TV Review - Harry's Law ("Pilot")

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Airs: Mondays at 10/9c on NBC
Genre: Legal dramedy
The Set-Up: Irascible patent lawyer Harriet Korn (Kathy Bates) is fired from her job and opens up her own boutique firm/shoe store with some other misfit lawyers.  From creator David E. Kelley.
The Good: The first ten minutes aren't terrible - forced, sure, but quirky and unconventional.  Harriet has a man fall on her and then gets hit by a car.  
The Bad: It's all downhill from there.  I thought Kelley (Boston Legal, Ally McBeal) knew how to write a legal show.  The two cases in the pilot, and the lawyer's arguments are wholly unbelievable and manipulative - nothing more than political pandering.  The supporting cast is annoying - seriously, between this and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, I never want to see Nate Corddry on my TV ever again.  The guy is comedy poison.  Why does Harry's firm also operate as a shoe store?  Stupid!  Misfit lawyers are the worst.
The Verdict: Avoid at all costs.  This is a flaming pile of dung - rivals Jimmy Smits' already-cancelled Outlaw as the worst television show of the 2010-11 season.  Kathy Bates deserves better.  * out of 5 stars.

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  • Obviously you have never watched a David E. Kelley show before. That's all Boston Legal was Alan Shore making political speeches. The same for Picket Fences. That's DEK's M.O.

  • I'll admit I've never seen much of Boston Legal, but I've seen almost all of Ally McBeal, and I think what separates those two from the Harry's Law misfire, is that the courtroom scenes always had a cheeky tone on Ally and Boston. Harry was striving for dead seriousness. It was just too much to bear. If that's DEK's MO, he'll have to get a new MO because it's not working anymore.

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