L.A. Law

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NBC (ended 1994)

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L.A. Law

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On this critically acclaimed drama about a top Los Angeles law firm, some of the best battles take place outside of the courtroom. In the bedroom, in the courtroom, or at McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney & Kuzak's staff meetings, the firm's ambitious, competitive attorneys confront conflict between their own desires, their obligations as attorneys, and their principles as human beings. EMMY AWARDS "L.A. Law" won the following 15 Emmy Awards during its run: 1987 Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Art Direction for a Series - "Pilot" - Jeffrey L. Goldstein, Production Designer; Richard D. Kent, Set Decorator Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series - "Pilot" - Gregory Hoblit Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series - "Pilot" - Alfre Woodard Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series - "The Venus Butterfly" - Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher 1988 Outstanding Editing for a Series (single camera production) - "Full Marital Jacket" - Elodie Keene Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Larry Drake 1989 Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Larry Drake 1990 Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Jimmy Smits Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series - "Blood, Sweat and Fears" - David E. Kelley 1991 Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series - "On The Toad Again" - David E. Kelley 1992 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Richard Dysart NIELSEN RATINGS The show was a ratings leader throughout its run: #21 in the 1986- 1987 Season #13 in the 1987- 1988 Season #13 in the 1988- 1989 Season #16 in the 1989- 1990 Season #23 in the 1990- 1991 Season #28 in the 1991- 1992 Season "L.A. Law" ON CABLE "L.A. Law" reruns air on A&E occasionally.moreless
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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • A classic legal drama

    9.1
    L.A.Law was a standout drama from '86-'94. At the end, as many drama's have happen, it became somewhat stale and may cause many to forget the gripping storylines Bochco, Kelley etc. created. The acting was superlative from the mainstays Dysart, Rachins, Tucker, Eikenberry, Ruttan, Bernsen, Hamlin etc. As the show expanded Law brought forth additional characters played by Dey, Smits, Greene, Underwood, Donohoe, Spencer, Drake, Muldaur etc. These actors made their roles and characters as unforgettable as the originals made there's.



    Probably the best thing that can be said about this show is that no one player was the focal point. No one character had to be the "lightning rod" for the show to be great. In an interview for the 100th show Richard Dysart, who played Leland McKenzie, the paternal "glue" of McKenzie, Brackman, Cheney, Kuzack, and Becker, told Jane Pauley that the actors weren't the genius of the show...the writers were. Awful high praise from an actor at a very candid moment.moreless
  • Great show with great actors!

    10
    Who can forget Rosalind (Diana Muldaur) taking over the firm and then loosing her power, just to show up again to take Leland to bed (this scene was ranked as the 38th greatest moment in television in an issue of EGG Magazine).

    Sadly enough, this wonderful show jumped the shark in the end of the 5th season when the greatest character of them all (Rosalind Shays) fell down the elevator shaft. Muldaur said in an interwiev that Rosalind "was just to strong for a lot of men". A year later, another strong female character (C.J. Lamb) was dropped. Rumors said that people found her "to sexy".

    The last 3 years of the show wasn't great, but are still ok because of the 3 veterans: Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins and Corbin Bernsen.moreless
  • I can't believe I actually enjoyed this! It's like one of life's guilty pleasures.

    8.0
    I can't believe I actually enjoyed this! It's like one of life's guilty pleasures. You know you're not supposed to enjoy it that much but you can't help enjoying it. I can't believe I'm typing this but long live L.A. Law. You have one more (secret) supporter here! My rating for L.A. Law is 8.
  • A standout drama.

    7.0
    L.A.Law was a standout drama from '86-'94. At the end, as many drama's have happen, it became somewhat stale and may cause many to forget the gripping storylines Bochco, Kelley etc. created. The acting was superlative from the mainstays Dysart, Rachins, Tucker, Eikenberry, Ruttan, Bernsen, Hamlin etc. As the show expanded Law brought forth additional characters played by Dey, Smits, Greene, Underwood, Donohoe, Spencer, Drake, Muldaur etc. These actors made their roles and characters as unforgettable as the originals made there's.



    Probably the best thing that can be said about this show is that no one player was the focal point. No one character had to be the "lightning rod" for the show to be great. In an interview for the 100th show Richard Dysart, who played Leland McKenzie, the paternal "glue" of McKenzie, Brackman, Cheney, Kuzack, and Becker, told Jane Pauley that the actors weren't the genius of the show...the writers were. Awful high praise from an actor at a very candid moment.



    Catch it in syndication. You'll love it the second time around.

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  • two words. carear development.

    10
    I guess many people realized by now that I am a cop afficinato(sp?) and a lawnut. Well its my field of study since high school. These docu-dramas, cop shows, geared me mentally to be in the field Im in. These television shows (granted are fiction) gives how the legal field works and operates.
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      I believe that there was antisemitism on LA Law. Look at the characters. Kuzak: A white good looking WASP lawyer. Becker: The same...
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    • Is this show ever coming to DVD?
      I'm surprised it's not out yet. Hope it is, soon. 
      04/14/12
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    • Help Finding an Episode
      Can someone help me identify the title and date of the L.A. Law episode in which the family of a college football player sues the ...
      08/13/09
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    • Reunion special?
      A few years ago, there apparently was some sort of tv movie with a lot of the former characters. I was wondering if anybody saw th...
      09/21/06
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    Drama

    Themes

    90s, Social Issues, 80s, Legal