Fairly Legal Review: Are You Satisfied?

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I've always loved the premise of Fairly Legal. Having a lawyer turn mediator to solve cases before they get to court was original and ripe with potential. 

I also love the cast, especially Sarah Shahi as Kate and Michael Trucco as her almost ex-husband Justin. These two are so charismatic. They have great chemistry and let's face it, they're easy to look at.

But season one of Fairly Legal didn't wow me. As much as I liked the characters the show's stories seemed to lack focus and there were times when Kate's antics made her hard to like. So when I watched the season 2 premiere it was with some trepidation.

Thankfully, "Satisfaction" gave me a lot of what I was looking for. Kate Reed was definitely a little more subdued, heck even her wardrobe was kept to grays and blacks for the first half of the show,  yet she still kept her quirky, fun side.

Ben and Kate

Her sexy tease as she left the bar while she was mourning the end of marriage gave her an edge. It showed she's down but not out.

I was thrilled that they didn't drag out her firing. We all knew Kate would end up back at Reed & Reed. I'm happy we didn't waste a lot of time getting her there.

The new guy, Ben, was fun and his banter with Kate was entertaining. Ben questioned everything about Kate, from her commitment issues to her boat, right down to her coffee consumption. He better be careful. You don't mess with a girl's coffee.

Although I liked Ben I'm not sold on him as a love interest. I've loved the chemistry between Kate and Justin since the beginning of the show. I believe Justin truly loves her but he can't handle her sometimes immature and erratic behavior.

Of course Justin's no saint, as his confession of a one night stand while they were still married could attest. But Kate's mad dash from the room just seemed to highlight that she's unable to stay and fight for what she wants in her personal life when things get too hard. 

In the hospital, Justin asked if he ever really had all of her and even she wondered if she ever went all in with this relationship.

My biggest pet peeve has been Kate's relationship with Lauren. These two have always been contentious but every time Lauren's put out an olive branch Kate has knocked it out of her hand.

I hope this changes this season. With Reed & Reed struggling it would be great to see these two strong, smart women work to together to save it. We'll have to wait and see.

With Justin's campaign for District Attorney getting started, will that lead him and Kate back together or farther apart?  Would you prefer to see these two work on their marriage or is it time for Kate to move on and if so, should she move on with Ben?

I can't say I loved this premiere but it certainly made me optomistic for the rest of the season. I can only hope for full satisfaction in the weeks to come.


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


I LOVE the new season the first one wasn't that great but with the addition of Ben grogan was great! The got that lil extra something it needed I look forward eery Friday to see Kate and Ben


How can anyone regard this show as anything other than horrid? Season 1 was ok, but the revamp makes it near impossible to watch. We watch it on occassion now just to laugh at how bad it is......tv at its lowest.


Seriously...this show is awful. "Kate" that is some bad acting, the rest of the cast isn't that great. I can't believe people out there are watching it. I tuned into the first episode and changed the channel halfway through it. Very disappointing considering all the advertising they did for it.


I'm sorry but I tried to give this show a chance for a while now but I have come to the same conclusion as last time.. Sarah is one LOUSY actress for real... I mean, the whole purpose of being an actor is to 'ACT' as realistically as possible but she is so obvious... I can tell that she is acting and boy does it stink... That attitude of hers is a great candidate for the Gong show... She should go back to Acting or some theatrical school for about the amount of time that it takes for a "real" person to become a lawyer and then try acting because she sucks big time... I'm just saying!!


Ben as he is needs to go. It only took one episode for me to decide that he will have me changing the channel. Also, please make Kate smarter or at least more mature. She could be so good... but you keep making her come across just bad. She also comes across as not giving a crap about the firm.


Fairly Legal sucks. The Kate character might be the worse character on TV. We're supposed to find her charming, funny, quirky, but instead she comes across as someone that's a self-rightous twit. I've seen 15 year olds that behave more mature than her. And the way they just completely ignore actual law on the show is amazing. Then there is that new guy, what an ass. They decide to retool the show and bring him in? What were they thinking. Are they ever going to have another episode where the 'bad guy' isn't some evil corporation? What USA needs to do is cancel this show and pick up The Finder. It would be a perfect fit with Burn Notice.


I'm really liking Fairly Legal! I think this show has an interesting twist to it. Sarah's character is VERY strong. She really has it all and she comes off as real to me. Great writing! Love her fiestiness and she actually strengthen's the characters around her, all of them blend really well together. Just watched the April 20th show "what they seem" and it left me wanting more. I hope its a hit this season. I'll be watching.


I love Ben! He is the exact edge the show needed. I have no doubt that Kate and him will turn into something more. Even if it is just the act of pure sex. Something will end up brewing there. Then most of Ben's cockiness will probably turn into something more. The producers really shouldn't drag this out. If episodes keep moving at such a slow pace. The network airing will lose viewers for Fairly Legal. And eventually will turn into just another re-run of a show that had potential to spark. But no one took the time to light the fuse.


Really, really, really hate the Ben Grogan character.


I really don't like the new guy at all. Watching the second episode now and I think they messed with the chemistry a little bit too much. We'll give it another week, I think, but I think I'm outta here.

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Fairly Legal Season 2 Episode 1 Quotes

I do believe in fate and she's a fickle, fickle, bitch.


Kate: It has been a while since anyone has offered to buy me a drink.
Ben: Really, has the world gone blind?