Let me get the pet peeves out of the way first.
I do NOT want ANOTHER jock-type blue-eyed macho lawyer not-a-care-in-the-world banging-stewardesses-at-a-whim flaunting his perfect life in front of me. Enough is enough. Second, the way cases are cracked, with the accidental thought? So "House" I couldn't believe it.
The plots are lazy, Belushi (who is the best part of the show) is half a step off, while everything is standard law show and everyone is as cliched as can be.
Long story short: there are two law shows debuting about this time - this and The Whole Truth with Rob Morrow and Maura Tierney, who are a lot more lovable and are working with an angle a lot more original. Therefore, do yourself a favor and chose only one law show - and it should not be the Defenders.