Common Law

First Aired: September 1st 1996
Status: Ended
Runtime: 30 minutes

Harvard-trained Latino attorney John Alvarez defies all expectations with his witty and nonconformist attitude. The comedy series depicts his character struggling to fit in the upscale corporate culture as well as his parents' blue-collar world. Although he works for a prestigious Manhattan law firm, John remains loyal to his traditional Queens, New York upbringing, and he never lets his success get in the way of his family and childhood friends. Living and working together with his beautiful attorney girlfriend Nancy Slaton has its advantages, but it's a romance kept secret from the firm which has strictures against dating co-workers. Nancy is a fun-loving, intelligent perfectionist with a good heart. Since she is very much in love with John and quite the opposite of him, her conservative Upper East Side upbringing balances her relationship with her no-rules boyfriend. John has always been more of a leader than a follower, as his father, Luis Alvarez, would tell you. As a working class barber who owns a barber shop in Queens, Luis is very proud of his lawyer son. He is John's biggest fan, but his old-world ways sometimes put him at odds with his unconventional son. Despite John's nonconformist nature, his more conventional colleagues know he can get the job done. Ruthlessly ambitious attorney Henry Beckett will go to any length to advance in the firm. Not too scrupulous about how he gets ahead, he can be somewhat sarcastic and constantly finds himself challenged by office manager Maria Marquez. Famous for her long and wild nails, Maria is witty and flamboyant, and she efficiently does her job. The nervous and somewhat hapless Peter Gutenhimmel is an uptight associate whose father is a partner in the firm, and he never seems to truly live down his nepotistic origin.
Carlos Jacott
David Pasquesi
Diana-Maria Riva
Greg Giraldo
Gregory Sierra
Megyn Price


Season 1

1Pilot1996-09-28                    More info               Watch online
2In the Matter of: John's Fifteen Minutes1996-10-05                    More info               Watch online
3In the Matter of: Acceptance1996-10-12                    More info               Watch online
4In the Matter of: Luis in Love1996-10-19                    More info               Watch online
5In the Matter of: Need                                         More info
6In the Matter of: Attention                                         More info
7In the Matter of: John's Hero                                         More info
8In the Matter of: Thanksgiving                                         More info
9In the Matter of: John and Nancy's Secret                                         More info
10In the Matter of: John's Buddy                                         More info
11                                         More info

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