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Get "Damaged" With FX's Saturday Marathon

Get "Damaged" With FX's Saturday Marathon

FX's thriller-mystery series Damages, starring Glenn Close, was one of the best entertainment-related things to come out of 2007, period. It's dark, edgy, and so well written, it succeeded in becoming another one of FX's shows (along with Nip/Tuck and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia) that brings the cable channel into a whole different league. These shows have way more in common with stuff you'd see on HBO or Showtime than say, USA. In fact, as Broadcasting & Cable points out, "Damages, along with AMC’s Mad Men, became the first basic-cable drama series ever nominated in the Golden Globes Outstanding Series category."

The show won't pick up again with new episodes until 2009, but if you missed the first season last Summer, FX is reairing the entire season tomorrow, Saturday Aug. 9, starting at 7:00 a.m. To find out what I love so much about this show,


Glenn Close plays ruthless litigator Patty Hewes and Rose Byrne is Ellen Parsons, Patty's young, doe-eyed employee. Together with senior associate Tom Shayes (Tate Donovan), the team is embroiled in a class-action suit against billionaire CEO Arthur Frobisher (Ted Danson). Yet when murders start occurring — including the murder of someone close to Ellen — Ellen realizes the stakes are way higher than she'd originally perceived. Intricately-woven mysteries, red herrings, and crazy plot twists (like even more shocking murders) abound.

It's most fascinating to watch the dynamics of Rose Byrnes and Glenn Close's hero-villain dichotomy, partly because it's refreshing to see two female leads in a legal/crime drama. In particular, Close engages the audience in a constant push-pull; just when we think of Patty as the most evil, amoral snake imaginable, she somehow gains our sympathy — for just a moment. But that moment is enough to keep us riveted.

Photo courtesy of FX

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RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I actually saw part of it. I want to watch next season now.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
AHHHH why didn't i know about this earlier? i'm on vacation right now and i wanted to watch the show last season but was NEVER home when it was on - and now i couldn't even set my DVR to tape it. i'm sad now!
hllrbackgirl hllrbackgirl 8 years
YAY! I'm watching now. I saw all the episodes EXCEPT the finale. Now I can finally see it! Damages is a great show.
penguins268 penguins268 8 years
That girl in the pic looks like Katie Holmes but I know its not!
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Glenn Close is simply phenomenal as Patty Hewes and Damages is one of the very best shows airing on TV. Mad Men and Damages deserve any and all honors they receive; both are incredible! Thanks for the heads up about tomorrow's marathon, Buzz!
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