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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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 40 wins & 87 nominations. See more awards »

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 Eugene Young (167 episodes, 1997-2004)
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 Ellenor Frutt (167 episodes, 1997-2004)
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 Jimmy Berluti (166 episodes, 1997-2004)
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 Bobby Donnell (147 episodes, 1997-2004)
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 Rebecca Washington (145 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Lindsay Dole (145 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Helen Gamble (132 episodes, 1997-2003)
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 Lucy Hatcher (113 episodes, 1998-2004)
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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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4 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Sharon Stone's guest 3-episode arc in the beginning of the eighth season boosted the ratings for the show, after which she considered returning to the show full-time. See more »

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Helen Gamble: I need it, Richard. Give it to me.
Richard Bay: What?
Helen Gamble: The speech. Why we do what we do.
Richard Bay: Oh, I am not really in the mood after...
Helen Gamble: PLEASE, Richard. I NEED it. Please give it to me. And don't just phone it in.
Richard Bay: Helen...
Helen Gamble: Please! Can't you see how demoralized I am?
Richard Bay: OK. (takes a deep breath) There are heroes in this world. They're called District Attorneys. They don't get to have clients, people who smile at them at the end of the trial, who look them in the eye and say, "thank you." Nobody is there to appreciate ...
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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 »

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Non-Courtroom Fans Take Note
3 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't watch medical thrillers. I don't watch courtroom dramas.

Until now.

Fine acting, dialogue, and interesting legal situations--not to mention a slight sense of humor, perfectly blended with intense conflict--has hooked me into watching The Practice. I can't get enough of it. I never would have thought I'd get into a series about law.

It doesn't matter how you feel about courtroom dramas. This show is good television. I find myself glued to the TV on a daily basis, brought to tears on occasion. There is a humanity that runs through The Practice.

Since I'm not a law show buff, I can't say whether this one is better or worse than others. I'm simply a layman who finds himself tuning into FX every morning at 9:00 a.m.


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