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L.A. Law 

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Series (1986–1994)
The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm.
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Won 5 Golden Globes. Another 40 wins & 147 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Corbin Bernsen ...  Arnie Becker 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Jill Eikenberry ...  Ann Kelsey 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Alan Rachins ...  Douglas Brackman, Jr. 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Michael Tucker ...  Stuart Markowitz 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Richard Dysart ...  Leland McKenzie 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Susan Ruttan ...  Roxanne Melman 150 episodes, 1986-1993
Blair Underwood ...  Jonathan Rollins 149 episodes, 1987-1994
Larry Drake ...  Benny Stulwicz 144 episodes, 1987-1994
Susan Dey ...  D.D.A. Grace Van Owen / ... 126 episodes, 1986-1992
Jimmy Smits ...  Victor Sifuentes 107 episodes, 1986-1992
Harry Hamlin ...  Michael Kuzak 105 episodes, 1986-1991
Michele Greene ...  Abby Perkins 105 episodes, 1986-1991
John Spencer ...  Tommy Mullaney / ... 83 episodes, 1990-1994
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Storyline

This popular television drama depicted life in a large Los Angeles law firm. The plots were strongly character-based and dealt with the personal lives and professional activities of the partners, associates, and staff. Scenes centered around the courtroom and the law offices. Often, an episode would open with a surprising twist, which would then be played out during the rest of the show. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L.A. Law See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(170 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (early episodes)| Stereo (later episodes)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

William M. Finkelstein became Executive Producer of this show shortly after his series Civil Wars (1991) was cancelled. Finkelstein transferred two "Civil Wars" characters from their New York City law firm to "L.A. Law": attorney Eli Levinson (Alan Rosenberg), and his secretary, Denise Iannello (Debi Mazar). See more »

Quotes

Ann Kelsey: You thought you could buy me off with a few trinkets?
Stuart Markowitz: Yes.
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User Reviews

Good cast, flawed writing
30 August 1999 | by skorzenySee all my reviews

This show had one of the best ensemble casts in recent memory, at least for a drama series. Some fine acting from Larry Drake and others saved what could have been a fluff sex-and-rich-people yuppie drama. Some good courtroom drama is interspersed with decent character stories to make this a watchable drama. What keeps it from being a classic is a half-hearted attempt at social criticism of Los Angeles immorality that just falls flat, as well as a little more gratuitous sex and skin that is just unnecessary.

If you happen to catch it in syndicated reruns on cable, watch it. But it isn't worth seeking out on video, unless you really want to see the breakout rolls of Larry Drake and Blair Underwood.


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