THE PRACTICE (1997 – 2004)

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Creator: David E. Kelly

Cast: Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle 

Here is an other from David E. kelly a small firm started by Bobby Donnell (Dylan Mcdermott) is struggling just open a firm and he is truing to get customers through the door as well as hire some more lawyer.

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This was a great series From David Kelly again. I was hooked from the beginning. Here are the players :Steve Harris portrays Eugene Young, the ruthless, yet sensitive lawyer in the firm. He puts his clients before his believes of right and wrong. He has an 11’year old son, Kendil and an ex-wife Sharon (Aunjanue Ellis). Lindsey Dole ( Kelli Williams),  Lindsey is a fighter, an expert at constitutional law. She isn’t easily distracted by anything other than the love of her life, Bobby. Camryn Manheim , makes an excellent statement and speaks for big women.  Her character, Ellenor, is a sensitive, yet strong person who will help her clients no matter what. Lisa Gay Hamilton (Rebecca Washington)  Rebecca  is a simple person, who fails to begin a social life because she is too caught up with her work. Rebecca enjoys her work, but attracts wacko judges. She is a valuble addition to the family  and is the kind of lawyer you would like to have on your side. D.A. Helen Gamble is played  Lara Flynn Boyle. She is a lawyer who believes in doing what’s right. Because of this she despises greatly of defense attorneys and the people they sometimes have to defend. She is a tough district attorney. Michael Baddalucco  as Jimmy Berluti, the sweet,  lawyer of the firm. Berluti has no special knowledge of the law system, but his strength lies in the fact that he can come through to juries as a normal, regular guy. Baddalucco won an Emmy if I remember correctly. Marla Sokoloff plays Lucy Hatcher. She is the secretary of the firm, fun person who can’t keep her opinion to herself. This has created the firm some problems in the past. All the actors has done beautiful performances in this series. As the series goes on they take on for client drug dealer, murderer,etc…….and the firm has this quick reputation to be the best will they be able to handle It?

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ALLY MCBEAL (1997 – 2002)

 

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Creator: David E. Kelly

Cast: Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski 

Ally Mcbeal who just join a law firm co owned by her classmate Richard Fish (Greg Germann) after leaving her previous job for sexual harrassement find out that her she will work with her ex boyfriend that she is trying to get over named Billy Thomas (Gil Bellows) and to make things worse billy has gotten married to Georgia (Courtney Thorne smith) and to top it all off she later will joined her husband at the firm.

Here is a corky  lawyer series signed by David E. Kelly. The 1-3 seasons where great the show got a little downhill after that, but is still a great show. at the time it was an original show. Ally is a lawyer who is sucked in this law firm where she sees people consumed by greed and she is comfortable to take on cases that she does not believe in. Her partner are more interested in money and she feels that her role in the firm is more decorative than professional. Ally McBeal is a show a little bit like a combination of  law and order with friends. most of the show revolves on the quest of Ally finding an other mate. Of course you have court drama that follows. There are wacky humor in it and it is an other successful series from David E. Kelly.

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BOSTON LEGAL (2004 – 2008)

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Creator: David E. Kelly.

Cast: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

Attorney Alan Shore(William Spater), 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 (William Shatner), Shore quickly makes his mark winning cases no one would take, often using less than honest methods well if it works why not. In doing so a rival emerges  his colleague Brad Chase (Mark valley) has been assigned to the office partly to keep an eye on the increasingly eccentric Denny Crane. well you know that is going to be a lot of friction.

Great series from David E. Kelly and nobody does it better than David. I was hooked form the beginning and could not get enough.  in almost every episode, Alan Shore (James Spader),  delivers a long, uninterrupted rant about the Iraq war, the credit card industry or the Roman Catholic Church which I love. Then he has brandy and a cigar with the semi senile senior partner, Denny Crane and the two Lawyer were male bonding. Shore is a  wonderfully twisted and villainous, a greedy, corrupt and sneaky corporate lawyer which we love to see each week. Shore is hiding something in the first season.Spader and Shatner are great together they have perfect chemistry.  I remenber Candice Bergen has joined the cast at Crane, Poole, and Schmidt, as Shirley Schmidt  has gone off the deep end after showing up at work, having only dressed the top half of his body.  James Spader’s dry style is terrific and his courtroom it is a delight to see him in this series he is perfect for it any other actor could pull it off but not better than James. I think I remember there were some guest stars on this one as well. It was an hour not to be missed.

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