Fairly Legal (2011–2012)
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While mediating a case regarding two women who were fired for their sexual orientation, Kate stumbles on evidence of a cover-up and enlists the help of Ben and Lauren to get to the bottom of a dirty land deal.


Anton Cropper


Michael Sardo (creator), Peter Ocko




Episode cast overview:
Sarah Shahi ... Kate Reed
Michael Trucco ... Justin Patrick
Virginia Williams ... Lauren Reed
Ryan Johnson ... Ben Grogan
Baron Vaughn ... Leonardo Prince
Lloyd Owen ... Robin Archer
Lindy Booth ... Rachel
Ted Atherton ... Jerry Blankstein
Rebecca Staab
Esai Morales ... D.A. Aaron Davidson
Linnea Sharples ... Nora
Alison Araya ... Lewers
Eric Breker ... Moby
Darren Dolynski ... Tony
Lucia Walters ... Emily


While mediating a case regarding two women who were fired for their sexual orientation, Kate stumbles on evidence of a cover-up. Kate and one of the women, a news researcher, begin to dig deeper and enlist the help of Ben and Lauren to get to the bottom of a dirty land deal involving a company called Selex, D.A. Davidson, and Robin Archer. Lauren is asked by the FBI to spy on Robin Archer. She agrees, but reconsiders as her feelings for Archer deepen and he appears to make changes to win her back. Kate and Justin agree to move in together and begin hunting for an apartment which forces Kate to face her reservations about her relationship with Justin. Kate moves into her new apartment and is shocked when she meets her new neighbor. Written by aim319

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Comedy | Drama




Release Date:

15 June 2012 (USA) See more »

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D.A. Aaron Davidson: [to Kate] If you think I broke any rules, why don't you get your established, blue-chip firm of Bitch & Bitch to come after me? Huh? You can call your ex-husband to the stand as an expert witness. He's gonna need a job.
Ben Grogan: [coming up] Yeah, she doesn't work for Bitch & Bitch anymore, it's Bitch, Bitch & Jackass now.
Kate Reed: I've taken you once, Aaron.
Kate Reed: I'll take you again.
[he goes off]
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1 June 2013 | by kolsSee all my reviews

When Fairly Legal first premiered I saw it as entertaining piece of fluff with an interesting premise, an attractive, engaging cast and writers who seemed to understand the first rule of Fantasy: Happy Endings.

It has yet to disappoint, mainly, within those parameters but things did begin to change a little. For example the addition of Ben - I couldn't figure out why they needed him - and the occasional 'intrusion' of Kate's darker, more serious side. Being in Fluff Expectational Mode, I wasn't too sure I approved.

Then, a few weeks ago, while watching Person of Interest, one of the characters looked really, really familiar: Samantha Shaw, AKA Sarah Shahi, Aka Kate Reed. I was floored; Samantha and Kate were night and day to the point of being barely recognizable as Sara Shahi as both, a realization that knocked me out of FEM as far as Fairly Legal was concerned.

I'd recorded and kept 14 episodes of FL so I took another look and, suddenly, those changes made a hell of a lot more sense. Funny how seeing a journeywoman perform as a Master can change your perspective and those elements, light fluff and serious exposition, now seemed organic, adding depth to all of the characters and stories.

Finale is a perfect example of that blending - again, when I first saw it, being in FEM, it struck me as discordant. Out of FEM, it comes across as a perfect example of that blending. What I'd feared was a slow drift towards Soap-Opera-y-ness was now a positive evolution, strengthening both characters and scripts.

All because a chance piece of casting (Samantha Shaw) revealed that Sarah Shahi is a hell of an actress.

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