Wednesday, September 26, 2018

On this date... 27 years ago

On Sept 26, 1991, a major TV show debuted that—for the first time—featured a deaf or hard of hearing actor in a lead role. The NBC police drama Reasonable Doubts ran from 1991–1993 and starred Academy-Award winner Marlee Matlin as Tess Kaufman, a prosecutor who fought for the rights of the accused. She portrayed a lawyer who happened to be deaf—instead of just a deaf lawyer. In 1994, she joined the cast of Picket Fences for a couple of seasons. The Seinfeld TV show made a nod to Reasonable Doubts during an episode called The Pitch. When Jerry and George visit NBC they sit under a poster showing Mark Harmon and Marlee Matlin was on the wall of Seinfeld episode.


T Orrent said...

The show was also notable for how Matlin's character was portrayed: a lawyer who happened to be deaf, not a deaf lawyer.

Anonymous said...

Good point! I will edit the post to reflect that. Thank you! -Stephen Goforth, DeafNewsToday