I would love to say that I’ve always been a huge David E. Kelley fan. The truth is – I didn’t know who he was until I stumbled across a little show called ‘Boston Legal.’ It had heart. It had humor. I was hooked.
So when I first heard about Harry’s Law (NBC), considering it was a David E. Kelley offering, I thought I would’ve been more excited. But I wasn’t. It looked serious. It had Kathy Bates. It looked, dare I say it – boring.
It wasn’t until I was stuck on an airplane with nothing else to do for eight hours that I finally watched the pilot. It had all the ingredients ‘Boston’ had: heart, humor, eccentric characters, and thought-provoking cases. I was hooked. The first two episodes of ‘Harry’s Law’ have to be two of the best written episodes of Kelley’s career to date.
I cannot recommend this show enough. Kathy Bates is a standout as Harriet, a patent lawyer who makes the transition into criminal law after a mid life crisis. Bates does a fine job of balancing Harriet’s rough exterior against a simmering vulnerability and a teddy-bear like softness. And she doesn’t stand alone. A great supporting cast full of unique and interesting characters are also present.
In the end ‘Harry’s Law’ succeeds on two levels: great writing and great acting. It sounds so simple and yet so many shows fail to miss the mark on either one of both of these areas. And just to add a little extra, Kelley even adds a little intelligence in there for us too and opens up all kind of debates and discussions (Episode 3 will have you asking whether there might just be something to China’s One Child policy).
If you like humor, heart, and though-provoking content – this show is for you!