Hidden gem with 98% Rotten Tomatoes score can be streamed by anyone for free

Jury Duty has never been so good

Jury Duty
(Image credit: Jury Duty on Freevee)

If you loved the improv comedy madness of Netflix’s Murderville or just adore a great sitcom, you need to watch Jury Duty, and luckily it won’t cost you anything. Available on Amazon’s Freevee streaming service (with limited ads) you don’t even need a Prime subscription (or any of the best streaming services) to enjoy this courtroom comedy with a twist.

At first glance, Jury Duty may seem like a fairly standard sitcom based in a courtroom, but there’s a reason for the 98% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes. The show’s protagonist, 30-year-old Ronald Gladden, believes he is on the jury of a real trial. Everyone else, the judge, the jury, the prosecution and the defence is an actor in on the joke. Most are character actors putting in a stellar shift, but Hollywood star James Marsden plays a major supporting role as a member of the jury. Marsden, who you’ll recognize from The Notebook and Sonic (as he’ll remind you) is amazing as an egotistical and insecure parody of himself as things develop into a cheese-before-bed scale legal nightmare.  

Jury Duty

(Image credit: Amazon Prime Video)

It may sound like the setup for a prank show but this is far larger than that. The series follows the sequestered jury, in the courtroom, their hotel and beyond as they try to solve a case of workplace negligence. If you think it sounds like a cruel joke to play on Ronald then don’t worry. The whole process works as a way for Ronald’s integrity, humility and compassion to shine through. Faced with some unbelievable and outrageous circumstances he consistently does ‘the right thing’ and not only does he leave the show with a host of friends, but a newfound confidence too. 

Ronald is someone we can all aspire to be but for entertainment value as well Jury Duty is felony-level funny. Marsden in particular is game for some unspeakable things but the rest of the jury has the perfect ingredients for a som. Special shoutout to Todd, an eccentric geek who tries to wear “Chair pants” into a serious trial. 

I can honestly say that I’ve never watched anything like Jury Duty and with the final episode detailing exactly how exhaustive the creative process was (there are hundreds of hours of unused footage and script) we may never see anything like it again. 

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.