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Common Law
Genre Sitcom
Created by Rob LaZebnik
Written by Rob LaZebnik
Starring Greg Giraldo
Megyn Price
David Pasquesi
Carlos Jacott
Diana-Maria Riva
Gregory Sierra
John Di Maggio
Richard Fancy
Suzy Nakamura
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (5 unaired) [1]
Executive producer(s) Rob LaZebnik
Paul Junger Witt
Tony Thomas
Gary S. Levine
Running time 23 minutes
Original channel ABC
Original run September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28) – October 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)

Common Law is an American television sitcom that premiered on ABC on September 28, 1996.[2] The show stars Greg Giraldo as a Latino lawyer at a mostly white law firm. Due to low ratings, the series was pulled from ABC's schedule after four episodes had aired.[1]



Common Law focuses on John Alvarez (Greg Giraldo), the seemingly-token Latino at a large, WASPy law firm. John has a degree from Harvard Law School, but never forgets his working-class Queens roots, nor the idea that law is about protecting the "little guy" from the major corporations that are his firms' key clients. He has started a clandestine affair with fellow attorney Nancy Slaton (Megyn Price), clandestine because the firm forbids lawyers from dating each other to minimize claims of sexual harassment. To the disgust of his barber father, Luis (Gregory Sierra), John wears his hair long and plays guitar; his father views him as a hippie. Greg Gerardo is in reality a graduate of Harvard Law School nearly top of his class, and became a lawyer for a while before becoming a comedian as he hated being a lawyer he no longer had interest in it anymore



Four episodes are registered with the United States Copyright Office.

# Title Director Original airdate Production code
1 "Pilot" Robby Benson September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28) 001
2 "In the Matter of: John's 15 Minutes" Will Mackenzie October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05) 004
3 "In the Matter of: Acceptance" Will Mackenzie October 12, 1996 (1996-10-12) 003
4 "In the Matter of: Luis in Love" Will Mackenzie October 19, 1996 (1996-10-19) 005


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