Harry's Law is a one hour drama starring Kathy Bates. She's a patent lawyer who has had it with her cases and gets dropped by her law firm. So she decides to start her own.
Kathy Bates is, of course, wonderful. (She won her Academy Award for Misery and you know her from a ton of other movies.) The show is funny, thoughtful and irresistible. I am not someone who watches TV. But this is a show that I will watch.
David E. Kelley is the creative genius behind the show and I haven't been this excited by a show since his The Practice. That show was either in its first or second season and, over that summer, ABC aired it pretty much nonstop. Which is how I discovered it and I loved that show. As much as I loved The Practice, I love Harry's Law.
I really encourage you to check it out. The second episode will air next Monday at 10:00 p.m. EST. In the meantime, you can stream the first episode online at NBC's Harry's Law page.
"TV: Really can't be without you" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
week NBC is debuting two strong shows: Harry's Law during the last hour of Monday prime time and Perfect Couples which airs 30 minutes into the first hour of Thursday prime time. Harry's Law is David E. Kelley's latest show.
As we explained early on, December 2005, "Disclosure, we won't say anything bad about David E. Kelley so there's no point in asking for a review of one of his shows. We wouldn't be impartial and the most extreme criticism we'd ever be comfortable leveling would be that Lara Flynn Boyle should have been kept in the cast of what's emerged from The Practice." So what changed?
Far too many bad hour long programs. Yes, we know David, yes, we love David and, reality, TV needs David. We've high roaded it and then some. We can't do it this time. NBC is giving Kelley six weeks to garner a hit (actually two weeks but official story is six weeks). You need to check the show out immediately. It stars Academy Award winner Kathy Bates. And, yet again, David Kelley is showing you how to do hour long TV -- take notes Jerry Bruckheimer and Dick Wolf. Actual writing, actual characterization and a show that thought went into. Mondays, last hour of prime time. You miss it, blame yourself for the state of TV.
See there, it's not just me. Ava and C.I. sang the show's praises as well. They went back and forth over that. Not the show's value. But could they do it? They'd exempted themselves from Kelley's shows for the reasons stated. But they decided that there were too many bad shows on TV and that they really needed to note this great show. It really is a great show.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):