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L.A. Law (TV Series 1986–1994) Poster

(1986–1994)

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In early 1991, a Season 5 episode had two female characters, Abby, played by Michele Greene and the newcomer C.J., played by Amanda Donohoe kissing each other. The scene was recognized as the first kiss between two women in a prime time American series and was considered quite controversial.
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In the opening title sequence, the car's "L.A. Law" license plate expiration sticker always showed the ending year for a given season (it showed "87" for the 1986-1987 season).
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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 was thinking of buying one. He finally received one as a gift in episode 3 of the same season.
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Series co-creator Terry Louise Fisher, former deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County, former entertainment lawyer for 20th Century Fox, and producer-writer for Cagney & Lacey (1981), composed a form letter she was thinking of sending to lawyers who complained about the show: "Dear So-and-so: If I were a good lawyer, I'd still be practicing law. Instead, I'm stuck in Hollywood, making 10 times as much money. I hope you are as conscientious about your clients as you are about our show. Thank for your writing."
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Series creator Steven Bochco was so taken with the show being parodied on the cover of the October 1987 issue of Mad Magazine that he staged a photo shoot with the show's actors in the exact same positions that their caricatures had appeared on the magazine's cover. Mad Magazine ran the photo in a subsequent issue.
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William M. Finkelstein became executive producer of "L.A. Law" shortly after his series Civil Wars (1991) was canceled. Finkelstein transferred two "Civil Wars" characters from their New York law firm to "L.A. Law": attorney "Eli Levinson" (Alan Rosenberg) and his secretary, "Denise Iannello" (Debi Mazar).
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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.
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Douglas Brackman, Jr. (Alan Rachins) kept a portrait of his father in his office. This portrait was actually of Rachins's own father.
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At one point Dan Florek (AKA Dave) takes over the firm and does a pep talk ala Hill Street Blues: "Let's be careful out there!"
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Dan Florek played Dave, Roxanne's husband on LA Law. Later he would play homicide captain Don Cragen on Law and Order and its spinoff Law and Order SVU.
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Steven Bochco fired Terry Louise Fisher because of creative differences
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Michael Tucker and Jill Eikenberry made guest appearances on "Hill Street Blues".
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David E Kelly was the head writer on this show. It was Kelly's feeling that this show was unrealistic; tended to glamorize the law and deify lawyers. Kelly created "The Practice" which was a grittier, less sexy and flattering portrait of the law as a direct response to this show.
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Alan Rachins (Douglas Brackman, Jr.) is the brother-in-law of the series' co-creator Steven Bochco as he has been married to his elder sister Joanna Frank since 1978.
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The show that replaced LA Law on the Thursday Night lineup was ER
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In one episode Kathy Bates plays a woman who's 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 exact same plot as Delores Claiborne, a movie she would star in 5 years later.
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