To celebrate the start of Better Call Saul on Netflix, we cross-examine on-screen legal legends.
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Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul could prove to be the TV event of the year, given it’s a spin-off of the iconic Breaking Bad. It's already kicked off, with new episodes about wily lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) being added weekly. Hope was high and, from what we've already seen, it's exceeded lofty expectations, with the immensely likeable Odenkirk rising to the challenge of carrying a series.
Henry Winkler sparkles as the gleefully incompetent Barry Zuckerkorn in Arrested Development. His twisted logic makes him quotable and endearing with Winkler clearly having an absolute blast in one of the smartest comedies of all time. "The solution to all our problems is staring you in the face and it can't even see you,” is among Zuckerhorn's best and most daft quotes.
A lawyer who’s somehow sharper than the suits he wears, Specter is very much king of the courtroom in the universally-loved legal drama Suits. The writers must take great delight in writing for Specter, with such lines as “The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary” making him a modern-day TV hero.
Glenn Close was born to play the master-manipulator in Damages, capable of both courtroom charisma and thoroughly unscrupulous deeds when away from wowing the jury. Hewes is a truly great character: her ruthless streak makes for compelling viewing, while she’s equally no stranger in taking down the bullies. Close has earned two Emmys and a Golden Globe for the role, which perhaps tells its own story.
The Good Wife
Proof positive that television can be utterly inspirational: upon learning of a scandal surrounding her politician husband, Florrick (the Good Wife in question) transforms herself from a doting stay-at-home mother into a driven, high-achieving careerist litigator. As the show progresses across its six seasons (and counting), Florrick blossoms into one of the strongest and most in-control characters of recent memory.
Costello opts for straight-talking, rather than talking fluent legal-ese, in the popular Silk. Thanks to the consistently excellent Maxine Peak, Costello feels believably grounded. While unquestionably a careerist, Costello is a breath of fresh air in the often stale world of legal dramas thanks to a whip-smart sense of humour.
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