Harry’s Law is such a genius show that is puzzles some people why producers are trekking down the road of what some believe to be soft core porn. Sunday night’s prime time viewing audience was subjected to a funny and almost well done “hottie” contest on air. Harriet Korn, played by Kathy Bates, said it best, “this is the equivalent to a lawyer’s wet t-shirt contest.”
See Photos of Cast Members and Video Clip of the show to the left
The hottest couples dance and the magical hottest guy over 50 were within the decency boundaries. Harry’s Law however pushed the limit and overplayed the contest. Producers of this show seem to have decided to switch things up a bit and shoot for bigger ratings. To not tune in again may seem extreme to producers, but it was that offensive to some viewers. Some websites are conducting viewer opinion polls.
Part of the “hottie” contest was fairly fun. But as with last week’s topics, it was carried too far with one contestant who was dressed like a lap dancer making “Dirty Dancing” seem tame in comparison. The ripping off of clothes, pelvic thrusts and hip circles, splits and general performance should have been reserved for a later audience or preferably no audience at all. If you think it’s too much you can vote with your tv channel changer or on a website conducting tv viewing opinion polls.
The chemistry between characters is improving. Adding Phoebe who appears as a young Gwyneth Paltrow styled lawyer is a welcome addition. Will it be enough to overcome the increasing sexualizing of the show? Rating will tell the story as the week’s progress.
Last week’s episode started the trend and tonight’s episode leaves one to wonder what will happen during ratings sweeps. A friend pointed out that when they tuned in to the end of the show and said, “I will never watch this show again.” The point was made that this show deals with the principles of fighting for injustices and for a better society. It confused the purpose portrayed by the show’s premise, to include the “hottie” contest.
Harry’s Law is one of the best shows on non-reality TV – the show deals with great topics and handles them well. Harriet is smart, intelligent and has great street smarts – and she does “sizzle.” But tonight, Harriet’s character was not believable; she was just too far over the top. It’s too bad because 50 minutes of the show (with commercials) was very enjoyable.
The show airs on Sunday’s on NBC at 8/7c.