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Release Date:
8 September 1997 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Ally McBeal and Billy Thomas were going steady throughout their childhoods. Ally even followed Billy... See more »
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Awards:
Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 28 wins & 102 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 153)

Calista Flockhart ... Ally McBeal (112 episodes, 1997-2002)

Greg Germann ... Richard Fish (112 episodes, 1997-2002)

Jane Krakowski ... Elaine Vassal (112 episodes, 1997-2002)

Vonda Shepard ... Vonda Shepard (109 episodes, 1997-2002)

Peter MacNicol ... John Cage (103 episodes, 1997-2002)

Lisa Nicole Carson ... Renee Raddick (91 episodes, 1997-2002)

Portia de Rossi ... Nelle Porter (89 episodes, 1998-2002)

Lucy Liu ... Ling Woo (72 episodes, 1998-2002)

Courtney Thorne-Smith ... Georgia Thomas (69 episodes, 1997-2002)

Gil Bellows ... Billy Thomas (68 episodes, 1997-2002)

Albert Hall ... Judge Seymore Walsh (51 episodes, 1998-2002)
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Series Directed by
Mel Damski (9 episodes, 1997-2001)
Jonathan Pontell (8 episodes, 1997-2000)
Bill D'Elia (8 episodes, 2000-2002)
Arlene Sanford (7 episodes, 1997-2002)
Michael Schultz (7 episodes, 1997-2001)
Billy Dickson (7 episodes, 1999-2002)
Jeannot Szwarc (5 episodes, 2000-2002)
Dennie Gordon (4 episodes, 1997-2000)
Rachel Talalay (4 episodes, 1999-2002)
Bethany Rooney (4 episodes, 2000-2002)
Arvin Brown (3 episodes, 1998-2001)
Peter MacNicol (3 episodes, 1998-1999)
Alex Graves (3 episodes, 1999)
Kenny Ortega (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Thomas Schlamme (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Sandy Smolan (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Allan Arkush (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Elodie Keene (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Vincent Misiano (2 episodes, 1998-1999)
Joanna Kerns (2 episodes, 1999-2001)
Jack Bender (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
David Grossman (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Oz Scott (2 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Writing credits
David E. Kelley (112 episodes, 1997-2002)
Roberto Benabib (7 episodes, 2001-2002)
Constance M. Burge (7 episodes, 2001-2002)
Cindy Lichtman (3 episodes, 2002)
Barb Mackintosh (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Josh Caplan (2 episodes, 2000)

Series Produced by
Steve Robin .... producer / supervising producer / ... (111 episodes, 1997-2002)
David E. Kelley .... executive producer (109 episodes, 1997-2002)
Pamela J. Wisne .... producer / co-producer / ... (109 episodes, 1997-2002)
Roseann M. Bonora-Keris .... supervising associate producer / associate producer (86 episodes, 1998-2002)
Kim Hamberg .... producer / associate producer / ... (85 episodes, 1998-2002)
Jonathan Pontell .... co-executive producer / supervising producer / ... (67 episodes, 1997-2000)
Mike Listo .... producer (66 episodes, 1997-2000)
Jeffrey Kramer .... co-executive producer / producer (51 episodes, 1997-1999)
Alice West .... co-executive producer (49 episodes, 2000-2002)
Bill D'Elia .... executive producer (48 episodes, 2000-2002)
Jack Philbrick .... producer (45 episodes, 2000-2002)
Pam Jackson .... associate producer (44 episodes, 2000-2002)
Peter Burrell .... coordinating producer / consulting producer (42 episodes, 1998-2000)
Robert Breech .... co-producer / coordinating producer (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Kayla Alpert .... producer (23 episodes, 2000-2001)
Constance M. Burge .... consulting producer (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Shea Farrell .... associate producer (21 episodes, 1999-2000)
Roberto Benabib .... consulting producer (21 episodes, 2001-2002)
Ellen Herman .... consulting producer (15 episodes, 2002)
Nat Bernstein .... consulting producer (14 episodes, 1999-2000)
Mitchel Katlin .... consulting producer (14 episodes, 1999-2000)
 
