L.A. Law (1986–1994)

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The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm.

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 Arnie Becker (171 episodes, 1986-1994)
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 Ann Kelsey (171 episodes, 1986-1994)
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 Douglas Brackman, Jr. (171 episodes, 1986-1994)
Michael Tucker ...
 Stuart Markowitz (171 episodes, 1986-1994)
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 Leland McKenzie (171 episodes, 1986-1994)
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 Roxanne Melman (150 episodes, 1986-1993)
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 Jonathan Rollins (149 episodes, 1987-1994)
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 Benny Stulwicz (144 episodes, 1987-1994)
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 Grace Van Owen (126 episodes, 1986-1992)
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 Victor Sifuentes (107 episodes, 1986-1992)
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 Michael Kuzak (105 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Abby Perkins (105 episodes, 1986-1991)
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 Tommy Mullaney / ... (83 episodes, 1990-1994)
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This popular TV drama depicted life in a large Los Angeles law firm. The plots were strongly character-based and dealt with both the personal lives and professional activities of the partners, associates, and staff. Scenes centered around the courtroom and the law offices. Often, an episode would open with a surprising twist, which would then be played out during the rest of the show. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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The series ended their last day of shooting their final episode the morning of May 10, 1994. Actor Corbin Bernsen called into the Howard Stern Show about a half hour before they wrapped for the last time. See more »

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Leland McKenzie: [settling an argument during a staff meeting] It's time you people remember whose name is at the top of the letterhead!
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David Kelley's warmup to his true writing genius
23 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

L.A.Law was a standout drama from '86-'94. At the end, as many drama's have happen, it became somewhat stale and may cause many to forget the gripping storylines Bochco, Kelley etc. created. The acting was superlative from the mainstays Dysart, Rachins, Tucker, Eikenberry, Ruttan, Bernsen, Hamlin etc. As the show expanded Law brought forth additional characters played by Dey, Smits, Greene, Underwood, Donohoe, Spencer, Drake, Muldaur etc. These actors made their roles and characters as unforgettable as the originals made there's.

Probably the best thing that can be said about this show is that no one player was the focal point. No one character had to be the "lightning rod" for the show to be great. In an interview for the 100th show Richard Dysart, who played Leland McKenzie, the paternal "glue" of McKenzie, Brackman, Cheney, Kuzack, and Becker, told Jane Pauley that the actors weren't the genius of the show...the writers were. Awful high praise from an actor at a very candid moment.

Catch it in syndication on A&E each Monday thru Friday. You'll love it the second time around.


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