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The Top 10 Television Lawyers

6/10/2014 2:00pm EDT
The Top 10 Television Lawyers
In honor of the return of Suits - which features Harvey Specter, the best attorney currently practicing on television - we're recognizing our Top 10 Television Lawyers. Legal dramas are a staple on the small screen, and they've given us some fantastic litigators over the years.

Our list has only two criteria for inclusion: 1) That the character must be a practicing lawyer. No characters who just have law degrees, retired lawyers, or ex-lawyers. During the run of their show, we have to have seen them in the courtroom.

2) The characters are ranked by who we'd most want to represent us in co...

'Law & Order: UK' Recap: Everyone Has Family Issues

8/15/2013 8:33am EDT
This week's Law & Order: UK picks up where last week's episode left off, with Sam Casey as a suspect in the death of Finn Tyler. As the investigation begins, new Major Investigations Unit boss Leyton is immediately suspicious of the apparent suicide, which makes Ronnie Brooks - who would do his job calmly if he were on fire - look sidelong at his partner, Sam. Sam still seems like he's in a daze. He's not helping himself at all.

When Sam returns to the MIU bullpen, Ronnie wants to know what he was doing before the death, but doesn't get an answer. Despite the fact that the young Detective-...

'Law & Order: UK' Recap: Did Sam Casey Kill A Murder Suspect?

8/8/2013 9:07am EDT
Law & Order: UK
We're now officially into the third era of Law & Order: UK. There's just one original cast member left (that's Bradley Walsh). and there's new crew behind the scenes, too. So how does this LOUK measure up to the show we know and love? Only one way to find out.

"Tracks," which is based on the 2005 Law & Order episode "Locomotion," begins with a violent train crash involving a truck on the tracks, and Sam Casey uncomfortably manuevering through the aftermath. He's shocked to find a young boy in the wreckage, still alive but gravely injured. Yet just as Ronnie Brooks arrives behind his partne...

6 Best 'Law & Order: UK' Episodes

8/7/2013 12:40pm EDT
Britain's best crime drama returns to American airwaves tonight as new episodes of Law & Order: UK begin on BBC America. As LOUK starts its seventh series (third season to US audiences) with new cast members and new writers, BFTV is taking a look back at the six best episodes from the previous six series. Here are our choices for the superlative drama's greatest hits.

1./2. "Deal"/"Survivor's Guilt"

Series 5, Episode 6/Series 6, Episode 1. There's some irony in the fact that Law & Order: UK's most crushing plot development also gave us its finest episodes. The departure of Jamie Bamber, w...

TV Characters We'd Want As Our BFF

7/13/2013 10:03am EDT
King of the Hill
Countless scenes in FOX's King of the Hill showed Hank Hill and his three best friends standing around in the alley, drinking beer and talking about whatever they wanted to. It got us thinking: which TV characters would we want as our BFFs? Here's BFTV's list of the top 10 fictional folks we'd like to be best friends with.

Before you check out our picks, let us set them up for you with the rules of the game:

1) The King of the Hill test: is this character really someone you'd want to spend hours in the alley with?

2) No more than one character from the same TV series

3) No more than one...

'Law & Order: UK' Cast Additions Revealed

11/16/2012 1:54am EST
Law & Order: UK
The two new faces for the seventh season of ITV's Law & Order: UK have finally been announced - they're Georgia Taylor and Paterson Joseph.

The pair are replacing Freema Agyeman and Dame Harriet Walter, who exited their roles as Alesha Phillips and DI Natalie Chandler after the sixth series. Agyeman now has a role on The CW's forthcoming series The Carrie Diaries.

Taylor (Coronation Street, Casualty) will play new Junior Crown Prosecutor Kate Barker, described as "straight-talking, charming and likeable and very used to getting her own way." Joseph (Hustle, Doctor Who, Case Histories) i...

The 11 Best From 2011

12/31/2011 11:00am EST
2011 was a fantastic year for entertainment. Here are my eleven favorite things from the year that's about to wrap, in chronological order...

1. Southland, TNT

(Season 3 began January 4)

I have to admit that I didn't keep up with TNT's gritty Los Angeles cop drama as much as I would have liked; it fell victim to sharing Tuesday nights with three other shows on my watch list. Yet when I did find time to catch it, I was no less than impressed every time.

There's been talk about the show's TV-MA content (allegedly the reason that NBC axed it), but the real talking point should be the st...

'Law & Order: UK' Recap: 'Fault Lines' (6.07)

11/9/2011 10:03pm EST
The series six (and possible series) finale of Law & Order: UK sees Kelly From Forensics stabbed to death in her apartment. That pretty much guarantees that the whole episode is going to be awkward. It's also a good one.

DS Brooks and DS Casey probe into Kelly's last hours, from the cabbie that drove her home to the grieving fiancee who inexplicably cleared out their joint savings account. While they're doing so, Sam gets a bit too close to Lucy, a colleague of Kelly's who appears to be a second victim. Ronnie has words with him over it, but they fall on deaf ears. Sam ends up sle...

