Sweet Justice

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Sweet Justice
GenreLegal drama
Created byJohn Romano
StarringCicely Tyson
Melissa Gilbert
Ronny Cox
Jason Gedrick
Greg Germann
ComposerW. G. Snuffy Walden
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Executive producerJohn Romano
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesTrotwood Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1994 (1994-09-15) –
August 12, 1995 (1995-08-12)

Sweet Justice is an American legal drama television series created by John Romano and starring Cicely Tyson and Melissa Gilbert. The hour-long series ran from September 15, 1994, to August 12, 1995, on NBC.[1] The series was produced by Trotwood Productions in association with Columbia Pictures Television.


Attorney Kate Delacroy (Melissa Gilbert) returns to New Orleans from Wall Street for her sister's engagement party and decides to stay. Instead of joining the prestigious law firm headed by her arch conservative father, James-Lee (Ronny Cox), she joins forces with old civil rights warrior Carrie Grace Battle (Cicely Tyson) in Battle-Ross & Associates, the better to take on cases of women's rights, minority rights, and everyone else's rights.

Cast and characters[edit]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"Michael DinnerJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanSeptember 15, 1994 (1994-09-15)
In the opener, Kate (Melissa Gilbert) Kate takes on a child-custody case involving a waitress and a ne'er-do-well. Kathryn Morris and Kathleen York guest star.
2"It's a Grand Old Dame"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanSeptember 17, 1994 (1994-09-17)
Kate defends an eccentric philanthropist (Marion Ross) in a competency hearing brought on by her daughters, who fear she's squandering their inheritance.
3"One Good Woman"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanSeptember 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)
Kate battles to get a young woman admitted to an all-male military academy.
4"High School Confidential"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanOctober 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)
Teen boy has an affair with his teacher who is found murdered the next morning.
5"The Right Things"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanOctober 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)
Kate Delacroy's client who is accused of armed robbery and murder claims to have an alibi in a famous politico who solicited her for prostitution.
6"Fourth Quarter"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanOctober 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
A college-football star claims he did not receive the education he was promised after a career-ending injury.
7"Sex, Lies and Shining Armor"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanOctober 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)
Carrie Grace represents a woman lawyer who works at Kate's father's law firm, who claims that one of the lawyers has been sexually harassing her. Natalia Nogulich, CCH Pounder and Sydney Walsh guest star.
"The Power of Darkness, Pts. 1 & 2"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanNovember 12, 1994 (1994-11-12)
Kate becomes attracted to an art photographer (Dale Midkiff) that she is defending after being charged for murdering his patron. Carrie Grace learns that her visiting granddaughter's marriage is in trouble.
10"In the Name of the Son"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanDecember 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)
Carrie Grace (Cicely Tyson) decides to file a wrongful death suit against the man whom she believes killed a black civil rights activist years ago on the behalf of the activist's son. John Randolph and Stephen Root guest star.
11"Baby Mine"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanJanuary 7, 1995 (1995-01-07)
Kate and Carrie Grace represent a surrogate mother seeking custody of the child she's carrying. Megan Gallivan and Judith Hoag guest star.
12"Both Sides Now"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanJanuary 14, 1995 (1995-01-14)
After a carjacking, Reese (Cree Summer) isn't driven to defend an unrepentant career burglar who's accused of attempted homicide. Marcia Strassman and Bruce Weitz guest star.
13"Greener Grass"UnknownJohn Romano, Jean Gennis and Phyllis MurphyJanuary 21, 1995 (1995-01-21)
While being wooed by a big firm, Andy (Greg Germann) represents an ungrateful welfare cheat.
14"Story of My Life"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanFebruary 4, 1995 (1995-02-04)
A terminally ill boy decides to forgo treatment; a judge makes an unwelcome pass at Reese. Vincent Kartheiser, William Allen Young and Granville Van Dusen guest star.
15"Bloodlines"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanMarch 4, 1995 (1995-03-04)
Insurance fraud is suspected after the sudden deaths of racehorses at stables co-owned by James Lee (Ronny Cox). Bailey (Jason Gedrick) is framed for cocaine possession.
16"Clouds of Glory"Mel DamskiJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanMarch 17, 1995 (1995-03-17)
While preparing her defense of a 13-year-old boy accused of murdering a young man with a promising future, Carrie Grace meets a determined youth counselor (Michael Warren). Jimmy Lee Newman and Charles Hallahan guest star.
17"Fire"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanMarch 25, 1995 (1995-03-25)
A paralyzed firefighter (Daphne Ashbrook) seeks justice, believing her injury in the line of duty was due to departmental sexism.
18"Just Say Yes"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanApril 1, 1995 (1995-04-01)
Kate's friend in a police narcotics unit exposes corruption in his squad after a cop is killed in a drug bust. Carrie takes Michael to a weekend conference in Charleston and the father of Reese's child turns up unannounced.
19"Broken Ties"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanApril 8, 1995 (1995-04-08)
When Det. Ethan Ballou (David Packer) is framed for a shooting, Kate sets out to prove that the DA's office is involved--including Logan. Guest stars include Davida Williams, Allison Mack, Larry Joshua, Richard T. Jones and Donal Logue.
20"Pledges"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanApril 15, 1995 (1995-04-15)
Carrie Grace takes the case of a couple whose son died during a fraternity hazing; Kate goes after a suspicious psychic (Marlee Matlin); Harry's affair leads to a showdown with James Lee. Susan Ruttan also guest stars.
21"Muddy Waters"Mel DamskiJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanApril 22, 1995 (1995-04-22)
Carrie Grace defends James Lee as he's tried for the murder of Sara Pratt (Allison Smith). Bruce McGill and Roscoe Lee Browne guest star.
22"The Sensational Six"UnknownJohn Romano and Mark WaxmanAugust 12, 1995 (1995-08-12)
Members of a halfway house for recovering substance abusers face eviction; James Lee makes a confession to Kate and Anne involving Sara Pratt. Hinton Battle guest stars.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Tyson was nominated for an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role on the series.


  1. ^ Scott, Tony (September 15, 1994). "Sweet Justice". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-04.

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