Fairly Legal Review: Series Premiere

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There are few shows that hook me on the pilot episode, but Fairly Legal may be one of them. For me, the trick is to combine great characters with an interesting premise that will make me want to come back for more.

I think Fairly Legal has done that.

I’ve never been a huge fan of law shows, but a mediator is more interested in the people and their stories than the law, so I find the show’s premise satisfying. I'm also quickly falling for these characters.

Fairly Legal Pilot Pic

Sarah Shahi is Kate Reed. I liked Sarah on the NBC series Life and I find her even more appealing here. The actress is fun to watch and her character is smart, funny, gorgeous, and just flawed enough to be truly interesting. Kate is the anti-lawyer surrounded by lawyers.

Her ex, Justin, is played by Michael Trucco. I enjoyed Michael’s stint on Castle last year. I’m glad he’s sticking around this time. Kate and Justin have a complicated relationship (
we’re divorced but still having great sex!).

Kate appears to be the one holding all the cards here. Justin seems desperate to get her back. I can’t wait to see how far he’s willing to go and to find out what broke them up in the first place. Perhaps it has something to do with him being an assistant district attorney and her jumping ship on the law profession.

Despite Kate’s Wicked Witch of the West ringtone for her step-mother Lauren, I’m thrilled they haven’t made her a caricature. Lauren and Kate may not get along, but Lauren is fighting to save the law firm.

Speaking of ring tones, I love the Wizard of Oz theme Kate uses. Where can I get these?  They also had the added benefit of quickly telling me what Kate thinks of the people in her life.  Her late father was The Wizard.  Her ex is the Tin Man.  (Is he really missing a heart?)  Her poor brother is the Scarecrow, replete with a ring tone that sings "if I only had a brain." It's both funny and insightful.

Leonardo, Kate’s assistant/sidekick, looks like great fun. Using his Dungeons and Dragons connections to get information from friends inside the police force was inspired. And his prized possession is a Sarah Michelle Gellar inscribed Buffy the Vampire Slayer watch. I think I’m going to like Leo.

Finally, the show has my long time favorite, Gerald McRaney, as Judge Nicastro. I’m still not sure if the judge will be Kate’s nemesis or father figure, but McRaney never fails to make me happy.

They say characters are welcome on the USA network and they are obviously welcome on Fairly Legal. I’m looking forward to getting to know these people a whole lot better. How about you?


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C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.


This show is ridiculous. It is so unrealistic even a three year old could see that. Where in life do you see people that would so easily go along with her bossing them around, vs. just telling her to kiss where the sun doesn't shine. For example there is no way that a man that just spend 20 years of his life in prison for something he didn't do would listen to her telling him how to live. b) If a cab driver hit me while I am riding my bike, the last person I would listen to, on how I shouldn't drink coffee while riding a bike, (never the less let her take it away from me) is some lady that jumped out of the passenger's seat and acting like a boss. My response would #1 is Who ta hell are you? and #2 to the cab driver: Do you have insurance? I find it almost offensive that the show is about some lady running around and bossing people around, while presenting herself as a perfect angel. Please get this garrbage off the air!!


Does.anyone know the name of the actress who plays Betty? I can't figure where I saw her before.


Joan -- It looks like that actress is Rukiya Bernard. You can check out her work at imdb. com


Who was the Black actress in the segment of the blotched engagement proposal? Thanks!


The story, interesting with potential. The USA characters, room to develop. Taking God's name in vain, horrible. The vulgarity, 'D...', coming out of her mouth, grievous. And 'Jesus' is a name above all names...tho' awful coming out of that whiny man's mouth.


Meh, can't really get into a show where a pretentious little whore who scampers around in high heels while shunning her ex for reasons unknown is the star. Pass.


Sarah is such a great actress. She's absolutely stunning. This show is great and so different to any other law show. Its going to be a huge hit. Btw I think Kate should go for the Australian guy who hangs around her boat all the time. His cute!


Re The Nicastro connection: Michelle Nicastro's husband, Steve Stark, is one of the show's executive producers.


from the start of this show i got hook on it..... its different from the other shows on TV.. that's why i love it


Why was the pilot episode dedicated to Michelle Nicastro? What does she have to do with the show?

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Fairly Legal Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Kate: She's a bit obsessive, our step-mother. Don't you think?
Spencer: That's what Dad loved about her.
Kate: I thought that was her ass.
Spencer: There's that too.

We most definitely have a deal. There is no sex ever. And when we do have sex there is no spending the night.