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Harrys Law - (S01E08)

Crime . Drama . Comedy

A teenager tends to the victim of a drive-by shooting but finds himself in hot water when the Assistant DA believes he was involved in a cop's death; Harry fights to get a liver transplant for the shooting victim.

Episode Title: In the Ghetto
Airs: 2011-03-7 at 08:00 pm
  • Ed Bark

    An improbably entertaining outing that initially finds Kathy Bates' character reclining at her office desk while smoking pot and bemoaning her fate.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Paige Wiser

    Kelley's trademark whimsy feels awfully forced at this point, and Bates comes across as stiff and depressed (although that could have to do with her injuries).

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    What the show lacks in originality it makes up for in crisp, politically tinged dialogue.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Ginia Bellafante

    Harry's Law is lighthearted sanctimony.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Kathy Bates is just the person to deliver David E. Kelley's tart dialogue, and he surrounds her with enough quirky characters to make this Cincinnati-set spiritual companion to "Boston Legal" a breezy diversion.

    Variety Full Review
  • Ken Tucker

    Odd, but not off-putting.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Lloyd

    For all its flaws, there's something attractively amiable about Harry's Law. A little more grit, a little less speechifying, and a better verdict might yet arrive.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Since we like scrappy underdogs, and Bates has the skill to slide from exasperation to amusement to determination, she just might coax this hybrid into the race.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    When the balance is off, as it is too frequently in Harry's Law, it undermines credibility. Bates is almost capable of making us overlook some of the show's problems.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Bates, who remains a recurring guest on the network's "The Office," brings heart and intelligence to a role that is not nearly so well-defined on the page, proof that casting can elevate any vehicle.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    The pilot's accumulation of cute - oh, for the straightforward simplicity of bowling alley lawyer "Ed" - feels overbearing long before Kelley's courtroom summation turns societal sermon.

    Newsday Full Review
  • James Poniewozik

    Her character, a hard-drinking, pistol-packing liberal with a lot to say about how the legal system is stacked against the average guy, is as outsized a figure as you'd expect, but Bates manages to ground her in reality. But she's surrounded by thinner-than-thin supporting characters: loopy coworkers, arrogant legal adversaries and clients who are the kind of caricatures of Troubled Urban Street Youth that, I guess, are supposed to not be offensive as long as your legal drama is taking their side.

    Time Full Review
  • Alan Sepinwall

    It's a lead performance that's completely at odds with the tone of the rest of the show, and one that makes all the other goofy things even more uncomfortable than usual.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Ellen Gray

    Fans who've stuck with Kelley ("L.A. Law," "Ally McBeal") as his series became more outlandish (and yet repetitive) might enjoy seeing Bates in those inevitable scenes where she sways the court with the power of the writer's convictions. But there's a disconnect between Kelley's whimsy and his rhetoric here that too often leaves the cranky Harriet looking merely foolish.

    Philadelphia Daily News Full Review
  • Cynthia Fuchs

    The show seems aware of the questions raised by this narrative dynamic, but hasn't sorted out a way to do more than note them.

    PopMatters Full Review
  • Aaron Barnhart

    Unfortunately, neither Bates nor Kelley seems to have any heart in this show. Picking up pretty much where he left off with "Boston Legal," Kelley turns the courtroom into Air America.

    Kansas City Star Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    It's all cheap, easy, predictable and not very clever.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    The show's pea-brain sociology is eclipsed only by its Dadaesque conception of courtroom drama.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    Kathy Bates' surly gravity can't prevail over the silliness of this new series. [24 Jan 2010, p.43]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    A show that feels like it's multiple terrible shows in one. It's like he pitched four bad ideas to NBC, and the network decided to pour them all into one hour.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    David E. Kelley hits rock bottom in the derivative courtroom cartoon Harry's Law, which makes last fall's defunct and equally ridiculous Outlaw look as noble as The West Wing.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review

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