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We follow the exploits and cases of defense attorneys of a Boston law firm. Bobby Donnell is the senior defense attorney and founder of the firm.

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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 53 wins & 113 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Eugene Young 167 episodes, 1997-2004
...  Ellenor Frutt 167 episodes, 1997-2004
...  Jimmy Berluti 166 episodes, 1997-2004
...  Bobby Donnell 147 episodes, 1997-2004
...  Rebecca Washington 145 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Lindsay Dole 145 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Helen Gamble 132 episodes, 1997-2003
...  Lucy Hatcher 113 episodes, 1998-2004
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Bobby Donnell is the head of a struggling Boston law firm that seems to constantly struggle with ethical themes while defending murderers, rapists, etc. Jimmy, Eugene, Ellenor and Lindsay are junior attorneys with the firm, the streetwise receptionist, and Helen the firm's frequent adversary with the D.A.'s office in this smart and clever weekly series. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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4 March 1997 (USA)  »

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Los practicantes  »

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David E Kelley had the option to continue The Practice at the end of the 2004 Season, or to start a spinoff show centering around the Alan Shore character in a new law firm. Since Alan/James Spader dominated The Practice for the last two seasons anyway; he opted to focus on the Alan Shore character in a new environment; hence Boston Legal was born. David E Kelley's purpose and modus operandi with Boston Legal, according to his own words, was to "create a show with the high stakes of The Practice but without the severity"; i.e. lighter in tone, more like Ally Mcbeal. See more »

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George Vogelman: You know you're standing under the mistletoe?
Helen: You know the saying, George - once you've seen a man holding a severed head, it's hard to look at him again sexually.
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Crazy Credits

Starting with the 2003 season, the order in which Steve Harris, Michael Badalucco and Camryn Manheim appear in the opening credits changes from week to week. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Dana Carvey/The Wallflowers (2000) See more »

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Non-Courtroom Fans Take Note
3 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

I don't watch medical thrillers. I don't watch courtroom dramas.

Until now.

Fine acting, dialogue, and interesting legal situations--not to mention a slight sense of humor, perfectly blended with intense conflict--has hooked me into watching The Practice. I can't get enough of it. I never would have thought I'd get into a series about law.

It doesn't matter how you feel about courtroom dramas. This show is good television. I find myself glued to the TV on a daily basis, brought to tears on occasion. There is a humanity that runs through The Practice.

Since I'm not a law show buff, I can't say whether this one is better or worse than others. I'm simply a layman who finds himself tuning into FX every morning at 9:00 a.m.


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