A long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away... okay, sorry), my hubby and I really got into the show "The Practice". It was smart, it was dramatic, but witty, and we looked forward to it every week. Until the inevitable downward slide, and I don't even remember anything about what caused us to lose interest, but we did and not long after, it was canceled, which means that we weren't the only formerly loyal viewers to lose interest.
Then came Ally McBeal. My husband couldn't stand it, and I didn't care enough to watch it alone. I do believe David E. Kelley has had other shows (law shows and maybe others? I could do some research, but I'm just not that interested.) since then, but they've flown right under my TV-antenna radar, and I haven't watched any of them. Until now.
On Monday night, "Harry's Law" premiered, and we actually sat down and watched it (which is unprecedented, as we hardly ever actually watch anything live anymore-- since we got rid of our DVR, I've had to catch up on HULU or other internet sources to keep up on my shows!).
I should preface my thoughts by saying that I really like Kathy Bates. I think she's talented, funny, and was simply PERFECT as the cranky, sassy boss on recent episodes of "The Office". She is likewise perfectly cast as Harriet "Harry" Korn, who is spunky, quirky and real. I was also very pleased with Brittany Snow, whom I haven't seen since "Hairspray", Nate Corddry and Aml Ameen, who bring the perfect balance to Harry's crusty facade. I didn't make any of those names up, so my spellcheck can just bug off, please. I'm not familiar with Corddry or Ameen, but I found them entertaining, engaging and, frankly, adorable. I am really looking forward to the next episodes to see where the writers go with these characters.
My only complaint was that Bates seems to be limping or maybe gimping along as she walked down the street in a couple of scenes. I wasn't sure if she was supposed to be in pain from the two emergency-room visit-causing accidents she'd had earlier, or if it's just the way that Bates walks. Either way, it was distracting and I would recommend that the cameras not film her walking again. At least, not a shot of her whole body... sorry, Kathy, but it's true.
Oh, and also the annoyingly predictable anti-conservative comment thrown in during one of Kathy's monologues. I realize it sounds silly, but is everyone in Hollywood trying to indoctrinate people, in the hopes that the entire country will become liberal or something? Come on! I have noticed such agenda-laden dialogue on other shows from time to time (and I don't really watch THAT much TV), such as Law and Order SVU. I just want to be entertained, not indoctrinated, people. Gah...
But I digress again. After episode I, I would recommend "Harry's Law". I don't feel I wasted that hour. :)