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Better With You is about three different couples at varying stages of commitment: parents Joel (Kurt Fuller) and Vicky (Debra Jo Rupp) have been married for 35 years; daughter Maddie (Jennifer Finnigan) and longtime boyfriend Ben (Josh Cooke) have been together for nine years without tying the knot; and youngest daughter Mia (JoAnna Garcia) is dating Casey (Jake Lacy), whom she's known for seven weeks.The series has nothing new to add to the sitcom formula, but it has good comedic timing that few sitcoms bother to master anymore. These characters may be stock characters, but they're likable and funny.

In the other corner, rising defense attorney superstar Jimmy Brogan (Rob Morrow), who plays it fast and loose but is wicked smart and driven to win. The show presents each week's trial as something like a heavyweight boxing match between the two, and both have their support teams and routines.The cast is solid and the two leads are excellent, but what really distinguishes this show is its balancing act. In the pilot, the script and camerawork succeed at presenting parallel narrative tracks one in which the defendant is seemingly guilty and one in which he is plausibly innocent  and tells the story of the crime from both perspectives.

Maddie (Jennifer Finnigan) and Ben (Josh Cooke) have been together for nine years, but aren’t married. Their parents are going on 35 years strong (Debra Jo Rupp and Kurt Fuller). Though it is sketched too closely in the image of countless sitcom tropes, the pilot at least is charming funny in that traditional sitcom sort of way. And these couples, made up of familiar TV faces, feel genuine. However minor a victory (considering the overall tepidness of the fall’s new shows), it is the funniest pilot of the season.

Las Vegas is the perfect setting for a show that's all about flash and energy. But do you want to live there, or rather, watch it week after week? Belushi and O'Connell work hard to establish the feisty chemistry that the network clearly hopes will drive the show. As much fun as they seem to be having making the show, The Defenders needs to find ways to make the show more fun to watch.

On the flip side of the legal-show coin, The Defenders takes the old-school approach of building a show on the personalities of its lawyers-stars. So we have  playing Nick Morelli, a gruff and grizzled old-timer who drinks martinis for breakfast, and we have as Pete Kaczmarek, a young, single hotshot who loves to take chances and is sleeping with the prosecutor. 

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