Boston Legal is a spin-off of the long-running David E. Kelley series The Practice (1997), following the exploits of former Practice character Alan Shore (James Spader) at the legal firm of Crane, Poole, and Schmidt.
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 »
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 »
I agree with most of these reviews. I think you have a talented cast - Chi McBride, Anthony Heald etc - that are put in to some really, really strange situations. What is going on right now with a kid locking his mom in the basement? Absurd to say the least. The sad thing is that real high school life would make for great television without any help from David E. Kelley. Perhaps we should ask Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson to focus on a high school. High school dramas do not need sex and violence pressed upon them for sex and violence are already part of the recipie. Mr. Kelley I beg of you to ease up on the outlandish situations that you put this cast through when all you really need to do is simply let high school tell the stories. And to all of you out there that said that no drama needs some sort of climactic thing every 15 minutes ... I am right there with you!
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