Parenting isn't always easy, especially when both you and your kid are lawyers. 

NBC's new drama Bluff City Law follows father/daughter duo Elijah (Jimmy Smits) and Sydney Strait (Caitlin McGee), who come to work together after Sydney's mother dies, but they don't exactly have the best relationship...especially when Sydney finds out her dad has been keeping secrets. 

In the sneak peek above, Della (Jayne Atkinson) gives Elijah some much-needed advice on breaking down the walls between him and his daughter, giving a little insight into what Sydney might be thinking. 

"That girl grew up with a hero for a father, a hero she found out was all too human," Della says. "Every time somebody told her how lucky she was, think how that pulled her apart to keep your secrets behind that beautiful smile!" 

You'll have to watch the pilot to find out what kind of secrets Elijah has been keeping exactly, but you can imagine how tricky it must be to work with the father who let you down. 


Elijah and Sydney still manage to make it work at work, and Caitlin McGee told us that they even got advice from a real-life father/daughter lawyer duo. She and Jimmy Smits also can't stop gushing about each other. 

"It was so much fun coming into this and having a, you know, TV veteran as my dad," she told us. 

"I just feel like on a daily basis I'm blessed in so many ways," Smits said. "I have a wonderful scene partner. I look in her eyes, or I'll grab her kind of levels you out." 

Sydney and Elijah aren't the first complicated but loving father/daughter duo to hit our TV screens, of course. See below for some of TV's best! 

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Bluff City Law premieres September 23 on NBC. 

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