Series Original Music by
Danny Lux (110 episodes, 1997-2002)
 
Series Cinematography by
Billy Dickson (104 episodes, 1997-2002)
Tim Suhrstedt (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
David A. Harp (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Thomas F. Denove (2 episodes, 2000)
 
Series Film Editing by
Philip Carr Neel (26 episodes, 1997-2000)
Craig Bench (26 episodes, 1998-2002)
Mark C. Baldwin (18 episodes, 2000-2002)
Thomas R. Moore (14 episodes, 1997-1999)
Michael Hathaway (14 episodes, 2000-2002)
Bill Johnson (6 episodes, 1997-1998)
Troy Takaki (6 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jon Koslowsky (3 episodes, 2000)
Kaja Fehr (2 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Casting by
Ken Miller (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
Nikki Valko (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
Jeanie Bacharach (46 episodes, 1997-1999)
Sharon Jetton (35 episodes, 1997-1999)
Judith Weiner (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
 
Series Production Design by
Peter Politanoff (67 episodes, 1997-2000)
Donna J. Hattin (45 episodes, 2000-2002)
Lilly Frank (2 episodes, 1997-2002)
 
Series Art Direction by
Lilly Frank (30 episodes, 1997-2000)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Diane O'Connell (109 episodes, 1997-2002)
 
Series Costume Design by
Yana Syrkin (34 episodes, 2000-2001)
Rachael Stanley (23 episodes, 1998-1999)
Mimi Melgaard (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Danielle King (3 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Makeup Department
Sharin Helgestad .... key makeup artist / head makeup artist / ... (86 episodes, 1998-2002)
Amy L. Taylor .... makeup artist (83 episodes, 1998-2002)
Gwyne Redner .... hair stylist: Ms. Flockhart (42 episodes, 2000-2002)
Robin Jacobs .... key hair stylist / head hair stylist (41 episodes, 1998-2000)
Kathy C. King .... makeup artist (37 episodes, 1998-2000)
Randa Squillacote .... hair department head / head hair stylist (25 episodes, 2000-2001)
Joyce Westmore .... makeup artist / head makeup artist (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Mary Ann Valdes .... head hair stylist / key hair stylist (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Cyndra Dunn .... hair stylist: Ms. Flockhart (18 episodes, 1999-2000)
Daniel Curet .... hair stylist / head hair stylist / ... (17 episodes, 2000-2001)
Daphne Lawson .... head hair stylist (13 episodes, 1997-1998)
Christina Raye .... key hair stylist (12 episodes, 2000)
Pamela Santori .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1999)
Ora Green .... head hair stylist (3 episodes, 1997)
Jeffrey Sacino .... head hair stylist (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
Gloria Ponce .... head hair stylist (2 episodes, 1998)
Leslie Ann Anderson .... hair stylist: Ms. Flockhart (2 episodes, 1999)
Carole Antouri .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Production Management
Jack Philbrick .... unit production manager (49 episodes, 2000-2002)
Peter Burrell .... unit production manager (47 episodes, 1998-2000)
Kim Hamberg .... post-production supervisor (22 episodes, 1997-1998)
Anne M. Uemura .... post-production supervisor (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Pam Jackson .... production supervisor (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Robert Del Valle .... unit production manager (14 episodes, 1997-1998)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jodie Thomas .... second second assistant director (65 episodes, 1999-2002)
Joel DeLoach .... second second assistant director (62 episodes, 1997-2000)
Allen DiGioia .... first assistant director / second second assistant director (49 episodes, 1997-2002)
Alisa Statman .... second assistant director (46 episodes, 1997-1999)
David Goldfarb .... second second assistant director (45 episodes, 2000-2002)
Nancy Townsend .... second assistant director (44 episodes, 2000-2002)
Alicia Lewis .... second second assistant director (43 episodes, 2000-2002)
Robert Yannetti .... first assistant director (33 episodes, 1997-2000)
David McWhirter .... second assistant director (19 episodes, 1999-2000)
Carol L. Vitkay .... first assistant director (19 episodes, 2000-2002)
Scott K. Harris .... second second assistant director / second assistant director (15 episodes, 1998-1999)
Carla Reinke .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1999-2000)
Pamela M. Eilerson .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Art Department
Douglas M. Keenan .... property master (111 episodes, 1997-2002)
Stephen MacMillin .... set dresser / lead person (111 episodes, 1997-2002)
Robert Dean .... construction coordinator (90 episodes, 1997-2002)
David Lombard .... lead person (88 episodes, 1997-2001)
Margaret Mazzola .... on-set dresser (45 episodes, 2000-2002)
Steven M. Saylor .... set designer (39 episodes, 1998-2000)
John G. Heath Jr. .... construction coordinator (36 episodes, 1997-1999)
Mindy R. Toback .... set designer (35 episodes, 2000-2002)
Shelley Adajian .... set painter (27 episodes, 2001-2002)
Petra Selders .... art department coordinator (26 episodes, 2001-2002)
Suzanne Feller-Otto .... set designer (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Mike Suhy .... set dresser (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Michael A. Casey .... assistant props (21 episodes, 1999-2000)
Tony Chavez .... propmaker (15 episodes, 1998-2000)
Brendan C. Fenton .... set dresser (9 episodes, 2000-2001)
John A. Gomez .... lead person / lead man (9 episodes, 2001-2002)
Ann Harris .... set designer (8 episodes, 2000)
Lilly Frank .... painter (6 episodes, 1998-2000)
Heidi Mayfield .... art department coordinator (6 episodes, 1998)
Gina B. Cranham .... set designer (4 episodes, 2002)
 
