Fairly Legal (2011–2012)
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Although her dad, a leading law firm's founder, recently died, Kate Reed's hard to please stepmother prods her mercilessly to keep up the pace in her extraordinary section, out of court ... See full summary »


Bronwen Hughes


Michael Sardo (creator), Michael Sardo

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sarah Shahi ... Kate Reed
Michael Trucco ... Justin Patrick
Virginia Williams ... Lauren Reed
Baron Vaughn ... Leonardo Prince
Ethan Embry ... Spencer Reed
Patrick Gilmore ... Douglas Pease
Tim Fellingham ... Andrew
Ken Howard ... Charles Pease
Gerald McRaney ... Judge David Nicastro
Sean Rogerson ... Brian Michaels
Jessica Parker Kennedy ... Jessica Nord
Paul Anthony ... Lou Pompilio
Philip Granger ... Carl Roth
Rukiya Bernard ... Susan Williams
Ted Whittall ... Tim Connelly


Although her dad, a leading law firm's founder, recently died, Kate Reed's hard to please stepmother prods her mercilessly to keep up the pace in her extraordinary section, out of court arbitration. Kate's ex, public prosecutor Justin Patrick, is crucial in obtaining information, which she handles with conscience, trying to do right for tycoon client Charles Pease and the innocent good son in the car that hit his succession-destined son Doug's. The unexpected full truth proves surprisingly relevant to all. Judge David Nicastro exacts revenge on her by simultaneously imposing a rather absurd pro bono mediation with a 24 hour deadline. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Drama








Release Date:

20 January 2011 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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This episode was dedicated "in loving memory of Michelle Nicastro" and the character of Judge David Nicastro, played by Gerald McRaney, is named after her. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Sarah Shahi, classy lady deluxe

The jury is still out on the series as a whole, but judging by the pilot, it is clear to me that a courtroom drama (in theme anyway) isn't going to be a big hit with me. Make no mistake, it is well done, and I like that notion that the character is a well- spoken people-savvy mediator who can fix other people's problems but not her own, CLUELESS meets L.A. LAW, sort of, but when it comes down to it, I bought it simply because of the way those DVD boxes struck me, loved it at first sight, had to have it, checked out with a sneak peek downloading, saw that Sarah was truly as beautiful as the cover shots presented her, and went for it. Both seasons.

About the episode itself: During the interview with the thug, I find it a bit more than odd that she'd wear a narrow-fitting short skirt and killer high heels. I mean, she looked great, but you're not going to make any headway with gangbusters dressed like that. I wanted to say "Get real!" now, but this is a DVD I bought to see the leggy pretty main protagonist, so I sure as hell ain't complaining!

Sarah Shahi has Iranian and Portuguese blood in a volatile mix that came out absolutely the very best creature imaginable. She looks, like I said in the series review, like a Persian princess. I would recommend this show instantly to female viewers in general, but it is, of course, not geared at the average guy. I know very, very little of what lies up ahead, but from what I gather, it sounds like the kind of thing discussed over morning tea the day after among bright young twenty-something things who've elevated themselves above common day-time soap operas.

Prosecutor's evidence in the indictment against:

The pram-pushing pansy brother character bores me to tears, why did they bother with bland boy? And Leo is clearly the African American affirmative action zero-talent actor, zero presence, the plot needs him like a fish needs a bicycle. They're both gushed over in the commentary. Why? Why?

But the only thing really special about it, is the classy leading lady with the chiseled face, dark eyes, and that glorious mane. Feisty and fun*.

She, alone, embodies the case for the defense.

*DVD-owners be sure to check out the deleted earlier scenes before this version was updated and re-edited to a considerably tamer version in the way it starts. The hot romance is a whole lot wilder, complete with blurred-out detail. Nothing explicit, just totally tantalizing, and what a shame to let it go to waste on the DVD as well.


With an average pretty actress, I'd have given this show a miss. But Sarah is stunning.

I rest my case, Your Honor.

Sentence: I have to watch past a caseload of legal stuff up ahead.

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