The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm.
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Won 5 Golden Globes. Another 40 wins & 147 nominations. See more awards »


Complete series cast summary:
 Arnie Becker (171 episodes, 1986-1994)
 Ann Kelsey (171 episodes, 1986-1994)
 Douglas Brackman, Jr. (171 episodes, 1986-1994)
 Stuart Markowitz (171 episodes, 1986-1994)
 Leland McKenzie (171 episodes, 1986-1994)
 Roxanne Melman (150 episodes, 1986-1993)
 Jonathan Rollins (149 episodes, 1987-1994)
 Benny Stulwicz (144 episodes, 1987-1994)
 D.D.A. Grace Van Owen / ... (126 episodes, 1986-1992)
 Victor Sifuentes (107 episodes, 1986-1992)
 Michael Kuzak (105 episodes, 1986-1991)
 Abby Perkins (105 episodes, 1986-1991)
 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 <>

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Release Date:

15 September 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L.A. Law - Staranwälte, Tricks, Prozesse  »

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(170 episodes)

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(early episodes)| (later episodes)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The license plate in the beginning of the opening credits was, during the first seven seasons, mounted on the rear of a Jaguar, but for the final season, it changed to being mounted on a Bentley Continental R, a car which was mentioned in several episodes of the eighth season, when Arnie Becker (Corbin Bernsen) was thinking of buying one. He finally received one as a gift in episode three of the same season. See more »


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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Referenced in Matlock: The Network (1987) See more »

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iconic 80s series
1 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

It's the L.A. law firm of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak. In the pilot opening, divorce lawyer Arnie Becker (Corbin Bernsen) and his secretary Roxanne Melman (Susan Ruttan) find senior partner Norman Chaney dead in his office. Leland McKenzie (Richard Dysart) and Douglas Brackman, Jr. (Alan Rachins) are the other senior partners. Michael Kuzak (Harry Hamlin) is the rising star partner. They and the other various characters over the years deal with court as well as life.

Steven Bochco created one of the most popular series of the '80s. It's a legal drama about a law firm in L.A. It featured some great actors who created some iconic characters. On top of that, they had great chemistry. Their interactions is half of the fun. It made a mythical sexual position an actual thing. Now that's popularity. With such a great large cast, a few defections do happen. And that is one of the reason for this show's demise. By 1992, some of the cast starts to disappear. At that point during its initial run, I lost interest. This show relies on its characters and it lost too many of them. This award winning show had 8 seasons and a movie.

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