Series Sound Department
David Rawlinson .... supervising sound editor (112 episodes, 1997-2002)
Peter Kelsey .... sound re-recording mixer (111 episodes, 1997-2002)
Nello Torri .... sound re-recording mixer (110 episodes, 1997-2002)
Paul Lewis .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (109 episodes, 1997-2002)
James Bailey .... foley artist (44 episodes, 2000-2002)
Herbert Rawlinson .... adr editor (22 episodes, 1997-1998)
Guy Tsujimoto .... sound effects editor (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kurt Kassulke .... sound re-recording mixer (21 episodes, 1997-1998)
Dan Lipe .... second boom operator (15 episodes, 1997-1998)
Rick Hinson .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1997)
Doug E. Turner .... sound re-recording mixer (3 episodes, 1997)
Harry Andronis .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1997)
Tom Gerard .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1997)
David John West .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1997)
Craig Hunter .... sound re-recording mixer (2 episodes, 1998-2000)
 
Series Special Effects by
John P. Cazin .... special effects coordinator (109 episodes, 1997-2002)
Joe Heffernan .... special effects foreman (37 episodes, 2001-2002)
Jeff Miller .... special effects (11 episodes, 1997)
Blumes Tracy .... special effects technician (8 episodes, 1998-2002)
Michael D. Most .... special effects supervisor (2 episodes, 1999)

Chris Brenczewski .... special effects technician (unknown episodes, 1998-2000)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Siouxsie Stewart .... visual effects coordinator (112 episodes, 1997-2002)
Michael D. Most .... visual effects supervisor / visual effects coordinator (81 episodes, 1997-2002)
Rick Kerrigan .... visual effects supervisor (2 episodes, 1997-1998)
 
