The BEST Episodes of Fairly Legal

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2019

Network: USA Network

Kate Reed, a top litigator frustrated with the endless bureaucracy and daily injustices of the system, takes a hard left to become the ultimate anti-lawyer: a mediator. Using her knowledge of the Law, along with her savvy, intuition and a whatever-it-takes approach to resolving conflict, Kate finds the middle ground for a wide variety of adversaries -- from Fortune 500 corporations to bitter divorces. After the sudden death of her father, she finds herself at odds with the new boss, her stepmother Lauren Reed, and in bed with her soon-to-be ex-husband, Justin Patrick, a top gun in the DA's office. Helping her keep all of this chaos at bay is her trusted, geek-chic assistant Leonardo.

Teenage Wasteland

#1 - Teenage Wasteland

Season 2 - Episode 7

Justin and Ben argue over a plea bargain while Kate visits her old school.

star 8.72
81 votes
Writers: Ish Goldstein
Ripple of Hope

#2 - Ripple of Hope

Season 2 - Episode 8

When Kate enlists Ben's help in turning a prison mediation into a personal crusade, both discover that their romantic feelings for each other are hard to avoid.

star 8.68
90 votes
Directors: Peter Markle
Writers: Robert Nathan
Bait and Switch

#3 - Bait and Switch

Season 2 - Episode 3

Judge Nicastro forces Kate to take a case over an insurance dispute and suggests that Lauren begin dating.

star 8.57
92 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Joanna Johnson
Force Majeure

#4 - Force Majeure

Season 2 - Episode 12

Justin puts his election in jeopardy when he introduces Kate to a Brazilian singer and activist. Elsewhere, Lauren falls for a businessman who may be hiding something

star 8.51
85 votes
Directors: Peter Markle
Writers: Peter Ocko
Shine a Light

#5 - Shine a Light

Season 2 - Episode 4

Kate mediates a dispute over a severance package for an employee fired from an aeronautics company. Lauren and Ben argue over how to handle a settlement offer.

star 8.50
88 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Jamie Pachino

#6 - Finale

Season 2 - Episode 13

Kate digs deeper when a news station fires a lesbian couple for fraternizing in the workplace. Also, Kate must choose between Justin and Ben.

star 8.48
87 votes
Directors: Anton Cropper
Writers: Peter Ocko
What They Seem

#7 - What They Seem

Season 2 - Episode 6

After Justin and the San Francisco Police Department are accused of police brutality, Kate and Ben are forced to represent the victim.

star 8.46
85 votes
Directors: Anton Cropper
Writers: Tom Donaghy
Start Me Up

#8 - Start Me Up

Season 2 - Episode 2

Justin asks Kate to negotiate a deal between the FBI and a local hospital. The case seems simple until Kate discovers another patient was bumped from the donor list to accommodate the FBI.

star 8.42
91 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Rob Fresco

#9 - Borderline

Season 2 - Episode 11

Kate and Ben settle a dispute in Lake Tahoe; Lauren helps Justin with an impossible case.

star 8.41
81 votes
Directors: Matthew Penn
Writers: Joanna Johnson
Kiss Me, Kate

#10 - Kiss Me, Kate

Season 2 - Episode 9

Judge Nicastro enlists Kate and Ben to mediate a contract dispute. Lauren looks for a painting to hang in the lobby of the firm.

star 8.40
85 votes
Writers: Roger Wolfson

#11 - Satisfaction

Season 2 - Episode 1

Kate returns to work and mediates a case between a corporation and former employee whose granddaughter claims he was exposed to harmful chemicals.

star 8.40
98 votes
Directors: Anton Cropper
Writers: Peter Ocko

#12 - Shattered

Season 2 - Episode 10

Justin and D.A. Davidson oppose Kate and Ben. Meanwhile, Lauren negotiates the purchase of an airline for a client.

star 8.40
83 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Jamie Pachino
Coming Home

#13 - Coming Home

Season 1 - Episode 7

A big client of Reed & Reed’s asks Kate to mediate a simple financial matter -- which quickly morphs into a case of identity theft before escalating to an immigration issue where Kate must defend a brave soldier against a rigid Homeland Security prosecutor.

