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Common Law

Harvard-trained Latino attorney John Alvarez defies all expectations with his witty and nonconformist attitude. The comedy series depicts his character struggling to fit in the upscale corporate culture as well as his parents' blue-collar world. Although he works for a prestigious Manhattan law firm, John remains loyal to his traditional Queens, New York upbringing, and he never lets his success get in the way of his family and childhood friends. Living and working together with his beautiful attorney girlfriend Nancy Slaton has its advantages, but it's a romance kept secret from the firm which has strictures against dating co-workers. Nancy is a fun-loving, intelligent perfectionist with a good heart. Since she is very much in love with John and quite the opposite of him, her conservative Upper East Side upbringing balances her relationship with her no-rules boyfriend. John has always been more of a leader than a follower, as his father, Luis Alvarez, would tell you. As a working class barber who owns a barber shop in Queens, Luis is very proud of his lawyer son. He is John's biggest fan, but his old-world ways sometimes put him at odds with his unconventional son.

Show Info

Network: United States ABC (1996 - 1996)
Schedule: Saturdays (30 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: Comedy

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Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x04: In the Matter of: Luis in LoveOct 19, 1996
1x03: In the Matter of: AcceptanceOct 12, 1996
1x02: In the Matter of: John's Fifteen MinutesOct 5, 1996
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