That’s too bad, given its pedigree, which begins with its star, Bryan Cranston, whose indefatigable work as Walter White in “Breaking Bad” remains a towering achievement in TV history. The rest of the cast comes with similarly impressive credentials in the edgy exploration of the criminal impulse — “Fargo’s” Michael Stuhlbarg, “The Americans’ ” Margo Martindale, “For the People’s” Hope Davis, “True Detective’s” Carmen Ejogo, among others — and yet they all struggle with a premise and a script that gives them little guidance on how far to go with “Your Honor’s” resolute dourness.
Tonally, the series is a mess; in the four episodes made available for this review, Cranston seems to be trying on the role like a custom-made suit that just won’t fit. He plays Michael Desiato, a well-regarded New Orleans judge who is nevertheless a part of the city’s inherently corrupt dynamics, unwittingly or otherwise. Viewers are