Monday, April 21, 2014
Lawyers Then and Now
A few months ago, I endured the polar vortex by binge watching a TV series I had missed while watching the White Sox, Bulls, et al. One of my favorites was "The Practice", a lawyer show from the late '90's. The plot revolved around a criminal defense firm struggling to pay its bills because so many of its clients were the poor and middle class who needed dedicated legal help . . . which they got. It was riviting.
Last week I came across another TV lawyer show: "Suits." The lawyers in this one are busy serving their "one percent" clients when they aren't fighting Darwinian battles among themselves. The penthouse offices -- all glass and steel -- are as cold as the "take no prisoners" personalities and plots on display. Watch it for the dialogue, the wit, the audacity.
But, feel with me a little sad about how -- in TV lawyer land -- the ideals of "The Practice" gave way to the conquering "Suits."