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Philly

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Season 1
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4.4 out of 5 stars (753) IMDb 7.2/10

Lasting for only one season on ABC, this Steven Bochco-produced legal drama centers on single mother Kathleen Maguire, a partner at a Philadelphia law firm whose ex-husband is the city's assistant district attorney.

Starring:
Kim Delaney, Tom Everett Scott

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Season 1
1. Pilot

Kathleen's partner has a nervous breakdown and she is forced to handle all of her cases, one which includes a suspected thief who turns out to be a murderer.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: September 25, 2001
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2. Porn Again

Kathleen clears Anthony of murder charges but also clears Jerome of theft charges.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 2, 2001
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3. Light My Fire

Kathleen and Danny deal with Patrick's fighting at school while Kathleen uses her father's arrest for another bar fight to help prove her point to Patrick.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 9, 2001
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4. Philly Folly

Kathleen has less than a day to get a motion approved to have a falsely accused client released to attend his mother's funeral.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: October 16, 2001
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5. Tempus Fugitive

Kathleen temporarily harbors an innocent fugitive, which drives Danny to seek retaliation through his power as the district attorney.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: October 23, 2001
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6. Blown Away

A client threatens Kathleen's son to keep her from revealing his plans to kill the one person who could put him away for assault; drug charges against a mobster's daughter hint at a dirty deal within Dan's office; and Will is faced with putting a defendant on the stand knowing that she may lie about her husband's fatal postcoital mishap.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 13, 2001
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7. Prisoner of Love

Kathleen defends a lonely prison guard who is charged with having sex with an inmate.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 20, 2001
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8. Truth or Consequences

Kathleen witnesses a robbery and the assailant turns out to be a client she's defending in another case.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 27, 2001
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9. Loving Sons

Kathleen continues to fight to keep a kid out of an adult rehabilitation facility for the accidental murder of another kid.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: December 4, 2001
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10. Fork You Very Much

Kathleen is forced to defend a rapist whose main evidence can easily be thrown out of court.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: December 11, 2001
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11. Live and Leg Die

Kathleen defends a drug addict falsely accused of killing a cop.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: December 18, 2001
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12. The Curse of the Klopman Diamonds

Will tries to stop a man from serving jail time for a bogus possession charge just to spite his unfaithful rabbi father; Kathleen scores an unusual first date, thanks to her dim diamond-thief client, while another case has her backing up a man intent on serving as his own lawyer.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: January 8, 2002
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13. Ripley, Believe It or Not

A teen on trial for the murder of her mom's abusive lover has Kathleen rethinking the case---and who did the killing; Will's repeat offender makes an insane attempt to avoid jail time by attacking his own lawyer during sentencing; and Judge Ripley decides to lay down the law with one of City Hall's most available attorneys.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: January 15, 2002
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14. Meat Me in Philly

A dying man's confession gives Kathleen what she needs to get a convicted rapist a new trial; Will and Erin clash in court over a wife charged with assaulting her husband with a frozen steak; and a Maguire & Froman client takes a dramatic leap of faith to avoid a certain prison sentence.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: February 5, 2002
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15. Lies of Minelli

Kathleen races to get her wrongfully convicted client a new trial after finding that evidence may have been swept under the rug. Meanwhile, the owner of escort service recruits Maguire & Froman to clear her name in a prostitution case that could ruin her career - and her clients; and Will defends a high-school teacher accused of sexually molesting a student, who may have a darker secret to protect.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: February 26, 2002
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16. Here Comes the Judge

Dan plays dirty after learning that Kathleen will be defending a madam in Ripley's courtroom; Will and Lisa hash out the ins and outs of their affair while trapped in a City Hall elevator; a law student derails his future with an unlawful protest tactic against a professor.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 5, 2002
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17. There's No Business Like No Business

Dan's office plays hardball with Maguire & Froman after Kathleen testifies against a well-connected D.A. who's looking to try a shady case just for the easy win. But it's Will's innocent date-rape client who may pay the price for Kathleen's crusade once Terry is ordered to make sure the kid is sent away.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 12, 2002
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18. Brotherly Love

Ripley comes under fire after Chris Maguire is busted for falsely claiming to have bribed the judge involved with his sister, while Dan sees the whole investigation as a plot to keep him from running for office. Meanwhile, Will puts his life on the line to get firsthand proof that his client has reliable testimony about a wanted killer.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: March 19, 2002
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19. San Diego Padre

