Fairly Legal – Thursday Nights – USA Network
When you think of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, it is not likely that you wonder what else they do besides cheerleading…until now.
Sarah Shahi, a former Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader who grew up just minutes away from Cowboys Stadium, shines in her role as Kate Reed on Fairly Legal (a USA Network original program).
In the opening scene of the pilot episode, Reed is awoken by her cell phone and finds herself in bed with her soon-to-be-ex-husband, Assistant District Attorney, Justin Patrick (Michael Trucco). The sexy Reed, wearing nothing but a men’s dress shirt, leaps out of bed disappointed in herself and Patrick for sleeping together again.
On Reed’s first day back at work after her father’s passing, the lawyer-turned-mediator shows off her skills as she successfully mediates an attempted armed robbery at a coffee shop between a gunman and the coffee shop owner. Although it would seem implausible in real life, Shahi makes you believe that she could pull off such a feat if she actually found herself in a similar situation.
Whether she’s mediating a dispute between an armed robber and a store owner, a father and son involved in a business dispute, a wrongly-convicted man and the state of California, or a high school football coach and the parents calling for his dismissal, Shahi uses her even-keeled manner and flexes just the right amount of sex appeal to get the job done.
The underlying story on Fairly Legal revolves around Kate Reed coming to terms with her father’s death while trying to keep the law firm that bears the family name from crumbling without its founder. Matters are further complicated by the fact that she must do so with managing partner, Lauren Reed (Virginia Williams), the woman that she refers to as her “evil step-mother” even though the two are the same age.
Kate Reed’s only saving grace is that she has her super-assistant, Leonardo Prince (Baron Vaughn) to lean on. The witty and entertaining Prince seems to know Kate even better than she knows herself, and as a result, always seems to fulfill her requests without being asked.
This light-hearted legal drama offers a unique twist which differentiates it from other shows in the genre.
Fans of legal dramas should set a season pass on their DVR for Farily Legal. The first two episodes are currently available on Hulu.com. New episodes air on Thursdays at 10pm EST/9pm Central.
Based on the first three episodes of the season, it looks like Shahi is going to give USA Network something to cheer about as they continue to add to their exceptional slate of original programming.