Series Stunts
Mike Washlake .... stunt double: Peter MacNicol (16 episodes, 1998-2001)
Nancy Thurston .... stunt performer (7 episodes, 1998-2002)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Valeska Difrieri .... best boy grip (112 episodes, 1997-2002)
Rich Floyd .... assistant camera (111 episodes, 1997-2002)
Myron Hyman .... gaffer (111 episodes, 1997-2002)
J. David Ahuna .... key grip (109 episodes, 1997-2002)
Kyle Davis .... grip (88 episodes, 1998-2002)
David A. Harp .... camera operator / assistant camera (78 episodes, 1997-2001)
Joe Allegro .... first assistant camera / camera operator / ... (73 episodes, 1998-2002)
Jerry Kim .... grip (67 episodes, 1997-2002)
Mike McEveety .... assistant camera / first assistant camera (64 episodes, 1999-2002)
Jim Nygren .... first assistant camera (45 episodes, 2000-2002)
Chris Hood .... first assistant camera (24 episodes, 1997-2000)
Jared Greenstein .... electrician (24 episodes, 2001-2002)
David A. Santos .... grip (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Frederic J. Smith .... camera operator (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Al Bruce .... grip (17 episodes, 1999-2000)
Willy Hewson .... grip (10 episodes, 2002)
Steve Randolph .... additional camera operator (9 episodes, 2000-2002)
Michael Frediani .... camera operator (3 episodes, 1997)
Brian 'Wheat' Villegas .... grip (2 episodes, 1997)
 
Series Animation Department
Elliot Worman .... animator (5 episodes, 1998)
 
Series Casting Department
Kara Lipson .... casting associate / casting assistant (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
Judith Weiner .... original casting (43 episodes, 1997-1999)
Sharon Jetton .... casting associate / casting assistant (10 episodes, 1997-1998)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Juliet Hyde-White .... set costumer (92 episodes, 1998-2002)
Andrea Federman .... costume supervisor (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Cynthia Flowers .... set costumer: men (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Shelly Levine .... costume supervisor: men (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Loree Parral .... costume supervisor: women (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Linda Thayer .... set costumer (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Lisa Wilson .... set costumer (22 episodes, 1997-1998)
Mareena Hunter .... costume supervisor / key costumer (22 episodes, 1998-1999)
Debra Beebe .... costume supervisor (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Hilary Wright .... costume designer: Ms. Flockhart (14 episodes, 2001)
Michelle Roth .... key costumer (13 episodes, 1997-1998)
Danielle King .... costume designer: Ms. Flockhart / costume: Ms. Flockhart (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Kathleen Detoro .... costume designer: Ms. Flockhart (12 episodes, 2000-2001)
Yana Syrkin .... costume supervisor (8 episodes, 1999-2000)
 
Series Editorial Department
Kevin Kirwan .... colorist (86 episodes, 1998-2002)
Noah Pontell .... post-production assistant / apprentice editor / ... (65 episodes, 1998-2002)
Dominic Koletes .... post-production assistant / post-production coordinator (44 episodes, 2000-2002)
Anne M. Uemura .... post-production coordinator / post-production assistant (42 episodes, 1999-2001)
Michael Hathaway .... assistant editor / additional editor (29 episodes, 1997-2000)
Jean Crupper .... assistant editor (25 episodes, 1997-2000)
J. Randolph Harrison .... assistant editor (21 episodes, 1999-2002)
Diane Holm .... apprentice editor (15 episodes, 1997-1998)
Tiffany Hauck .... assistant editor (13 episodes, 2001-2002)
Greg Faluszczak .... on-line editor (7 episodes, 2000)
John A. Keris .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 1998-1999)
Jessica Levine .... post-production assistant (3 episodes, 1997-1998)
 
Series Music Department
Steven Gizicki .... music clearances dvd release (110 episodes, 1997-2002)
Sharyn Gersh .... music editor (108 episodes, 1997-2002)
Vonda Shepard .... composer: main title theme / composer: additional music / ... (105 episodes, 1997-2002)
Craig Pilo .... musician / musician: drums (2 episodes, 1999-2001)
 
Series Transportation Department
Wayne Morris .... transportation coordinator (108 episodes, 1997-2002)
Mitch Friedman .... production driver (88 episodes, 1998-2002)
Glenn Carter .... transportation captain (86 episodes, 1998-2002)
Mark Webb .... transportation (63 episodes, 1997-2002)
Cindy Ichikawa .... transportation office coordinator (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Gina August .... driver (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Dana Swartout .... unit driver (5 episodes, 1997-1998)
Thomas O'Donnell .... production van driver (3 episodes, 2001)
 
