Boston Legal

ABC (ended 2008)
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  • Led by an Emmy Award-winning cast, "Boston Legal" returns for its fifth and final season to tell the professional and personal stories of a group of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. Sometimes irreverent and funny, sometimes intense and moving, "Boston Legal" prides itself on being at the forefront of issue-oriented television, often addressing issues that are underreported by the media. Fast-paced and wildly comedic, the series confronts social and moral issues, while its characters continually stretch the boundaries of the law. Back-to-back Emmy Award winners James Spader and William Shatner play Alan Shore and Denny Crane, unlikely kindred spirits among the brigade of high-priced litigators at Crane Poole & Schmidt. In addition, Shirley Schmidt (played by five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen), a founding partner of the firm, continues to help bring order to the chaotic office. She keeps a vigilant eye on all, particularly on Denny Crane, with whom she shares a checkered past. Continuing to keep the office staff in tow is no-nonsense senior partner Carl Sack (Emmy Award winner John Larroquette), yet another ex-boyfriend of Shirley's, who has a newfound respect for the quirky team. Added to the mix are Jerry Espenson (Emmy Award winner Christian Clemenson), Shore's friend and fellow lawyer who suffers from Aspergers syndrome; and Katie Lloyd (Tara Summers), a young associate who is proving that she can run with the big dogs in the Boston offices. US Broadcast History Oct 2004 - Mar 2005, Sunday at 10:00 PM on ABC and CH (Canada) Sep 2005 - Apr 2008, Tuesday at 10:00 PM on ABC and CH (Canada) Apr 2008 - May 2008, Wednesday at 10:00 PM on ABC and E! (Canada) Sep 2008, Monday at 10:00 PM on ABC and E! (Canada)moreless

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  • S 5 : Ep 13

    Last Call

    Aired 12/8/08

  • S 5 : Ep 12

    Made In China

    Aired 12/8/08

  • S 5 : Ep 11


    Aired 12/1/08

  • S 5 : Ep 10


    Aired 11/24/08

  • S 5 : Ep 9

    Kill, Baby, Kill

    Aired 11/17/08

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Spader

    Alan Shore

  • William Shatner

    Denny Crane

  • Candice Bergen

    Shirley Schmidt

  • John Larroquette

    Carl Sack

  • Christian Clemenson

    Jerry Espenson

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  • Quotes (758)

    • Denny: Don't waste your time trying to get into my head. There's nothing there.

    • Brad: You know what, sport? You and I, now, officially have a relationship. Alan: Great! Perhaps we can get together and do a couple of push ups... sport.

    • Denny: (to Lori) Do I look worried? Look out domain, my city. I'm Denny Crane.

    • Brad: He makes fun of me. Lori: I’m sorry? Brad: Shore. He thinks I’m a Ken Doll. (Lori chuckles) Brad: No, it’s not right. He calls me a Ken Doll while he… Lori: Plays with your Barbie?

    • Brad: Oh, I forgot to mention, I outrank you. Alan: Do you? And I’m such a slut for authority.

    • Edwin: (not wearing pants) Sorry I’m late good people. Alan: Is it casual Monday?

    • Alan (to Lori): You disapprove of me. That warms my cockles.

    • Brad: Do you know why I was brought here? The firm thinks that you are becoming a liability. They wanted me to control you. Denny: Who thinks I'm a liability? Brad: It doesn't matter. Denny: Who? Brad: Denny, you were once something to aspire to. You're now becoming something to parody. You walk around saying "Denny Crane, Denny Crane" like it's supposed to intimidate or conjure up awe. You're a complete joke. If that gets me fired, so be it. I'm saying it just the same. You know why? Because I love you. I adore you. But it hurts to see you deteriorating into a... Denny: Get the hell out of my office.

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    Notes (244)

    • Original International Air Dates: Slovakia: September 7, 2010 on JOJ

    • Rhona Mitra (Tara Wilson), William Shatner (Denny Crane) and James Spader (Alan Shore), held the same role on The Practice.

    • The offices of Crane, Poole and Schmitt have undergone re-decorating and redesign in the months since its appearance on The Practice. Instead of the cold, enclosed dark colours that were prevalent, it is now light gray and red with glass walls and balconies.

    • Rene Auberjonois and William Shatner also appeared in the December 6, 1991 movie Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country as Colonel West and James T. Kirk respectively. Even though the majority of Rene's scenes were edited out, they were put back in for the video and DVD release.

    • Re-aired on Tuesday, August 9th at 10 PM, its new timeslot for the 2005-2006 schedule.

