Ally McBeal (1997–2002)

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Ally McBeal and Billy Thomas were going steady throughout their childhoods. Ally even followed Billy to Harvard law school despite having no interest in law. But when Billy chose to pursue ... See full summary »

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Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 28 wins & 102 nominations. See more awards »

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 Ally McBeal (112 episodes, 1997-2002)
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 Richard Fish (112 episodes, 1997-2002)
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 Elaine Vassal (112 episodes, 1997-2002)
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 Vonda Shepard (109 episodes, 1997-2002)
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 John Cage (103 episodes, 1997-2002)
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 Renee Raddick (91 episodes, 1997-2002)
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 Nelle Porter (89 episodes, 1998-2002)
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 Ling Woo (73 episodes, 1998-2002)
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 Georgia Thomas (69 episodes, 1997-2002)
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 Billy Thomas (68 episodes, 1997-2002)
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 Judge Seymore Walsh (51 episodes, 1998-2002)
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Ally McBeal and Billy Thomas were going steady throughout their childhoods. Ally even followed Billy to Harvard law school despite having no interest in law. But when Billy chose to pursue a career in law away from Ally, their relationship came to an end. In the present, an old classmate of Ally's named Richard Fish gives Ally a job at his law firm, where Billy and his new wife are also working. This puts Ally in a predicament since she still has feelings for Billy which she's laboring to get over. At the office, Ally puts up with a nosy, gossiping secretary named Elaine, and an oddball lawyer named John Cage never seems to lose a case. At home, Ally's friend and house-mate Renée regularly advises her on her love life. The series follows Ally's trials and tribulations in life through her eyes, and caricaturizes her personal thoughts and fantasies. Written by Ondre Lombard <olombard@lombard.cyberverse.com>

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Lara Flynn Boyle audition to play Ally. Although she didn't win the role, David E. Kelley liked her so much that he wrote the character of Helen Gamble on The Practice (1997) just for her. See more »

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[catch-phrases]
Richard Fish: Bygones.
Richard Fish: Fishism.
Richard Fish: Vulgarism.
Richard Fish: Bugger.
Richard Fish: Ouch!
Richard Fish: Kidding.
Richard Fish: No biggie.
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Spoofed in Millennium: Somehow, Satan Got Behind Me (1998) See more »

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Searchin' My Soul
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Written and Performed by Vonda Shepard
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Better than most
18 June 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

One of the best shows to ever hit TV. There are some pretty negative comments here, but I know why. Folks are angry that the show changed in the last few seasons and they are disappointed that it ended. The first three seasons you couldn't go to the water cooler if you had not watched the show and had some little tid-bit to say about what you saw. That spells great writing and fabulous performances to me. Calista Flockhart is a wonderful person and a terrific actress. She made the show work. without her, no Ally. There are episodes that are priceless. The dancing baby is unique and entertaining. No one had ever taken that kind of risk on TV. A computerized baby dancing with real people. Of course everyone's doing it now. I believe Ally Mcbeal to be a classic.


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