Follow TV Tropes


Series / Made in Jersey

Go To
some caption text
Made in Jersey was a CBS primetime Law Procedural that premiered on September 28, 2012 on CBS. It follows the story of Martina Garetti (Janet Montgomery), a Plucky Girl from, you guessed it, New Jersey who—after working cases in Trenton—has now joined a prestigious law firm in Manhattan.

Unlike virtually every other TV show that Hollywood and the New York media currently have on the air, this show actually depicts New Jerseyans as regular people rather than "Jersey Shore"-style caricatures, and depicts New Jersey as a blue-collar, salt-of-the-earth place full of working-class people who are just as sympathetic as the usual New Yorker characters. Also, Martina navigates through cases with a combination of legal knowledge and blue collar knowledge gained from her upbringing.

So, go figure that Made In Jersey was cancelled after only two episodes aired. Nine were completed and are available through some online outlets.

This show provides examples of:

  • Apron Matron: Martina's mom. Their scenes together are heartwarming, and she of course comes to court to witness Martina's first trial.
  • Big Applesauce: The law firm Martina works at is based in Manhattan.
  • Brainy Brunette: Martina.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Martina can be considered an example. Her vibrant personality and quirks bewilder the more staid employees at the firm, but her knowledge of certain everyday areas of knowledge helps her solve her cases.
  • Insanity Defense: Played with in the second episode. Martina defends a severely schizophrenic young woman who took an insanity plea for murder, but now wants a retrial so she can go home from the mental hospital where she was locked up. She's innocent and Martina successfully gets her acquitted.
  • Hello, Attorney!
  • Joisey: Martina was born, raised in, and still lives in New Jersey. She works in New York City, but is proud to be a Jersey Girl.
  • Plucky Girl: Martina.
  • Teacher/Student Romance: The prosecution theory in the pilot is that the accused, a college student, killed one of her professors in a crime of passion. She had nothing to do with it: the purported affair never happened, the professor's death occurred in a Bar Brawl and wasn't reported, and blood evidence implicating the student was a false positive from her hair bleach (which is Truth in Television: there's a number of substances besides blood that can make luminol fluoresce).