This 1990 mid-season replacement about a group of young assistant district attorneys is back with a sharper edge. Toward the end of Equal Justice’s initial run, the show had become aimless and sentimental; it looked like an acting-school production of L.A. Law. But the new shows are deepening the characters in this large cast — the bureau chief, played by Cotter Smith, for example, is more prickly, less of a pure good guy. The youthful lawyers show similar improvement. Sarah Jessica Parker’s Jo Ann, a cute flibbertigibbet, was becoming tiresome; this season, she’s wised-up and serious. Debrah Farentino — a busy actress this week, here and in The Whereabouts of Jenny — was little more than Equal Justice’s gratuitous sex symbol. But now she’s been given an intellect, a private life, and more screen time. The show’s writers should also work on upgrading Barry Miller (must he always be puffing on that pipe?) and James Wilder (he may be hopeless — no one with such dead eyes and so uninflected a voice could ever win a jury over). All in all, though, Equal Justice is beginning to make good on its initial promise. B+
Genre: Crime, Drama; Starring: George DiCenzo, Cotter Smith; Director: Thomas Carter; Producer (person): Thomas Carter; Series Premiere: 03/28/1990; Series Finale: 07/03/1991; Broadcaster: ABC; Status: In Season; Distributor: ABC
Posted January 11 1991 — 12:00 AM EST
- P!nk compares herself to Mad Hatter in 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'
- 'Once Upon a Time' bosses reveal who those new guys AREN'T
- Man builds a tiny Jurassic Park for his pet tortoise
- Universal schedules third monster movie for Presidents Day 2019
- Taylor Swift and Tom Hiddleston have a dance-off at the Met Gala
- 'Scandal': How Kerry Washington's pregnancy could affect the show
- Met Gala 2016: The Best and Most Outrageous Looks
- Flashback to the 1996 Premiere of 'The Craft'
- 14 TV Cliffhangers and How They Were Resolved
- Met Gala 2016: See All the Arrivals From Manus x Machina
- 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt': Before They Were Stars
- 'Wayward Pines' Season 2: Exclusive Photos of the New Main Cast