Just Cause (TV series)
|Created by||Gail Morgan Hickman
|Written by||Gail Morgan Hickman
Roger R. Cross
|Opening theme||Two Trains
by Sue Foley
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||22 + Pilot|
|Executive producer(s)||Gail Morgan Hickman
|Location(s)||San Francisco, California|
|Running time||60 minutes (with commercials)|
|Distributor||Mind's Eye Entertainment|
|Original network||W Network (Canada)
PAX Network (USA)
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||September 15, 2001 (Canada)
September 15, 2002 (USA)
Five years ago, Alexandra DeMonaco (Elizabeth Lackey) went to prison for a crime she didn’t commit. Unaware that her no-good husband was running a medical insurance scam, she became a scapegoat for a publicity-hungry District Attorney, while her husband disappeared with five million dollars and their daughter.
Instead of wasting time on self-pity while incarcerated, Alex goes to law school on the internet and gets her law degree. Now out on parole, she has two goals: to find her daughter and to become a lawyer. But a convicted felon can’t practice law. So Alex goes to Hamilton Whitney III (Richard Thomas), a successful, well-respected San Francisco attorney, who also happens to be a friend of the governor. Alex wants Whitney to help her petition the governor for a pardon. To pay her way, she goes to work in Whitney’s law firm as an office assistant. Her sassy, brash personality bumps hard against Whitney’s stuffy, reserved Waspyness, and their relationship is not always smooth.
Their view of the law is different as well. Whitney is more interested in how much his well-heeled clients are willing to pay, while Alex is determined to use the law to help people like herself who have been abandoned by the system. Gradually Alex's idealism wins Whitney over. Now they work together to champion underdog cases and achieve justice for the less powerful.
- Elizabeth Lackey as Alexandra DeMonacco
- Richard Thomas as Hamilton Whitney III
- Shaun Benson as Patrick Heller
- Khaira Ledeyo as Peggy Tran
- Mark Hildreth as Ted Kasselbaum
- Jason Schombing as Dave Kaplan
- Roger R. Cross as CJ Leon
Awards and nominations
Helen Shaver won a Gemini Award for Best Director in a Dramatic Series for her work on the episode "Death's Details", and Richard Schwadel won the Leo award for Best Picture Editing on the episode "Above the Law".
Additionally, it was nominated for another Gemini and Leo, and a Director's Guild of Canada award.