Series Other crew
Susan Stern .... production accountant (109 episodes, 1997-2002)
Mary Wright .... script supervisor (109 episodes, 1997-2002)
Neely Swanson .... production associate / associate: Pamela Wisne (90 episodes, 1997-2002)
Gary DeGalla .... location manager (88 episodes, 1997-2001)
Cindy Lichtman .... research associate / executive assistant (78 episodes, 1997-2001)
Orin Kennedy .... location manager (65 episodes, 1997-2002)
Kristin Dewey .... assistant location manager (65 episodes, 1997-2000)
Mindy Farabee .... assistant: David E. Kelley / assistant: Jefferey Kramer / ... (65 episodes, 1997-2000)
Michael Zamboni .... production assistant (65 episodes, 1997-2000)
Elisa Todd .... production associate / assistant: Jeffrey Kramer / ... (64 episodes, 1998-2002)
Rick Silverman .... production executive (61 episodes, 1999-2002)
Jessica Levine .... assistant: Pamela Wisne / associate: Pamela Wisne (57 episodes, 1999-2002)
Jennifer Menchora .... assistant: Mike Listo / production associate (50 episodes, 1997-2002)
Todd Pfeffer .... assistant: David E. Kelley / production assistant (49 episodes, 1999-2002)
Donella Coffey .... assistant: Alice West (49 episodes, 2000-2002)
Pam Jackson .... production coordinator (47 episodes, 1997-1999)
Franses Simonovich .... assistant office coordinator / assistant production coordinator (45 episodes, 2000-2002)
Patricia van Baalbergen .... production coordinator (45 episodes, 2000-2002)
Cindy Kerber .... assistant: Jonathan Pontell (44 episodes, 1997-1999)
A.J. Lewis .... production assistant (44 episodes, 2000-2002)
Alana A. Feeney .... assistant production coordinator (42 episodes, 1998-2000)
Shea Farrell .... production assistant / production associate (40 episodes, 1997-2001)
Veronica M. Wilson .... production attorney (40 episodes, 2000-2002)
Joseph Malone .... choreographer (29 episodes, 1999-2002)
Tracey Robinson .... assistant: Rick Silverman / production associate (29 episodes, 1999-2002)
Barb Mackintosh .... story editor / script coordinator (24 episodes, 1998-2002)
Roseann M. Bonora-Keris .... supervising associate (23 episodes, 1997-1998)
Kristin McGraw .... assistant to writer (21 episodes, 2001-2002)
Maggie Murphy .... associate: Jeffrey Kramer (19 episodes, 1997-1998)
Dan Menchaca .... assistant: Jonathan Pontell / production assistant (19 episodes, 1999-2000)
Evan Rabins .... assistant production coordinator (18 episodes, 1997-1998)
Anne M. Uemura .... production assistant (16 episodes, 1998-1999)
Amy Shaffer .... assistant: Mike Listo (15 episodes, 1999-2000)
Reysheen Deeann Mason .... production assistant (13 episodes, 2000-2002)
Leo Bauer .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1997-1998)
Eddy Kopernik .... production assistant (12 episodes, 1998-1999)
Kristin Means .... production assistant (11 episodes, 1997-1998)
Ralph Greco .... production assistant (11 episodes, 1998-1999)
Mandana Malek .... assistant to writer (11 episodes, 2000-2001)
Andy Kaplan .... production assistant (11 episodes, 2001-2002)
David Ransil .... script coordinator (10 episodes, 1997-1998)
Stacey Luchs .... production associate (10 episodes, 2001-2002)
Britta Geiogue .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1998-1999)
Ashley J. Richards .... production assistant (7 episodes, 2001-2002)
Franz Orocio .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2000-2001)
Bruce Gray .... sculpture art provided by (5 episodes, 1998-1999)
Jennifer Meyer .... assistant production coordinator (3 episodes, 1997)
Courtney Pakiz .... stand-in (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Andrew R. Gardiner .... location scout (3 episodes, 1999-2000)
Jack E. Herman .... extras set coordinator (2 episodes, 1999)
 
