i'm a sucker for a good legal drama. it started with LA law back in the 80s, along with the paper chase. then there was ally mcbeal & the practice. never could quite get into boston legal - captain kirk got on my nerves too much.
more recently, i watched most of the second series of the good wife, though the out-of-court drama tended to be more interesting than the actual legal cases. but i loved that there were strong female characters, and loved the character of the indian girl.
so, when i saw a programme called "harry's law" screening on tv1, of course i had to have a look. not having seen any promos, i had no idea what it was about or who "harry" would be. so yes, nice trick for it to be short for harriet, played by kathy bates. on the plus side, it's great to see a drama series with a woman in the lead, and and older woman at that. and good to see the show is dealing with issues around poverty and race.
on the down side, too much preaching and not very realistic. too obviously trying to push the emotional buttons. but what i hated most was the old narrative of white people coming into the neighbourhood to save the black people. i just couldn't get past the colonial set-up of the whole thing. i guess it was good to have the black people as sympathetic characters and "good people", and we even got a black judge.
but seriously, it would have felt a lot better if the male lawyer was black, or even the female lead was black. and they were "saving" some white people for a change. that would be... different. but instead we get the same old same old. and yes, i know the reality is that black people feature much more highly in both poverty and crime stats. but the reasons for that are more structural and historic than anything else.
anyway, i'll try it for a couple more weeks. maybe things will improve. in any case, having strong female characters is a thing that needs to be supported.