Parents' Guide to

Fairly Legal

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Truth, justice, and fairness from a likable female lead.

TV USA Drama 2011
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With spunky mediator Kate Reed, the USA network has added another winner to its growing roster of great characters, joining the likes of unlicensed P.I. Michael Westen (Burn Notice's Jeffrey Donovan) and odd-couple agents Neal Caffrey and Peter Stokes (White Collar's Matthew Bomer and Tim DeKay). For starters, Shahi's take on Reed involves a subtle scoop of Sandra Bullock that, whether intentional or not, makes her an instantly likeable female lead. And, like Bullock, Shahi's also got great comedic timing, which adds zip to the show's lawyerly plots without veering into slapstick.

It's also refreshing to see a show about women in the workplace that doesn't feel like "A Show about Women in the Workplace"; in other words, Kate and Lauren -- who doubles as Kate's boss and the head of a major firm -- just happen to be women who work. Fairly Legal alludes to the challenges they face, including sexism from certain male clients and the fact that, although the women are similar in age, Lauren married Kate's father...not to mention the fact that each takes a completely different approach to the law. But the writers refuse to beat you over the head with the tired cliche that women can't work well together.

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