I watched this week’s episodes of THE OFFICE and BOSTON LEGAL back-to-back last night. As great as THE OFFICE is, I think LEGAL is the funnier show. I laughed straight through it. The season premiere was a little silly, I thought, but this second episode was classic.
Craig Bierko‘s Jeffrey Coho is a great addition to the cast, providing us with a new Alan Shore type, as Shore’s outrageousness of the past couple of seasons has had to be toned down. (He’s growing as a person, you know.) Coho manages to spit out more dialogue per minute than most characters from THE GILMORE GIRLS or WEST WING. Plus, he’s just outrageous and cocky enough to make for a fun time. He might be a little cartoonish and over the top, but that’s OK. I enjoy the broadness of his character. There are enough serious legal dramas in the television dust bin already.
William Shatner’s fourth wall smashing dialogue in the opening was hilarious for me, but I’m sure others won’t approve. I direct you to yesterday’s link dump for more thoughts on that.
And, of course, we have an on-going case that piques my interest. I wonder how long it’ll be before Kelley writes his Nancy Grace-like character into a storyline not unlike what happened to her in real life recently, where a guest committed suicide after the show. I bet we’ll see that by January.
In January, we’ll also get to see how funny SCRUBS is planning on being this year. Can it compete with these two? It’ll be tricky.