The BEST Episodes of Fairly Legal

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 25, 2021

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.

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#1 - Shattered

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 18, 2012

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

star 8.48
637 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Jamie Pachino

#2 - Finale

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 15, 2012

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
524 votes
Directors: Anton Cropper
Writers: Peter Ocko
Bait and Switch

#3 - Bait and Switch

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 30, 2012

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

star 8.42
731 votes
Directors: Ken Girotti
Writers: Joanna Johnson

#4 - Satisfaction

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 16, 2012

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

star 8.31
766 votes
Directors: Anton Cropper
Writers: Peter Ocko
Teenage Wasteland

#5 - Teenage Wasteland

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 27, 2012

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

star 8.27
604 votes
Writers: Ish Goldstein
Force Majeure

#6 - Force Majeure

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 8, 2012

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 8.24
637 votes
Directors: Peter Markle
Writers: Peter Ocko
Start Me Up

#7 - Start Me Up

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 23, 2012

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 8.22
701 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Rob Fresco
Ripple of Hope

#8 - Ripple of Hope

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired May 4, 2012

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 8.19
584 votes
Directors: Peter Markle
Writers: Robert Nathan
What They Seem

#9 - What They Seem

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 20, 2012

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

star 8.14
694 votes
Directors: Anton Cropper
Writers: Tom Donaghy
Shine a Light

#10 - Shine a Light

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 6, 2012

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 7.96
785 votes
Directors: Allan Kroeker
Writers: Jamie Pachino

#11 - Borderline

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 1, 2012

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

star 7.96
691 votes
Directors: Matthew Penn
Writers: Joanna Johnson

#12 - Ultravinyl

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Mar 10, 2011

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 7.93
740 votes
Directors: Bob Berlinger
Writers: Blair Singer

#13 - Benched

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 3, 2011

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 7.92
925 votes
Writers: Aaron Tracy
Bo Me Once

#14 - Bo Me Once

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 10, 2011

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 7.91
866 votes
Directors: Anton Cropper
Writers: Jan Nash, Linda Burstyn, Michael Sardo
Coming Home

#15 - Coming Home

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Mar 3, 2011

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 7.85
806 votes
Directors: Steven DePaul
Writers: Jim Adler
Gimme Shelter

#16 - Gimme Shelter

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 13, 2012

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 7.84
785 votes
Directors: Peter Lauer
Writers: Ali Laventhol, Tawnya Bhattacharya

#17 - Believers

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 24, 2011

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 7.83
1,004 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Jim Adler

#18 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 20, 2011

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 7.83
1,224 votes
Directors: Bronwen Hughes
Writers: Michael Sardo
My Best Friend's Prenup

#19 - My Best Friend's Prenup

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 17, 2011

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 7.83
853 votes
Directors: Vincent Misiano
Writers: Ben Lee

#20 - Priceless

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 27, 2011

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 7.81
1,107 votes
Directors: Andy Wolk
Writers: Michael Sardo
The Two Richards

#21 - The Two Richards

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 17, 2011

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 7.80
896 votes
Directors: Paul Holahan
Writers: Jan Nash
Kiss Me, Kate

#22 - Kiss Me, Kate

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired May 11, 2012

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 7.78
695 votes
Writers: Roger Wolfson

#23 - Bridges

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 24, 2011

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 7.73
850 votes
Directors: Peter Markle
Writers: Jan Nash, Michael Sardo