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This page is dedicated to the first season of ABC's How to Get Away with Murder. The series was picked up on May 8, 2014.

The season consists of a total of fifteen episodes. It premiered on September 25, 2014 with "Pilot", and concluded with "It's All My Fault" on February 26, 2015.

Season Summary

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.

Cast

For a breakdown of the characters' appearances, check here.

Starring

Recurring

Minor

(by episode)

Episodes

Image Title Original Airdate U.S. Viewers
(in millions)
How to Get Away with Murder 1x01 1. "Pilot" September 25, 2014
14.12

Plot: 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.

How to Get Away with Murder 1x02 2. "It's All Her Fault" October 2, 2014
11.94

Plot: 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.

How to Get Away with Murder 1x03 3. "Smile, or Go to Jail" October 9, 2014
10.81

Plot: 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.

How to Get Away with Murder 1x04 4. "Let's Get to Scooping" October 16, 2014
9.79

Plot: 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.

How to Get Away with Murder 1x05 5. "We're Not Friends" October 23, 2014
9.97

Plot: 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.

How to Get Away with Murder 1x06 6. "Freakin' Whack-a-Mole" October 30, 2014
8.68

Plot: 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.

How to Get Away with Murder 1x07 7. "He Deserved to Die" November 6, 2014
9.18

Plot: 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.

How to Get Away with Murder 1x08 8. "He Has a Wife" November 13, 2014
9.25

Plot: 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.

How to Get Away with Murder 1x09 9. "Kill Me, Kill Me, Kill Me" November 20, 2014
9.82

Plot: 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.

How to Get Away with Murder 1x10 10. "Hello, Raskolnikov" January 29, 2015
9.18

Plot: 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.

How to Get Away with Murder 1x11 11. "Best Christmas Ever" February 5, 2015
8.34

Plot: 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.

How to Get Away with Murder 1x12 12. "She's a Murderer" February 12, 2015
8.44

Plot: 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.

How to Get Away with Murder 1x13 13. "Mama's Here Now" February 19, 2015
8.86

Plot: 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.

How to Get Away with Murder 1x14 14. "The Night Lila Died" February 26, 2015
8.99

Plot: In flashbacks, we start to piece together what happened the night 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.

115Promo17 15. "It's All My Fault" February 26, 2015
8.99

Plot: 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.

Trivia

Gallery

Gallery of photographic posters used to promote the season.

References

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