JAG is just wrong, it is cheesy American trash, cheesy actors and acting, the hunk and the babe and far-fetched stories. But I love it, can't explain why but I do.
I picked it up by accident because I liked NCIS. I watched a few and I was hooked, watching all of the series and never getting bored. Somehow they got the balance right, and as time goes on Harm's character fills out and I was so disappointed to run out of episodes. It is rare that a show gets the balance right and keeps on.
As for the Season 1 finale and Harm in handcuffs. Well that was never shown in the US, the show was cancelled before the episode was shown and so the season 2 made no reference to it, it was all forgotten about until a later episode when it is used as a flashback story.
At the end of the last season they tried out a new character with a view to replace Harm, a carbon copy of the series 1 Harm but 2nd time around the magic didn't work and thankfully the producers realised this and wrapped up the show with a proper ending rather than leaving it hanging.
All round a 5* TV series. I shall be buying the box sets and enjoy watching it all over again.