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Seasons:
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Release Date:
3 October 2004 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the courtroom.
Plot:
This Spinoff of The Practice will focus on Civil Law. Full summary »
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Won Golden Globe. Another 13 wins & 53 nominations See more »
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Denny Crane and Alan Shore .... enough said ! See more (145 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 261)

James Spader ... Alan Shore (101 episodes, 2004-2008)

William Shatner ... Denny Crane (101 episodes, 2004-2008)

Candice Bergen ... Shirley Schmidt (91 episodes, 2005-2008)

Rene Auberjonois ... Paul Lewiston (71 episodes, 2004-2008)

Mark Valley ... Brad Chase (70 episodes, 2004-2007)

Julie Bowen ... Denise Bauer (52 episodes, 2005-2008)

Christian Clemenson ... Jerry Espenson (50 episodes, 2005-2008)
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Series Directed by
Mike Listo (19 episodes, 2004-2008)
Bill D'Elia (17 episodes, 2004-2008)
Robert Yannetti (8 episodes, 2006-2008)
Steve Robin (7 episodes, 2006-2008)
James R. Bagdonas (6 episodes, 2005-2008)
Jeff Bleckner (6 episodes, 2005-2008)
Arlene Sanford (4 episodes, 2004-2008)
Lou Antonio (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
John Terlesky (3 episodes, 2006-2007)
Jeannot Szwarc (2 episodes, 2004-2006)
Mel Damski (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Ron Underwood (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Stephen Cragg (2 episodes, 2005-2007)
Adam Arkin (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Tom Verica (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Eric Stoltz (2 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Writing credits
David E. Kelley (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Lawrence Broch (16 episodes, 2005-2008)
Janet Leahy (11 episodes, 2005-2007)
Susan Dickes (11 episodes, 2006-2008)
Michael Reisz (10 episodes, 2005-2007)
Sanford Golden (10 episodes, 2006-2008)
Karen Wyscarver (10 episodes, 2006-2008)
Phoef Sutton (9 episodes, 2005-2007)
Corinne Brinkerhoff (9 episodes, 2006-2008)
Andrew Kreisberg (8 episodes, 2005-2007)
Jonathan Shapiro (7 episodes, 2004-2008)
Craig Turk (4 episodes, 2007-2008)
Jill Goldsmith (4 episodes, 2008)
Scott Kaufer (2 episodes, 2004)
Peter Ocko (2 episodes, 2004)
Jeff Rake (2 episodes, 2004)

Series Produced by
Bill D'Elia .... executive producer (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
David E. Kelley .... executive producer (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Janet G. Knutsen .... producer (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Robert Breech .... consulting producer (99 episodes, 2004-2008)
Mike Listo .... co-executive producer / executive producer (98 episodes, 2004-2008)
Steve Robin .... supervising producer (98 episodes, 2004-2008)
Lawrence Broch .... consulting producer / co-executive producer / ... (80 episodes, 2005-2008)
Anne M. Uemura .... co-producer / associate producer (77 episodes, 2004-2008)
Phoef Sutton .... consulting producer (67 episodes, 2005-2008)
Susan Dickes .... consulting producer / co-executive producer (57 episodes, 2006-2008)
Janet Leahy .... executive producer / co-executive producer (47 episodes, 2005-2007)
Andrew Kreisberg .... producer (38 episodes, 2005-2007)
Craig Turk .... producer / co-producer (32 episodes, 2006-2008)
Michael Reisz .... co-producer (24 episodes, 2006-2007)
Scott Kaufer .... executive producer (21 episodes, 2004-2006)
Peter Ocko .... co-executive producer (18 episodes, 2004-2006)
Jonathan Shapiro .... supervising producer (18 episodes, 2004-2006)
Lukas Reiter .... supervising producer (13 episodes, 2004-2005)
Sanford Golden .... co-producer (13 episodes, 2008)
Dan Menchaca .... associate producer (13 episodes, 2008)
Karen Wyscarver .... co-producer (13 episodes, 2008)
Kerry Ehrin .... consulting producer (11 episodes, 2004-2005)
Sheila R. Lawrence .... consulting producer (9 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jeff Rake .... executive producer (7 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Original Music by
Danny Lux (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
 
Series Cinematography by
James R. Bagdonas (70 episodes, 2004-2008)
Michael Lohmann (29 episodes, 2005-2008)
 
