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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Series cast summary:
 Alan Shore (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
 Denny Crane (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
 Shirley Schmidt (91 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Paul Lewiston (71 episodes, 2004-2008)
 Brad Chase (70 episodes, 2004-2007)
 Denise Bauer (52 episodes, 2005-2008)
 Jerry Espenson (50 episodes, 2005-2008)


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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The show often contains dialog that "breaks the fourth wall" or lets the audience believe they know it's a TV show. At the end of episode "Squid Pro Quo", Denny ends the episode by saying, "I can't wait until next week." Alan Shore also notes that the show used to be on Mondays, and one time mentioned to Denny that "I've hardly seen you this episode." Melissa, Alan's assistant, once warns him against falling for a woman, citing, "She's only a guest-star". There is even a case where television programs are discussed. Mentioning that : "The only decent show is Boston..., oh, I can't say that. I'll break the fourth wall". While looking in the camera. See more »


Throughout the series, Alan Shore and Denny Crane sit on the balcony overlooking the city of Boston. However, during the cold winter months, you never see the breath of either character, thus demonstrating that the "balcony" is part of a set, and not an actual location. See more »


Judge Harry Hingham: Alright already, I've heard enough. I'm going to rule on this.
Alan Shore: You can't rule yet!
Judge Harry Hingham: Why not?
Alan Shore: I don't know.
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Shatner is the BOMB!!!!!!!!
7 October 2004 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I don't know, for a guy in his early 70's who has been royally and unfairly panned for his entire career, William Shatner as Denny Crane may be the absolute highlight of his long career! What a role and what a show. My ultimate benchmark as to how good a show is how fast I am back to that show during the commercial breaks. Didn't miss one second of Boston Legal so I guess that tells you that I liked it a lot. Of course the "Shat Man" drew me in but the overall show got me hooked. Well worth the late hour on Sundays. Rene Auberjonois ( of DS 9 fame) was an added surprise.

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