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Lorraine Bayly as Jennifer Carson in the opening titles for Carson's Law (screen cap)
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Issue Details: First known date: 1983... 1983 Carson's Law
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This Ten Network serial--which Moran describes in his Guide to Australian TV Series as 'an eccentric series that might have been more at home on the ABC'--followed the travails of two branches of the Carson family: patriarch and lawyer Geoffrey Carson (and his at-home son and daughter) and his widowed daughter-in-law and fellow lawyer Jennifer (and her three children).

Geoffrey and Jennifer often meet in court, usually in oppositional roles in the same case, which underlies the tension between Geoffrey's outdated patriarchal attitude and Jennifer's more liberated outlook. Moran also notes that the sets ('sumptuously heavy Victorian interiors') tended to emphasise the undercurrent of nineteenth-century patriarchy running beneath the series.

Carson's Law employed the soap-opera convention of self-contained episodes for guest stars and ongoing story arcs for regular characters, though, in Moran's terms, 'it tended to use its guest stories as a means of furthering the personal and continuing narratives'.

Though popular in Melbourne (and less popular in Sydney), the program was not renewed after the second series, and ended in 1983.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Crawford Productions , 1983 .
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      Title screen for Carson's Law (screen cap)
      Extent: 184x60min. episodesp.
      Description: Produced on videotape; colour
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  • Melbourne, Victoria,
  • 1920s
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