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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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David E. Kelley
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2008   2007   2006   2005   2004  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »

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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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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

ABC

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fleet Street See more »

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Dolby

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Nearly all episodes (except season two, episode twenty-six, "Spring Fever," and several others in the first season) end with Denny and Alan sitting on the balcony, having a drink, smoking a cigar, and discussing the events of the episode. See more »

Goofs

In several episodes when Denny and Alan are looking to join (and actually do join) a branch of the military, they choose the Coast Guard Auxillary, to which the show mistakenly refers to as "the Auxilliary Coast Guard". See more »

Quotes

Shirley Schmidt: Do not make yourself the story. The jury needs to be focused on him.
Denny Crane: [incredulous] Did you just say don't make me the story?
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Referenced in Bring Back... Star Trek (2009) See more »

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This show may be better than The Practice ever was
28 November 2004 | by markydeeeSee all my reviews

After 8 episodes of Boston Legal, I am hooked. I was a big fan of The Practice for the first 4 seasons or so but lost interest until the final season when Spader was brought on. His emmy-winning portrayal of Alan Shore has transferred seamlessly to this spin off, and the rest of the ensemble cast is, by and large, excellent. It took a couple of episodes for me to warm up to the Lori Colson character but now I can see why she is the female center of the show -- she is effectively the anti-Shore. Shatner is (surprisingly) brilliant and, while the Tara character doesn't get enough airtime, I love every second she's on screen. The tone of the show is a pitch-perfect mix of quirkiness, drama and dark humor, and the pacing is much swifter than The Practice, which in the later seasons became sluggish, droning and depressing. Here's hoping Boston Legal can keep it going!


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