I love this show. It's about a judge (Amy Brenneman) who is a single mom to a young daughter. They live with Amy's mom (Tyne Daly) who is a social worker. Each episode involves some kind of dispute in Amy's courtroom, as well as a situation that Tyne Daly is dealing with. They both specialize in juvenile issues, which has a lot of appeal for me since I tend to specialize in those, too;)
There are some other extended family members in the series. It's fascinating and entertaining to watch the interaction between all of them, especially the mother/daughter relationships. I also love the close relationship Amy has with her younger brother because it reminds me of the one I have with mine.
I like that no matter what societal ills they may face during the day, they all have one another to come home to. Not that they always get along, in fact they frequently do not. But, that they can deal with huge issues and solve them in an hour, usually with common sense (this is television after all), is refreshing.
And that Amy, a judge for heaven's sake, still learns so much about life from her mother, this older and wiser woman that she is so fortunate to have in her life each day. I envy her a bit. Especially on the days that I'm struggling with one issue or another and want to wail, "Why can't someone just tell me what to doooo!"
Amy's lectures to the courtroom are logical and reasonable, delivered with coolness and acumen. I wish I could do as well explaining things to certain people in my household. But then, Amy does have a scriptwriter.
There is one tip that I've learned from her that has proven to be useful. Yesterday, things got a bit heated with certain members of my household. I found myself raising my hand and calmly but firmly advising, "Let's take a five minute
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