    • Though they were set 100 years apart, Rene Auberjonois and William Shatner both starred in Star Trek. William Shatner as Captain James T. Kirk in Star Trek and Rene Auberjonois as Constable Odo in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. They did, however, appear together in the classic and extremely well edited episode of DS9, "Trials and Tribble-ations". Shatner did not actually appear modernly but the producers used archive footage from the original series.

    • Although Vince Colossimo was part of the cast during the show's run on The Practice as Matthew Billings, he was let go for unknown reasons.

    • Although Rebecca DeMornay was part of the cast during the show's run on The Practice as Hannah Rose, she was let go due to the fact that audiences did not like her character.

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    Trivia (95)

    • In the last several episodes of The Practice, there was a wall with no windows behind Denny Crane's desk in his office. In Boston Legal, there is a huge window behind his desk.

    • When Rev. Al Sharpton makes a reference to "Little Orphan Annie" as being only 50 years old, he is incorrect. The comic strip first appeared around 1924; the musical in 1977.

    • In the scene where Denny is smoking a cigar and talking to Brad, his cigar starts out as a little less than half smoked. When he stands up, the cigar is smoked to the end. However, when Denny sits back down, the cigar is back to its original half smoked status.

    • Paul Lewiston recalls to Denny Crane about the time they saw Muhammad Ali's last fight and the beating that he received from Larry Holmes. Ali's last fight was against Trevor Berbick, not Holmes

    • Goof: As Alan Shore explains to Miles Tibbet all the things he'll have to do to him, there is a shot of Alan from the back and right. The lip movement doesn't match the words said, namely: "By the time I'm done..."

    • In the scene where Judge Brown's mother is in the courtroom, in one shot, there is a boom mike visible above Alan's head for a fraction of a second.

    • When Paul leaves the room filled with the judges the camera moves towards him. It then goes back to Alan and behind him you see the table where the judges sat, but there are no judges there.

    • Goof: The judge in one of the trials is named "O'Keefe", however the nameplate on the judge's bench in court is spelled "O'Keffe" incorrectly. The cast listing spells the judge's name properly.

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    Allusions (105)

    • Episode Title: Still Crazy After All These Years This episode's title comes from the Paul Simon song and album of the same name, released in 1975.

    • In the last scene of this episode Denny Crane is out on the office balcony with Alan Shore discussing that day’s cases. Denny says “You don’t think she’ll go Glenn Close on you?” Alan says “No”. They were referring to the movie Fatal Attraction where Glenn Close’s character gets so obsessed with Michael Douglas’s character that she would stop at nothing to get him back.

    • Denny: Put me in a cell with Martha will ya? This is in reference to Martha Stewart's five-month sentence for lying about a stock sale.

    • When Denny asks the cross-dressing Santa if said Santa is gay he immediately follows it up with "Not that there's anything wrong with that". This is a reference to a Seinfeld episode entitled The Outing, during which Denny's statement was said many times.

    • Lori: You don't need to ask the 64,000 dollar question. The $64,000 Question was a television show in the United States where contestants were asked consecutive questions that became more difficult. The phrase has since become a type of slang referring to the most important question.

    • When Sally has a run-in with Schmidt, Tara says 'Dibs on her office'. This is an in-joke, referencing another David E. Kelley series, L.A. Law, in which Arnie Becker (Corbin Bernsen) uses the same line in both the first and last episodes, first about Norman Cheney and then Leland McKenzie.

    • The blocked conservative news station on the school's televisions is obviously Fox News, although it is never mentioned by name.

    • Title: "Death Be Not Proud" is the title of a poem by John Donne (1572-1631). DEATH be not proud, though some have called thee Mighty and dreadfull, for, thou art not so, For, those, whom thou think'st, thou dost overthrow, Die not, poore death, nor yet canst thou kill me. From rest and sleepe, which but thy pictures bee, Much pleasure, then from thee, much more must flow, And soonest our best men with thee doe goe, Rest of their bones, and soules deliverie. Thou art slave to Fate, Chance, kings, and desperate men, And dost with poyson, warre, and sicknesse dwell, And poppie, or charmes can make us sleepe as well, And better then thy stroake; why swell'st thou then; One short sleepe past, wee wake eternally, And death shall be no more; death, thou shalt die.

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  • Fan Reviews (230)
  • about the series

    By JordanWelch, Feb 08, 2015

  • BOSTON LEGAL,The Best of them All!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By AhmedHussain01, May 01, 2014

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    By Ca3naki, Nov 14, 2013

  • One of the best shows!!!

    By shk, Feb 12, 2013

  • Smart

    By santasa9, Sep 26, 2012