Series Film Editing by
Craig Bench (36 episodes, 2004-2008)
Michael Hathaway (31 episodes, 2004-2008)
Philip Carr Neel (29 episodes, 2004-2008)
Tiffany Hauck (5 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Casting by
Ken Miller (39 episodes, 2004-2008)
Nikki Valko (39 episodes, 2004-2008)
 
Series Production Design by
Peter Politanoff (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
 
Series Art Direction by
Natalie Richards (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Mary Ann Biddle (36 episodes, 2006-2008)
Jackie Carr (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
 
Series Costume Design by
Shelly Levine (69 episodes, 2004-2007)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jori Jenae .... makeup department head / key makeup artist (100 episodes, 2004-2008)
Steven Mack .... key hair stylist (88 episodes, 2004-2008)
Kelly Kline .... hair department head / key hair stylist (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jennifer Donish .... makeup artist (28 episodes, 2007-2008)
Autumn Moultrie .... makeup artist (24 episodes, 2006-2007)
Michael White .... hair stylist / assistant hair stylist (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
Toby Lamm .... makeup artist (7 episodes, 2007-2008)
Robert Maverick .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 2004-2007)
Sandra Rowden .... makeup artist / assistant makeup artist (6 episodes, 2004-2005)
Marylin Lee .... additional makeup artist (4 episodes, 2008)

Donna Cicatelli-Lewis .... key makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Andy Clement .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Cynthia Hernandez .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Julie Kristy .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Rela Martine .... assistant makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Janet G. Knutsen .... unit production manager / production manager (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Dan Menchaca .... post-production supervisor (23 episodes, 2006-2008)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Alicia Lewis .... second second assistant director / second assistant director (93 episodes, 2004-2008)
Beryl Cohen .... second second assistant director / second assistant director (34 episodes, 2007-2008)
Cara McCastlain .... second assistant director / first assistant director / ... (33 episodes, 2006-2008)
Carol L. Vitkay .... first assistant director (24 episodes, 2004-2008)
Leo Bauer .... first assistant director / second assistant director (22 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jodie Thomas .... second second assistant director (20 episodes, 2004-2005)
Robert Yannetti .... first assistant director (15 episodes, 2004-2008)
Vincent G. Gonzales .... second assistant director (15 episodes, 2006-2007)
John Nolan .... second second assistant director / additional second assistant director (11 episodes, 2006-2008)
Shea Farrell .... second second assistant director (9 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ellen Rosentreter .... day player second second assistant director (6 episodes, 2004-2006)
Vince Duque .... second second assistant director (5 episodes, 2007)
Craig Amendola .... second second assistant director (2 episodes, 2004-2005)
Nancy Townsend .... second assistant director / second second assistant director (2 episodes, 2006)
Eric Oliver .... second second assistant director (2 episodes, 2007)

David Berke .... additional assistant director / second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Robert Dean .... construction coordinator (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Douglas M. Keenan .... property master (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Miehe .... set designer (67 episodes, 2004-2008)
Yaniv Bashan .... lead set dresser (60 episodes, 2005-2008)
Curtis Rogers .... set dresser (57 episodes, 2006-2008)
Kimberly Leonard .... buyer (51 episodes, 2005-2007)
Isabelle Trichard .... art department coordinator (44 episodes, 2004-2006)
Randy Bostic .... leadman (36 episodes, 2006-2008)
Ashton Politanoff .... art department coordinator (36 episodes, 2006-2008)
Steven M. Saylor .... set designer (30 episodes, 2005-2006)
Brad Denton .... paint supervisor (27 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jordan Paul .... set dresser (27 episodes, 2005-2006)
Abby Emmett .... art department coordinator (24 episodes, 2006-2007)
Drew Pierce .... painter (23 episodes, 2008)
Bill Davis .... props (14 episodes, 2005-2008)
Ted Sperling .... art department production assistant (14 episodes, 2007-2008)
Alan Hubbard .... painter (10 episodes, 2006)
Don Kaeding .... leadman (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
Berj Daniel Bedrosian .... construction foreman (4 episodes, 2006-2007)
Peter Flynn .... propmaker (3 episodes, 2004)
Michael Buha .... set dresser (2 episodes, 2005)
Kevin E. Vermeersch .... art department coordinator (2 episodes, 2008)