Kathleen battles Terry over parental rights while defending a man's efforts to keep his recovering-addict wife away from their son. Meanwhile, Will takes some extreme steps of his own to protect a client from the mobster he's accused of robbing.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 16, 2002
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20. Tall Tales

Kathleen and Erin clash in court over a woman charged with killing her rapist; Will defends a little person who attacked a fellow tabloid talk-show guest; the campaign for district attorney gets ugly as Cabretti goes after the dirt on Dan's abusive past.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: April 23, 2002
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21. Thanks for the Mammaries

A stripper accused of stealing from her club leads Will to the establishment's owner - and the truth about Dan's DA rival; Terry has a hard time with a mercy-killing case that hits too close to home.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: April 23, 2002
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22. Mojo Rising

An obsessed former juror makes life very scary for Judge Ripley; Kathleen refuses to give up on a client on trial for shooting his attacker; and Will pulls a fast one to get his voodoo-spewing client cleared of a fraud charge.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: May 28, 2002
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By E. Karasik on January 20, 2012
I've seen plenty of legal shows and, as a retired attorney, I usually know what about them is credible and what is over the top. What I really love and respect about this series is that, while there is a healthy dose of poetic license, the show really does capture the competing interests in the criminal justice process with nuance and sensitivity. The trial scenes are so well done I wish I had seen some of them to use as inspiration back when I was practicing, and many are so even handed that one feels conflicted about the outcomes. The characters are reasonably well drawn, with balance between the defense lawyers and prosecutors, particularly the three leads. The central character, while a bit too perfect, is a truly appealing and admirable woman role model, and has a lot of great lines. I only wish the criminal justice system were more like this show, but unfortunately such caring, principled and competent lawyers tend to be the exception rather than the rule. It's a shame there aren't more seasons.
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Great cast, good writing and excellent direction. Good Wife meets NYPD Blue (sort of). Strong acting by all performers. I was drawn into this series, having never heard of it and I watched every episode with interest.

It's tough to compete in a field full of court room shows, and I guess that's why it only lasted one season.

The casting of this show, an essential aspect of any TV show, is the best. You will get a crush on Kim Delaney and/or her lawyer partner, but there is very little fluff in this show. The judges in the trials seem to be real people yet they are real "characters." I have nothing but praise for all of the actors and the director.
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Great series, I watched the entire season daily while on my treadmill. I wish there were more seasons of Philly to "binge watch." Even though the season is a few years old, it was still really enjoyable to watch. Great characters who become your "friends" throughout the season. Although it's primarily a drama series, you are treated to some laughs and romance during the season. Thanks Amazon Prime for recommending this series to me and making it available on Prime!!
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Why is there only one season? These are enjoyable characters in a "legal" show. If you are a fan of "Suits" and other legal dramas, you'll notice the same actors in several of these shows, though at not nearly the fast pace of "Suits". This series has likeable and interesting characters, the stories are entertaining, thought provoking, intriguing and interesting. There's also the fun element: some eccentric judges. I only wish there were more seasons of this show.
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Quality television shows produced in the U.S. have been, sadly, rather difficult to come by, especially when compared with some of the excellent shows coming out of Britain and a few other European countries (e.g., Belgium, Scandinavia). Just when I was about to give up hope of ever again seeing a U.S. program that wasn't simplistic, sophomoric, and overly reliant on chases and special effects, I started watching Philly. What a delightful surprise. It has extremely good acting, complex character development, dynamic relationships that don't fall into easy good/bad delineations, scripts that don't resort to profanity every other word.. in other words, it goes for nuance versus "the bat over the head" when inviting the audience into the drama. Kudos to the team who created this!!
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The stories and character development through the series were definitely good entertainment . Kim Delaney and the supporting cast were excellent. Each episode has you looking forward to the next one.
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It would have been a wonderful show if it wasn't that you spend a considerable time watching views of Philadelphia (with no actors of course) to justify that they never stepped foot in that city to shoot the show, very annoying. Other than that, I liked the plots.
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I am really enjoying the series.
I am originally from Philly, so it is kind of interesting seeing some of the background scenes ...

It's nice to see the defense attorney's working for their clients because they really believe in them and not just because "its a job". It will restore your faith or belief in the "system" to actually work the way it is suppose to work.

The interpersonal relationships are great to see. It's not just about the legal system (although it is the basis for the series) but has some healthy relationships between ex's, children, as well as other attorney's (defense and prosecutors) and judges.

I haven't finished Season 1 yet, but I can't wait to see where it goes.
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