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post #1 of 129 Old 01-18-2011, 10:09 PM - Thread Starter
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So did any one watch? I tuned in not having any idea what to expect and found it a bit better than I expected. Wasn't expecting so much humor. Of course since it's a David E. Kelley show the courtroom scenes were over the top and really implausible, but I still found if fun. I'll tune in again.
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Better than I expected but Castle still rules the hour.
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I thought Kathy Bates was really good, but those other two (the assistant and the other attorney) are going to become annoying really quickly.

Take them out and it would be a good show.
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I thought Adam Branch's (Nate Corddy) mocking gesture using "signing" with the affected voice of a deaf person was way out of line.

Otherwise the show was cute.

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Other than the billion cutaway, (non) reaction shots of the assistant, I thought it was darn good, all thanks to Kathy Bates and her good lines. TV Guide didn't like the pilot. I did.
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I liked it pretty well; strangely, it seemed better during the show than after it had concluded and I saw how ordinary certain things about it were. Kathy Bates was quite good (no surprise there), and I also liked the young black "enforcer" who turned out to be not such a bad guy after all. The rest of the ensemble might turn out okay; it's too early to tell.

This might end up a pretty good show.

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I recorded it, thinking it had the potential to be awful. I liked it, and think it's worth a second episode. Mon 10 pm is a busy time slot. There were some politically incorrect/insensitive moments, but that aside, it was funnier than I expected.
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I watched the show (it got a free pass because Castle was a rerun) and enjoyed it. Kathy Bates is good enough to make any acrebic character work and Harry is no exception. I liked the front window sign combining the law practice and the shoe emporium. That was pretty funny. I suspect that this show will get a lot of viewings via DVR or On Demand since it's up against Castle. Its true audience size will probably be very uncertain because of this but the show's got some potential.
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Yeah, Monday night at 10PM is a tough spot. I record all 3, Castle, Harry, and Hawaii 50. Each has it's attractions.
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USA TODAY literally tore this show a "new one". I DVR'd it, but haven't decided if I will watch it.

Not too much enthusiasm in this thread so far.

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It's a far cry from "Boston Legal." Bates is fine but she needs much stronger supporting characters.
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hey, ya got it, it's 40 minutes of your life. Watch it and decide for yourself.....

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USA TODAY literally tore this show a "new one". I DVR'd it, but haven't decided if I will watch it.

Not too much enthusiasm in this thread so far.


That wasn't my take on this thread. In the handful of posts there isn't any blatant hate as I 've seen in other threads. All in all I'd say "middling" is the tread take on the show. I'll give it a bit of time and see where it stands.
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I'm not sure even Bates can stand up against scripts this sappy. The shoe-store thing is unsustainable, and the rest of the premise is almost pure fantasy.

I didn't like Boston Legal either, so maybe this isn't for me.

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We loved it. Too many courtroom dramas take themselves too seriously. This one is fun.
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My mother told me she likes this show.
I have yet to watch it.
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We loved it. Too many courtroom dramas take themselves too seriously. This one is fun.

Agreed.
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I'm not sure even Bates can stand up against scripts this sappy. The shoe-store thing is unsustainable, and the rest of the premise is almost pure fantasy.

I didn't like Boston Legal either, so maybe this isn't for me.

RIGHT on all counts. But, for me, it is entertaining and engaging....
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I'm not sure even Bates can stand up against scripts this sappy. The shoe-store thing is unsustainable, and the rest of the premise is almost pure fantasy.

I didn't like Boston Legal either, so maybe this isn't for me.

It's typical David E. Kelley, and because of that I enjoy it, as ridiculous and silly as it will probably get.
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Ok, I think this has to be a first for Network TV, Harry called the DA and assho!e, and he repeated it again later in the show. I've heard lots of ass, asshats and such but never heard anyone on national network TV actually say the word, am I wrong?

Overall, not a bad outing. I'm enjoying the show for what it is -a light semi-comedic hour. It doesn't take itself too seriously and that's what makes it fun for me.
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i would've put that old lady in jail
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Ok, I think this has to be a first for Network TV, Harry called the DA and assho!e, and he repeated it again later in the show. I've heard lots of ass, asshats and such but never heard anyone on national network TV actually say the word, am I wrong?

Yes, you're wrong.

Andy Sipowicz said it a few times on NYPD Blue over the years.

Oddly enough, it usually gets edited for cable.
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I have rather enjoyed the first two episodes of Harry's Law. Kathy Bates is a great actress and very funny, to boot. I even like her air-headed, shoe obsessed, assistant. Also, the kid lawyer volunteer won me over with his wonderful courtroom rant in the first episode. Although David E. Kelley's extreme left wing politics are anathema to me, I think he is very funny. So far, Harry's law has made me laugh out loud at fairly frequent intervals, so what'e not to like?
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i would've put that old lady in jail

She would have gotten a roof over her head, three meals a day, and free health care, probably for the rest of her life.
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I know this isn't the only show to do it, but I'll ask anyway.

I just don't get the reasoning behind needing to have the camera cut away from a main scene just to focus on someone in the background looking at them. To me that adds absolutely nothing and it seems to be a constant occurence whenever Bates' assistant is in the room.
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^^^^^ Well, I would imagine for a reaction shot, or to make the scene less static, or possibly transition to a new POV of the main character(s).
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The law in this episode was particularly bad -- there is a federal statute against pregnancy discrimination (probably a state one, too) therefore all the "one child" arguments were absurd -- but I have to say I enjoy the show anyway.
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I loved the first episode, but was disappointed in the second episode. I just can't believe any jury would've found the old lady not guilty. However, I love the characters and actors and I look forward to future episodes.
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I was expecting the jury to find her guilty, but to have her sentenced to probation, so she wouldn't do time.

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I loved the first episode, but was disappointed in the second episode. I just can't believe any jury would've found the old lady not guilty. However, I love the characters and actors and I look forward to future episodes.
Well, I enjoyed the first, the second less so. Not even Bates will get me to keep watching this. I also can't believe a jury would find the lady not guilty, all twelve believed she should get off scott free for armed robbery, endangering a mans life?
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