Defending Jacob: Chris Evans Stars in Familiar Crime Series

Apple TV+’s new limited series Defending Jacob feels like every other crime series. The show, created by Mark Bomback and based on the book of the same name by William Landay, has all the elements of a murder investigation, including media frenzy, dramatic outbursts, and quiet moments in which characters consider if it’s possible the person they knew was actually capable of the crime.

The eight-episode series stars Chris Evans (who is also exec-producer) as Andy Barber, an assistant district attorney and conflicted father who must choose between his sense of justice and protecting his only son, the titular Jacob (Knives Out’s Jaeden Martell), when he is accused of murdering a classmate.

The role of Andy was aged down for the former Marvel star, and while it’s biologically possible for someone in their late 30s to have a child in their teens, the relationship between Andy and Jacob feels too strained.