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.

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David E. Kelley
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Series cast summary:
James Spader ...  Alan Shore 101 episodes, 2004-2008
William Shatner ...  Denny Crane 101 episodes, 2004-2008
Candice Bergen ...  Shirley Schmidt 91 episodes, 2005-2008
Rene Auberjonois ...  Paul Lewiston 71 episodes, 2004-2008
Mark Valley ...  Brad Chase 70 episodes, 2004-2007
Julie Bowen ...  Denise Bauer 52 episodes, 2005-2008
Christian Clemenson ...  Jerry Espenson 50 episodes, 2005-2008
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Ethically-challenged attorney Alan Shore, formerly of Young, Frutt & Berluti, settles in at a wealthy and powerful firm focusing on civil cases. With some help from his friend and mentor, veteran attorney Denny Crane, Shore quickly makes his mark winning cases no one would take, often using less than honest methods. In doing so, he develops a rival in his colleague Brad Chase, who has been assigned to the office partly to keep an eye on the increasingly eccentric (and possibly senile) Denny Crane. Though his questionable conduct might make him a few enemies along the way, Alan's not one to be underestimated, nor will he let trivial things like honesty or integrity get in the way of winning a case. Written by Todd Smitts

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the courtroom.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Regular cast members William Shatner, Rene Auberjonois, and John Larroquette have all appeared in the Star Trek franchise. Several other former Star Trek cast members have guest-starred in the show: Armin Shimerman, Jeri Ryan, Ethan Phillips, Michelle Forbes, Scott Bakula, and Lee Duncan. Lesser "speaking" roles were held by Ellen Bry, David Clennon, Michael Wiseman, Ron Ostrow, Alan Ruck, Derek Magyar, and Lawrence Pressman. See more »

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Throughout the series, there is an inconsistency in the proper courts for the proper cases. For example, there are certain criminal cases - which would be heard in state courts - in which the set being used was the Federal Court set with the seal that says "District of Massachusetts". In addition, several judges switch between the state court and federal court sets while state court judges and federal court judges are separate and independent. See more »

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Denny Crane: Did something happen? Was I in the room when it happened?
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Denny Crane!
7 May 2006 | by magratkSee all my reviews

I'm a lawyer, and I normally avoid law shows. I like science fiction. But this has . . . Denny Crane. Or rather, this has Captain Kirk, William Shatner, as an old, demented, republican, gun totting, ego-maniacal unenlightened, philandering, unethical, sexist, homophobic anti- environmentalist powerful attorney, and it is absolutely frelling hysterical. When they let Shatner, Candice Bergman, and James Spader do their thing, this show is gold. The rest of the regularly appearing cast is fairly good.

Sure not modeling good behavior, mind, and sometimes the legal errors go far beyond what is necessary for the plot. I think they could loose some of the younger lawyers, who really don't add anything to the mix that I can tell but seem to be regarded as necessary for demographic reasons. Once in a while it falls flat. But for the most part, this show is great.


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3 October 2004 (USA) See more »

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