David Galvan .... painter (unknown episodes)
William F. Matthews .... set designer (unknown episodes)
J. Ryan .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Alexandra Ward .... art production assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Peter Kelsey .... sound re-recording mixer (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Nick King .... sound utility (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
James M. McCann .... boom operator (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
David Rawlinson .... supervising sound editor / sound re-recording mixer (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Herbert Rawlinson .... dialogue editor / sound editor (88 episodes, 2004-2008)
Craig Hunter .... sound re-recording mixer (44 episodes, 2004-2006)
Clark King .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Billy King .... boom operator (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
Glenn E. Berkovitz .... production sound mixer / sound mixer (6 episodes, 2004-2007)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (4 episodes, 2004-2005)

Jacqueline Marie McLaughlin .... utility sound (unknown episodes)
 
Series Special Effects by
John P. Cazin .... special effects coordinator (55 episodes, 2004-2008)
Chris Brenczewski .... special effects foreman (10 episodes, 2004-2008)
Blumes Tracy .... special effects technician (8 episodes, 2004-2008)
Charles Cooley .... special effects technician (3 episodes, 2004)

Ron Petruccione .... special effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Michael Roderick .... digital compositor (44 episodes, 2004-2006)
Bill Millar .... visual effects supervisor (5 episodes, 2008)
Bob Minshall .... visual effects (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Doug Spilatro .... visual effects (3 episodes, 2007-2008)

Matt von Brock .... digital artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Tony Jefferson .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Melissa Barker .... stunt double (2 episodes, 2006)
Mark Hicks .... stunts (2 episodes, 2007)
Sonny Tipton .... stunt double / stunt double: William Shatner (2 episodes, 2008)

Greg Dela Riva .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Danny Le Boyer .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Ann Scott .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tim Sitarz .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ryan Sirles .... best boy/grip / key grip (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jared Greenstein .... lighting console operator (100 episodes, 2004-2008)
Myron Hyman .... gaffer (91 episodes, 2004-2008)
Michael Lohmann .... steadicam operator: Camera Operator ("a" camera / camera operator: "a" camera / ... (87 episodes, 2004-2008)
Cale Finot .... assistant camera (67 episodes, 2004-2007)
Timothy McCrary .... lighting technician (47 episodes, 2007-2008)
Lloyd Barcroft .... key grip (38 episodes, 2004-2008)
Mark Davison .... camera operator: "b" camera / camera operator: "a" camera / ... (38 episodes, 2004-2008)
Christopher Goss .... steadicam & camera operator / camera operator: "a" camera / ... (33 episodes, 2007-2008)
Keith B. Davis .... first assistant camera: b (23 episodes, 2004-2006)
Adam C. Eichhorst .... grip and dolly grip (22 episodes, 2004-2008)
Michael Dronge .... dolly grip (12 episodes, 2006-2007)
Kenneth Estes .... video playback operator (10 episodes, 2006-2008)
Thomas Gonsalez Jr. .... gaffer (8 episodes, 2008)
William D. Barber .... camera operator: "a" camera (7 episodes, 2008)
Eric Felland .... rigging electrician (5 episodes, 2007)
Erin Franklyn .... rigging grip (4 episodes, 2007)
Riggs Murdock .... camera operator (4 episodes, 2008)
Nicole Turegano .... film loader / additional camera loader (3 episodes, 2004-2007)
John P. Fleenor .... electrician (3 episodes, 2006)
Chris Murphy .... camera operator: "b" camera (3 episodes, 2007)
Kris Krosskove .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2008)
Aaron Pazanti .... camera operator: "a" camera (2 episodes, 2004)
Chris Moseley .... camera operator: "b" / camera operator: "b" camera (2 episodes, 2005)
Kenny Solomon .... electrician (2 episodes, 2005)
Robert Reed Altman .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2006)
Kent Harvey .... additional camera operator (2 episodes, 2006)
Eric McCandless .... still photographer (2 episodes, 2008)

Ffilip Bolton .... set electrician (unknown episodes)
Bill Brao .... camera operator: guest camera (unknown episodes)
Andreas Crawford .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
P.J. Gaynard .... rigging electrician (unknown episodes)
Michael Kennedy .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Joe Kudlack .... rigging gang boss (unknown episodes)
Michael Piekutowski .... rigging electrician (unknown episodes)
Michael Santoro .... best boy grip: off production (unknown episodes)
Rebel Schunke .... key grip: off production (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Vanessa Portillo .... extras casting (74 episodes, 2004-2008)
Traci Moscowitz .... casting assistant / casting associate (36 episodes, 2006-2008)
Valerie Magoon .... casting assistant (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
Gina Palumbo .... casting associate (7 episodes, 2004-2005)

