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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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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 65 nominations. See more awards »
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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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3 October 2004 (USA)  »

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The show often contains dialogue that "breaks the fourth wall" or lets the audience believe they know it's a television show. At the end of episode "Squid Pro Quo", Denny (William Shatner) ends the episode by saying, "I can't wait until next week." Alan Shore (James Spader) also notes that the show used to be on Mondays, and one time mentioned to Denny that "I've hardly seen you this episode." Melissa (Marisa Coughlan), Alan's assistant, once warns him against falling for a woman, citing, "She's only a guest star". There is even a case where television programs are discussed: "The only decent show is Boston..., oh, I can't say that. I'll break the fourth wall." while looking into the camera. See more »

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Throughout the series, Alan Shore and Denny Crane sit on the balcony overlooking the city of Boston. However, during the cold winter months, you never see the breath of either character, thus demonstrating that the "balcony" is part of a set, and not an actual location. See more »

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Denny Crane: It's fun being me!
[after thoughtful pause]
Denny Crane: Is it fun being you?
Alan Shore: Most of the time.
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Referenced in Bring Back... Star Trek (2009) See more »

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Denny Crane!
7 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

I'm a lawyer, and I normally avoid law shows. I like science fiction. But this has . . . Denny Crane. Or rather, this has Captain Kirk, William Shatner, as an old, demented, republican, gun totting, ego-maniacal unenlightened, philandering, unethical, sexist, homophobic anti- environmentalist powerful attorney, and it is absolutely frelling hysterical. When they let Shatner, Candice Bergman, and James Spader do their thing, this show is gold. The rest of the regularly appearing cast is fairly good.

Sure not modeling good behavior, mind, and sometimes the legal errors go far beyond what is necessary for the plot. I think they could loose some of the younger lawyers, who really don't add anything to the mix that I can tell but seem to be regarded as necessary for demographic reasons. Once in a while it falls flat. But for the most part, this show is great.


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