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The Deep End Plunges
Posted: January 23rd, 2010
By: Jeff Reekers
Category: Entertainment, Lawline.com
ABC had its debut this past week of the The Deep End, a new television series about first year associates at Sterling Law, a top Los Angeles Law Firm. That’s about all the time I’m going to take delving into the shallow depths of its plot. Instead, I’m just going to list off reasons why if you missed the first episode, you should consider yourself lucky.
1. Everybody is sexy. Apparently the law schools these first-years recently graduated from based their enrollments on aesthetic qualities and time spent at the gym.
2. Everybody is witty. Every character says the perfect line, with perfect diction, and with no delay. It makes me feel like hiding behind my computer, writing blog posts complaining about my inferiorities, and wishing I could accomplish such a feat.
3. I did not hear one piece of legal knowledge in the episode. The most legal term was “pro-bono.”
4. The group of first-years takes “victory shots” after a good day at work.
5. I heard the word “totally” more than any other word. Was this an episode of Dawson’s Creek? It totally could have been.
6. These characters went to top-ranked law schools and passed the California Bar. Really? Totally.
7. Everybody is sexy AND they eat very large cupcakes at work. Combine this with victory shots and the character's wittiness, and now I really just want to hide in a corner.
Billy Zane does star in the show as a competitive head-honcho at the law firm, and his dealing with young the attorneys is at least a comic relief, so that is one plus to the show. However, it doesn’t make up for the rest of the over-dramatization and unrealistic realm presented as an actual daily life in a competitive law firm. The only thing I see coming out of this series is a wave of high school and college graduates applying to law school, only to realize that books are actually involved somewhere in the process.
Don't worry: there won't be a wave of high school and college graduates applying to law school as a result of this show: the show it so bad, it (hopefully) won't last more than a few episodes. (I tried watching, but had to turn it off after half an hour.)
Comment By: Lisa Solomon - January 24, 2010