'Equal Justice' was a great series that focused on the professional & personal lives of a group of attorneys in the Pittsburgh D.A.'s office. It included George DiCenzo (who is well suited to playing lawyers) as D.A. Arnold Bach, Cotter Smith as A.D.A. Gene Rogan (who ran against him), Kathleen Lloyd (Magnum, P.I.) as Rogan's wife Jessie, Jane Kazcmarek (Malcolm in the Middle) as Linda Bauer (chief of the sex crimes unit), Debrah Farentino as Julie Janovich, Joe Morton (Terminator 2, Speed) as Mike James, and a young Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) as Jo Ann Harris. It also starred Jon Tenney as a defence lawyer, James Wilder, and Barry Miller as an obnoxious A.D.A.
The show focused on themes prevalent in real life today; gang violence, drug-dealing, racism & sexism. It also showed them in a way that made them tangible & realistic to the audience. In addition to the courtroom & legal offices, it also depicted the personal lives of most of the characters, especially Chris (James Wilder) and his romance with a female police officer, Gene & Jessie Rogan's marriage, and Linda's & Jo Ann's home lives. Barry Miller plays an obnoxious attorney whose antics towards Julie (Farentino) could be considered sexual harassment today; they even could have been then.
Sadly, this great series was cancelled after only 2 seasons despite a fine cast and great stories in the episodes. Part of the problem likely was that the show was competing with 'L.A. Law', the relatively new 'Law & Order', and 'Matlock', the latter of which was far inferior to Equal Justice.
While there are video streaming sites carrying it, these are not available to anyone outside the United States. This series deserves a DVD release. It only lasted 2 seasons so it should be possible to release the complete series on DVD.
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