A female lawyer. Anne Meara the comedienne, the female half of the Stiller-Meara team, plays a dynamic trial lawyer. Kate McShane has an Irish father and five older brothers, and she is aided by family members including a Jesuit priest (a former cop who does the legwork) and university law professor also helps out (played by Charles Haid). Kate McShane was created, written and produced by E. Jack Neuman, who has created or developed series like Dr Kildare, Mr Novak and Sam Benedict.
Recaps1x1: The Best Possible Defense (aka A Roar of Silence) recap
: CBS' "Kate McShane" does offer something different. She lives up to the promise of the pilot — a hard-hitting attorney who is human enough to know she hasn't all the answers. Anne Meara is especially fine in the role when Kate gets angry enough to pound her fist against the wall. She's often angry.
In "The Best Possible Defense," she is angered by an unethical federal prosecutor, by a witness who will not trust her, by lack of available defense evidence and by her own self-doubts.
Barbara, a former dissenter, is arrested by federal marshals for alleged participation in a bombing that killed a worker. She denies it and in the five years since it occurred, she has won community support for a day care center. The only two persons who can attest to her innocence are terrorists still undercover. McShane, with the cogent legal advice and unfailing moral support of the brother, a Jesuit professor of law, finds the determination to stay with the case. It becomes for her a matter or revenge against the prosecutor rather than defending the unjustifiable past lifestyle of her client.
McShane is believable. She wears ordinary blouse and slacks occasionally. Sometimes she gets silence instead of answers. She is not an infallible Petrocelli who flouts courtroom procedure with speculation. More welcome than all that, McShane is revealed to us a full person with her own emotional involvement, weaknesses and self-doubts. And Anne Meara makes us care about all that... read more.