Jay Baruchel as Skip Ross and Don Johnson as Grant Cooper
|Created by||Jonathan Shapiro|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Production locations||Venice, Los Angeles, California|
|Running time||43 minutes|
|Original network||The WB|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||September 19, 2005 -|
September 10, 2006
Just Legal is an American courtroom drama television series that stars Don Johnson and Jay Baruchel as two courtroom lawyers in Venice, California. The series premiered on The WB on September 19, 2005, and was canceled on October 3, 2005, after three episodes had been aired. Almost a year later The WB burned off five additional episodes following a repeat of the pilot on August 6, 2006. The series concluded on September 10, 2006. This is the last show to air on The WB, before UPN merged into The CW.
Just Legal, starring Don Johnson and Jay Baruchel, is a drama about two "amusingly mismatched lawyers" that "comes at you unassumingly." David "Skip" Ross (Baruchel), 19, is a legal genius who graduated from law school at the top of his class, but now can find no one to hire him. Enter Grant Cooper, a washed-up middle-aged lawyer who has made one too many bad choices in his career, leaving him a jaded court-appointed attorney, rejected by his peers. Skip is Grant's golf caddy, and he convinces Grant just to let him write a legal brief for him; but when they arrive at the courthouse, Grant is told he needs a "second chair" (an attorney to sit at the second seat at counsel's table), and he gives them the only one he has: Skip Ross. Grant has no intention of actually bringing Skip into his practice, but his charm, enthusiasm, intelligence, and most of all, ability to actually win a case, win Grant over.
There are a variety of cases featured on the show, from murder cases to botched plastic surgery. Many of the storylines are based on real-life cases. Grant and Skip do their own "dirty work" for their cases, going to crime scenes and interviewing witnesses, as Grant teaches Skip more about what it means to be a "real lawyer" and Skip teaches Grant more about what it means to trust in people. The series is set in Venice and neighboring Santa Monica, California.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Pilot"||Andrew Davis||Jonathan Shapiro||September 19, 2005||475279||3.44|
|After graduating from law school at 18, David "Skip" Ross finds his dreams of becoming a great trial lawyer thwarted when he is rejected by a prestigious law firm due to his age. After caddying for Grant Cooper, a once great lawyer now burnt-out by the pressures of life who runs his own less than respectable firm, Skip is offered a job with the promise to get trial experience. Skip's parents have concerns about his decision to work with Cooper. As they work Skip's first case, a woman accused of killing her boyfriend's rival drug dealer, Skip helps Cooper regain a belief in himself and the cases they are working.|
|2||"The Runner"||Dwight H. Little||Jonathan Shapiro||September 26, 2005||2T7001||2.96|
|When a liquor store is robbed and the store clerk is killed the police arrest Zeke Rawlins (Jocko Sims), an African-American man fleeing the scene. Skip, believing Zeke's claims of innocence, builds their case around the police arresting the "nearest person of color". Cooper and Skip are caught off guard by the final witness in the trial. Skip and Cooper also meet Kate, a former classmate of Skip's, who is working at the law firm that rejected Skip.|
|3||"The Limit"||John Badham||Rob Bragin||October 3, 2005||2T7002||2.88|
|4||"The Body in the Trunk"||Tim Matheson||Craig O'Neil & Jason Tracy||August 13, 2006||2T7003||N/A|
|5||"The Heater"||Dennis Smith||Nick Thiel||August 20, 2006||2T7004||1.59|
|6||"The Rainmaker"||Dwight H. Little||Rama Laurie Stagner||August 27, 2006||2T7005||1.12|
|7||"The Code"||Oz Scott||Alfredo Barrios Jr.||September 3, 2006||2T7006||1.34|
|8||"The Bar"||Kevin Dowling||Jonathan Shapiro||September 10, 2006||2T7007||1.48|
Just Legal was cancelled in October 2005 after only three episodes aired due to low ratings; the program lost a large portion of its lead-in 7th Heaven's audience and came in last place among the six major broadcast networks in its Monday night timeslot. After almost a year off the air, the series returned on August 6, 2006 with a rerun of the pilot episode, followed by the network burning off the final five episodes on subsequent Sundays. The final episode aired on September 10, 2006.