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)
Michele Greene ...
 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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Ann Kelsey: You thought you could buy me off with a few trinkets?
Stuart Markowitz: Yes.
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At Its Best There Were Few Better
11 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was a seminal show -- probably the first "lawyer show" that wasn't really a detective program in disguise. L.A. Law introduced us to many of the particulars of a law firm: The staff meeting, administrative hearings, appellate court argument, as well as almost all aspects of criminal and CIVIL litigation. It was an amazing program that, when it focused on the intriguing cases that came to the firm, was arguably the best show on television in the late 80s and early 90s. If I recall correctly only Hill Street Blues, The West Wing, and L.A. Law won 4 Emmys for best drama (now maybe Mad Men?). There's a reason this show ranks in the upper echelon of television dramas.

To be fair to its critics, however, I can't remember ANY program that was this good that, almost abruptly, became so bad! Although I continued to watch it until the end, it was hit-and-miss at best, and sometimes just plain terrible after the fifth season.


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