'Law & Order: UK' Recap: 'Trial' (6.04)

10/19/2011 10:04pm EDT
Law & Order: UK
Usually, things that blow up are fascinating, unless someone gets hurt. That's the catch in this week's Law & Order: UK, when a letter bomb claims the life of an apparently model citizen.

Ronnie and Sam don't understand what could have made their victim a target, especially when there's no shortage of good things being said about him. They're able to trace the composition of the bomb back to someone who did the same back in the early 1970's, but it just becomes a bigger headache when he tells them that his specs were in a how-to book put together by a neo-Nazi group, and they disco...

'Law & Order: UK' Review: 'Immune' (6.02)

10/5/2011 10:07pm EDT
It's time for Law & Order: UK fans - time to put our Kleenex boxes down and face the future of our show.

When an armed robbery spins out of control into murder and a hostage situation, Ronnie and new partner Sam get the call to speak for the dead and save the living. They catch a quick break when one of the culprits turns up in the ER, but his lawyer (that's former Red Cap star Tamzin Outhwaite) demands her client gets a deal before he gives them the location of the hostage. This does not sit well with Sam, but over his objection, Sharpe gives the cops ten hours to find the hostag...

'Law & Order: UK' 6.01 'Survivor's Guilt' Review

9/28/2011 10:00pm EDT
This is a Law & Order: UK review I really didn't want to write, because as a fan, it's an episode that I didn't want to face. It's not so much the conclusion of a story as it feels like a forty-odd minute long counseling session - and one that's needed.

Picking up where "Deal" left off, "Survivor's Guilt" gives us a quick answer to our burning question: Matt Devlin is dead. Jamie Bamber isn't present for a frame of it, but Matt's felt the whole way through. I'd expect nothing less as we - head writer Emilia di Girolamo and the audience as a collective - are paying our respects to a...

'Law & Order: UK' 5.06 'Deal' Review

9/21/2011 10:12pm EDT
Law & Order: UK
It's the ultimate rude awakening: discovering that your significant other has been shot to death in bed beside you. On that startling note, welcome to this week's Law & Order: UK - a sharp and startling potential goodbye to someone we love.

DS Brooks and DS Devlin initially suspect the victim's husband, but are taken aback when they realize that the fatal shot actually came from a window across the estate, where drug dealers and their buyers are known to congregate. A witness helps them locate Kaden Blake, a thirteen-year-old whose mother is an addict and so it's not a reach that ...

Q&A: 'Law & Order's' Linus Roache Makes A Welcome Return

9/21/2011 10:00am EDT
Linus Roache
Linus Roache was the best district attorney ever to have graced the courtrooms of Law & Order. Tonight he reprises his role as Michael Cutter in the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit premiere - but before that, he was gracious enough to talk to me about stepping back into the franchise.

Roache's tenure began in 2008, when he joined the show amidst a significant cast shift. He left his mark immediately, bringing a startling intensity to the role of Cutter, a determined prosecutor whose zeal intimidated defendants and caused him to butt heads with his predecessor, newly minted Distric...

'Law & Order: UK' 5.05 'Intent' Review

9/15/2011 4:16am EDT
As far as crime dramas go, this week's Law & Order: UK appears at first glance to be garden-variety: Brooks and Devlin catch the case of a couple stabbed to death in their home. Yet as this is LOUK, that's hardly all.

When they discover that the former owner of the house was a banker under fire for an apparent hedge fund scam, our heroes meet her husband (Cambridge Spies star Samuel West), who likes to drink and is prone to blackouts. One of those might explain how his bloody thumbprint was found at the crime scene. His recollections are murky, and no one's sure how liable he is fo...

'Law & Order: UK' 5.04 'Tick Tock' Review

9/7/2011 10:11pm EDT
Brooks and Devlin have their hands full this week on Law & Order: UK (when do they not, admittedly?) when they catch a double murder at a nightclub, followed within the half-hour by another shooting in a nearby convenience store and a fourth body in the trunk of a car - all the work of a trigger-happy, mask-wearing couple.

Ex-soldier, ex-con Andy Bishop and his ex-girlfriend Joanne have some issues, especially when she accidentally shoots him during a standoff with Ronnie and about a half-dozen SWAT cops. Andy dies, and that leaves Joanne to be prosecuted. Was she a willing partici...

'Law & Order: UK' 5.02 'Safe' Review

8/25/2011 3:48am EDT
Law & Order: UK
If there's one thing I took away from this week's Law & Order: UK, it's that we really don't give its cast enough credit. The episode makes clear that it takes a lot to be so good for so long.

The actors have everything they should need in a well-crafted script by head writer Emilia di Girolamo (check out my recent interview with her here). She's been around long enough to know that it's not just about the case of the week, but those little moments scattered throughout that give us glimpses into who these characters are and why we should care about them.

