Without "L.A. Law" there couldn't have been "Boston Legal" and "The Good Wife."
On Abovethelaw.com, Kathryn Rubino brings us down memory lane. Here you can read all about it.
Thanks to "L.A. Law," practicing law became the stage for the play-out of complicated but cool lifestyles and fascinating relationships. No one over-50 will ever forget womanizer Arnie Becker or the youthful Michael Kuzak and Grace Van Owen.
Over was the straight-arrow Perry Mason type.
And by that time in American history, we got it that Atticus Finch should have been more cunning, less a man of integrity. After all, he lost the big case. Old-fashioned character, the kind David Brooks writes about, was positioned and packaged as being naïve.
The door was open for the flawed Denny Crane and corrupt Will Gardner.
Alicia Florrick had so many personas that the big question became: Was she always Machiavellian or did hurt create that kind of player. And, Saul Goodman - that profile is a perfect depiction of the current struggling lawyer.
So, in real life, we can accept that successful law firms and lawyers might not be all sweetness and light. On Abovethelaw, lawyer-journalist has made his signature digging for the dirt about BigLaw's Jones Day. Here is a recent example. As I have hammered before, there's a book on Jones Day which Patrice should write.
The next major legal drama for the small screen will have to go beyond Gardner, who was mowed down in court by a client. Some of the cast will be authentic bad guys.
But we will somehow be forced to have compassion for them. The ethos of "Criminal Minds" will dominate. And that's this: All of us are troubled, only in different ways. Those bits of darkness and acceptance of them by the other members of the elite FBI team are what keeps that show going. It's in its 12th season. "L.A. Law," as Rubino informs us, only made it through eight.
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