Dianne Carter .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cynthia Flowers .... set costumer (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Shelly Levine .... costume supervisor: men (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Hana Rausalova .... set costumer (57 episodes, 2006-2008)
Loree Parral .... costume supervisor: women (41 episodes, 2004-2008)
Stacey Seeds-Ferrence .... key costumer (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
Mary Lou Reinbold .... set costumer (11 episodes, 2008)
Aaron Millsap .... costumer (5 episodes, 2006-2007)
 
Series Editorial Department
Jack Keough .... post-production assistant (44 episodes, 2007-2008)
Shawn LeMonnier .... post-production technical supporter / assistant editor / ... (40 episodes, 2005-2008)
J. Randolph Harrison .... assistant editor (36 episodes, 2004-2008)
Chris Boyer .... final colorist (22 episodes, 2007-2008)
John David Buxton .... assistant editor / post-production assistant (20 episodes, 2004-2008)
Tiffany Hauck .... assistant editor (20 episodes, 2004-2006)
Aaron Nadler .... post-production coordinator (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
Tim LaValley .... title design (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
Dan Menchaca .... post-production coordinator (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
Noah Pontell .... assistant editor / additional editor (5 episodes, 2004-2006)
 
Series Music Department
Sharyn Gersh .... music editor (88 episodes, 2004-2008)
Kevin J. Edelman .... music supervisor (57 episodes, 2006-2008)
Avital Korin .... music editor (27 episodes, 2005-2006)
Andrew Gowan .... music coordinator (9 episodes, 2006)
Michael Lord .... composer: additional music (3 episodes, 2006)

Eddie Delena .... music recordist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Mitch Friedman .... production driver / transportation (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Wayne Morris .... transportation coordinator (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Stanley R. Webber .... transportation captain (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
David Guilbeau .... production driver (7 episodes, 2005)
Gina August .... driver (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Other crew
Jessica Levine .... executive assistant / assistant: Stacey Luchs (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
John Thaddeus .... adr loop group (101 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jennifer Aragao .... assistant to executive producer / assistant: Bill D'Elia (99 episodes, 2004-2008)
Amy Shaffer .... production coordinator (96 episodes, 2004-2008)
Stacey Luchs .... publicist / production associate (90 episodes, 2004-2008)
Heidi Hinzman .... production assistant / set production assistant (55 episodes, 2005-2008)
Kim Peterson .... production accountant (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Rick Silverman .... production executive (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Gary Stanek .... location manager (43 episodes, 2004-2008)
Todd Pfeffer .... assistant: David E. Kelley (41 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jessica Ramos .... assistant: Mike Listo (41 episodes, 2004-2008)
Corinne Brinkerhoff .... story editor / executive story editor / ... (40 episodes, 2004-2008)
Brooke Roberts .... assistant to writer / writers' assistant (40 episodes, 2006-2008)
Charles B. Rosenberg .... technical advisor (36 episodes, 2006-2008)
Jimmey Donchey .... script coordinator (35 episodes, 2006-2008)
Chris Tracy .... production assistant (35 episodes, 2006-2008)
Philip Weyland .... stand-in (34 episodes, 2004-2006)
Victoria Chiarello .... assistant to writers / writers: assistant (34 episodes, 2006-2008)
Lauren Mackenzie .... production assistant / writers production assistant / ... (33 episodes, 2007-2008)
Bryan Murphy .... production assistant (33 episodes, 2007-2008)
Amanda Johns .... assistant to writer / assistant to writers / ... (32 episodes, 2007-2008)
Matt V. Messina .... key assistant location manager (27 episodes, 2005-2006)
Kathy Barrett .... script supervisor (24 episodes, 2004-2008)
Thomas J. Healy IV .... key assistant location manager/scout / location scout (24 episodes, 2006-2007)
Aaron Nadler .... assistant production coordinator / production assistant (22 episodes, 2004-2008)
Matthew Pontell .... production assistant / set production assistant (22 episodes, 2004-2006)
Lynette Gaines .... assistant production coordinator / production assistant (22 episodes, 2006-2008)
Sanford Golden .... executive story editor / story editor (21 episodes, 2006-2008)
Karen Wyscarver .... executive story editor / story editor (21 episodes, 2006-2008)
Stuart Arbury .... production assistant (19 episodes, 2008)
Veronica M. Wilson .... production attorney (17 episodes, 2004-2008)
Becky Chin .... key set production assistant (17 episodes, 2004-2005)
James Hausman .... production assistant (17 episodes, 2008)
William Batsel .... set production assistant / production assistant (16 episodes, 2008)
Neely Swanson .... production associate (13 episodes, 2004-2008)
Susan Stern .... production associate (13 episodes, 2006-2008)
Tracey Robinson .... production associate (12 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jan Jessel .... production associate (12 episodes, 2006-2008)
Sean Flynn .... production associate (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Judd Greener .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2007)
Wayne Damore .... script supervisor (9 episodes, 2006-2008)
Maria Lease .... script supervisor (8 episodes, 2004-2008)
Jessica Ball .... assistant: Scott Kaufer (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
Gregg Millman .... assistant to writer / writers assistant / ... (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
Sonay Washington .... assistant production coordinator (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
Ernie Bustamante .... assistant: Jeff Rake (6 episodes, 2004-2005)
Christopher Fife .... script coordinator (6 episodes, 2004-2005)
Jeff MacVittie .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2004-2005)
Andy Brown .... production assistant: writers / writer's production assistant (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Curt Clendenin .... stand-in: bad guy / stand-in: male (4 episodes, 2005)
Jennifer Menchora .... production associate (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Rich Bokides .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2004-2007)
John M. Greenwood .... production assistant / writer's production assistant (2 episodes, 2005-2006)
Michael Reisz .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 2006)
Lela Checco .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2007)
Robert Parker Clemente .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2008)

