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Series cast summary:
...  Ally McBeal 112 episodes, 1997-2002
...  Richard Fish 112 episodes, 1997-2002
...  Elaine Vassal 112 episodes, 1997-2002
...  Vonda Shepard 109 episodes, 1997-2002
...  John Cage 103 episodes, 1997-2002
...  Renee Raddick 91 episodes, 1997-2002
...  Nelle Porter 89 episodes, 1998-2002
...  Ling Woo 74 episodes, 1998-2002
...  Georgia Thomas 69 episodes, 1997-2002
...  Billy Thomas 68 episodes, 1997-2002
...  Judge Seymore Walsh 51 episodes, 1998-2002


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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8 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Ally My Love  »

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The show was cancelled in May 2002 because of falling ratings. See more »


John "The Biscuit" Cage: I like a fresh bowl.
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Searchin' My Soul
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Written and Performed by Vonda Shepard
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Like a triple stack of IHOP pancakes w/ extra syrup
28 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

Mmm, doesn't a big stack of pancakes sound good? Maple syrup and fruit preserves on top. Take a bite. Mmmmmmm. Take another bite. Another. Another. EAT. EAT it, you!!! Keep shoveling it down your throat until your face turns green with nausea. You have just had the Ally McBeal experience.

I stumbled on this show in the winter of '98 and was instantly hooked. Like that stack of pancakes, I gorged myself on it. But the enjoyment soon wore off, because the Ally McBeal character (whom we see to be cute & endearing at first sight) soon becomes the most annoying, insecure, whining complainer you've ever met. (Call me a feminist, but I prefer my female leads to have a spine.) The gags & gimmicks of the show also become hackneyed, the music of Vonda Shepherd (which is really shoved in your face) becomes grating, and the incessant character changes & rewrites make the show into a damn soap opera.

My advice to you is to take this show in small doses, and quit as soon as it becomes bothersome (and it will). I made it through 2.5 seasons before my enjoyment had totally soured. It was good while it lasted, but like a crazy, neurotic ex-girlfriend it just turned ugly after it had overstayed its welcome.

And next time you go to IHOP, skip the pancakes. Order something healthy like the fruit cup. It'll sit with you much better.

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