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.

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


What do you think? Do you like the Fairly Legal TV series? Are you sorry to hear that it’s been cancelled and that there won’t be a third season?

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  1. Anonymous says

    I really looked forward every week to watch this show. It was a big shock that it did not return the next season. Why USA? Is there any way you may change your mind and bring it back?? great shows like this are truly missed.

  2. Sandy says

    Unreal another amazing show cancelled. At least netflix gives them another life. You would like networks like USA would actually troll nexflix reviews looking for shows to revive… I know this was a USA show. USA rarely makes this big of a mistake.

  3. Jana says

    I have to say I’m a little pissed off they didn’t leave things on a better note. It didn’t seem like that was a series finale. They left everyone questioning and wanting more. It’s not fair. I LOVE THAT SHOW.

  4. Otto says

    Got to thinking about this show, wondering what had happened, now it was canceled, not very wise from the producers nor the network. Such an engaging show, of everything I have watched, this was the one that I looked forward to.

  5. Paula says

    Very disappointed this show has been cancelled. Been waiting for its return, looked on line to find USA cancelled it. BIG MISTAKE…..

  6. Anonymous says

    Absolutely loved the show fairly-legal, there was a special feeling about the show, god no murders, no blood and guts, no foul language, you know what they say good things come to an end and this is true with this show at least we had 2 years, even though channel 7 here in New South Wales, Australia showed it at 11.30 on sunday nights,

  7. Todd DiNezza says

    Canceling the TV show “Fairly Legal” onUSA Network was a HUGE mistake!!! This is a great TV show like “White Collar” & “Covert Affairs” broadcast by the USA Network. Like both of these 2 shows, it has a great cast, smart & clever script writing with fantastic locale scenery/cinematography that is sorely lacking on most network TV shows in recent years!!!

    To the USA Network execs in charge, please reconsider & bring this show back as a mid season replacement after a brief hiatus. I would recommend a Tuesday or Wednesday 9:00 PM time slot, when White Collar & Covert Affairs are not running or just afterwards since it appeals to the same core audience. I am also willing to bet that this & those shows all appeal to the same marketing demagraphic of middle class “yuppies” with interests in the same consumer products (ie. Ford Motor Co., Best Buy, Target, Apple, Inc.., HP, Staples, etc.) that would appeal to these same TV sponsors. I just think that you need to re-examine that marketing data & scratch beneath the surface a little deeper. This show seems to be a sort of modern day version of “LA Law” albeit in a San Francisco setting with a great cast that similarly deals with current news & legal issues. It is a great formula for success for capturing an educated TV audience that wants more from its networks. USA Network has been very successful in filling that TV void by producing higher quality TV shows in recent years on cable TV. All too often, TV networks do not allow sufficient enough time for a TV show to develop a core audience (especially when they air during late Summer when most people are away on Vacation)! That is probably the case with this show too. I bet it would succeed if brought back in Feb. 2014 when people are more apt to be at home riding out the dead of winter & dying for a smart & clever TV show as opposed to the poor quality being shown & offered by the regular broadcast networks. In addition, the beautiful SF scenery shown on “Fairly Legal” will have the audience looking forward to Spring (much like White Collar does when it airs the second half of its season at that time). That is why I think these two shows would work great if linked together on the USA Network TV schedule as well. PLEASE READ THIS COMMENT & RECONSIDER this request. Thank You!

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