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Fairly Legal 2 Seasons 2011

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (102) IMDb 7.4/10

"Fairly Legal" centers on Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi), a top litigator frustrated with the endless bureaucracy and daily injustices of the system, who takes a hard left to become the ultimate anti-lawyer: a mediator. After the sudden death of her father, she finds herself at odds with the new boss, her stepmother Lauren Reed (Virginia Williams)...and in bed with her soon-to-be ex-husband, Justin Patrick (Michael Trucco), a top gun in the DA's office. Helping her keep all of this chaos at bay is her trusted, geek-chic assistant Leonardo (Baron Vaughn).

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Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco

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1. Fairly Legal - Pilot

After the sudden death of her father, San Francisco mediator Kate Reed must work with her stepmother -- who's the same age -- to keep his firm alive by resolving a dispute between a clothing magnate and his son, who's due to inherit the business, and hiding a dark personal secret which could ruin an innocent boy's life.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 1 hour, 4 minutes Release date: January 20, 2011
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2. Priceless

Kate mediates a settlement between the State of California and Steve Jenks, a wrongfully convicted man who spent 22 years in prison.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: January 27, 2011
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3. Benched

Kate's nemesis Judge Nicastro assigns her to mediate a case between a high school football coach and the angry parents who claim his old school methods border on abuse.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 40 minutes Release date: February 3, 2011
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4. Bo Me Once

While mediating a dispute between the star of the cooking show "Burnin' with Bo" and the company releasing his barbecue sauce, Kate discovers that Bo's assistant Beth is actually the brains behind the business - and that Bo's holding her up for a bigger piece of the profits.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: February 10, 2011
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5. The Two Richards

Kate mediates the settlement between an insurance company and a man who was hit by a truck, only to find the real conflict is between the man and his wife, who claims the husband she knew never came back from the accident.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: February 17, 2011
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6. Believers

The exasperated young inventor of a revolutionary new device, Marcus, threatens to jump to his death when John, his employer and the rights holder to Marcus' invention, asks Kate to mediate his firing.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: February 24, 2011
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7. Coming Home

A big client of Reed & Reed's asks Kate to mediate a simple financial matter -- which quickly morphs into a case of identity theft before escalating to an immigration issue where Kate must defend a brave soldier against a rigid Homeland Security prosecutor.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: March 3, 2011
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8. Ultravinyl

Paul Shelton, lead singer of the 1990s one-hit-wonder band, Ultravinyl, seeks Kate's help to cash in on a lucrative offer for use of their song in a commercial.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: March 10, 2011
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9. My Best Friend's Prenup

Kate's best friend Julie comes to Reed & Reed for a standard prenuptial agreement. But her father - a Tae Kwan Do master - has deep suspicions of his future son-in-law.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: March 17, 2011
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10. Bridges

One day in the life of Kate: prevent an international incident at the Croatian Embassy and mediate between two litigious brothers before her nemesis, Judge Nicastro, throws her in jail -- all while bracing herself for the possibility of some major personal changes.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: March 24, 2011
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Bonus: Fairly Legal - Sneak Peek

Get a behind the scenes preview of the new drama Fairly Legal.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 6 minutes Release date: January 10, 2011
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Season 1 of FAIRLY LEGAL consists of 10 episodes, each about 41 minutes long, on 3 DVDs. It's a lightweight dramedy set in San Francisco, focusing on the adventures of Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi). Kate is the daughter of a superstar lawyer, Teddy Reed, who passed away just before story begins. A former lawyer herself, Kate is now a mediator, living on her dad's boat and operating out of his high-class firm, Reed & Reed, which is managed by her icy step-mother, who's only a few years older than she is. The other key players are Kate's ex-husband, Justin, an assistant DA, with whom she still enjoys friendship and hook-ups, and Leo, her witty, African-American assistant with a love of 'nerdy' hobbies (e.g. video games, D&D, graphic novels). In most episodes, Kate tries to mediate a couple of challenging/unusual cases while also trying to solve the season-long mystery of her father's will, specifically: why did he leave a share of his estate to a person no one knows?

