by Nick Stone of Drawnlines Politics.
You might not guess right off that Harry’s Law would be the kind of show I’d watch. It’s got strong liberal themes and comes across more heart than brain. But I’ll be damned if I’m not hooked.
Harry’s Law, which not surprisingly (from my description above) airs on NBC, is a wickedly funny show about lawyer Harriet Korn who gets fired from her patent law firm and through a series of unfortunate events ends up opening her own practice in abandoned commercial space in an impoverished neighborhood of Cincinnati. Where once there was the remains of a bankrupt shoe store, now there comes a slick liberal law firm. Get the drift? Adios capitalism, hello criminal advocacy.
Harry’s assistant, who just happens to be a shoe-loving blond bombshell, joins Harry at the new firm and they are immediately rounded out by young lawyer Adam Branch. Hood rats stumble in from time to time, mostly to complain about how the new law firm might turn around the neighborhood. Others come in to buy the fancy shoes that locals could hardly afford on their woefully short budgets. Perhaps the writers hope you don’t notice that buying Pradas in the hood usually requires a stick-up and/or shipments “falling off of a truck.”
In the first two episodes, the series has glorified manipulation of law to benefit supposedly underprivileged factions from the ghetto. It’s what liberals would call “leveling the playing field.” Too cute by half, right? Adam has made a complete mockery of court room decorum, advocated for Communist child-rearing limits, and cleaned up behind a gunman for hire. Harry herself has manipulated a jury into weaseling a drug addict out of serving his mandatory minimum. She did the same for an old lady that robbed a store owner at gun point, and more than suggested that her client should flee the state rather than face a jury verdict.
Despite these criticisms, I give kudos to NBC for an excellent show.
Harry’s Law is a well-written, hysterical series that just happens to have a clearly liberal spin on our culture. Kathy Bates continues to deliver award-worthy performances, supported by a fantastic cast. When you watch (and I hope you do), you’ll find yourself saying “good point” to great bleeding heart repartee. Just remember to listen to your brain over your heart when you do tune in. After all, that’s how the law works outside of the NBC studios.