Thursday, February 3, 2011

I keep meaning to ask …

are any of you watching the new show on NBC called Harry's Law?

I don't watch much 'regular' television. When my husband worked out of town I had a few faves I'd never miss (Biggest Loser, Nip/Tuck), and I love live sports (that's my reality TV), but now that he's retired and taken control of the remote, we watch a lot of MSNBC.

A. Lot.

He's a left-leaning news junkie, and MSNBC meets his needs. It meets mine, too, mostly as non-annoying background noise to accompany my knitting. Heh.

Anyway, back to Harry. My husband was intrigued by the teaser commercials prior to the premier January 16. We decided to give it a try. I was visiting my daughter in Tennessee then, and got to watch it at 9 p.m. Love the Central time zone!

I liked it a lot, he was so-so about it, but gave it another chance. We've watched all three episodes now, and are enjoying the quirky characters and interesting story lines very much. It's not real; you have to have a willing suspension of disbelief. I mean, what law office have you ever been in that also sells ladies' footwear?  

Harry is Harriet (played by Kathy Bates), a former patent lawyer who strikes out on her own. Her mostly silent assistant (who speaks volumes with her facial expressions!) is played by Brittany Snow, who was the lead in the short-lived and much-loved American Dreams.

All in all, I give it a 9 out of 10. The music is good but you can't really dance to it. But you can knit to it just fine! And that's what I need in good television programming.


gingersnapper said...

I saw part of what was probably the second episode, and liked what I saw but wasn't blown away. It's early to form an opinion, but my off-the-cuff reaction is that Bates is too large an actor for television: she comes off a little theatrical, not in a believable way. But most shows take 2 or 3 episodes to get rolling, so I'd definitely try it again.

denise said...

I watched the first episode and have the next 2 on the DVR. I liked it a lot and plan to watch it regularly.

As you say, it's not believable, but it's still fun to watch. The first episode felt a little manic as they tried to set the stage for the characters, but I am hoping it will settle down to a fast-but-not-over-done pace as the characters start becoming more whole now that the base story is there.

I have plans to catch up on Harry's Law and a few other favorites - Good Wife and Modern Family among them - this weekend.