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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 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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Regular cast members William Shatner Rene Auberjonois, and John Larroquette have all appeared in the Star Trek franchise. A number of other former Star Trek cast members have guest-starred in the show: Armin Shimerman, Jeri Ryan, Ethan Phillips, Michelle Forbes, Scott Bakula, and Lee Duncan. Lesser 'speaking' roles were held by Ellen Bry, David Clennon, Michael Wiseman, Ron Ostrow, Alan Ruck and Lawrence Pressman. See more »

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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 »

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Denny Crane: Massachusetts is a blue state. God has no place here.
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Excellent Show
29 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Considering all the crap that is normally on Sunday(e.g. football and Nascar), this show is a refreshing change of pace. Spader and Shatner are an excellent duo. Spader already received an emmy, and hopefully Shatner will receive one too, if for no other reason than to silence the ignorant critics of this well-rounded show. Rarely will you find a legal show, that is humorous and poignant at the same time. Denny Craine's succinctness and Shore's coolness make this show a stand out. If ABC is smart, they will hold on to this show and try to replicate it's success, while in the meantime dumping all their worthless reality shows(redundancy I know). In conclusion, the great story lines and skillful acting make this show one of the best current series on television.


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