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Boston Legal 

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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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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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Trivia

Lake Bell quit the show during season one to star in Surface (2005). After the show was cancelled, Bell did some guest appearances in season three. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Denny Crane: TiVo me, will ya?
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Connections

Referenced in Orange Is the New Black: Break the String (2018) See more »

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A near-perfect series that should not have been cancelled
9 February 2009 | by ramshotSee all my reviews

I'm going to make this as short as possible short, as I have little to say. As far as "pure" drama series' go, Boston Legal is the one that had it all right.

Fabulous actors, writers with imagination and a sense of humor, and most of all, the series had a soul. It had an opinion, and the nerve to bring it forth. Entertainment that is afraid of making a statement can be relaxing, but relaxing entertainment that manages to make a statement, whether the viewer agrees with the statement or not, is something much greater.

5 seasons is a lot better than a lot of worthy series have done, but still, the cancellation is a huge injustice and I will sorely miss the wits that this series had to offer. It is a shame that a series such as Boston Legal does not reach the grand audience that it well deserves.


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