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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 15 Primetime Emmys. Another 43 wins & 117 nominations.
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  Eugene Young (167 episodes, 1997-2004)
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  Ellenor Frutt (167 episodes, 1997-2004)
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  Jimmy Berluti (166 episodes, 1997-2004)
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  Bobby Donnell (147 episodes, 1997-2004)
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  Rebecca Washington (145 episodes, 1997-2003)
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  Lindsay Dole (145 episodes, 1997-2003)
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  A.D.A. Helen Gamble / ... (132 episodes, 1997-2003)
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  Lucy Hatcher (113 episodes, 1998-2004)
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  Jamie Stringer (44 episodes, 2002-2004)
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  Detective Michael McGuire (44 episodes, 1998-2004)
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  Richard Bay / ... (31 episodes, 1999-2001)
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  Judge Roberta Kittleson (29 episodes, 1998-2003)
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  Judge Zoey Hiller (23 episodes, 1997-2002)
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  Tara Wilson (22 episodes, 2003-2004)
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  Alan Shore (22 episodes, 2003-2004)
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  A.D.A. Kenneth Walsh (22 episodes, 2001-2004)
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  Judge Patrick Wilcox (16 episodes, 1997-2003)
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  Detective Mike McKrew (15 episodes, 1997-2000)
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  Judge Warren West (14 episodes, 1998-2004)
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  A.D.A. Alan Lowe (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
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  Judge Rodney White (12 episodes, 1997-2004)
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  George Vogelman (11 episodes, 1997-1999)
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  Claire Wyatt (10 episodes, 2003)
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  A.D.A. Jean Ward (10 episodes, 1997-2002)
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  Anderson Pearson (10 episodes, 1997-2001)
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  A.D.A. Susan Alexander (9 episodes, 1997-2004)
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  Reporter Angela Coxton / ... (9 episodes, 1997-2003)
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  Scott Wallace (9 episodes, 2000-2001)
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  Judge Philip Swackheim (8 episodes, 1999-2002)
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  Reporter Sarah Ehret / ... (8 episodes, 2001-2003)
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  Judge Rudy Fox (7 episodes, 1999-2003)
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  Judge P. Spindle / ... (7 episodes, 2000-2003)
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  Kendall Young (7 episodes, 1998-1999)
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  Judge P. Fulton (7 episodes, 1997-2002)
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  A.D.A. Gavin Bullock (6 episodes, 1998-2001)
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  Coroner Patrick Fine / ... (6 episodes, 1998-2002)
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  A.D.A. Roland Hill / ... (6 episodes, 1999-2003)
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  Detective Simons (6 episodes, 1999-2003)
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  Reporter Kevin Herndon / ... (6 episodes, 2001-2003)
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  Joey Heric (6 episodes, 1997-2002)
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  William Hinks (6 episodes, 2000-2001)
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  Rabbi Daniel Warner / ... (5 episodes, 1997-2002)
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  Matthew Billings (5 episodes, 2004)
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  A.D.A. Dickie Flood / ... (5 episodes, 1997-1999)
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  Atty. Mark Grundel / ... (5 episodes, 1997-2003)
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  Judge Seymore Walsh (5 episodes, 1998)
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  A.D.A. Mark Campbell / ... (5 episodes, 1998-2003)
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  Father Patrick Martin (5 episodes, 1997-2002)
Mary-Joan Negro ...
  Roberta Braun / ... (5 episodes, 1997-2001)
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  Judge Joseph Camp (5 episodes, 1998-2001)

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • The practice: Bobby Donnell & associés (France)
  • The practice: Donnell & associés (France)
  • Practice: Die Anwälte (Germany)
  • Einspruch! Kanzlei Donnell & Partner (Germany)
  • El abogado (Spain)
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  • 60 min
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Trivia David E Kelley wrote this concurrently as he was writing Ally Mcbeal, and he won Emmys for both shows in the same year; one for best comedy and one for best drama. This has never been done before or since. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in The 56th Annual Golden Globe Awards (1999). See more »
Crazy Credits Except for Dylan McDermott, who is listed first in the opening credits, all the other cast members are listed in alphabetical order, by last name. Often, a new cast member is listed before a veteran due to this. See more »
Quotes Helen Gamble: I need it, Richard. Give it to me.
Richard Bay: What?
Helen Gamble: The speech. Why we do what we do.
Richard Bay: Oh, I am not really in the mood after...
Helen Gamble: PLEASE, Richard. I NEED it. Please give it to me. And don't just phone it in.
Richard Bay: Helen...
Helen Gamble: Please! Can't you see how demoralized I am?
Richard Bay: OK. (takes a deep breath) There are heroes in this world. They're called District Attorneys. They don't get to have clients, people who smile at them at the end of the trial, who look them in the eye and say, "thank you." Nobody is there to appreciate the District Attorney, because we work for the state. And our gratitude comes only from knowing there's a tide out there. A tide the size of a tsunami coming out of a bottomless cesspool. A tide called crime, which, if left unchecked will rob every American of his freedom. A tide which strips individuals of the privilege of being able to, to walk down a dark street or take twenty dollars out of an ATM machine without fear of being mugged. All Congress does is talk, but it's the District Attorney who grabs his sword, who digs into the trenches and fights the fight. Who dogs justice day, after day, after day without thanks, without so much as a simple pat on the back. But we do it. We do it, we do it because we are the crusaders, the last frontier of American justice. Knowing that if a man cannot feel safe, he can never, never feel free.
Helen Gamble: Thank you.
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