How realistic is the CBS TV show Bull? Do Dr. Pigott and Magnus do all the things Dr. Bull does on the CBS TV show?

How realistic is the CBS TV show Bull? Do Dr. Pigott and Magnus do all the things Dr. Bull does on the CBS TV show?

While the premise of the TV show, Bull, is based on Dr. Phil McGraw’s life as a trial consultant, the reality ends about there. Bull, staring Michael Weatherly (formerly of NCIS), is entertainment, and like the movie Runaway Jury, is replete with unrealistic and unethical behaviors on the part of the show’s characters. Trial and jury consulting is not as dramatic as Hollywood would lead us to believe. Trial consultants do not solve crimes. Trial consultants are not aggressive towards their clients. Just as lawyers, police officers, medical professionals, and (animated) nuclear power operators are portrayed in ways that any professional in those fields would find unrealistic, the disconnect between the realities of trial consulting and the world of television entertainment is vast. Bull is entertaining, but it is not reality. Neither trial consultants nor their lawyer clients engage in the invasive behavior with mock jurors or actual jurors as portrayed in both Bull and Runaway Jury. A message to clients of Magnus: Never fear, we’re real; we don’t provide Hollywood magic. Bull is fiction. Magnus is reality.