This extends even to the one...

'Law & Order: UK' 5.01 'The Wrong Man' Review

8/17/2011 10:01pm EDT
Law & Order: UK quickly became one of my favorite crime dramas on television once it arrived on US airwaves. Yet ever since the end of the previous series, I couldn't help but wonder: could the show survive the departure of two lead actors, including the incomparable Ben Daniels?

Yes, it can. It's not the same show - but it could never be. What it is, is still a fine piece of dramatic television.

Suzanne Morton dies four hours after developing flu-like symptoms, and it's the third inexplicable loss in the same hospital department within six months. That makes it worthy of investigati...

Q&A: 'Law & Order: UK' Head Writer Emilia di Girolamo

8/17/2011 3:09pm EDT
Law & Order: UK is one of the best crime dramas on television, on either side of the Atlantic. As the series returns to BBC America tonight (9 PM ET/PT), I sat down with LOUK's lead writer and a dear friend of mine, Emilia di Girolamo, to talk about what's ahead - like the previously announced cast changes - and how she and the talented team have injected new life into the Law & Order franchise.

Getting the basic question out of the way: how did you come to be involved with the show? What made you interested in it?

I was a huge fan of the mothership and in particular SVU, so when I fo...

Happy Birthday: Ben Daniels & Shane West

6/10/2011 11:00am EDT
A very happy birthday to two Digital Airwaves favorites today -- Law & Order: UK's prosecuting authority Ben Daniels, and Nikita's charismatic superspy Shane West.

Ben Daniels is affectionately known and sometimes worshiped around here for his role as LOUK's relentless Senior Crown Prosecutor, James Steel. For the first four seasons of the show, he gave consistently fantastic performances that made his character one of the most developed and most watchable of the entire Law & Order franchise. Not only did he quickly become my favorite L&O character ever (he managed to dethrone Linus Ro...

My Favorite TV Police

5/28/2011 3:00pm EDT
The Chicago Code
There's no group of people that I love seeing on the small screen than the police. Having been there and done that, I have a certain affection for good portrayals of the men and women in law enforcement. Now that we've recently celebrated Police Week, here's my tribute to the TV cops (note: not federal agents or anything else - just cops!) who've left impressions on me over the years.

Sergeant Joe Friday (Jack Webb) and Detective Ben Gannon (Harry Morgan), NBC's Dragnet

My earliest memories of TV cops have to do with one of the most storied franchises in the genre. Thanks to Nick ...

People That Aren't Doing It: Non-Romantic TV Relationships That Work

4/14/2011 12:00pm EDT
Hawaii Five O
(*Firstly, if you don't get the joke in the title, visit Failblog. I'll wait.)

There's been a tremendous response to my Tuesday article about the reasons why I'm not excited about TV romance. It's been really awesome to hear from fans of various shows and pairings, who wrote in with their own opinions and ideas, and helped create a great discussion of the topic and the issues surrounding it - most importantly, with respect for me and for each other.

As is natural and perfectly fine, there were some people who disagreed with my lack of enthusiasm. One reader suggested that romantic r...

'Law & Order: UK' 4.06 'Skeletons' Review

4/8/2011 10:14pm EDT
Now we come to the Law & Order: UK episode I didn't want to come to.

"Skeletons," the last episode for Ben Daniels and Bill Paterson (as series regulars, anyway), hits the ground running, with Matt and Ronnie on the hunt to rescue a missing child whom they find murdered. We're told that the crime matches the modus operandi of an incarcerated serial killer. The first death is followed in short order by a second murder; no wonder why Matt chooses now to have a relapse of Oppositional Defiance Disorder. There's one common thread between the two children - both had run-ins with a secur...

A 'Law & Order: UK' Farewell

4/8/2011 3:41pm EDT
Law & Order: UK
Get your tissues: tonight, we say farewell to two-thirds of the Law & Order: UK legal team.

As we reported in November, tonight's fourth series (or second season) finale, "Skeletons," marks the departure of original cast members Ben Daniels (as senior prosecutor James Steel) and Bill Paterson (as Steel's boss, George Castle). They will certainly be missed. Before they go, though, it's time to pay tribute to how they helped make LOUK so great.

Four series is a long time in British television. It's longer than most entire shows. Over those twenty-five, soon to be twenty-six, episodes...

'Law & Order: UK' 4.05 'Help' Review

4/2/2011 7:41am EDT
Law & Order UK
What did we learn from this week's Law & Order: UK? Don't walk around alone at night. Nothing good happens when you do. Namely, you might find your brother's dead body next to his car. It looks like Robert Nichols was the victim of a robbery that went even more wrong...but since when is anything on this show what it looks like?

It doesn't take Matt and Ronnie long to track down a suspect: Mike Jones, who's predictably described by his priest as "a really good guy" and who stopped to help Robert change his flat tire. Needless to say, he's incredibly uncomfortable when being question...