|5||"We're Not Friends"||Mike Listo||Tracey A. Bellomo||October 23, 2014||9.97|
|Annalise takes on a tough case defending a minor who fatally shot his police officer father. Meanwhile, Annalise and Sam continue to argue over his relationship with Lila, and Wes and Rebecca begin to question Annalise's motives. In flash-forwards, we learn more about Laurel's relationship with Frank.|
|6||"Freakin' Whack-a-Mole"||Bill D'Elia||Michael Foley||October 30, 2014||8.68|
|A case gets personal for Annalise and the team when their client is a man from the projects who was sentenced to death by Asher's father several years ago. Meanwhile, Wes is still angry at Annalise for hiding information about Lila's case, so Annalise must convince him to get back in line.|
|7||"He Deserved to Die"||Eric Stoltz||Warren Hsu Leonard||November 6, 2014||9.18|
|Annalise and the team are focused on Rebecca's case, but when the judge enforces a gag order, Rebecca takes things into her own hands. Meanwhile, Michaela is surprised by a pre-nup, sparks fly between Laurel and Frank, and in flash-forwards, we find out more about Wes and Rebecca's relationship.|
|8||"He Has a Wife"||Debbie Allen||Doug Stockstill||November 13, 2014||9.25|
|The team represents a mother who's on trial for killing her family's nanny while on heavy medication. Meanwhile, a shocking discovery is revealed in Lila's case that could change everything for Rebecca and Bonnie's loyalty to Annalise. In flashbacks, we learn more about Lila and Sam's relationship.|
|9||"Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me"||Stephen Williams||Michael Foley & Erika Green Swafford||November 20, 2014||9.82|
|It's the night of the Middleton University bonfire, and students celebrate by partying around as they prepare for the night's festivities. Meanwhile in the Keating household, Annalise prepares a suitcase for all of Sam's clothes and belongings, attempting to have him kicked out of the house.|
|10||"Hello, Raskolnikov"||Michael Offer||Marcus Dalzine||January 29, 2015||9.18|
|It's the day after Sam's murder and the students are called in to help Annalise find her missing husband, but just how much does Annalise know? And when a surprise visitor shows up in town, getting away with this murder might not be as easy as the students had hoped.|
|11||"Best Christmas Ever"||Michael Katleman||Tracy A. Bellomo & Warren Hsu Leonard||February 5, 2015||8.34|
|The Keating Five continue to be questioned by the police and we find out exactly how they've been dealing with the guilt of killing Sam. Meanwhile, Annalise tries to keep things business as usual by taking on a new client who is in the mob, but Hannah continues to pressure her for answers.|
|12||"She's a Murderer"||Bill D'Elia||Erika Harrison||February 12, 2015||8.44|
|Sam's body has been discovered in a landfill. Hannah is distraught and blames Annalise for his death, certain that she killed him. Meanwhile, Wes goes to the police and learns that Rebecca called the police on Rudy, her previous neighbour, and becomes more suspicious about her.|
|13||"Mama's Here Now"||Mike Listo||Erika Green Swafford & Doug Stockstill||February 19, 2015||8.86|
|Annalise is wracked with guilt after framing Nate and turns to an unlikely source for help. Meanwhile, the Keating Five try to forget about everything they've been through but Wes can't stop thinking about Rebecca's lies, and Bonnie must step up and represent a new client accused of rape.|
|14||"The Night Lila Died"||Laura Innes||Michael Foley||February 26, 2015||8.99|
|In flashbacks, we start to piece together what happened the Assassination of Lila Stangardnight of Lila's murder]]. In present day, Annalise takes on a priest who is accused of murdering another priest. Meanwhile, Connor and Oliver take things to a new level and Wes and Rebecca continue to grow suspicious of each other.|
|15||"It's All My Fault"||Bill D'Elia||Pete Nowalk||February 26, 2015||8.99|
|Wes Gibbins, Connor Walsh, Michaela Pratt and Laurel Castillo may have dug themselves in too deep a hole for Annalise to save them but they still have to live their lives as if nothing happened, and the shocking truth about Lila's murder is finally revealed.|
- Due to this being the first season, it introduces the original main characters: Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), Nate Lahey (Billy Brown), Wes Gibbins (Alfred Enoch), Connor Walsh (Jack Falahee), Rebecca Sutter (Katie Findlay), Michaela Pratt (Aja Naomi King), Asher Millstone (Matt McGorry), Laurel Castillo (Karla Souza), Frank Delfino (Charlie Weber), and Bonnie Winterbottom (Liza Weil).
- This is the only season to feature Findlay as a series' regular.
- Except Viola Davis, who is the lead actress of the series, the rest of the cast members who are billed as regulars are arranged in alphabetical order, judging by their second names.