Series Thanks
Alex Humphrey .... thanks (1 episode, 1998)
John G. Heath Jr. .... in memory of (1 episode, 1999)
 

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Also Known As:
"Ally My Love" - Japan (English title) (first season title)
"Ally My Love 2" - Japan (English title) (second season title)
"Ally My Love 3" - Japan (English title) (third season title)
"Ally My Love 4" - Japan (English title) (fourth season title)
"Ally My Love 5" - Japan (English title) (fifth season title)
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Runtime:
45 min | USA:60 min (including commercials) (112 episodes)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Finland:K-11 (DVD) (2006) | Malaysia:U (all jurisdictions) | Malaysia:(Banned) (one episode) | Netherlands:6 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:PG (season 1) | Singapore:NC-16 (season 2) (season 3) (season 4) | Singapore:M18 (season 5) | UK:15

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Trivia:
The show was cancelled in May 2002 because of falling ratings and decreasing viewer interest.See more »
Quotes:
[catch-phrases]
John "The Biscuit" Cage:I'm fraught.
John "The Biscuit" Cage:I need to take a moment.
John "The Biscuit" Cage:Unacceptable!
John "The Biscuit" Cage:Repugnant!
John "The Biscuit" Cage:Balls!
John "The Biscuit" Cage:That disparaged me.
John "The Biscuit" Cage:I will not stand to be disparaged.
John "The Biscuit" Cage:I'm troubled.
John "The Biscuit" Cage:I'm drawn to her.
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Soundtrack:
Searchin' My SoulSee more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
"I like a fresh bowl", 22 January 2007
Author: loza-1

TV critics are supposed to use their experience and knowledge to map out the salient points of a TV series. Certainly on this side of the Pond, the TV critics seemed to have lost the plot - if they had found the plot in the first place. None of them liked Ally McBeal and they failed to find the essence of the programme.

What was interesting from my point of view is that it poked fun at the litigation culture which is prevalent in the USA, and is beginning to gather momentum in Britain, where people can sue one another often for the most ridiculous reasons. But if you had been fired for the most ridiculous reasons - for having orange skin or for seeing unicorns or for thinking you are Santa Claus - the team of lawyers at Cage and Fish would fight your case for you. However ridiculous the case, the programme took the legal arguments seriously, and John Cage's summations were a work of art, as they should have been after spending the night pacing round his office in his bare feet.

Some of the funniest moments in TV or cinematic history come from this show. The scene where John Cage's blowtorch erupts in the courtroom had me laughing so hard that I was literally fighting for breath.

Counterbalancing the humour was a great deal of pathos involving the characters whose entire lives are lived under the aegis of Cage and Fish - even the bar where Vonda Shepard performs is in the same building as the office.

Over the years, there were inevitable personnel changes in the cast. One of the most successful ones I thought was the introduction of Jackson Duper - one sane man in Cage and Fish's mad unisex toilet.

I know a little bit about acting - enough to know that much of the stuff the actors were doing is very difficult, so the cast are to be commended. Calista Flockhart made something outstanding out of a character that is essentially a cipher. She is a terrific dancer, too. It is a pity that so-called professional TV critics home in on her short skirts and her long, slender legs. They seem to be unaware that she is actually playing a role.

Peter McNicol's is just brilliant as John Cage, a man who jaywalks the border between genius and insanity. Greg Germann is excellent as Richard Fish.

Perhaps series 6 was a bit of a disaster. Certainly the inclusion of Dame Edna Everage is a good reason for reaching for the off switch. But I shed no tears over it: it just goes to show that there are two times that a classic series can end: too soon and too late.

And this series is a classic. So enjoy the 112 episodes. Like the Molly Maguires. "we'll never see the likes of them again."

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