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The Practice (1997–2004)

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We follow the exploits and cases of defense attorneys of a Boston law firm. Bobby Donnell is the senior defense attorney and founder of the firm.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Eugene Young (167 episodes, 1997-2004)
 Ellenor Frutt (167 episodes, 1997-2004)
 Jimmy Berluti (166 episodes, 1997-2004)
 Bobby Donnell (147 episodes, 1997-2004)
 Rebecca Washington (145 episodes, 1997-2003)
 Lindsay Dole (145 episodes, 1997-2003)
 Helen Gamble (132 episodes, 1997-2003)
 Lucy Hatcher (113 episodes, 1998-2004)


Bobby Donnell is the head of a struggling Boston law firm that seems to constantly struggle with ethical themes while defending murderers, rapists, etc. Jimmy, Eugene, Ellenor and Lindsay are junior attorneys with the firm, the streetwise receptionist, and Helen the firm's frequent adversary with the D.A.'s office in this smart and clever weekly series. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Release Date:

4 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los practicantes  »

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Did You Know?


The first season featured episodes that were shot in conjunction with David E. Kelley's previous hit lawyer show Ally McBeal (1997). The show portrayed each practice as opposing counsel on the same case. Both shows reflected the point of view of the court from different sides. See more »


Lindsay: If you were in my position...
Helen: I would NEVER be in your position.
Lindsay: Hey!
Helen: Go to hell.
Lindsay: You go to hell.
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Crazy Credits

Starting with the 2003 season, the order in which Steve Harris, Michael Badalucco and Camryn Manheim appear in the opening credits changes from week to week. See more »


Referenced in Will & Grace: Boardroom and a Parked Place (2002) See more »

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1 December 2002 | by (Eindhoven, the Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Along with "X-Files" and "E.R.", this is one of the very few TV series that has consistently been able to keep my attention for more than a couple of episodes. The combination of good acting, nice storylines and intriguing court cases makes this series very interesting to watch.

Basically, "The Practice" is a drama about an unlikely group of lawyers that run a small law firm. Most remarkable is that these lawyers aren't all played by the usual super-handsome actors, but by people that might actually pass for lawyers in real life. This group of lawyers undergoes the usual array of romances, personal setbacks, and quarrels like in any drama serie. Nothing special, but certainly entertaining, and more importantly, almost always believable (as opposed to soap opera's where the most implausible things happen to the most implausible people all the time)

The real meat of the series, however, are the court cases, of which there are usually two to three in one episode. These are almost always creative, believable (nothing like the nonsensical cases in "Ally McBeal") and intriguing and often really make me think: "what would I do if I were the lawyer, judge, or juror?". Any series or movie that makes me actually think about ethical dilemma's (or anything else, for that matter) scores bonus points in my book. OK, so maybe the small law firm wins a little too many cases, and maybe they take the "moral high ground" a bit too often, but this doesn't really detract from the enjoyment.

"The Practice" combines enjoyable drama elements with some well thought-out and intriguing court cases into a formula that doesn't get old fast. Splendid !

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