I’ve been very pleased with the shows USA Network has put out in recent years. I was a big fan of Monk, and I love Psych, as well as Burn Notice and White Collar. I was impressed with the first season of Covert Affairs, and In Plain Sight has proved to be an engaging drama centered (as most USA shows tend to be) a deeply human, and deeply flawed, central character.
USA’s latest, Fairly Legal, revolves around a lawyer turned mediator (played by the lovely and charming Sarah Shahi) who works for the law firm started by her late father and now run by her step-mother (Virginia Williams).
The show’s Pilot episode shows promise, if at times it appears a little unfocused. Aside from working two complicated cases Kate (Shahi) also negotiates an armed robbery, has several confrontations with her step-mother and ex-husband (Michael Trucco), blackmails her own client, and deals with the pain of losing her father. That’s quite a bit for a single episode, but everything turns out well enough in the end.
It’s too early to say whether or not USA has another winner on its hands, but this first taste is definitely enough to make me stick around to find out.