The Practice (1997–2004)

TV Series  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery
7.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 5,213 users  
Reviews: 66 user | 10 critic

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.

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

Free at IMDb

WATCH NOW
ON DISC

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 12 Dec 2011
 
a list of 44 titles
created 10 Dec 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 21 Jan 2014
 
a list of 42 titles
created 11 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Practice" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Practice (1997–2004)

The Practice (1997–2004) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Practice.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
2004   2003   2002   2001   2000   1999   … See all »
Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 49 wins & 110 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Boston Legal (2004–2008)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

This Spinoff of The Practice will focus on Civil Law.

Stars: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen
Boston Public (2000–2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The lives of 10 faculty members at a high school in Boston, Mass. weave in and out of dealing with trouble-makers, having a personal life, and keeping sanity.

Stars: Loretta Devine, Anthony Heald, Fyvush Finkel
Ally McBeal (1997–2002)
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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 »

Stars: Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski
The Practice (2013)
Short | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

When a lonely young woman and a homeless alcoholic inadvertently cross paths, the result is heart-wrenching, revealing - and unexpectedly funny! An offbeat look at how often perception trumps reality.

Director: Michael C. Walker
Stars: Robin Park, Mark Adkins, Danielle Di Lucca
The Stickup (2002)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

It's a quiet little town where nothing happens - until the day the bank is hit for half a million dollars by a thief wearing a clowns mask.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: James Spader, Leslie Stefanson, David Keith
I Witness (2003)
Drama | Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

After 27 bodies are discovered in a collapsed tunnel in Tijuana, a man tries to unravel the mystery before becoming the next victim.

Director: Rowdy Herrington
Stars: Jeff Daniels, James Spader, Portia de Rossi
Alien Hunter (2003)
Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

An alien black box is found in the South Pole, where a government agency is conducting botanical experiments.

Director: Ron Krauss
Stars: James Spader, Janine Eser, John Lynch
ER (1994–2009)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The work and lives of a group of emergency room doctors in Chicago.

Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies
NYPD Blue (1993–2005)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

NYPD Detectives of Manhattan's fictional 15th precinct investigate criminal cases.

Stars: Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel
The Pentagon Papers (TV Movie 2003)
Drama | History | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Defense worker Daniel Ellsberg seeks to publish a series of classified government documents detailing the true nature of America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

Director: Rod Holcomb
Stars: James Spader, Claire Forlani, Paul Giamatti
Chicago Hope (1994–2000)
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The lives and trials of the staff of a major hospital in Chicago.

Stars: Mandy Patinkin, Adam Arkin, Hector Elizondo
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

An interactive episode for the series premiere of NBC's THE BLACKLIST, drawing audiences in to the world of the show through custom-shot, face-to-face encounters with the lead characters as the viewer attempts to "clear their name".

Stars: Megan Boone, Harry Lennix, James Spader
Edit

Cast

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)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

4 March 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Los practicantes  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(168 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Co-stars Rhona Mitra and Jessica Capshaw were born on the exact same day. See more »

Quotes

Judge Zoey Hiller: Mr. Bay, did you see the sign, "Check your soapbox at the door"?
See more »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Jamie Foxx/Ne-Yo (2012) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

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.


33 of 35 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Are the cases complicated? hawsman2-1
James Spader saved Season 8 Philo89
did anybody hate Eleanor? savaveo
Has there EVER been a satisfying guilty verdict on this show? jdhs223
Lara Flynn Boyle went from hot to creepy johnMauerWalc
Same actor playing two different roles on The Practice jdhs223
Discuss The Practice (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page