Boston Legal

 Boston Legal Network: ABC
Episodes: 101 (hour)
Seasons: Five

TV show dates: October 3, 2004 — December 8, 2008
Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen, Rene Auberjonois, Mark Valley, Julie Bowen, Christian Clemenson, Gary Anthony Williams, John Larroquette, Tara Summers, Henry Gibson, Constance Zimmer, Monica Potter, Rhona Mitra, Saffron Burrows, Meredith Eaton, Taraji P. Henson, Justin Mentell, Ryan Michelle Bathe, Betty White, Craig Bierko, Lake Bell, Jill Brennan, Marisa Coughlan, Shelley Berman, Michael Ensign, and Roma Maffia

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TV show description:
This David E. Kelley spin-off of The Practice revolves around the staff of Boston-based legal firm Crane, Poole & Schmidt. The series mixes comedy and drama with social issues while the characters continually push the boundaries of the law.

Attorney Alan Shore (James Spader) is the star litigator of the series and shares a special friendship with eccentric senior partner Denny Crane (William Shatner). The pair’s antics frequently frustrate fellow partners Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen) and Paul Lewiston (Rene Auberjonois).

Others memorable characters include Lori Colson (Monica Potter), Brad Chase (Mark Valley), Denise Bauer (Julie Bowen), Sara Holt (Ryan Michelle Bathe), Garret Wells (Justin Mentell), Claire Simms (Constance Zimmer), Clarence Bell (Gary Anthony Williams), and Jerry Espensen (Christian Clemenson).

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  1. Koboclio says

    I will never understand why Boston Legal was cancelled. It was the best show on TV. James Spader was made for that role, and William Shatner played the best role of his career. Candice Bergen was sensational. The other regular cast members were great, too.
    All in all, it was my favourite every season it was on.

  2. Judy Griffin says

    Boston Legal was the best show on TV. The actors who played of these characters were brilliant, the writers on this show were incredible – everything about the show was outstanding and I will never understand why this show was cancelled.

    • Bea says

      The only reason this show was cancelled was politics. ABC didn’t like the idea that something might be a little too liberal. They don’t mind something that goes far to the right .

  3. Jeannine McMahon says

    I can’t figure the thinking behind cancelling Boston Legal. It was the funniest and entertaining series I have seen in many years. It had some very serious subjects as well.

    I was glad it was syndicated and shown on ION TV, now that has ceased. The inane series they are coming out with now I will not watch. I wind up watching old CSI , all of them.

    I wish they would put them back on TV , show they have some brains.

