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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Technical Specs


(170 episodes)

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(early episodes)| (later episodes)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In one episode, Kathy Bates plays a woman, whose husband is molesting her daughter, and the state won't protect her when she reports it, so she decides to take the law into her own hands. Coincidentally, this is almost the same plot as Dolores Claiborne (1995), a movie, in which she would star. 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 Life's Too Short: Episode #1.4 (2011) See more »

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User Reviews

There's no better legal drama
19 October 2015 | by (Langley, Canada) – See all my reviews

I grew up watching L.A. Law as a teenager in the 1980s, right through to 'Finish Line' in 1994. It had so many elements that drew me to it, including the story lines that focused both in the professional & personal lives of the characters. The acting was rock-solid and most of the characters believable, and thoroughly human. In particular, these were Michael Kuzak, Grace Van Owen, Victor Sifuentes, Benny Stulwicz (the role that earned 'Darkman' Larry Drake an Emmy), Leland McKenzie, Ann Kelsey & Stuart Markowitz. Memorable episodes included the one where Benny goes before Judge Richard Lobel (Stanley Grover) to exercise his right to vote, one in which Jonathan Rollins (Blair Underwood) cross-examines an ethically bankrupt financial adviser (Richard Masur) into a fatal heart attack, one in which Grace prosecutes a gang member for a prison guard's murder then is targeted herself, one in which the despicable Rosalind Shays (Diana Muldaur) falls to her death in an open elevator shaft, and the Earl Williams trial in which Kuzak squares off against A.D.A. Margaret Flanagan (played by Veronica Cartwright of 'Alien' fame).

In later years, some of the characters came & went (as with any series); some of the new ones (such as A.D.A. Tommy Mullaney, Jane Galloway, C.J. Lamb & A.D.A. Zoey Clemmons) were quite likable, while others (Susan Bloom, Frank Kittridge) bordered on loathsome. The original characters were what really held the series together and made it so popular. Some of today's well- known actors (Larry Drake of 'Darkman' and Dann Florek of 'Law & Order' and 'Law & Order:SVU') got their big start with supporting roles in this series.

20 years after it ended its run, L.A. Law still has a popular following. It is beginning to see a DVD release now and here's hoping we see a complete series release. If any show is deserving of a widespread DVD release, this is it.

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