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L.A. Law 

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Series (1986–1994)
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 »

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L.A. Law See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(170 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (early episodes)| Stereo (later episodes)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The famous lesbian kiss episode between C.J. and Abby was always meant to be a one- off sweeps stunt. The producers were never intending to seriously explore lesbian relationships in any on-going way. It was a one time thing just for the ratings. See more »

Quotes

Leland McKenzie: [settling an argument during a staff meeting] It's time you people remember whose name is at the top of the letterhead!
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At Its Best There Were Few Better
11 May 2012 | by fguliuzzaSee all my reviews

This was a seminal show -- probably the first "lawyer show" that wasn't really a detective program in disguise. L.A. Law introduced us to many of the particulars of a law firm: The staff meeting, administrative hearings, appellate court argument, as well as almost all aspects of criminal and CIVIL litigation. It was an amazing program that, when it focused on the intriguing cases that came to the firm, was arguably the best show on television in the late 80s and early 90s. If I recall correctly only Hill Street Blues, The West Wing, and L.A. Law won 4 Emmys for best drama (now maybe Mad Men?). There's a reason this show ranks in the upper echelon of television dramas.

To be fair to its critics, however, I can't remember ANY program that was this good that, almost abruptly, became so bad! Although I continued to watch it until the end, it was hit-and-miss at best, and sometimes just plain terrible after the fifth season.


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