Thursday, January 27, 2011

Harry's Law

A new TV show, brought to us by David E. Kelley, the creator of Ally McBeal, The Practice, Picket Fences, Chicago Hope and my personal favourite, Boston Legal.

I just finished watching the first 2 episodes of this show and I have to tell you, I quite like it.  Kathy Bates plays the main character, Harriet Korn, a patent lawyer who gets fired from her job in the first few minutes of the first show and then has a young man, who is trying to commit suicide by jumping off a building, drop on top of her as she is walking down the street.  He ends up becoming her first client as she makes the switch to criminal law, setting up an office in a former shoe store in a not so safe part of Cincinnati.  I like the fact that she's a tough broad with a no-nonsense attitude.  Even more than that, I love the fact that there is a smart, self sufficient, grumpy, straight talking 60 year old female with a not so perfect body in the lead role, how many TV shows have that to offer? 

I never watched Picket Fences or The Practice, although I remember hearing how good they are, but Boston Legal was and still is one of my favourite TV shows of all time.  So far the verdicts in the first two trials of this show have been slightly hard to believe but the stories have been interesting, the acting is well done and the characters are engaging.  It's still early days.  Not sure if this series will get picked up for the long haul, apparently they've only got 6 episodes to prove themselves and Mr. Kelley is known for starting slow and letting his characters' quirks develop over time but if you like legal dramas and well written commentary on the state of today's society, you should check out this show.  You can catch it on Monday nights at 10 p.m. on NBC or CityTV or any time on Rogers On Demand.

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