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Ally McBeal 

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Ally McBeal and Billy Thomas were going steady throughout their childhoods. Ally even followed Billy to Harvard law school despite having no interest in law. But when Billy chose to pursue ... See full summary »

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David E. Kelley
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Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 38 wins & 114 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Calista Flockhart ...  Ally McBeal 112 episodes, 1997-2002
Greg Germann ...  Richard Fish 112 episodes, 1997-2002
Jane Krakowski ...  Elaine Vassal 112 episodes, 1997-2002
Vonda Shepard ...  Vonda Shepard 109 episodes, 1997-2002
Peter MacNicol ...  John Cage 103 episodes, 1997-2002
Lisa Nicole Carson ...  Renee Raddick 91 episodes, 1997-2002
Portia de Rossi ...  Nelle Porter 89 episodes, 1998-2002
Lucy Liu ...  Ling Woo 74 episodes, 1998-2002
Courtney Thorne-Smith ...  Georgia Thomas 69 episodes, 1997-2002
Gil Bellows ...  Billy Thomas 68 episodes, 1997-2002
Albert Hall ...  Judge Seymore Walsh 51 episodes, 1998-2002
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Storyline

Ally McBeal and Billy Thomas were going steady throughout their childhoods. Ally even followed Billy to Harvard law school despite having no interest in law. But when Billy chose to pursue a career in law away from Ally, their relationship came to an end. In the present, an old classmate of Ally's named Richard Fish gives Ally a job at his law firm, where Billy and his new wife are also working. This puts Ally in a predicament since she still has feelings for Billy which she's laboring to get over. At the office, Ally puts up with a nosy, gossiping secretary named Elaine, and an oddball lawyer named John Cage never seems to lose a case. At home, Ally's friend and house-mate Renée regularly advises her on her love life. The series follows Ally's trials and tribulations in life through her eyes, and caricaturizes her personal thoughts and fantasies. Written by Ondre Lombard <olombard@lombard.cyberverse.com>

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Official Sites:

Fox [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ally My Love See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (112 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Ling Woo wasn't originally intended to be a regular. David E. Kelley liked Lucy Liu so much as a guest star, he and the writer decided to reveal that she has a law degree and join the firm after a few episodes, giving her a reason to be there. See more »

Quotes

[catch-phrases]
John "The Biscuit" Cage: I'm fraught.
John "The Biscuit" Cage: I need to take a moment.
John "The Biscuit" Cage: Unacceptable!
John "The Biscuit" Cage: Repugnant!
John "The Biscuit" Cage: Balls!
John "The Biscuit" Cage: That disparaged me.
John "The Biscuit" Cage: I will not stand to be disparaged.
John "The Biscuit" Cage: I'm troubled.
John "The Biscuit" Cage: I'm drawn to her.
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Alternate Versions

Victor and Elaine dated as a result of the work by the "Matchmaker." But a subsequent story in which Victor breaks up with her in a later episode was cut out leading the viewers to believe that they just simply never went out again. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 19 October 2017 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Searchin' My Soul
(theme song)
Written and Performed by Vonda Shepard
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I love Ally McBeal
31 May 2006 | by mrbinky-1See all my reviews

I ordered all five seasons from hong kong on e-bay... it's fantastic..!! you know, people watch Jerry Springer to make sure their lives are not that screwed up... I believe people watch(ed) Ally hoping their lives could become as chaotic... We are into the 4th season.. and it seems like the show should be wrapping up at the end of this season... but they go on for one more year... contract fights with ABC? I know Robert Downy Jr. went back to rehab at the end of season 4...

But this show is about life.. all the stupid little things that most people never even notice are magnifide a thousand time... Jerry Seinfeld did the same thing... Ally McBeal was a lawyer show about nothing.. but in Ally everybody is George and Kramer and all the other characters all the time all rolled into one... David Kelly was/is a genius. to be able to write so many shows with such passion. That's another key to this show you don't see on very many.. the passion the actors deliver their parts in... They invite us into their world and we actually become part of it... The fears we see on Ally are something we all experience at some time in our lives... Wish I could find more of David Kelly's shows on DVD... can't find the Practice at all...

let's have a reunion..!!!!


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