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By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Atypical legal drama's diverse cast bolsters tepid plot.

TV CBS Drama 2017
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As legal dramas go, this one is a bit of an anomaly, following a single case over all its episodes and including a forbidden lawyer-client relationship. Doubt is compelling in parts and humorous in fleeting moments, and there's always much intrigue surrounding Billy's past and whether he's really telling Sadie the truth about the case.

In an attempt to not belabor the dominant storyline too much, Sadie's law partners' lives and careers are introduced in increments to keep the content fresh. Some are more interesting than others, but most raise ethical issues that don't have simple answers and encourage viewers to ponder their own feelings on the subjects. Altogether, though, this makes for a somewhat jumbled plot that's not entirely fluid to watch. Perhaps the most notable character is Cameron Wirth, a transgender woman and hardworking lawyer (played by Laverne Cox), whose presence marks a significant network-TV first.

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