June 28, 2012 9 Comments

Though I watch an alarming, copious number of cop dramas, this legal drama didn’t really sound like my sort of show – surprising given it aired on one of my most favorite networks, but eventually, I did my usual reading up on it plus heard good reviews from a friend, and found it actually did sound promising. Good thing I stuck with it because that reading sure paid off.

Fairly Legal, Season One (2011) USA TV Show Review

Upholding the law in the courtroom is all in the family. For the respected name of Reed, it is the family business. The family has their own law firm – Reed & Reed, started by the patriarch, Teddy. Only thing is Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi) is no longer a lawyer. Leaving behind the life of late night research and court dates is an easy change for Kate. Instead she becomes a mediator – and she’s darn good at it. Her brother (Ethan Embry) also leaves the world of hundred-dollar suits and wine-and-dining clients when he becomes a family man. And her almost-ex-husband Justin (Michael Trucco) is an assistant D.A. Though the pair mutually agrees to divorce proceedings, their relationship is far from over.

Kate’s life is no longer right: Following close on the end of her marriage, her father passes away. A week late, she is heads back to the office but Kate is nervous about the will especially when it comes to the fact that her father had remarried a woman years younger than he – a woman who now owns half of Reed and Reed and all of its assets.

‘FAIRLY LEGAL,’ SEASON ONE (2011). Review of the USA Network show with Sarah Shahi. All review text is © Rissi JC / RissiWrites.com

Lauren (Virginia Williams) loved her husband dearly and is by profession a lawyer. Feelings between Kate and Lauren are mutual: Neither one of them like the other. To make matters worse, Kate despises Lauren because her father was happy with her. Now she has to share her legacy with a woman who may legally be her step-mother but is barely older than Kate. The two rarely see eye-to-eye but when secrets about Teddy’s past reveal themselves in the reading of his will, things get more than a little complicated.

Those of you who have read this blog for any length of time know that I go crazy over this (USA) network’s shows. THis is another one I adore. It’s probably the best new show from them since Burn Notice. Every little detail in this conceptual show sparkles – its quirks make it unforgettable and its concept makes it fresh. The scripts, acting and their respective characters are some of the best I’ve yet to come across. Fairly Legal has that special “something” that makes it stand apart from and above the competition.

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Between Kate and Lauren there are fireworks that are – clearly – not the good kind. But there’s a hilarious relationship between Kate and her assistant, Leo. Interestingly despite Kate trying to make Lauren out to be the wicked witch, Lauren is actually a very relatable, human character. Kate herself is insanely delightful! As a leading lady, I find her quick to like; a lover of all things Oz and a woman who’s constantly running late. Everything about this girl’s quirky personality is hard not to smile at. She has such a big heart for people – to see that their issues are resolved to everyone’s satisfaction that we sometimes loose sight of just how flawed she is how careless she can be in her personal relationships. This then brings us to her relationship with Justin.

‘FAIRLY LEGAL,’ SEASON ONE (2011). Review of the USA Network show with Sarah Shahi. All review text is © Rissi JC / RissiWrites.com

It takes me several episodes to realize the pair isn’t divorced which makes their on-going relationship easier to accept, and I do love these two together! Justin is oh-so-patient with Kate though he is far from faultless. Their witty banter is adorable and each time they’re together, it’s a happy scene. This one has an uncanny ability to engage us not just in the lives of the characters but the revolving mysteries. The scripts then drop those mysteries altogether before then bringing it back again and surprising us with a kind of reaction that makes us realize that we’d forgotten about it but obviously still care. That is great writing.

If I could only say one thing about this show it’d be that is was fun. Every detail works together to create an environment that backdrops great stories and the actors do a superb job at making their characters seem human. The filming could be better in their flash-back depictions but it is modern and stylish, keeping up with trends without making the cuts awkward or disrupting the frames. Favorites included the pilot as well as the finale. It’s one of the more emotional ones I’ve seen in a long time in an unconventional way without being the kind of cliff-hanger that makes us unable to stand the wait. No doubt about it, Fairly Legal is the surprise of the year.

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You can find Fairly Legal, Season One digitally on Amazon Video

Content: Kate and Justin fall into bed half a dozen times. She walks around in his shirt, and a post-morning shot. There are one or two other sensual scenes between them. Once to resolve a dispute, Kate has him walk outside naked [we see a full shot of him and another man without seeing anything]. Various sexual innuendoes are a part of the scripts as is profanity here and there. One man is hit by a truck [blood pools around his head]. Characters lie and affairs are uncovered as well as social drinking. The show is TV14.

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  • Sierra June 28, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    Sounds interesting…I just love the title though, sounds so much like a book :P Sierra
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  • Charity June 28, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    It's a cute series. I may have to rent it for my folks.

  • Ruth June 28, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    I liked the first season, but I LOVED the second season. :)

  • Rissi June 29, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    Sierra – it is! This was probably my fave new show this year (so far!). I loved the characters and the story. :-)

    When I would watch these, sometimes my dad would sit through some, others he didn't watch but he would call this 'Family Legal.' He'd be like, what's this you're watching? He likes to poke fun that way. ;-) I like the title too – it is… catchy.

    Charity – I just LOVED it! My mother loved it! If I were neighbors of your parents, I'd totally lend them my set. :-) Hope that they enjoy!!!

    Ruth – really!? That is awesome to know! Now I am really going to look forward to S2.

    I wish that would release prior to all of USA's other programs since it has a slightly different schedule but oh, no, it doesn't. :-/

  • Jeanine (Wayfaring Girl) July 6, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    OOooo Always love finding new shows to watch on here! :) I am def checking this one out. The premise sounds very interesting, indeedy.

    jeanine :)

  • Jeanine (Wayfaring Girl) July 6, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    oh btw–how are you viewing this one? I don't see first season on instant netflix or hulu…are you purchasing ep's on amazon?

  • Rissi July 7, 2012 at 3:37 AM

    Oh! Thanks, Jeanine. I am glad you are finding these helpful; I enjoy putting my thoughts down. :-)

    This one is really great – it isn't the usual crime drama but considering I've found some winning shows in other genres, I am all for it. This is one of the keepers. :-)

    Actually, I bought the DVD set. I don't use Netflix or any mail service and since my local rental stores don't have many shows, generally I buy them. True, it may be unwise but I do my research first and a friend recommended this one, so I felt confident (add in the fact that I love USA and it seemed a good bet!). My television system is so old (it's an antique at 20+ years) that I cannot stream either… so yep, for now, I buy.

    Hope you find this – and enjoy it!

  • Jeanine (Wayfaring Girl) July 8, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Thanks for the info Rissi…I decided to just buy the pilot ep on amazon.com and watch it there. I liked it! I'll have to either buy more ep's or succumb and buy the season :)

  • Rissi July 8, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    YAY! I am so glad you are enjoying this one, Jeanine. I hope you continue too – keep me posted. :-)

    I know it is difficult to decide which route to go – buying vs. renting. I always try to rent first but sometimes that doesn't seem to be an option for me. :-/

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