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L.A. Law 

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Series (1986–1994)
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The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm.
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Won 5 Golden Globes. Another 40 wins & 147 nominations. See more awards »





Complete series cast summary:
Corbin Bernsen ...  Arnie Becker 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Jill Eikenberry ...  Ann Kelsey 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Alan Rachins ...  Douglas Brackman, Jr. 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Michael Tucker ...  Stuart Markowitz 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Richard Dysart ...  Leland McKenzie 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Susan Ruttan ...  Roxanne Melman 150 episodes, 1986-1993
Blair Underwood ...  Jonathan Rollins 149 episodes, 1987-1994
Larry Drake ...  Benny Stulwicz 144 episodes, 1987-1994
Susan Dey ...  D.D.A. Grace Van Owen / ... 126 episodes, 1986-1992
Jimmy Smits ...  Victor Sifuentes 107 episodes, 1986-1992
Harry Hamlin ...  Michael Kuzak 105 episodes, 1986-1991
Michele Greene ...  Abby Perkins 105 episodes, 1986-1991
John Spencer ...  Tommy Mullaney / ... 83 episodes, 1990-1994


This popular television drama depicted life in a large Los Angeles law firm. The plots were strongly character-based and dealt with the personal lives and professional activities of the partners, associates, and staff. Scenes centered around the courtroom and the law offices. Often, an episode would open with a surprising twist, which would then be played out during the rest of the show. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Series co-creator Terry Louise Fisher, former Deputy District Attorney for Los Angeles County, former entertainment lawyer for Twentieth Century Fox, and producer and writer for Cagney & Lacey (1981), composed a form letter she was thinking of sending to lawyers who complained about this show: "Dear So-and-so: If I were a good lawyer, I'd still be practicing law. Instead, I'm stuck in Hollywood, making ten times as much money. I hope you are as conscientious about your clients, as you are about our show. Thank you for your writing." See more »


Stuart Markowitz: Don't underestimate me, I'm amazing with mums. When I was at High School all of them had crushes on me, it was the daughters I had trouble with.
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Referenced in This Is Your Life: David Cassidy (1994) See more »

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23 December 2006 | by DKosty123See all my reviews

It is hard to believe that David E. Kelly first started writing television scripts with Doogie Howser MD & then went straight to this. There is a world of difference between those efforts. This series is very entertaining.

It also is much more serious than some of the later series he has done. While this series has some comedy, it has a much more serious tone than Ally McBeal or House MD which have been his later work. This series not only presents more serious issues than those later shows, but also better draw more realistic characters as well.

The acting & production quality of this is very good. Richard Dysart seems the perfect actor to be the foundation of this law firm. The rest of the cast seems to fit their roles well too. Wonder if a 20 or 25 year reunion is planned for this series? A retrospective could be fun.

Towards the end of the series, more of David E Kelly's humor started showing up. In fact, the last season very much resembles a trial run of Ally McBeal in it's tone. Lets not forget Boston Legal too. Kelly has continued to develop his talents in that direction since.

If you like House MD or Ally McBeal, you will like this series. If you liked Boston Public (which was a little more serious) you'd like this show too. I am not sure if David Kelly has any other directions he can head but viewers sure get a lot chance to enjoy his work.

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Release Date:

15 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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(170 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (early episodes)| Stereo (later episodes)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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