Todd Fullerton .... 24 frame video/computer engineer (unknown episodes)
Mareo-Ahmir Lawson .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Judy Malinoski .... production nurse (unknown episodes)
John Sica .... crafts service gang boss (unknown episodes)
Inna Swann .... stand-in (unknown episodes)
 

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44 min
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Argentina:13 | Australia:M | New Zealand:M | Singapore:PG (season 1) | Singapore:NC-16 (season 2) | Singapore:M18 (season 3) (season 4) (season 5) | Singapore:M18 (season 4)

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Trivia:
Denny Crane has never lost a trial. According to Season One episode "From Whence We Came" he has won 6043 trials (and lost 0) in 45 years.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
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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30 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Denny Crane and Alan Shore .... enough said !, 24 August 2010
Author: RedRoadster from London, England

Boston Legal is one of the best takes on a TV legal drama that I have seen. It manages to mix drama and comedy pretty well for the most part and introduces us to Alan and Denny who are magnetic characters, played to perfection by James Spader and an incredible William Shatner. To review this whole 5 season series (which i have steadily worked through on DVD over the last 2 months) would take forever, so let me highlight a few good and bad points as i see them.

Season 1 & 2 had a sharper edge and better dialogue than subsequent seasons. It felt almost as if they were searching for better ratings from season 3 onwards and chose to introduce characters and plots which would deliberately jazz things up a bit. In my opinion the show suffered because of this.

The characters Jefferey Coho, Claire Simms, Lorraine Weller and Clarence / Clarice Bell added virtually nothing to the show that wasn't there already (other than the cross dressing element) and as they failed to perk up ratings its almost as if David E Kelly thought "well... tried some new faces, didn't work, lets write them out and try something else."

I also felt that the writers seemed to ignore the more obvious direction that they could have taken, which would have been to flesh out the Denny and Alan characters even more. You are treated to some glimpses of their past when they are discussing their lives on the balcony, but Dennys brilliant former career is never seen first hand and Alans many previous painful issues are only represented in the narrative. Perhaps if even more screen time had been given to these two instead of trying to continually bolster up the supporting characters, the show would have been more successful.

The recurring theme of the lawyers in the show standing trial for their various indiscretions and always getting away with it was an over used plot and began to wear a bit thin. Similarly, I can only recall one trial verdict of any kind that didn't go in favour of Mssrs Crane, Poole and Schmidt.

There were flashes of poetry with this show that i felt genuinely moved by. To name a few .....

- Alans closing argument to allow Shirleys father the right to a dignified death

- Dennys dominant yet tender legal confrontation with his "son" Donny.

- Alans arguing against the death penalty in front of the supreme court

- Paul's fatherly approach to everyone at the firm.

- Alans good and honest heart (which he tries hard to conceal)

- The brilliant portrayal of Jerry Espenson by Christain Clemenson

- The unbreakable friendship between Denny and Alan, and subsequently between most of the characters at Crane, Poole and Schmidt.

In summation (may as well use the legal terminology), despite the shows many lulls and obvious flaws, I absolutely loved it. William Shatner is a revelation in his role and James Spader is Perfect in his.

On a personal note, I have lost count of the times my wife has gone ballistic because I have responded to a situation or question by simply saying in the appropriate tone ................. "Denny Crane!"

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