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Beginning & Ending Narrations (Voice-overs)

THE LEGAL SERIES

THE BOLD ONES/NBC/1969-73
[Narrator] "THE BOLD ONES! Burl Ives, Joseph Campanella, James Farentino....Lawyers defending justice in the nation's courtrooms. Leslie Nielsen, Hari Rhodes...Public servants enforcing the laws of a challenging society...THE BOLD ONES!"

DARK JUSTICE/CBS/1991-94
[Voice of Ramy Zada as Judge Nicholas Marshall] "As a cop I lost my collars to legal loopholes. But I believed in the system. As a D.A. I lost my cases to crooked lawyers. But I believed in the system. As a judge my hands were bound by the letter of the law. But I believed in the system....until it took my life away [his wife killed in a car bomb]. And then I stopped believing in the system and started believing in justice."

THE GUARDIAN/CBS/2001-2004
[Voice of Judge] "I am sentencing you to 1500 hours of community service, using your skills as a corporate attorney to work as a child advocate."

THE GRAND JURY/SYN/1959-60
[Narrator] "The forework of liberty, protecting the inalienable rights of free people. Serving unstintingly and without prejudice to maintain the laws of our land....THE GRAND JURY."

THE GREAT DEFENDER/FOX/1995
[Voice of Michael Rispoli] "Do you need a lawyer? Call me, Lou Frischetti." [Opening scene shows bus ad with the phone number 1-800-55-LEGAL]

JAG/NBC/CBS/1995-2005
[Narrator] "Following in his father's footsteps as a naval aviator Lieutenant Commander Harmon Rabb, Jr. suffered a crash while landing his Tomcat on a storm tossed carrier at sea. Diagnosed with night-blindness, Harm transferred to the Navy's Judge Advocate General Corp which investigates, defends and prosecutes the law of the sea. There, with fellow JAG lawyer Major Sarah McKenzie, he now fights in and out of the courtroom with the same daring and tenacity that made him a Top Gun in the air."

LAW & ORDER/NBC/1990+
[Steve Morgan as Narrator] "In the criminal justice system the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The police who investigate crime and the district attorneys who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories."

MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY/ABC/1951-52
[The program begins with an energetic narration similar to the beginning of THE ADVENTURES OF SUPERMAN]

[Narrator] "Mr. District Attorney, champion of the people, defender of truth, guardian of our fundamental rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." (District Attorney Paul Garrett speaks) "...and it shall be my duty as District Attorney not only to prosecute to the limit of the law all persons accused of crimes perpetrated within this county, but to defend with equal vigor the rights and privileges of all its citizens."

THE PAPER CHASE/CBS/SHO/1978-86
[Voice of John Houseman as Professor Charles W. Kingsfield, Jr.] "The study of law is something new and unfamiliar to most of you, unlike any other schooling you have ever known before. You'll teach yourself law but I'll train your minds. You come in here with a skull full of mush and, if you survive, you'll leave thinking like a lawyer."

THE PEOPLE'S COURT/SYN/1981-93
[Voice of Doug Llewelyn] "What you are about to see is real. The litigants on the screen are not actors. They are genuine citizens who, having filed their claims in a real small claims court, have been persuaded to drop their suits there and have them settled here, in this forum...THE PEOPLE'S COURT." [Closing] "Don't take the law into your own hands...take 'em to court."

THE PUBLIC DEFENDER/CBS/1954-55
[Voice of Reed Hadley] "A public defender is an attorney employed by the community and responsible for giving legal aid without cost to a person who seeks it and is financially unable to employ private council. It is his duty to defend those accused of a crime until the issue is decided in a court of law. The first public defender's office in the United State was opened in January, 1913. Over the years, other offices were opened and today that handful has grown to a network...a network of lawyers cooperating to protect the rights of our clients."

ROSETTI AND RYAN/NBC/1977
[Narrator] "It's out there, people violating contracts, swindling, trespassing, killing, reusing postage stamps; crimes beyond counting; but come morning, some citizen accused of an interesting one will seek us out."

SHANNON'S DEAL/NBC/1990-91
[Voice of Jamey Sheridan as Jack Shannon] "I thought I was a big shot. Big money. Big house. Big car. I thought I held all the cards. I thought I could pick the winner every time. I thought I could smell it. But the whole thing was built on garbage. I treated my wife badly and I knew it and I didn't stop and one day she walked. She took my daughter with her. I started gambling big time. Crazy stuff. Long shot stuff. I turned into the kind of man that I'd grown up hating. Making the big bucks and being made a partner [in a law firm] wasn't enough to buy that off. I'm just kinda starting from scratch, trying to keep things low pressure."

SIROTA'S COURT/NBC/1976-77

Announcer: This is the city. It could be your city.
Woman: Luckily for you it's not. What a Jungle!
Announcer: Yes, this city like many others is a victim of rising crime.
 Man: Tell me. I live with bars on my windows while the crooks are out on the streets!
 Woman: I bought one of those Doberman dogs; they beat him up!
Announcer: And where does the average citizen find justice?
Man: Not here, Buddy!
  Woman: Ooh!, could we use Superman now!
Man: Aah, nobody cares.
Announcer: Nobody?  What about the honorable Matthew J. Sirota of Night Court?
  Man: Oh, he's the one who's tough but fair.
 Woman: Oh yeah!, he's a nice man. 

SLATTERY'S PEOPLE/CBS/1964-65
[Voice of Richard Crenna as James Slattery] "Democracy is a very bad form of government, but I ask you never to forget it; all the others are so much worse!"

THE YOUNG LAWYERS/ABC/1970-71
[Voice of Lee J. Cobb as David Barrett] "In the commonwealth of Massachusetts, law students can go right into court and defend their clients, take a case all the way, win or lose...helping people who need legal services. These students are doing it at the Neighborhood Law Office. They're lawyers...THE YOUNG LAWYERS."


 

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