  4. Ben Konefal says

    I don’t know how the process of keeping a TV show running works, how the staff, actors, and company gets paid, but certainly there must have been profit. Did profit decline in season four or five? I don’t see how it could. I watched one show, and was so moved buy its quality, and the fact that lots of Star Trek actors were finding work again, that I down loaded ALL the five seasons IMMEDIATELY. Then, without hesitation began a marathon watching episode after episode straight through only taking a break to sleep. I’m on day four! I’m so disappointed season five is the finale! This has the legs to run as long as MASH which had 11 seasons. You have stopped way too soon. You have created a disillusioned fan. I was enthralled instantly as my marathon proves, and now to read that there is no season six, watching the last of the episodes is bitter sweet. Has creativity stimede? Yall can’t think of anything else to right about? Have the charachters run there course? No new ones to introduce? No Star Trek actors to entice? The writers of MASH were able to stretch the Korean War ELEVEN SEASONS? Surely a Boston law firm has more stories in it. My best friends dad was a defense attorney and I assure you, every day he came home he had stories ranging from clients, judges, opposing councils, and even new law , old laws and politics. Theres a thought, if Mr. Kelly has run out of ideas, pop on down the you local court house and sift through their past cases, or even current events. Make the shows timeline current with ours. You can’t end this so soon, my marathon must continue! I’m disabled, I have nothing else to do, PLEASE HELP ME! I also love how the show pokes fun at itself by letting the audience know that it is a TV show. For example, the season finale or opener episodes where Denny Crane informs Alan Shore that its gonna be a good season. Or when the autistic Jerry told Sherly that there was a song in his head all the time, and when she told him to sing it, IT TURNED OUT TO BE THE SHOW’S THEME SONG! Or when Denny Crane would stumble to find the right words, and Alan Shore would hold up CUE CARDS to help him out! MWUAHAHAHAHA! My Gods thats comedy, and they didn’t make it cheesy, it fit right in without humiliating the show! This show’s longevity must be compared to that of MASH, it has that potential. Look how many Star Trek actors that are looking for work. I haven’t heard of any new Star Trek series in the works, GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO DO! The current group of actors cannot possibly be happy this show is coming to an end, can they? Are they worried they will be type casted like some of the Star Trek actors did? For example, Patrick Stewart. There is an idea, give Patrick a charachter. I think he would make a fantastic judge. When the writing began for this show, did Mr. Kelly tell himself, “This show will eventually end, and here is how it will”? If so, WHY? If I began writing this, that thought would never enter my mind. Especially after the rave reviews. Surely these people got positive feed back for the superb work they were doing! Why consider the end when you have momentum? Did something stall? WHY? WHY? WHY? I say eleven seasons easy, its the next MASH, but a story of lawyering. There are plenty of stories to be told, just go down to the court house and research! Boldly go where no man has gone before! This news had motivated me to write a page dripping with protest, and that is what I’ve done. I suppose I should wrap this up in the event I’m being redundant, but I think redundancy is called for. Please don’t stop making shows, keep these actors employed, heck give them a raise! My mouse eagerly awaits the chance to download more. I must have more! If this rant doesn’t translate into good ratings, I don’t understand the TV industry. Surely its not that fickle. And don’t tell me you’ve run out of stories to tell. Don’t tell me this show is not making a profit. KEEP GOING!

    Sincerly yours,

    Ben Konefal, an unhappy customer whom you need to please

    P.S. Is the politics of Denny Crane and William Shatner the same? Would those two get along? Hahaha, I’ve always wondered.

    P.S.S. KEEP WORKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. says

    Cancelled because of having an older demorgrphic? Hey, we old folks buy stuff. We are serious consumers, and we were raised on intelligent books and intelligent tv. We still like intelligent tv.

  6. Jovan says

    For whatever reasons they cancelled it, I think it should be brought back to life. Listen to the reasons they have discussed in the final episodes – the exact reasons that it should be back on – remember that clever and wealthy people have all the wealth.

  7. Jim says

    I forgot to reprimand ABC, in my comment last week, for cancelling Boston Legal too. There have been so many of my favorite shows on ABC that have been discontinued! My wife and I are senior citizens who enjoy programs that are of high quality with talented actors. Programs that show some humor, along with serious content, and mind-exercising stories should be given at least two years to succeed. I wish I would get questionnaires asking me what shows I like. No disrespect intended, but I think today’s tv execs are too immature and impatient to make compassionate and introspective decisions on which shows to market. I really do not think they could recognize a good show if it came up and bit them!!!!!

  8. nickole says

    it would be great if this show was brought back. my dad and i are HUGE fans. and, suprisingly, we are studying some of the cases in my buisness law class. it would be soo cool if my teacher had more material to use in class! (maby we wouldn’t need to take any notes!) plus, i LOVE the antics of denny crane! it is sad that ameican television is being reduced to terrible shows…now all i feel i can watch are reruns and movies (which aren’t much better)…please bring some culture back to the tv!

  9. MMM says

    Please bring Boston Legal back to us, the show is one of the best shows i have seen and enjoyed. It touches on all facts of life. I do not know what to do with myself on Tuesday evenings.


  10. Ken / St. Paul says

    One of the most witty shows ever produced and they cancell the series…. as all of my other comments have stated… produce and run fifty CSI’s, Amazing Races, Knight Rider, etc…. shows that do nothing but waste space and time on t.v. and cancel those that someone with higher than a grasshopers IQ can follow…. perhaps a movement to boycot the morons in Hollywood that cancel the good shows for the “Numb the Masses” television shows that are mass produced should come alive…. after all there is power in numbers…. we watch the shows, without us they would cease to exist. What is the point of watching if after a season or two they are terminated…. how long was Dallas on the air, or the day time soaps…. rediculous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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