FAIRLY LEGAL is sleek, painless, and pretty forgettable. It's open to a bunch a snarky criticisms, from there being about 6 decent episodes stretched over 10 slots, to the rather stereotypical 'funny' black sidekick, to the awfully out-of-place end credits song. That said, it's a pleasant diversion, thanks to the absolutely stunning, unchained demi-goddess of spunk that is Kate/Sarah. She's simply a delight to watch (though the writers should give her some personality traits beyond spunky and stubborn in future seasons). Recommended as a Netflix rental or discount purchase. 3-1/2 stars.
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Saw this pilot on Amazon Unbox and loved it. I'll be watching the show on TV now. It is a skillful combination of funny and serious scenes, with the indomitable and endlessly busy Sarah Shahi as Kate demonstrating how to be a mediator in even the most trying situations. The show would be worth watching just to learn how to mediate skillfully, but Kate is so much more than a mediator, and her on-again/off-again relationship with her ex-husband adds interest. The show moves quickly, and its variety of situations and characters keeps it fresh every minute. Recommend.
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2 seasons, really? It started a little shaky but there was enough there to keep a person interested. Then, season 2, around the 3rd or 4th episode it really hit it's stride and was a 'can't wait for the next episode' show. Naturally, as soon as it was addictive the network cut off the flow. Networks need to learn that when they cut off their addicted viewers they go through some horrible withdrawals. Such unpleasant experiences results in... "never again". I've blocked that network from my tv. If they have a hit show that lasts for more than 3 seasons and get good reviews even of its conclusion I'll watch it in the secondary market... Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, etc.

THE SHOW... possibly the most beautiful actress alive, Sarah Shahi plays a "negotiator" Kate at a law firm. A lawyer who has sworn off "law" per se. The show has plenty of tension and drama going on with her partner at Reed and Reed... her stepmother (after her father has died), an ex-husband that is an off and on sexual or love/hate interest, who is also in conflict with her as the prosecutor who routinely is a challenge to her professional life. Kate also has a love hate relationship with a despicable 3rd partner who Kate also has mixed relationship type feelings. Apparently a true Mr. Darcy but you'll never know because this network sucks. All this while each show has the additional drama of Kate trying to negotiate and 'solve' seemingly impossible conflicts where a trial is trying to be avoided. It would still be pretty fun to watch but keep in mind as soon as you really really love this show... it abruptly ends, cancelled, without anything near a conclusion.
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Yet another USA series that didn't survive. At least this one made it into two seasons. It is quite different from other "legal" shows out there, in someway reminds me of Outlaw. She is not lawyer, in fact she "hates lawyers", she is a mediator, trying to get people to work out their differences out of court. Her assistant Leonardo adds the needed comic relief during these sometime heavy episodes. I think Season 2 was a lot better, but I haven't had chance to re-watch season 1 yet,
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The partner of Charlie Crews (Damian Lewis) on one of the better network shows is recent memory, "Life". For a good portion of "Life" the writters seemed to intentionally cloak Sarah Shahi's mind numbing hotness, Not so in "Fairly Legal."

Kate, is a part owner in a law firm founded my her deceased father , she is forced to work with her step mother (also, a lawyer) with whom she has a contentious relationship. Furthermore, she seems to have a disdain for lawyers in general. She is also separated pending divorce from her husband, who is also a lawyer, albeit as an Assistant District Attorney.

Kate (Sarah) can be summed up based on her strong preferences:

1. Mediation over trials
2. Short skirts, tight blouses and heels
3. The occasional booty call with here soon to be ex-husband

This show is not incredibly thought provoking (with the possible exception of the tag line "win-win"). What you do get is a generally well scripted quasi-comedy and as important, the opportunity to lust over the raven haired, short skirted, tight blouse and heel wearing Sarah Shahi. I can think of worse ways to kill +-45-minutes a week.
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