6.8/10
27,610
126 user 14 critic

Ally McBeal 

Trailer
0:31 | Trailer

On Disc

at Amazon

Follows the personal and professional life of lawyer Ally.

Creator:

David E. Kelley
Reviews
Popularity
968 ( 94)

Episodes

Seasons


Years



5   4   3   2   1  
2002   2001   2000   1999   1998   1997  
Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 39 wins & 115 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Dharma & Greg (1997–2002)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A free spirited yoga instructor finds true love in a conservative lawyer and they got married on the first date. Though they are polar opposites; her need of stability is fulfilled with him, his need of optimism is fulfilled with her.

Stars: Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson, Joel Murray
Dawson's Creek (1998–2003)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Four friends in a small coastal town help each other cope with adolescence.

Stars: James Van Der Beek, Katie Holmes, Michelle Williams
ER (1994–2009)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital.

Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies
Melrose Place (1992–1999)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Classic serial drama around a group of friends living in Melrose Place, California.

Stars: Heather Locklear, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith
Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A group of friends living in Beverly Hills, California make their way through life from their school days into adulthood.

Stars: Jason Priestley, Shannen Doherty, Luke Perry
Felicity (1998–2002)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young fresh out of high school girl follows her high school crush to college to be near him.

Stars: Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Scott Foley
Mad About You (1992–1999)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Paul and Jamie Buchman are a recently-married New York City couple. They point out the gentle humor in domesticity and life's everyday situations.

Stars: Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow
Spin City (1996–2002)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Mike Flaherty, the Deputy Mayor of New York City, and his team of half-wits must constantly save the Mayor from embarrassment and the media. Mike is later succeeded by Charlie Crawford.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear
Sex and the City (1998–2004)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Four female New Yorkers gossip about their sex lives (or lack thereof) and find new ways to deal with being a woman in the 1990s.

Stars: Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis
Edit

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
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Fox [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ally McBeal See more »

Filming Locations:

Boston, Massachusetts, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (112 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The song "Tell him" by various different artists, including the original by The Exciters, written by Bert Berns, is featured in 52 out of 112 episodes. See more »

Quotes

John "The Biscuit" Cage: Everyone has flaws, some are bigger than others, and as flaws go, SHE HAS A PENIS!
See more »

Alternate Versions

In "Love is All Around" a part of the scene where Todd (Guest Star Matthew Perry) accidentally hits Ally on the head with the bathroom stall door was cut out. The part that was not shown was after he hits her Clare pops out of another stall and accidentally pushes Ally with the stall door into Todd's arms. Embarassed by the situation she asks Todd to let her go but when he does she drops to the floor. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Bob's Burgers: The Runway Club (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Searchin' My Soul
(theme song)
Written and Performed by Vonda Shepard
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Better than most
18 June 2004 | by PageharrisonSee all my reviews

One of the best shows to ever hit TV. There are some pretty negative comments here, but I know why. Folks are angry that the show changed in the last few seasons and they are disappointed that it ended. The first three seasons you couldn't go to the water cooler if you had not watched the show and had some little tid-bit to say about what you saw. That spells great writing and fabulous performances to me. Calista Flockhart is a wonderful person and a terrific actress. She made the show work. without her, no Ally. There are episodes that are priceless. The dancing baby is unique and entertaining. No one had ever taken that kind of risk on TV. A computerized baby dancing with real people. Of course everyone's doing it now. I believe Ally Mcbeal to be a classic.


67 of 76 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 126 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed