Picks and Pans Review: The Great Defender

UPDATED 03/06/1995 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/06/1995 at 01:00 AM EST

Fox (Sundays, 7 p.m. ET)


Lou Frischetti is a coarse, lumpy, loudmouthed Boston lawyer. One of his colleagues upbraids him: "I believe it's lawyers like you who give the whole profession a bad name." (Yeah, like lawyers had a sterling reputation until Frischetti lumbered along.) Michael Rispoli plays this legal lug (with a misplaced accent that has a lot more Brooklyn in it than Brookline).

Vulgar and ketchup-stained he may be, but the guy will go to the mat for his clients. Impressed with Lou's moxie, the head of a stuffy Beacon Hill law firm (Richard Kiley) offers him a partnership. Our bumptious boy may have moved up in the world, but he still uses his mama for a secretary and advertises his services in crude TV commercials. Kelly Rutherford (The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.) plays Frischetti's luscious investigator.

The series is supposed to provide an irreverent look at the seamier side of jurisprudence. But the result is a light, almost flimsy drama. Excellent exterior shots of Boston, though.

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