Picks and Pans Review: Women's Murder Club

updated 10/15/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/15/2007 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC, Fridays, 9 p.m. ET



Four San Francisco best friends—a homicide detective (Angie Harmon), assistant district attorney (Laura Harris), medical examiner (Paula Newsome) and newspaper crime reporter (Aubrey Dollar)—secretly team up to pool their resources and solve the murder du jour. As a wannabe club member explains, it's "women teaming up to level the playing field in a man's world." Just like the Spice Girls! Ignoring blatant conflicts of interest at every turn—the whole lot, starting with the journalist, should be fired—the women catch up on gossip at crime scenes (My ex is getting remarried!), and when things get really tough, provide comfort with insights like "You killed a man. You wouldn't be human if you didn't feel weird." It's nice to see Harmon back in Law & Order mode, but why must she share the spotlight?

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