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Fairly Legal

Fairly Legal TV series on USANetwork: USA Network
Episodes: 23 (hour)
Seasons: Two

TV show dates: January 20, 2011 — June 15, 2012
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams, Baron Vaughn, and Ryan Johnson.

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TV show description:
Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi) is a firm believer that justice can always be found — even if it’s not always in the courtroom. Once a lawyer at her family’s esteemed San Francisco firm, Kate’s frustration with the legal system led her to a new career as a mediator.

Now a partner in the law firm founded by her late father, Kate is smart, passionate, and an expert in the art of alternative dispute resolution. Unfortunately, Kate clashes constantly with her partners at Reed & Reed, particularly her steely stepmother Lauren and ambitious up-and-coming attorney Ben.

Though decades younger than her late husband, Teddy Reed, attorney Lauren Reed (Virginia Williams) was no trophy wife. Now that Teddy’s passing has left her the managing partner of Reed & Reed, she’s the one holding the reigns at the respected firm — much to her defiant stepdaughter Kate’s chagrin-and she’ll do whatever it takes to keep Reed & Reed afloat. And though often the meticulous, tightly-wound, and sometimes chilly yin to Kate’s freewheeling yang, Lauren is slowly beginning to find her footing at the firm and prove that there’s a lot more to her than a sleek chignon and a steely gaze.

Money-hungry and a fixture on San Francisco bus ads, flashy up-and-coming lawyer Ben Grogan (Ryan Johnson) is the newest addition to Reed & Reed. After Ben made Lauren an offer she couldn’t refuse, Kate finds herself with a new partner — one who seemingly has no shame, no scruples, and no mute button. Ben’s cash and client list might be the only thing that can save Reed & Reed.

Luckily for Kate, she’s got a resourceful assistant at the office to back her up. Leonardo “Leo” Prince (Baron Vaughn) is unflappable and has the uncanny ability to anticipate Kate’s needs. Dedicated to his harried boss and supportive of her at-times unconventional methods, Leo believes in his work and is proud to help Kate make the world a better place.

Kate’s personal life is no less complicated than her professional one, thanks to an on-again, off-again relationship with ex-husband Justin.

An Assistant District Attorney for the City of San Francisco, Justin Patrick (Michael Trucco) sees the world-and the law-in black and white. His considerable faith in the legal system is a viewpoint completely different from Kate’s. This conflict results in regular bouts of philosophical warfare between the two. Justin’s principles are not as endearing to his less scrupulous boss, the San Francisco D.A., but no amount of pressure will stop Justin from standing up for what he believes in.

Series Finale

Episode 23 — Finale
When Kate handles a mediation between the RTN news network and two former employees who claim they were fired because of their sexual orientation, she discovers that the network may have in fact fired them to cover up a story one of the women was investigating. Which begs the question: who is RTN trying to protect?

Kate, Ben and the RTN researcher, Rachel, start digging into the story, a dirty real estate deal between the city and a developer called Selex, and make a very surprising discovery: Aaron Davidson, Justin’s shady boss and opponent in the District Attorney race, was somehow involved.

But in order to take Davidson down, they’re going to need real proof. As it happens, there is someone who can get them the records they need from Selex: Robin Archer. Although he agrees to help in an attempt to woo Lauren back, Kate can tell he’s hiding something. And when Lauren gets a visit from the FBI, it becomes clear that Kate’s not the only one wondering what’s really going on with the mysterious billionaire.

As for what’s going on with Kate’s love life, that’s just as murky. Justin is ready to take their rekindled relationship to the next level, but with Kate’s doubts mounting and Ben still waiting in the wings, her romantic future may be more uncertain than ever.
First aired: June 15, 2012


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{ 75 comments… read them below or add one }

Heidi November 27, 2012 at 2:37 pm

I am really sad that there is not another season. I have loking forward to seeing what happens next. Please bring it backs


Monika November 25, 2012 at 4:07 am

I’m so sad to hear it has been cancelled! Loved the show. It was by far the best. Want to see more. BRING IT BACK, PLEASE! Wish I could do more.


Fentrice November 24, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Plz being it back


pam November 22, 2012 at 1:42 pm

This show is so much better than some that are on now please please bring it back!


Menyoun November 20, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Bring the show back…it was so was so nice to watch something for entertainment and humor….please bring it back!


Michael T. November 18, 2012 at 1:35 am

this show should have been paired with covert Affairs from the get go. two shows about strong women would have been a better match and viewers from covert affairs would have stuck around for Fairly Legal.


Amy November 18, 2012 at 12:04 am

I am extremely saddened that this show will not be back on the air!!
After making us all wait almost an entire year to see the conclusion of the first season; I was very excited about the next season.
I thought the cast was excellent and I really wish they would have saved this from the chopping block!
Please bring it back.


Mela November 15, 2012 at 7:24 pm

BUMMER!!! My favorite show…. :(
Really was looking forward to what was gonna happen with Kate’s love life….Now I will never know….boo hoo.. :( :( :( Please don’t leave us hanging……..that’s not fair!


Kat November 14, 2012 at 8:24 pm

My husband and I love Fairly Legal, and are so sorry to hear it won’t be back.Love the characters …….Please keep this great show on the air!!!!!


Alma Rauda November 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm

Why? This was an awesome show.


M October 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Don’t cancel this show…please renew it for another season!!! from Italy…with love. :-)


Carla Steele October 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm

i love this show, please dont cancel it!


Caron B October 3, 2012 at 9:33 pm

It never occurred to me that this show would be canceled I so love it!! Please please come


michelle October 1, 2012 at 10:30 am

Fairly legal is such a refreshing show to watch and the characters interact well with each other. PLEASE BRING ON A SEASON 3 !!!!!


kathy September 30, 2012 at 1:38 pm

please keep this show on. its a refreshing show.


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