Crack the code: The military's brightest minds fight for what's right in 'The Code'

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Luke Mitchell, Anna Wood and Ato Essandoh star in "The Code"

Luke Mitchell, Anna Wood and Ato Essandoh star in "The Code"

It is safe to say that television audiences love a good courtroom drama. Currently, there's a handful of weekly legal procedurals with big fan bases -- and that's nothing new. Some of the most famous and popular television shows of all time -- mega hits such as "Perry Mason," "Matlock," "L.A. Law" and "Law & Order" -- have largely taken place in the courtroom. Many series have tried and failed to replicate the winning formula of those beloved dramas, but on Tuesday, April 9, "The Code" looks to break from the pack and become the next big legal hit when it premieres on CBS.

Unlike the legal eagles seen in other law programs, the lawyers featured in "The Code" are a cut above the rest. They have received the most elite legal training in the country and are qualified prosecutors, defense lawyers and investigators, but above all, they are expertly trained marines. That's right, these intellectuals have also been through intense physical training. Based out of the Judge Advocate General headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, the military's brightest minds take on incredibly difficult legal challenges both inside the courtroom and out.

Led by the passionate marine Capt. John "Abe" Abraham (Luke Mitchell, "Blindspot"), a hard-working and devoted prosecutor trying to live up to his family's legacy, the men and women of the "The Code" fight for military justice at home and abroad. Joining Abe across the bench as lead defense attorney is Capt. Maya Dobbins (Anna Wood, "Falling Water"). Colleague and friend to Abe, she is fearless and tenacious. Dobbins looks for the truth and nothing else, even if that means going up against one of her own.

Keeping a close watch on the young prosecutor is Maj. Trey Ferry (Ato Essandoh, "Chicago Med"). Abe's wise superior officer serves as an investigator for the prosecution and has earned a reputation over the years for his ruthless work chasing down suspects. Rounding out the team are the tech-savvy up-and-comer Warrant Officer Rami Ahmadi (Raffi Barsoumian, "The Vampire Diaries") and the always-hungry and highly capable lawyer, Lt. Harper Li (Phillipa Soo, "Smash"), who craves bigger cases.

The team reports to Commanding Officer Col. Glenn Turnbull (Dana Delany, "Hand of God"), one of the highest-ranking female officers in the Judge Advocate Corps. Her work ethic is unparalleled, and she demands the best from her fellow marines. Like Maj. Ferry, she has earned a fierce reputation over the years, and she commands an intense loyalty from her peers and colleagues alike.

There is something about the justice system that captivates audiences. Along with police officers and doctors, lawyers are one of the most represented professions on television. Lawyers are not restricted to a single genre and can be found in comedic or supernatural series almost as readily as they can be found in dramas. Where they shine, however, is in the arena of hour-long procedurals.

Raffi Barsoumian as seen in "The Code"

Raffi Barsoumian as seen in "The Code"

Whether it be police or legal, procedurals are beloved all over the world. Why is it that dedicated audiences in Germany, France, Brazil and the U.S. are so in love with these kinds of shows? As Medium described it in a wonderful article, humans are fascinated with crime, and even if these procedurals are often wildly unrealistic, they still provide viewers with a behind-the-scenes look at what happens when the law is broken.

Legal dramas are also more black and white, more cut and dried than real life, and that is satisfying to many viewers. The predictability of these series is the selling point. Lawyers fight for justice, the baddies are put away and the law prevails. Every week is the same, though the journey to conviction is unique. In the real world, things are unfortunately not as clear cut, and we often see the guilty go free -- not so in our small-screen legal dramas.

"The Code" marks producer Craig Sweeny's latest collaboration with CBS, having previously worked on "Star Trek: Discovery," "Elementary" and "Limitless." Will the freshman drama live up to the success (or notoriety, in the case of "Limitless") of those series? Only time will tell. But what is certain is that the premiere, directed by Marc Webb ("Gifted," 2017), is a stylish one. Known for his quirky, lavish and sleek music videos and films, the director responsible for "500 Days of Summer" (2009), "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012) and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (2014) has put his own spin on the legal drama.

On Tuesday, April 9, tune in to the professional and personal lives of the military's brightest minds as they take on incredibly difficult legal and personal challenges in the premiere of "The Code," on CBS.