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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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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Lori Colson: Hi. I'm Lori Colson; we haven't officially met.
Catherine Piper: Hello, dear. Catherine Piper.
Lori Colson: For the future... I don't really appreciate comments about my hair.
Catherine Piper: Oh, I'm sorry. I was just trying to make conversation. And I assumed you wouldn't want me to go anywhere near your eyebrows.
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cleverly written first episode
4 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If the first episode is any indication, Boston Legal will continue what it started as "The Practice" last year and remain on the air. Given the splash made by James Spader on the waning Practice, this spin off was developed. And last night's episode was clever and funny, with a black woman charging racial discrimination for her daughter who was not cast as Annie. Every time anyone looked at this kid, she sang "Tomorrow." The episode sported a cameo appearance and a hilarious bit by the Reverend Al Sharpton. There were other subplots, but for me, Annie stole the show! Rebecca de Mornay seems missing from the cast, but there is the neat addition of Mark Valley, from the ill-fated, also excellent "Keen Eddie." I look forward to future episodes to see what Spader, Shatner and the able cast will be up to.


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