I never watched "Street Legal" when it had originally aired simply because I was only born in 1987 when the show was first aired! Even though I was never there to experience the series in it's own time, I find it very addictive today. Yes, you can say that the show is dated, but you can technically argue that any television show from a few decades back is dated. Times change; Issues change. And despite the fact that the show was all about "political correctness," I believe that some of that "political correctness" demonstrated are still applicable to present day; issues such as the right to die, the controversy over same-sex marriage, and stem cell research - to name a few.
Additionally, the fact that the show is dated does not restrict the audience from becoming attatched to the characters. It is easy to relate to them in one form or another, and love them. The characters all had amazing chemistry, strong character development, and the actors always performed perfectly. I think this show is simply a show of great quality, and is enjoyable all around. When the series began, it was funny listening to the phoney opening theme song, and watching people with their eighties hair, and a gigantic compact disc containing valuable evidence. But as the show progressed, a lot of that corney stuff disappeared, and the show improved.
This is one young viewer who leaves the datedness aside, and enjoys the show for what it really is: Great Canadian quality
(And "Street Legal" may have been a rip of "LA Law", but recently Australia made a rip off of "Street Legal." The Australians did not even change the title)
Actually, Street Legal isn't a rip-off of L.A. Law -- according to The Museum of Broadcast and Communications, both shows "were coincidentally developed and aired at the same time." That's more or less true. According to IMDB, the first episode of L.A. Law was aired September 1986, while Street Legal's first episode was aired January 1987.
You can read all about Street Legal on The Museum of Broadcast and Communications webpage for Street Legal at http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/S/htmlS/streetlegal/streetlegal.htm
And yes, of course it is dated -- it was the 80s and it has been almost 20 years ago since the show first premiered and now 12 years after the show left the air. Lots of things have changed since then! However, the show was and still in its re-runs on Bravo! good (where I first discovered Street Legal, quite by accident!)
Street Legal is a great show with great acting! After all, Eric Peterson won 3 Gemini Awards for his portrayal of Leon Robinovitch and Sonja Smits won a Gemini Award for her portrayl of Carrie Barr. As well, most of the cast earned nominations for their works, including C. David Johnson (Chuck Tchobanian), Cynthia Dale (Olivia Novak), Anthony Sherwood (Dillon Beck), Julie Khaner (Alana Newman) and Ron Lea (Brian Maloney).
In case you didn't know, and even if you did, Street Legal is a spin-off from the TV Movie Shell Game:http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0090010/
Yeah the guy who developed the pilot (the writer and lawyer William Deverell) originally conceived of the idea in 1980 in a novel form, which was released a few years after the show went of the air. It isn't a rip-off of LA Law.