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Canterbury engages in lots of self-destructive behavior to cope with her son's disappearance. She's committed to her clients, but her legal practices are sometimes unethical; the series often justifies these choices/actions as moral. Infidelity is a strong theme. The cast is primarily Caucasian; one principal character is African-American.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent discussions of violent behavior, including murder. Canterbury gets punched in the face, resulting in a split lip. Her son Sam was kidnapped and has never been found.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Strong sexual innuendo. Characters kiss/make out, and Canterbury is occasionally shown in bed with her lover. Canterbury purposely wears low necklines and short skirts to sway juries. Discussions of topics like teen sex.
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Language includes words like "hell," "ass," "damn," and "bitch."
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Products & Purchases
Canterbury's Porsche is consistently highlighted, but the actual brand name is rarely seen. Occasional visual and verbal references to various prestigious law schools, like Georgetown and Harvard.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Visible consumption of alcohol, including wine, vodka, and other hard liquor. Canterbury frequently drinks and often becomes intoxicated.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mature legal drama isn't intended for kids. The main character is a talented but flawed defense attorney who will do whatever it takes to defend her clients, even break the law. The show blurs the lines between right and wrong by presenting some of her iffy actions as being morally justified. She also engages in some self-destructive behavior -- like drinking heavily and having an affair -- in order to cope with the loss of her kidnapped son. There's lots of drinking and some strong language ("ass," "bitch"), as well as descriptions of sexual and violent behavior, including the murder of a child.
Is It Any Good?
Unlike notable legal dramas such as Law & Order and The Practice, this series focuses less on complex legal issues and criminal justice procedures than on Canterbury's inability to cope with her own reality. While she's clearly grieving for her son, her self-destructive behavior -- like cheating on husband Matt Furley (Aidan Quinn) -- makes it hard to empathize with her. Worse, when confronted with a seemingly unwinnable case, she goes from pushing boundaries to crossing some ethical -- and even legal -- lines to help her client. Although the show attempts to justify her actions as moral, they dilute whatever talent or authority she has in the courtroom.
Unfortunately, focusing on Canterbury's flaws isn't enough to make this very grown-up series memorable. There are few surprising or climactic moments to make it exciting, and it lacks any kind of wittiness to make it fun to watch.
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