Common Law

Common Law is an ABC network sitcom series, created by Rob LaZebnik, starring comedian Greg Giraldo in the lead role.

The show aired from September 28 to October 19, 1996, lasting for one season & 4 episodes.

It was produced by Witt/Thomas Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.


The series centered on John Alvarez, a long-haired, guitar-playing attorney who is the only Hispanic person at the conservative, upscale and mostly-white law firm in Manhattan, New York.


  • Greg Giraldo as John Alvarez
  • Megyn Price as Nancy Slaton
  • David Pasquesi as Henry Beckett
  • Carlos Jacott as Peter Gutenhimmel
  • Diana-Maria Riva as Maria Marquez
  • Gregory Sierra as Luis Alvarez
  • John Di Maggio as Francis


Supporters of "Common Law" pointed to the Saturday 9:30/8:30 pm time slot as a factor in its poor ratings and subsequent cancellation, despite having the long-running ABC sitcom, "Coach as its lead-in.

The series garnered much praise from the Latino community, who were happy to see a character and entertainer of Latino descent starring in such an upscale role; subsequently, they gave ABC much backlash when the show was canceled.

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