A beginner’s guide to the Bryan Cranston drama

A beginner’s guide to the Bryan Cranston drama
A beginner’s guide to the Bryan Cranston drama

The last time a Bryan Cranston drama appeared on Netflix, it sparked a pop culture phenomenon. breaking Bad has gained a whole new fan base and has become a favorite program in recent seasons. Now another of its series is seeing increasing viewer numbers again: Your Honor.

The two-season series, which aired on Showtime from 2020 to 2022, was previously available to stream on Showtime for Paramount+ subscribers, but was released on Netflix in late May and has dominated the streaming charts ever since.

According to Variety, the series reached over 1.5 billion minutes on Netflix and Paramount+ from June 3 to June 9, making it the most streamed series of that period.

In the series, Cranston plays Michael Desiato, a New Orleans judge who, after a tragic accident involving the son of crime boss Jimmy Baxter (Michael Stuhlbarg), must throw his own ethical code overboard to protect his son, Adam (Hunter Doohan). The actor gave fans a big push to watch the series, writing on social media“You must watch it. We have a great cast and you will be on the edge of your sofa watching the story unfold.”

If you’re one of those TV fans planning to watch the series this weekend on Netflix or Paramount+, here’s a guide to help you enjoy the series as much as the original audience did when it aired weekly.


Before you click play on the first episode, here’s a look at what audiences knew about the show before it aired.

  • It was broadcast by an Israeli TV show called Kvodo from The good fightExecutive producers Robert and Michelle King and the screenplay is by The night ofBy Peter Moffat.
  • Cranston first joined the series in January 2019.
  • The show’s official slogan was: “A high-stakes game full of lies, deceit and impossible choices.”
  • Production on the series began in New Orleans in fall 2019, but was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The series continued in October 2020 and ended just weeks before its premiere on Showtime on December 6, 2020.
  • The episodes do not have their own titles.


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What you should know:

Episode 1: “Part One”When his teenage son is involved in a tragic accident, New Orleans Judge Michael Desiato is faced with an impossible decision that will affect his family forever.”

Episode 2: “Part Two”On the anniversary of his wife’s death, Michael creates an alibi for Adam for the day of the accident; Michael draws his close friends into the web of deception; Kofi is approached about a job.”

Episode 3: “Part Three”Michael uses his power to hide details of the accident; Jimmy Baxter and Gina plan revenge; Lieutenant Nancy Costello becomes suspicious; Kofi receives bad advice; Gina makes a deal for Carlo.”

Episode 4: “Part Four”As tensions escalate, Adam finds himself drawn from one dangerous liaison to the next; Elizabeth protects her grandson; a family dinner is overshadowed by secrets and lies.”

Episode 5: “Part Five”Michael discovers he is being blackmailed. Jimmy and Gina Baxter remain determined to avenge their son’s death.”

Episode 6: “Part Six”Adam spends the day with a dangerous new love interest while Michael searches for his blackmailer; Lee increases her involvement in Kofi’s case.”

Episode 7: “Part Seven”Michael’s solution to his blackmail problem brings deeper issues to light; Eugene finds family in Big Mo’s crew; a troubled relationship threatens to expose Adam’s secret.”

Episode 8: “Part Eight”Jimmy puts pressure on Michael regarding Carlos’ trial, Adam announces his future plans, and Nancy and Lee discover that some cops are not what they seem.”

Episode 9: “Part Nine”As the pressure mounts, Michael finds a solution to keep Carlo out of prison; Charlie makes a shocking discovery while helping Adam.”

Episode 10: “Part Ten”Adam is devastated by the new information about his mother’s death; Carlos’ trial is over, but Michael and Adam’s secrets are dangerously exposed.”


What you should know:

Episode 1: “Part Eleven”There is no hope for a grieving Michael Desiato; Eugene receives help from unexpected benefactors; Jimmy Baxter seeks to expand his criminal empire while Gina Baxter vents her anger.”

Episode 2: “Twelfth Part”Michael Desiato discovers a secret while Olivia takes the opportunity to push him into a dangerous decision; a desperate business deal threatens Eugene; Elizabeth offers Michael protection.”

Episode 3: “Part Thirteen”Michael resists a request from Fia, but Olivia urges him to exploit a newfound connection. Little Mo’s deal goes awry and Eugene is left to pick up the pieces. A confrontation between Michael and Jimmy leads to a surprising confession.”

Episode 4: “Part Fourteen”Olivia’s plan to bring Michael closer to the Baxters leads to him being invited to Jimmy’s 50th birthday party, where he witnesses the return of Gina’s gangster father; Eugene thanks Little Mo for his kindness, but his good deed threatens to expose corruption.”

Episode 5: “Part fifteen”After the events at Jimmy’s birthday party, Michael vows to stop helping Olivia. Charlie makes an unexpected move. Little Mo clashes with Big Mo after helping Eugene. Nancy follows a lead related to the murder of Michael’s wife.”

Episode 6: “Part 16”Michael and Elizabeth follow a lead in the Robin murder case. The Baxters take precautions to silence Eugene. At the urging of Gina and Carmine, Jimmy forms a dangerous alliance. An overdose causes a major rift with Big Mo’s loyal lieutenants.”

Episode 7: “Part Seventeen”Michael’s search for the truth has life-threatening consequences for him and Nancy Costello, who has joined him in the hunt for his wife Robin’s killer; Fia is confronted with the harsh reality of her family.”

Episode 8: “Part Eighteen”Eugene escapes danger only to plunge headlong into new danger; Olivia is frustrated with Michael and sets her sights on an unexpected new target; Big Mo’s triumphant debut takes an unexpectedly dark turn.”

Episode 9: “Part Nineteen”At Olivia’s suggestion, Michael seeks out Jimmy Baxter, who makes him an unexpected offer. Changing loyalties in Big Mo’s crew force them to do so.”

Episode 10: “Part Twenty”Michael uncovers shocking information that impacts everyone; a revelation forces Fia to make a life-changing decision; Big Mo strikes a deal with Jimmy Baxter; Gina makes her own move.”

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