It’s officially August. The fall shows are coming. You’re holding your breath until Connie Britton makes a triumphant return to network television in Nashville. What will you do until then? It’s the perfect time for a television marathon! Fortunately, USA's newest original series Common Law premiered this summer, and though it started back in May, using On Demand, iTunes, and some creative Internet sources that we in no way encourage or endorse, you can easily catch up before the season finale on August 10. Given the wacky USA scheduling system, season 2 (or season 1, part 2?) can’t be too far off.
This is the show for you if you like: Starsky and Hutch and you've run out of episodes of White Collar. Common Law seems to be USA's answer to TNT's Southland, though, of course, it's not quite as dark, tonally or visually. Travis Marks (Michael Ealy playing the functional equivalent of Hutch) and Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole playing the functional equivalent of Starsky) are Los Angeles detective-partners sent to couples therapy (cue the innocuous-yet-retrograde gay jokes) because they constantly bicker. They've been working together for five years, and somehow, this small twist feels like a refreshing variation on the odd-couple cop conceit. Don't we usually meet these partnerships as they're forming? Wes and Travis are almost a bizarro version of Neal and Peter from White Collar: instead of fast-paced banter on the slick streets of New York, these detectives drive around Los Angeles trying to one-up each other.