Fairly Legal: Season 1 (2011)

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Fairly Legal is fairly adequate -- featuring a peppy star in Sarah Shahi and a likable ensemble, but lacking the pungent wit or inventiveness to elevate it above an easygoing procedural.

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Air date: Jan 20, 2011

Lawyer-turned-mediator Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi) tries to save her recently deceased father's firm in the premiere of this series following Kate's attempts to solve others' problems, as well as her own. The firm's fate rests on the resolution of a dispute between a clothing magnate and his son, who's set to inherit his father's business.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2011

Kate oversees a settlement between the state and a falsely convicted man (Paul Schulze) who spent 22 years in jail. Though finally free, the man is unable to move forward due to the pain of his past.

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Air date: Feb 3, 2011

A high-school-football coach comes under fire for his old-school methods by a student's parents. But Kate, who's been assigned the case by her nemesis Judge Nicastro (Gerald McRaney), senses there's more behind the coach's motives than he's letting on.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2011

A cooking-show star (Eddie McClintock) clashes with the company that's releasing his barbecue sauce, but Sarah discovers that the chef's assistant (Camille Sullivan) is the true talent behind the operation. The situation becomes more complicated when a person from the assistant's past also wants a piece of the pie.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2011

A man who was hit by a truck seeks a settlement with an insurance company. But the man's wife has her own grievance: she claims her husband was forever changed after the accident.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2011

Kate mediates the firing of a young inventor (Devon Gummersall), whose boss holds the rights to his revolutionary device. The inventor threatens to kill himself and steals the device, leaving Kate with a complicated situation to diffuse.

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Air date: Mar 3, 2011

A simple financial matter escalates into identity theft and an immigration issue.

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Air date: Mar 10, 2011

A singer (Chris Vance) asks Kate for help convincing his former bandmates to allow their song to be used in a commercial. When negotiations stall, the client must reveal his real motives.

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Air date: Mar 17, 2011

Kate's best friend comes to Reed & Reed for a prenuptial agreement.

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Air date: Mar 24, 2011

In the Season 1 finale, Kate has a lot on her plate as she tries to prevent trouble at the Croatian embassy and settle a dispute between two brothers. Adding to her load are threats from Judge Nicastro and looming personal changes.

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Tv Season Info

Season one follows a former lawyer, Kate (Sarah Shahi), who works as a mediator to help solve others' problems while also attempting to tackle her own at the same time. Highlights include: A singer (Chris Vance) needs Kate's help, and her engaged friend (Brittany Ishibashi) makes preparations for a prenup.

Critic Reviews for Fairly Legal Season 1

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (14)

It doesn't need much more than Sarah Shahi, who becomes the center of pretty much every scene.

Jan 20, 2011 | Full Review…

USA's Fairly Legal is fairly good.

Jan 20, 2011 | Full Review…

Fairly Legal in a sense is Shahi's coming out party as an actress capable of toting the load. Not that USA requires any unduly heavy lifting.

Jan 20, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

A dazzler - snappy pace, majestic sets, shrewd plotting and a heroine on the side of the angels.

Jan 20, 2011 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Kate's bamboozling of others grows a little wearisome after the first four episodes, and the show could have used some fresh twists. Nevertheless, "Fairly Legal" is above just-fair and enjoyable viewing for its sharp characterizations.

Jun 16, 2020 | Full Review…

Fairly Legal is above just-fair and enjoyable viewing for its sharp characterizations.

Jan 20, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's a better show for what it's trying to say than for what it actually does, but it's a pleasantly diverting hour of programming all the same.

Jun 16, 2020 | Full Review…

There are few shows that hook me on the pilot episode, but Fairly Legal may be one of them. For me, the trick is to combine great characters with an interesting premise that will make me want to come back for more. I think Fairly Legal has done that.

Jun 16, 2020 | Rating: 4.2/5 | Full Review…

With spunky mediator Kate Reed, the USA network has added another winner to its growing roster of great characters.

Jun 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Did I mention the show was fun? Just not particularly gripping or unique.

Jan 20, 2011 | Full Review…

It's refreshing to get a legal dramedy coming from the mediator perspective.

Jan 20, 2011 | Full Review…

Kate is a typical USA Network protagonist, and Fairly Legal a typical USA show.

Jan 20, 2011 | Rating: 4/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fairly Legal: Season 1

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