October 7, 2014

ABC’s ‘Less-Than-Legal’ Thursday Night

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By MADELINE DAY

I’ve always wanted to be a lawyer. Or at least some part of me has while watching movies like Legally Blonde and My Cousin Vinny, because with the allure of a good murder mystery, who wouldn’t? But ABC’s recent pilot of its Thursday night show How to Get Away with Murder brings law into a newer, harsher light. There’s no time for fluff in Annalise Keating’s (Viola Davis) graduate law class. Both the series’ fantastically engrossing writing and the representation of Keating constitute the cold heart of the pilot, showing what it is to be “real lawyers,” even if that might very well mean letting guilty clients get away with their crimes.

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