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Damages is an American legal thriller television series created by the writing and production trio of Daniel Zelman and brothers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler (collectively known as KZK, The Sopranos). It premiered on July 24, 2007 on FX and aired for three seasons before moving to the DirecTV channel Audience Network in 2010, where it aired for a further two seasons, concluding with the fifth season.
The plot revolves around the brilliant, ruthless lawyer Patty Hewes (Glenn Close, The Shield) and her protégée, recent law school graduate Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne, Echo Point). Each season features a major case that Hewes and her firm take on, while also examining a chapter of the complicated relationship between Ellen and Patty. The first two seasons center around the law firm Hewes & Associates (located in New York City). Later seasons center more on Patty and Ellen’s relationship as Ellen attempts to distance herself from Hewes & Associates professionally and personally.
Known for its depiction of season-long cases from the point of view of both the law firm and the target, the series is noted for its plot twists, nonlinear narrative, technical merit, and the Emmy Award winning performances of its cast. The series has received widespread critical acclaim and several television award nominations, with Close and first-season co-star Željko Ivanek (24, The Event, Heroes) winning a Primetime Emmy Award for their performances, while several of the other performers have been nominated as well. The series has attracted various stars to play characters on the side against Hewes, including Ted Danson (Bored to Death), William Hurt, Marcia Gay Harden (The Newsroom), Martin Short (How I Met Your Mother), Lily Tomlin (Will & Grace), John Goodman (Roseanne, Community, Treme), Dylan Baker (The Good Wife), Ryan Phillippe (Secrets & Lies), and John Hannah (Spartacus).