Season 1 of FAIRLY LEGAL consists of 10 episodes, each about 41 minutes long, on 3 DVDs. It's a lightweight dramedy set in San Francisco, focusing on the adventures of Kate Reed (Sarah Shahi). Kate is the daughter of a superstar lawyer, Teddy Reed, who passed away just before story begins. A former lawyer herself, Kate is now a mediator, living on her dad's boat and operating out of his high-class firm, Reed & Reed, which is managed by her icy step-mother, who's only a few years older than she is. The other key players are Kate's ex-husband, Justin, an assistant DA, with whom she still enjoys friendship and hook-ups, and Leo, her witty, African-American assistant with a love of 'nerdy' hobbies (e.g. video games, D&D, graphic novels). In most episodes, Kate tries to mediate a couple of challenging/unusual cases while also trying to solve the season-long mystery of her father's will, specifically: why did he leave a share of his estate to a person no one knows?
FAIRLY LEGAL is sleek, painless, and pretty forgettable. It's open to a bunch a snarky criticisms, from there being about 6 decent episodes stretched over 10 slots, to the rather stereotypical 'funny' black sidekick, to the awfully out-of-place end credits song. That said, it's a pleasant diversion, thanks to the absolutely stunning, unchained demi-goddess of spunk that is Kate/Sarah. She's simply a delight to watch (though the writers should give her some personality traits beyond spunky and stubborn in future seasons). Recommended as a Netflix rental or discount purchase. 3-1/2 stars.