Keep Your Eyes Open for Fall Legal TV

“A blog from  Ben Freeland, Communications Coordinator at MCBA”

I personally like starting my Blogs with disclaimers because we are in some way connected to the legal field and it just feels right, so here goes nothing.

Disclaimer: The Monroe County Bar Association does not endorse any of the information that is contained in this post. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Ready, Set, Go….

My favorite season is Fall. Not only do I enjoy the gorgeous colors and picturesque views of Western NY, but I am a sucker for Fall TV. The network creators and decision makers are incredibly intelligent! This time of year people are beginning to slow down with outdoor activity, settle in more and maybe even sit by the fire on a chilly night, contemplating a Florida timeshare, like me.

But what you may not know about Fall television and the constant trends in television is that Law is in! Some of you are thinking to yourselves “Woowhoo!” And others may be thinking “big whoop, we’ve had law shows before.”

But, we have never had this may law shows in one season or within this close timeframe! Gone are the days of J.A.G, L.A Law, Boston Legal and Ally McBeal. While those shows were great, it’s time to find a new Fall favorite.

My go-to list!

  1. The Grinder

This show is beautifully annoying. I cannot quite put my finger on it but it makes me mad and laugh hysterically at the same time. I decided to give it a chance and so far, I like it.

In a nutshell, the show is about two brothers. One of the brothers, played by Fred Savage is an actual lawyer and his brother, played by Rob Lowe is an actor, who made his career by portraying an attorney in a law drama. While Rob Lowe is visiting his family in Idaho, he decides to stay and become an actual lawyer, after getting himself involved in his brother’s actual law cases. The show appears on Fox Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.

  1. My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

This CW series centers on a high-strung overachiever who walks away from a high powered legal career in New York City to chase a high school ex-boyfriend who dumped her years ago. According to the script, she attended both Yale and Harvard but none of that matters anymore! Personally, I think this show looks fun, quirky and very well written. Oh yeah, and it’s a musical comedy, with a showstopping a cast that has some serious Broadway credits. This show appears October 12 crazy-ex-girlfriend

  1. The Good Wife

This show is in its seventh season for a reason. It is an excellent show about a defense attorney, who has to get past all of her personal drama and scandal to rebuild her career.  Julianna Margulies is a room-commanding, diva, who brings the script to life and makes me feel as if I am right there and we are best friends. If you love a show with powerful female leads, you will love this show but first, go back and watch the previous seasons on hulu! This show is on CBS on Sundays at 9:00 p.m.

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      4. Suits

I have not seen this show yet but Mary says it is an excellent show and I tend to listen to Mary. Also, it has been nominated for 6 AVN Awards, won a People’s Choice Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and a few others. Suits is set at a fictional law firm in New York City. The focal point of the show follows talented college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), who initially works as a law associate for Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) despite never actually attending law school. The show focuses on Harvey and Mike managing to close cases while maintaining Mike’s secret. It appears on Wednesday nights on USA and is in the middle of its fifth season, so there is plenty of time to binge! *Plus, one of the stars went to Liz’s college — Hamilton.

  1. How to Get Away With Murder (#HTGAWM)

First off let me tell you that I avoid making plans on Thursday evenings just so that I will not miss any of my Shondaland shows. And although AP Style has not officially adopted the term Shondaland, I am all for referencing it. For those of you that don’t know what that phrase means, it derives from the show creator Shonda Rhimes, who has three television shows back to back on ABC Thursdays. Anyway, HTGAWM is a show about a prominent defense attorney, who also teaches at one of the nation’s best law schools. The classes that she teach are a Criminal Law series called “How to get away with murder 100, 102,” and so on. As a part of her class, she gives five students an internship experience of a lifetime. Along the way, several murders occur and Annalise Keating (Oscar-nominated, Tony-winning actress Viola Davis) is tasked with defending the cases. Many questionable and ethical events happen throughout that make this show my number one (although number five) for fall law TV.

That’s all for this week’s blog. Please check out these shows and feel free to comment on the blog. Let me know your opinions of them too!

-Thanks for stopping by, Ben

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