Harry's Law Season Premiere Review: Changes Abound!

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The Harry's Law season premiere ("Hosanna Roseanna") marked a triumphant return for the underdog show that many thought wouldn't make it back. If you're like me, you've been waiting months to hang out again with tough-as-nails Harriet Korn.

Harry in Court

However... the show we enjoyed and rooted for back in April underwent several major unexplained changes since we last saw Harriet.

First, there was the new office directly above Harry's shoe store/office. There was no elevator in their office before, so it was a little strange to see her walk in and press a button to be taken to her digs.

Before you say it could have been built, it’s not new; it's clearly as old as the building. But I'm willing to concede that they could have remodeled/expanded the shoe store office and absorbed an elevator from the rest of building, so I'll let this one go.

But I draw the line at the sheer number of no-name extras roaming around in the office when Harry came out on the second floor. There is no reason Harry would suddenly hire dozens of people she hasn't met. Harry said it best when she asked, "Who are all these people?" I want to know the same thing, Harry. How did you go from a struggling team of five to whatever the heck that was? 

That’s when the biggest change landed and Tommy Jefferson walked out of his office. HIS OFFICE?!?

Why does Tommy have an office at Harry's? Oh, Tommy and Harry are sharing an office space, but not practices. Huh? Really? REALLY?! 

Come on! I know Tommy was a fun recurring character last season, but he wouldn't have been my first choice to become a series regular. Actually, I'm not sure he would have even made my list at all. 

At this point, either we have all been sucked into an alternate dimension or David E. Kelley has decided that for the sophomore season he would reshape the show into what he envisioned the show to be originally. I'm going with choice number two.

That being said, I have to give Mr. Kelley credit. He got all the really big shockers over in the first five minutes of the premiere. It was the TV equivalent of pulling off a band aid. With the unexplained changes out of the way, let’s look at the additions that were explained.  

First, there was at least one new lawyer, Cassie Reynolds. I like her. Watching her break the rules to help Bennett get the painting of his daughter back reminded me of something Harry would do; she and Harry are going to get along very well. 

Then there was Ollie Richard, played by Mark Valley. Having watch Valley on the first season of Fringe and then again on Human Target, I think he may be a hunky addition to the show. Where Adam has a tendency to go flying around the room like a sparrow looking for a window out, Ollie strikes me as the cool and collected type.

Then you have Jean Smart and Alfred Molina, set for multiple episodes as the Eric Sanders' case takes center stage. Did anyone know that Smart could play a despicable bitch so well? I wanted to slap her so many times my wife threatened to turn it into a drinking game.

She is going to make a very good adversary indeed. Of course, Molina is always amazing, so any screen time he gets is going to be golden. I swear I could just listen to him read a grocery list and I would be mesmerized by it. 

As announced during the summer, Jenna and Malcolm aren't returning as series regulars. While sad, their story was awkward and clunky at the best of times, so I'm fine with them being gone; however, it appears that Jenna will be in the same episode arc that Smart and Molina are in as they are written out. 

In the end, I’m not sure I saw the same magic in this episode that I did last year. However, if Kelley will be willing to avoid jumping on his soap box and beating us with a message about how bad the legal system is, I'm willing to give Harry’s Law 2.0 a chance. 

Finally, I will leave you with a few random questions I had at the end of the episode:

  • Who is Lisa Swartz (Tommy’s assistant) and where did she come from?
  • What happened with Rachel and Adam? 
  • Has Harry used Vinnie before (did we see him)?
  • Will Tommy be the same force of nature he was last season, or has he been relegated to comic relief?
  • What did you think of this episode? Did the changes surprise or shock you as much as they did me? 

Review

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Jim G. is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I am very upset with all the changes in Harry’s Law but because I really like the character of Harry I will watch it. I didn’t start to watch it last season, because I didn’t care for Kathy Bates, until my brother told me how different it was. After I saw it I did enjoy the how different it was from all the other lawyer shows. I really miss Jenna and how she helped Harry

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I am very disappointed with the "new show" I enjoyed the first season I couldn't wait for the show. I am not enjoying the producer revised edition. Sorry David. E Kelley you made a mistake on this season. I won't be watching it.

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The show use to be fresh and interesting..I loved the shoe store and the two characters they've kicked off...Now its just like any other law show! highly disappointed

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We too, were looking forward to last year's cast and series premise. Did anyone else notice that with all the other changes, the neighborhood street scenes outside Harry's office changed from a minority population to totally white. HMMM. Last season Harry's Law was up against the new Hawaii 50. No easy task. I would have liked it if the show had been moved to its Wednesday night slot, and given a chance as it was originally written.

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I lenjoyed the 1st season, except for the jenna/malcom romance which didn't seem to work. but this new season, I kept thinking I was watching another show. Its not the same anymore. I don't think I'll be watching it regularly.

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Please bring back the original Harry's Law. Loved it last season was a pleasant change from the usual law shows, that this one has now become.

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What did NBC do to Harry's Law? Last season it was a fun quirky show, now it is all different and is no longer a new, fresh series about lawyers. I love Kathy Bates, how could she become her old self for this show. I am so disappionted. Shame on you NBC.

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My husband and I loved the quirky Harry's Law cast of last season. I was in disbelief this season and could not understand where this new office came from. Did I miss something? Did they explain why? Who cares. I hate the new coast except the guy off of Human Target [which I loved]. I want the small office with shoes, the perky receptionist, her almost boyfriend and Damien to protect them all. I want Harry to be scrapping by and be the anti-lawyer. Maybe Tommy could share office space, but why would he?? He's got money to spare and his huge image and ego to feed. He wouldn't be found in a shoe store. I want Harry to bungle and feel her way through with heart, not head up a 5 person team in court. I as a rule do not watch courtroom dramas {Shark was an exception} I loved that show, but hey, it's gone too. They've ruined "Harry" and it's a crying shame. Bates is great and all I can say is what everyone else is saying, "What were they thinking?" Can we please go back? I'll accept any explanation.

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You know i was truely excited to watch harrys law, then i saw the first episode, and like many of you i didnt like it!!!! i liked boston legal and the practice but there is a reason they are no longer on the air, why make 2.0??? i have given it a chance and now after episode 3 i will no longer be watching. the first season was great, off beat not your standard law show and thats why i liked it but change is always good , right!? Oh well another show ruined on to the next.

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Although the first two episodes were alright, I do miss the old Harry's Law. This show is like The Practice & Boston Legal 2.0. It was cool seeing David E. Kelly do a different kind law show with unusual cases that don't typically get seen on TV. Looks like Tom Sawyer managed to white wash this show too and as a result of all these changes, HL is being removed from my series recording on my PVR.

Harry's Law Season 2 Episode 1 Quotes

I recruited Harry, so I can package my unlikable client with an old lady who could sell ice to Eskimos

Ollie

What did we say about wet dreams in the common areas? Beat it! [sigh] Probably not the best choice of words.

Harry
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