star 8.36
78 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Jim Adler

#14 - Ultravinyl

Season 1 - Episode 8

Paul Shelton, lead singer of the 1990s one-hit-wonder band, Ultravinyl, seeks Kate’s help to cash in on a lucrative offer for use of their song in a commercial. What seems like a slam dunk stalls when Paul’s former bandmates refuse to negotiate, and Paul reveals the real reason he needs Kate’s help.

star 8.26
72 votes
Directors: Bob Berlinger
Writers: Blair Singer

#15 - Believers

Season 1 - Episode 6

The exasperated young inventor of a revolutionary new device, Marcus, threatens to jump to his death when John, his employer and the rights holder to Marcus' invention, asks Kate to mediate his firing. Kate must get Marcus off the ledge, recover the device, which he's stolen, and find a fair resolution for both the disenchanted employee and his former boss.

star 8.23
73 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Jim Adler

#16 - Benched

Season 1 - Episode 3

Kate’s nemesis Judge Nicastro assigns her to mediate a case between a high school football coach and the angry parents who claim his old school methods border on abuse. When the videotaped evidence doesn’t make sense to her, Kate unearths the real reason for the coach’s controversial actions.

star 8.19
80 votes
Writers: Aaron Tracy

#17 - Bridges

Season 1 - Episode 10

One day in the life of Kate: prevent an international incident at the Croatian Embassy and mediate between two litigious brothers before her nemesis, Judge Nicastro, throws her in jail -- all while bracing herself for the possibility of some major personal changes.

star 8.18
66 votes
Directors: Peter Markle
Writers: Jan Nash, Michael Sardo
My Best Friend's Prenup

#18 - My Best Friend's Prenup

Season 1 - Episode 9

Kate’s best friend Julie comes to Reed & Reed for a standard prenuptial agreement. But her father -- a Tae Kwan Do master -- has deep suspicions of his future son-in-law. Kate investigates, determined to prove him wrong -- but what she uncovers shocks everyone.

star 8.17
70 votes
Directors: Vincent Misiano
Writers: Ben Lee
Gimme Shelter

#19 - Gimme Shelter

Season 2 - Episode 5

A landlord is unable to pay his mortgage because one of his tenants is a drug dealer, so Kate steps in to mediate the case.

star 8.15
88 votes
Directors: Peter Lauer
Writers: Ali Laventhol, Tawnya Bhattacharya

#20 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

After the sudden death of her father, San Francisco mediator Kate Reed must work with her stepmother, who’s the same age, to keep his firm alive by resolving a dispute between a clothing magnate and his son, who’s due to inherit the business, and hiding a dark personal secret which could ruin an innocent boy’s life.

star 8.10
119 votes
Directors: Bronwen Hughes
Writers: Michael Sardo
Bo Me Once

#21 - Bo Me Once

Season 1 - Episode 4

While mediating a dispute between the star of the cooking show "Burnin' with Bo" and the company releasing his barbecue sauce, Kate discovers that Bo's assistant Beth is actually the brains behind the business -- and that Bo's holding her up for a bigger piece of the profits. But none of this matters when someone from Beth's past emerges to claim an even bigger piece for himself.

star 8.04
80 votes
Directors: Anton Cropper
Writers: Jan Nash, Linda Burstyn, Michael Sardo

#22 - Priceless

Season 1 - Episode 2

Kate mediates a settlement between the State of California and Steve Jenks, a wrongfully convicted man who spent 22 years in prison. As Kate tries to put a price on the years he lost, Steve escapes into a prison of his own making, refusing to deal with the pain of his past -- until, when pushed, he explodes.

star 7.96
89 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Michael Sardo
The Two Richards

#23 - The Two Richards

Season 1 - Episode 5

Kate mediates the settlement between an insurance company and a man who was hit by a truck, only to find the real conflict is between the man and his wife, who claims the husband she knew never came back from the accident.

star 7.81
80 votes
Directors: Paul Holahan
Writers: Jan Nash