My final thoughts on First Years:

I like this show a lot. It is one of 5 or so law/order shows right now and I think it has a good blend of law and drama. Ally McBeal has way too much drama for me and I dislike a lot of the characters. Law and Order is awesome but the drama is minimal, which is nice sometimes. So the balance=good. I also like the characters so far. They are not annoying and that is a good thing. Although I do think that the gay guy is a little annoying, but he only talked about three times. The one thing that bugs me is their music—it is incredibly uninsipred. It has the typical light piano music at the intense scenes. You know, the kind where you think of the end of It’s a Wonderful Life or The Grinch Who Stole Christmas. It’s just too sappy and it almost always unwarranted. So that was just OK. A recap: It’s good because it has a nice balance of law and drama and because the characters are amusing. It’s bad because the music stinks and the whole premise is relatively uninspired.

The commercials said this show was lambasted by lawyers for a poor portrayal of the profession. I don’t think that’s true. I think it is a portrayal of people who are not totally moral and happen to be lawyers. I see their concern since people’s opinions often change because of characters on TV. Just an interesting issue.