Equal Justice

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  • 1990
  • 2 Seasons
  • 6.7  (126)

Equal Justice is a legal drama television series produced by MGM that aired from 1990 to 1991. The show starred George DiCenzo, who played the lead character of Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, James Brody. The series revolved around the lives of the lawyers and detectives who worked for the New York City District Attorney's office, as they navigated the complexity of the criminal justice system and worked towards ensuring justice for all.

The show was unique for its time, as it addressed issues of racial equality and social justice in a way that other legal dramas had not yet done. It tackled topics such as police brutality against minority communities, the criminalization of poverty, and the unequal treatment of defendants in the criminal justice system. Through its storylines, Equal Justice explored the complexity of these issues and showcased the different perspectives of the characters involved.

The show had a diverse cast, featuring actors such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Tenney, and Barry Miller, who brought a nuanced and realistic portrayal of their characters. The relationships between the characters were also a significant aspect of the show. The strong bonds between the detectives, lawyers, and staff at the DA's office supported them in their daily struggles and highlighted the importance of teamwork in the pursuit of justice.

The series featured a mix of episodic storylines and longer character arcs that allowed viewers to connect with the characters and understand their motivations. The actors' performances were exceptional, and the writing was engaging, making it an excellent drama for those who enjoy legal shows.

Although the show has been off the air for several decades, many of the issues that it tackled remain relevant today. The show's themes, such as racism in the criminal justice system, are still very much present in society. In a time when the Black Lives Matter movement has brought renewed attention to police brutality and racial inequality, the messages of Equal Justice feel all the more significant.

In conclusion, Equal Justice was a groundbreaking show in its time, addressing themes that had not yet been explored in-depth on television. With its talented cast and nuanced writing, it was a series that stood out from other legal dramas. Although it only lasted for two seasons, its legacy is still felt today, as its themes continue to resonate with audiences. If you enjoy legal dramas with a social justice focus, Equal Justice is a show worth watching.

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The Devil His Due
13. The Devil His Due
July 3, 1991
JoAnn struggles to control her nerves after a prisoner is shot; Eugene fights to save a faltering campaign; Mike tackles a politically sensitive case.
What Color Are My Eyes?
12. What Color Are My Eyes?
June 26, 1991
Linda helps a homeless girl too frightened to testify against the man who attacked her; JoAnn persuades Peter to compete on a television dating show.
Opening Farewell
11. Opening Farewell
June 19, 1991
Eugene Rogan announces his resignation as Bureau Chief and intention to run for the office of District Attorney; Searles continues to be torn between his ambition and keeping his promise; Delia's murderer is finally found.
Without Prejudice
10. Without Prejudice
April 10, 1991
Mike James must remain impartial when conducting a Grand Jury investigation; Eugene Rogan decides to quit his job and run for the office of District Attorney; Searls works as a cross-designate with U.S. attorney's office.
Do the Wrong Thing
9. Do the Wrong Thing
March 27, 1991
Would-be supporters try to persuade Roan to run against Bach; Searls asks a man to wear a hidden microphone in the interests of his case.
Who Speaks for the Children?
8. Who Speaks for the Children?
March 20, 1991
Linda Bauer and Jo Ann Harris are at odds with each other while working together on a precedent-setting case; Julie Janovich's relationship with Detective Mirelli ends on a sour note; and Briggs serves his time Criminal Court Night intake.
Part of the Plan
7. Part of the Plan
March 13, 1991
Jo Ann drives hard to put a suspected robber into prison; Peter and Linda Bauer's mother dies, leaving them stunned; and Briggs and Kerry Lynn date and find that their mutual attraction is very real, and very special.
The Big Game and Other Crimes
6. The Big Game and Other Crimes
March 6, 1991
Briggs has his hands full attempting to prove the guilt of a man charged with arson; Searls, Rogan, and Briggs do their best to find a way to beat the Public Defenders in basketball; and Bach's questionable politics has Rogan seething.
Do No Harm
5. Do No Harm
February 27, 1991
Eugene Rogan's involvement in a right-to-die case causes him to consider his own views of life and death; Linda Bauer prosecutes a college football player charged for rape; and Julie Janovich continues her romance with Detective Nick Mirelli.
In Confidence
4. In Confidence
February 13, 1991
Bauer and Julie interlock on a case that seems hopeless. They know the accused man is guilty, but can't prove it. Finally, the man is released and Bauer has to swallow the fact that sometimes the law isn't flawless.
Courting Disaster
3. Courting Disaster
January 30, 1991
Mike James is in the hotseat when he tries to prosecute a woman who killed her ex-husband's wife; Searls has a steamy affair with nubile daughter of a high-ranking judge.
End Game
2. End Game
January 23, 1991
Julie begins an improbable romance with Detective John Mirelli whom she meets while prosecuting a Skinhead; Peter goes up against Searls on a juvenile death penalty case; Linda finds the apartment of her dreams, but must go before the co-op board.
Sleeping With the Enemy
1. Sleeping With the Enemy
January 9, 1991
Mike James represents a young woman dying of AIDS who is charging her ex-boyfriend who is HIV positive with murder; Briggs' key witness have multiple personalities; Joanne is concerned that her relationship could compromise her career.
  • Premiere Date
    March 27, 1990
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (126)