Follows the loves and lives of a group of Pittsburgh D.A. staff focusing on Arnold Bach, the honest, but politically correct, by-the-book district attorney; Gene Rogan, the deputy D.A. and ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
George DiCenzo ...  D.A. Arnold Bach 26 episodes, 1990-1991
Debrah Farentino ...  Julie Janovich 26 episodes, 1990-1991
Jane Kaczmarek ...  Linda Bauer 26 episodes, 1990-1991
Kathleen Lloyd ...  Jesse Rogan 26 episodes, 1990-1991
Barry Miller ...  Pete 'Briggs' Brigman 26 episodes, 1990-1991
Joe Morton ...  Mike James 26 episodes, 1990-1991
Sarah Jessica Parker ...  Jo Ann Harris 26 episodes, 1990-1991
Cotter Smith ...  Dep. D.A. Eugene 'Gene' Rogan / ... 26 episodes, 1990-1991
James Wilder ...  Christopher Searls 26 episodes, 1990-1991
Jon Tenney ...  Peter Bauer 25 episodes, 1990-1991
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Follows the loves and lives of a group of Pittsburgh D.A. staff focusing on Arnold Bach, the honest, but politically correct, by-the-book district attorney; Gene Rogan, the deputy D.A. and Chief of the Felony Bureau who competed with Bach for his job; Gene's supportive wife Jesse; Linda Bauer the head of the Sex Crimes Unit; Linda's younger brother, Peter, a local public defender; Michael James, the department's top prosecutor, as well as the eager young new attorneys, JoAnn, Briggs, Julie, and Christopher, determined to become a name for themselves in prosecuting any type of criminals. Written by Anonymous

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Years prior to starring in this series, George DiCenzo was Debrah Farentino's acting teacher. See more »

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We Can Make It Over
(Theme Song)
Written by David Bell and Susan Marder
Sung by Carmen Carter and Carl Anderson
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Another case of "Brilliant but Cancelled" (Updated)
29 March 2008 | by GMJamesSee all my reviews

Thank goodness for advancing video technology. Because of numerous video streaming websites, it is possible to see almost any beloved (and not-so-beloved) television program from any era.

A previous IMDb user mentioned the critically acclaimed but shamefully short-lived legal drama "Equal Justice" (1990-91) is airing on a website called Fancast.com. I just finished watching two of the four episodes that have been posted.

As with any program airing more than a decade ago, it is interesting to see people like Jane Kaczmarek and Sarah Jessica Parker before their major long-run successes with "Malcolm in the Middle" and "Sex and the City," respectively. In addition, the show reminds me how great veteran actor Joe Morton is whenever he appears on screen.

I'm not certain if this specific achievement was unprecedented, but co-creator Thomas Carter, who acted in another "Brilliant but Cancelled" show "The White Shadow", won back-to-back Emmys for directing. It's a shame that even two straight Emmy wins in major categories could not save this show.

Again, thank goodness for video technology.

Update July 22, 2009:

On re-watching all 13 episodes from season 1, I'm sure horny, sleazy, cigar-smoking ADA Briggs (Barry Miller) would have been fired and sued by Julia Janovich (Debrah Farentino) for harassment if the scenes were set in 2009. Those scenes from 1990 don't play very well in 2009.

Despite that flaw and some weak subplots, each episode had at least 1-2 compelling story lines. And what made the stronger stories compelling are that the conclusions are not always cleanly resolved. If I were to choose one episode to watch, "Promises to Keep," which won Thomas Carter an Emmy for best direction in a drama series and gave Joe Morton, whose character is affected by a murder, an award-worthy performance, was the show's strongest episode.

Update 2/19/2014: Every episode is posted on Hulu.com via IMDb.com's video section.


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Language:

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Release Date:

27 March 1990 (USA) See more »

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Fiscales para la justicia See more »

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Pittsburgh ,Pennsylvania, USA

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1.33 : 1
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