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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Despite being on different networks, there were several crossover episodes with The Practice and David E. Kelley's other two shows, Ally McBeal (1997) and Boston Public (2000). See more »


[Lindsay is emotionally involved in a case, and is acting moody at the office. Earlier, Lucy overheard her confess to Bobby that she "needs more sex"]
Jimmy Berluti: [to Bobby] Is there something I'm not getting here?
Lucy: It's Lindsay who's not gettin' it - from Bobby.
Bobby: LUCY!
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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 »


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23 December 2002 | by (Oregon - pedrocy2000@yahoo.com) – See all my reviews

I have seen David E. Kelley's other shows. Ally is OK. Picket Fences was good. Chicago Hope was OK. And now the Practice. The Practice is without question the greatest show put together through 6 seasons. I am dissapointed with season 7 (2002-2003) but the show has shocked me before, and I am not giving up.

The reason the Practice is the best show ever is 3 areas: Acting, Writing, and Casting. The main actors are superb with Jimmy Berlutti being the best. However, the most impressive is the casting and acting of the guest actors. I have never seen James Whitmore better as Raymond Oz. Michael Emerson as William Hinks. WOW Where did they find that amazing actor. John Laroquette as Joey Heric. WOW. I hated Night Court, but he is splendid in his 4 episodes of the Practice. I will never forget the judge that told stories and increased your sentence if you laughed. Who thinks of these stories? Michael Monks as the Podiatrist George Vogelman. WOW. Great choice there. I cant look at him anymore without believing he is a cross dressing killer in real life! And Richard Bay. WOW. The list goes on and on. And the writing. So many examples, but the final John Laroquette episode as a lawyer defending his gay lover to bury him, WOW. I clapped once that episode was over and sat stunned. I have a creative mind, but couldnt come up with that story in a million years. It is also the only show that I have seen that continues to bring back guest actors in the same role later in their lives. I wish they would bring back James Whitmore as Raymond Oz, but that may be too much since he lost his mind. And Judge Hiller, Kittleson, and Swackheim are so great.

The Practice may never recover from a poor start to the 7th season. If they don't, they still gave us the greatest 6 years in television history and I will always thank them for that.

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