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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful:

Not bad for a made-for-TV mystery series movie

7/10
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas
18 March 2006

Whether the viewer enjoys the Hallmark mystery series that includes John Larroquette's McBride lawyer character depends on what is expected from such a show. If you expect a cinematic masterpiece along the lines of "And Then There Were None," you're obviously on the wrong channel. If you're a fan of the old "Murder She Wrote" series, you'll also be disappointed. However, if you just want to watch a tidy little mystery thriller with no frills but lots of personality, then you're in the right place.

John Larroquette carries the ball as a successful lawyer who's not just in the game for the money. Obviously he lives on a fairly modest income. He is prone to take cases to help out friends or to help out those who otherwise would not receive the fair trial they deserved. Thus, he's more in line with Perry Mason. He receives able support from his novice assistant Phil Newberry (Matt Lutz) and from his erstwhile girlfriend Sgt. Roberta Hansen (Marta DuBois).

The cases are usually simple but skillfully executed. In "McBride: Fallen Idol," the victim is McBride's well-respected friend. When a young biker is accused of the crime after he tries to hock a personal item that belonged to the victim, McBride is asked by the biker's sister to defend her brother. The sister happens to be one of Phil's former classmates. McBride finds himself in the dubious position of defending the suspected killer. As McBride and Phil investigate, skeletons in the closet begin to fall out until it is obvious the so-called idol is made of flesh and bone.

OK, so the story is a retread of other mysteries that have appeared on the tube. Given the McBride treatment, the script takes on a life of its own and can be entertaining if you view it with an open mind.

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Who wants "feel good" TV?

9/10
Author: gjpsjp from United States
19 March 2006

I do! While it's not so technical, and darn, there is no T&A, I love the personalities, normal everyday life(taking Jessie for a shot)..

Watched many sitcoms but they aren't quite like this stuff.

So what if it was a parking ticket??? JOL is fun to watch;, good personality and smart, and down to earth! Sorry if you want that stuff.. watch CSI and criticize it..

Hallmark made for TV movies are for people who are sick of smut, T&A.. and Uknow.....

Nice to see a clean, smart, funny guy for a change, without a bunch of sex related crimes! That's all that's on these days..

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0 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Lamest yet of a disappointing series. Where are the stars? Asleep

1/10
Author: Ralph Redan from San Francisco
12 March 2006

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

John Larroquette used to be such a good actor. Full of life and expression. You know he hates this series. I think he never does anything in this series but read his lines flat to the camera like he'd seen them the first time. Or was just making them up to fill time. And that young partner looks so uncomfortable in corny old "cool" clothes. Nobody dresses like that any more. The client is, as always, held for no reason on no evidence. This is no CSI, but it's not even worthy of a Diagnosis Murder episode. And to come up with the same old "clues": "Let's look for a parking ticket. Yes! Now we've blown his alibi!". That was used by Matlock what, about ten times after the first year, when the initial writers left and they started running on autopilot. And Joh is the nominal director, so he shares the blame. Why doesn't he ask someone who writes mysteries to join the staff, or just to punch up the clue. Any mystery reader could tell them what's been done to death. Or sign up a few of Murder She Wrote's old writers. They had more going on in every quarter hour than this series does in two hours.

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