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:

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Did You Know?


For the sixth season's finale, David E. Kelley filmed two different endings. One in which Lindsay Dole was found not guilty, and one in which she was found guilty. Even the cast didn't know which ending it would be until it was aired. See more »


Judge Roberta Kittleson: After this case is over, if you want to sit next to me, fine. We can share a drink. Who knows, I might even wet your whistle after.
Jimmy Berluti: You're a vulgar, desperate woman.
Judge Roberta Kittleson: All the more reason to remain a good judge, then.
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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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"Riveting, Life-Changing, A Triumph!"
2 February 2001 | by (Gansbaai, South Africa) – See all my reviews

The Practice is a magnificent triumph created by one the most ingenious masterminds of the nineties, David E. Kelley. The Practice features the most incredible cast that a law series could hope for. My first impression was: "There is no way that these people aren't real lawyers, I mean, it's just not possible!" Dylan McDermott is fantastic as Bobby Donnell, Steve Harris riveting as Eugene Young, The beautiful Kelli Williams is exquisite as Lindsey Dole, and the rest of the cast (leading and guest) doesn't fall far behind.

Overall, The Practice has not only created brilliant entertainment for every television-owning family in the world, it has also inspired me to become a criminal defense attorney.

If you're not watching the Practice yet, wake up!

Thank you, Mr. Kelley, you make Monday nights in South Africa a pleasure!

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