The Client : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 19, 1995
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  • Summary: A dramatic series based on John Grisham's novel of the same name, as well as the feature film starring Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. JoBeth Williams and John Heard starred as their television counterparts (Sarandon reportedly offered Miss Williams name as her personal choice to resumeA dramatic series based on John Grisham's novel of the same name, as well as the feature film starring Susan Sarandon and Tommy Lee Jones. JoBeth Williams and John Heard starred as their television counterparts (Sarandon reportedly offered Miss Williams name as her personal choice to resume the role of Reggie Love). The television series follows Reggie Love, a recovering alcoholic who has lost custody of her own two children, as she battles to win them back, meanwhile redirecting her maternal instincts through her family law practice. Reggie is continuously taking on the most hopeless of cases involving children and fights for them with a vengeance while her practice suffers financial jeopardy, as a result.
    Fortunately, as she battles for her clients as well as to win her own life back, Reggie is surrounded by an equally complex and committed cast of other characters presiding over Reggie's courtroom is compassionate Judge Harry Roosevelt (Ossie Davis). Reggie's most ardent opponent and friend is District Attorney Roy Foltrigg (John Heard), her streetwise assistant is Clint (David Barry Gray) and her mother and roommate is Momma Love (Polly Holliday).
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 15
  2. Negative: 3 out of 15
  1. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    May 29, 2014
    70
    The pilot is plodding at times, the result of a few too many heart-to-heart discussions among the characters. Still, Williams, Holliday and Heard create such fresh, memorable characters that it's impossible to get bored. [16 Sept 1995, p.E7]
  2. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    May 29, 2014
    70
    The series shows signs of rising above its airport-bookstore pedigree, and it just happens to boast the best and deepest cast of any autumn newcomer. [17 Sept 1995, p.7C]
  3. Houston Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    May 29, 2014
    63
    This is hardly a plot to test Hercule Poirot's little gray cells. It is a fairly typical movie-of-the-week type action-lawyer show, and Reggie's a nice change as the strong-woman-hero character. 16 Sept 1995]
  4. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    May 29, 2014
    50
    The story told in tonight's pilot is more of the same old TV stuff. [17 Sept 1995, p.TV6]
  5. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: David Bianculli
    May 29, 2014
    50
    Williams, though, in both Sunday's telemovie and the subsequent Tuesday-night regular episode time-slot at 8, is too reserved and colorless. [15 Sept 1995, p.127]
  6. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    May 29, 2014
    50
    Reggie doesn't need gunshots or explosions when she can talk her foes to death. [15 Sept 1995, p.53]
  7. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    May 29, 2014
    20
    As TV's gold-hearted Reggie, the capable JoBeth Williams is undermined by a script with plot holes wide enough to drive the Atlanta Braves and their families through. The plodding, convoluted, unnavigable story has her resourceful 11-year-old client -- the court has made her his legal guardian -- gaining possession of $1 million in stolen loot, putting both of them in conflict with some murderous types.

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