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Legit: Season 1

Fox // 2013 // 286 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // March 13th, 2014

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson is 2 legit 2 quit.

The Charge

He wants to help in the worst way.

Opening Statement

Australian comedian Jim Jefferies scores his own series on FX and, truth be told, it's sort of a head-scratcher.

Facts of the Case

Jim (Jefferies) is trying to help. No, really, he wants to be a decent person. It's not in his nature though. He prefers indulging in own neuroses and going out of his way to piss people off with his snark. But when he starts hanging out with Billy (DJ Qualls), who spend his life in a wheelchair, and his oblivious brother Steve, Jim sees the opportunity to make himself a slightly better person—though, predictably, it often goes horribly wrong.

The Evidence

Legit started off rough. Very rough. Once the pilot wrapped, I came away loathing Jim Jefferies (his character at least), uninterested in the plot hook and free of laughter. There is some solace that Jefferies apparently found the pilot underwhelming as well. The good news: the show gets better. Not miles better, but somewhere along the way, these guys find their footing and end up producing a passable, surprisingly sentimental, sporadically funny half-hour.

Let's start with Jefferies. I remember this guy from his appearances with Opie and Anthony and recall generous amounts of chortling from my end when he came on. The guy was potty-mouthed, but had a quick wit and biting edge to his comedy. Frankly, it was probably overdue that he got his own comedy. But in the context of this show—even through he's essentially playing himself, a profane Australian comedian—his character his uneven. In the pilot he's a wooden, insult-generating machine, which carries over somewhat into subsequent episodes; thankfully, he takes on a bit more nuance as he hands with his friends (particularly Qualls), grounding his invective into a more well-rounded persona. Which is important as the series is about this dink trying to do decent things and failing.

Eventually, that dynamic comes into focus, and when Legit is at its best, it's crude, politically incorrect (Jefferies, to a cop on why he bought a Dodge Challenger for his disabled friend: "He's challenged, officer."), awkwardly funny and surprisingly sentimental.

As it stands now, Legit: Season 1 is too hit-and-miss to earn a full-on recommendation—but the groundwork is laid for a decent future outing.

The two-disc set: 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, 5.1 Dolby Digital surround, select episode commentaries, deleted scenes, a gag reel and a featurette on Jim Jefferies.

Closing Statement

All over the place, but the germ of a solid series is in there somewhere.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Video: 90
Audio: 90
Extras: 80
Acting: 80
Story: 70
Judgment: 74

Perp Profile

Studio: Fox
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
Subtitles:
• English (SDH)
• French
• Spanish
Running Time: 286 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Genres:
• Comedy
• Television

Distinguishing Marks

• Commentaries
• Deleted Scenes
• Featurette
• Gag Reel

Accomplices

• IMDb
• Official Site








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