After her divorce, attorney Amy Gray and her young daughter move back into her mother's house in Hartford, Connecticut, and Amy becomes a family court judge. Amy's mother Maxine is a social worker who holds herself, as well as everyone else — especially Amy — to her perfectionist standards. Since Amy is a family court judge and Maxine is a social worker, they occasionally cross paths professionally, sometimes creating discord that spills over into their personal relationship. Amy and Maxine are both single and interested in romance. Amy's introspective, younger brother is a writer, while her older brother, an insurance salesman, and his neurotic wife frequently drop by. This show is about as complex as it gets without being a Mind Screw...This page is in serious need of Wiki Magic.
This show has examples of:
Abusive Parents: A huge part of Maxine's job, and these pop up in Amy's courtroom.
Adorkable: Maxine and Amy when they're flustered by the attention of the opposite sex... which leads Amy once to declare that she is done with men. ...it doesn't stick.
Asshole Victim: The creep stalking Amy that ended up being killed by Sean's foster kid in defense of the Grays.
Disappeared Dad: The patriarch of the Gray family died several years previous to the pilot, and Lauren's father sometimes ventures into this territory.
Disproportionate Retribution: In one episode, a boy was brought in to Amy's court after calling in a bomb threat at school. However, his father was a soldier and he was born in Afghanistan. Since citizenship is passed through the mother, he is officially an illegal Afghani immigrant and could be deported if convicted of a felony. Later, in a Loophole Abuse filled conversation about a theoretical boy from "Sweden," she is told that if he is deported back to "Sweden" with no family or support system, he'll likely be placed in the military. All because he wanted to get out of a test. Amy takes a third option by sentencing to probation for 364 days, since only sentences of over a year are required to be reported.
Double Standard: Averted in the season 4 episode "Roses & Truth" where Amy has a case of a high school student who slept with his teacher and got her pregnant. At first the boy was charged with rape as the teacher alleged he forced himself on her. The boy's defense, however, showed that the teacher was the sexual predator by bringing in another victim to discuss his relationship with the teacher. It was treated with the seriousness it deserved and even the teacher's husband looked at her with disgust when he heard the second victim's claims.
Emotional Torque: The whole darn series. It doesn't screw so much with your brain as it does your emotions.
Exact Words: In "Roses & Truth" the prosecution is objecting to a surprise witness the defense showed up with feeling they deliberately withheld the name to prevent possible discrediting. Amy gets the prosecution to agree that it was the act of possibly hiding the witness he didn't like rather than hearing from the witness that angers him, giving her no objection to hearing the witness on the stand.