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Attorney Patty Hewes could scare the Stetson off J.R. Ewing, cow The Simpsons' Mr. Burns into a coma. A titan of New York City's rough-and-tumble legal community, Patty's ruthless tactics and devious dealings have made her almost invincible in court and almost unbearable outside it. She's driven by an unflagging and often twisted sense of justice, and she feels that makes her underhanded, often unethical maneuvers OK. The end, she would likely agree, justifies the means.

Glenn Close's Patty is the misshapen sun around which the show's other characters revolve. There's Tom Shayes, her loyal-but-doomed law partner. There's Ellen Parsons, a woman whom she tutored before Ellen had enough of the Iron Maiden and moved to the District Attorney's office. There's Phil, Patty's powerful ex-husband. And then, of course, there's the cadre of people who, for one reason or another, tumble into Patty's legal offices—willingly or not.

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Glenn Close as Patty Hewes; Rose Byrne as Ellen Parsons; Tate Donovan as Tom Shayes; Michael Nouri as Phil Grey; Len Cariou as Louis Tobin; Campbell Scott as Joe Tobin; Martin Short as Leonard Winstone

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Paul Asay

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