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Ally McBeal 

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Follows the personal and professional life of lawyer Ally.

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

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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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Trivia

The average size worn by the women on the set was 0-2. Jane Krakowski, who wore a size 6, reportedly said that some days she felt like a "fat cow". See more »

Quotes

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

During the third season, Fox executives heavily edited several season one and season two episodes of Ally McBeal into thirty minute episodes called "Ally". 13 episodes were edited in this fashion, with just about all courtroom scenes removed so as to focus mainly on the personal lives of the main characters and the various comedy-themed story lines at the law firm and the episodes airing out of order from their original sequence. After airing ten episodes, Fox canceled "Ally" do to extremely low ratings and shelved plans to sell the thirty minute version of the series into syndication. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Practice: Line of Duty (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Searchin' My Soul
(theme song)
Written and Performed by Vonda Shepard
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One of the best shows on T.V
13 January 2000 | by CalystaSee all my reviews

When "Ally McBeal" premiered in Australia in July 1997, I by perchance taped the pilot episode, not even knowing what it was about. It was that sole episode that drew me into "Ally" magic, which quickly dominated a dull Monday night, 8:30pm timeslot.

As a teenager who gives the typically teenaged aim of "Dawson's Creek", "Felicity" and "Charmed" a miss, "Ally" was a complete relief, despite the fact then I knew little about the law.

As expected from David E. Kelley, the characters and the actors portrayals of them are simply first rate. By far the best of the ensemble, Calista Flockhart in the title role is sensational as the insecure, uptight lawyer of Boston. The Ally character is bound to become a future cultural icon of the 1990s.

Peter MacNicol, as the weird John Cage, Greg Germann as the legally unaware, unsympathetic boss Richard Fish and Lucy Liu as the moody, bitchy Ling are the forefront supporting actors of the cast. Jane Krakowski as the snoopish, inventive secretary Elaine is pretty good too.

However, it is the weaker characters of Nelle (Portia deRossi), Georgia (Courtney Thorne-Smith), Billy (Gil Bellows) and Renee (Lisa Nicole Carson) that have begun to show their wear and tear in the second series. Merely, they seem to be paid for standing around looking pretty. Hopefully David E. Kelley will develop these characters more in the coming seasons, otherwise they will continue to be dominated by the stronger cast, looking like beautiful people dressed up with sex to look better than they really are.

The "Ally" cast, and their continuing ongoing struggles in the court room and in their personal lives in a dream of a law firm has been for the majority of the season, one of the most entertaining of the shows on the air today.

However, Kelley's creativity and imagery that goes into each special treat of an episode is excellent. For once, plot and character seem to go hand in hand. By breaking the barriers and creating a show that is neither four parts drama to one part comedy, or four parts comedy to one part drama, was the just the beginning of his dealing with controversial issues.

Since the cross over episode with Kelley's even better show "The Practice", I have graduated from little league law to the darker, grittier side of Boston which has now replaced "Ally" as my favourite show. But the allure for more "Ally" is still there.

As long as Kelley can continue to separate sex and controversy entirely from a show of pure genius, "Ally" will be continue to be fresh and by all means, a great show.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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