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Boston Public 

The lives of 10 faculty members at a high school in Boston weave in and out of dealing with trouble-makers, having a personal life, and keeping sanity.

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David E. Kelley
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Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 12 wins & 29 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Chi McBride ...  Steven Harper 81 episodes, 2000-2004
Anthony Heald ...  Scott Guber 81 episodes, 2000-2004
Loretta Devine ...  Marla Hendricks 81 episodes, 2000-2004
Sharon Leal ...  Marilyn Sudor 72 episodes, 2000-2004
Fyvush Finkel ...  Harvey Lipschultz 70 episodes, 2000-2004
Jeri Ryan ...  Ronnie Cooke 59 episodes, 2001-2004
Michael Rapaport ...  Danny Hanson 59 episodes, 2001-2004
Nicky Katt ...  Harry Senate 49 episodes, 2000-2002
Jessalyn Gilsig ...  Lauren Davis 44 episodes, 2000-2002
Rashida Jones ...  Louisa Fenn 36 episodes, 2000-2002
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The lives of 10 faculty members at a high school in Boston weave in and out of dealing with trouble-makers, having a personal life, and keeping sanity.

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If you thought being a student was hard... try being a teacher. See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Käytäväpeliä See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(81 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

According to Anthony Heald, after David E. Kelley left the show in the middle of season two, his character suffered a lot from the writing perspective, and started doing things Heald didn't think matched his personality. See more »

Goofs

In her introductory episode, the character of Kimberly Woods claims she is teaching at the high school as part of the "Teach for America" program. Boston is not currently a city where "Teach for America" operates. It is being considered as an addition, but it is not in the program at the time the episode aired. See more »

Quotes

Marilyn Sudor: Women are so dumb, Steven, you know that? Okay, what would you do if somebody hit you?
Steven Harper: Well, I'd like to say I'd turn the other cheek, but I'd probably hit 'em back.
Marilyn Sudor: Yeah, turning the other cheek is overrated, Steven, take it from me. She's gonna marry that guy, you know what? Screw it.
Steven Harper: You're the last person in the world I'd thought would turn bitter.
Marilyn Sudor: Oh, I'm way past bitter. He's gonna beat the hell out of her, he's gonna break her spirit again and again, and you know what? Maybe they'll have...
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Soundtracks

Song of Joy
(English version of "Freude schöner Götterfunken")
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven from "Sinfonie Nr 9 in d, op. 125"
Episode: {unknown}
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Too complicated for the general viewing public
22 January 2004 | by johnrp-1See all my reviews

You'll hear a lot of people complain about Boston Public, calling it stupid or contrived or even sappy. But the sad fact is, it's main failing is that it addresses serious topics for an audience that would rather watch Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. People don't want socially relevant television ... they want South Park entertainment.

Well, it IS a great show. The character development is done with finely tuned precision, making one often forget that they are watching and not actually "there". The people on the show meld into their roles so well that it makes me shudder to think back to High School.

But one thing this show does NOT do is make me want to be a teacher.


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