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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 38 wins & 115 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Ally McBeal (112 episodes, 1997-2002)
 Richard Fish (112 episodes, 1997-2002)
 Elaine Vassal (112 episodes, 1997-2002)
 Vonda Shepard (109 episodes, 1997-2002)
 John Cage (103 episodes, 1997-2002)
 Renee Raddick (91 episodes, 1997-2002)
 Nelle Porter (89 episodes, 1998-2002)
 Ling Woo (74 episodes, 1998-2002)
 Georgia Thomas (69 episodes, 1997-2002)
 Billy Thomas (68 episodes, 1997-2002)
 Judge Seymore Walsh (51 episodes, 1998-2002)


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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Release Date:

8 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ally My Love  »

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Did You Know?


Gil Bellows plays William ("Billy") Thomas. In The Shawshank Redemption (1994), he plays Thomas ("Tommy") Williams. See more »


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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Referenced in Man Up: Pilot (2011) See more »


Searchin' My Soul
(theme song)
Written and Performed by Vonda Shepard
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One Of The Better American Comedies But Outstayed It's Welcome
11 December 2002 | by (England) – See all my reviews

Out of all the mediocre American comedy shows we were bombarded with in the 1990's, Ally McBeal was a fine piece of work.

It is a comedy set in the legal sector. As a former legal clerk, I found the show quite funny at times and all the stars performed very well in their roles.

Calista Flockhart was the main star. She was the intelligent lawyer who excelled in the courtroom but her private life was a shambles. There was a lot of history between her and another lawyer Billy (played by Gill Bellows) who was now with Georgia (played by Courtney Thorne-Smith). This led to some interesting scenes.

The head of the firm was Richard Fish played by Greg Germann. Fish was only interested in the almighty dollar and didn't take life too seriously. There was also John Cage played by Peter MacNicol who was an eccentric lawyer whose courtroom antics really entertained.

The show was brilliant for it's first few years but like most TV shows, it outstayed it's welcome and lasted longer than it should have. The later episodes were very average at times.

However, Ally McBeal was a decent show and I definitely recommend the earlier episodes.

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