L.A. Law: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (15 Sep. 1986)

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Pilot episode for the TV series introduces the lawyers and employees of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, a Los Angeles law firm, in dealing with their courtroom cases and personal ... See full summary »

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Pilot episode for the TV series introduces the lawyers and employees of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, a Los Angeles law firm, in dealing with their courtroom cases and personal matters out of the courthouse. While the entire office deals with the unexpected death of one of the founding senior partners, Norman Chaney, junior partner Michael Kuzak reluctantly takes on the defense of a wealthy and spoiled young man, accused with two friends, of raping a woman dying from leukemia. While intern Abby Perkins deals with her abusive alcoholic husband, divorce lawyer Arnie Becker takes advantage of his latest client caught up in her divorce. Public defender Victor Sifuentes is also offered to join the firm, while the ruthless managing partner, Douglas Brackman, deals with a surprising revelation from his new secretary. Written by matt-282

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Originally aired on NBC in a two-hour time slot, the pilot has aired on some cable networks as two, one-hour segments. See more »

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[Roxanne shows Arnie the dead body of Norman Chaney across his desk]
Roxanne Melman: I was looking around for the smell when I saw this. Mr. Chaney. I haven't actually touched him, but I'm pretty sure he's dead.
Arnie Becker: If he is, I got dibs on his office.
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SMITS FINESSE....
7 July 2004 | by (Springfield, Illinois) – See all my reviews

As an attorney, as a "cop" in New York... what ever, he plays his role fittingly enough for a REAL TV program. He comes across as a realist in most of the roles he's cast in. The laid back presentation he makes on screen keeps him on the low stress, non-combative, passive character image in the viewer's mind. All this plus the capacity to get the job done in a non restrictive fashion. Either the writer keeps his character calm or Smits is just an extremely laid back kind of guy. That's a rather unusual personality for an attorney OR policeman. L A LAW keeps you wondering if Smits' twin is going to show up turning over some new criminal he's just pulled off the streets from the police department at NYPD and self rescue the could be con with his own miracle legalese. At any rate, in my book, he makes the show.


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