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Boston Legal is a spin-off of the long-running Kelley series The Practice, following the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole and Schmidt.

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Top Rated TV #227 | Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »

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 Alan Shore (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
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 Denny Crane (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
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 Shirley Schmidt (91 episodes, 2005-2008)
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 Paul Lewiston (71 episodes, 2004-2008)
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 Brad Chase (70 episodes, 2004-2007)
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 Denise Bauer (52 episodes, 2005-2008)
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 Jerry Espenson (50 episodes, 2005-2008)
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Ethically-challenged attorney Alan Shore, formerly of Young, Frutt & Berluti, settles in at a wealthy and powerful firm focusing on civil cases. With some help from his friend and mentor, veteran attorney Denny Crane, Shore quickly makes his mark winning cases no one would take, often using less than honest methods. In doing so, he develops a rival in his colleague Brad Chase, who has been assigned to the office partly to keep an eye on the increasingly eccentric (and possibly senile) Denny Crane. Though his questionable conduct might make him a few enemies along the way, Alan's not one to be underestimated, nor will he let trivial things like honesty or integrity get in the way of winning a case. Written by Todd Smitts

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the courtroom.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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3 October 2004 (USA)  »

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Cast member James Spader was actually born in Boston. See more »

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In several episodes when Denny and Alan are looking to join (and actually do join) a branch of the military, they choose the Coast Guard Auxillary, to which the show mistakenly refers to as "the Auxilliary Coast Guard". See more »

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Alan Shore: Ah, Denny, I've hardly seen you this episode.
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Let's hope for a long and enjoyable journey...
4 October 2004 | by (SF) – See all my reviews

Programs like Boston Legal are competing for some very coveted viewers. Dangerous Housewives may be more the taste for those looking for "the edgey dramedy" on prime time and Nip/Tuck and Rescue Me have also found a loyal following with some pretty important demographics.* The kind of viewers that can keep a show like Boston Legal alive for a few seasons.

I'm a huge fan of the show...and was one of those people who only began to watch The Practice when Spader appeared. The moral ambiguity of the show's primary characters and the splash of David Kelly made for a wonderful show. That it found the viewers it did is a tribute to the inspired casting and originality of it's story lines. I think Shatner is a wonderful comeback story and the inclusion of Mark Valley may prove to be a superb choice...introducing a fellow who is much more than a pretty face. His character will go nose to nose with Alan Shore and not in the fluttery Major Burns manner. This is a guy who's gonna a win a few...and that in itself bodes well for the show. I look forward to reading everyone's comments on this terrific show.

*This year the Sopranos will return with first run episodes again and it's the farewell season. The show will runs opposite Boston Legal as will Nip/Tuck.


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