The Practice (1997-2004)

Status: Ended

Airdate: 1997-03-04

Runtime: 1 hour

Rating(s): 7.7

Genre(s): Drama

Language(s): English


The Practice is an American legal drama created by David E. Kelley centering on the partners and associates at a Boston law firm. Running for eight seasons on ABC from 1997 to 2004, the show won the Emmy in 1998 and 1999 for Best Drama Series, and spawned the successful and lighter spin-off series Boston Legal, which ran for five more seasons, from 2004 to 2008. The Practice focused on the law firm of Robert Donnell and Associates. Plots typically featured the firm's involvement in various high-profile criminal and civil cases that often mirror current events. Conflict between legal ethics and personal morality was a recurring theme. Some episodes contained light comedy. Kelley claimed that he conceived the show as something of a rebuttal to L.A. Law and its romanticized treatment of the American legal system and legal proceedings.

Episode Title Rating Airdate Skipped Watched
Normal Episodes 168
Season 1 6
Part I
Trial And Error
Part IV
Part V
Part VI
Season 2 28
Season 3 23
Season 4 22
Season 5 22
Season 6 23
Season 7 22
Season 8 22
Specials 4
Cast 13
Steve Harris - Eugene Young
Camryn Manheim - Ellenor Frutt
Dylan McDermott - Bobby Donnell
LisaGay Hamilton - Rebecca Washington
Marla Sokoloff - Lucy Hatcher
Kelli Williams - Lindsay Dole
Lara Flynn Boyle - Helen Gamble
James Spader - Alan Shore
Jessica Capshaw - Jamie Stringer
Rhona Mitra - Tara Wilson
Ron Livingston - Alan Lowe
Holland Taylor - Roberta Kittleson
John Larroquette - Joey Heric
Production 11
David E. Kelley - Executive Producer
Jeffrey Kramer - Producer
Joseph Berger-Davis - Producer
Robert Breech - Producer
Todd Ellis Kessler - Producer
Christina Musrey - Producer
Gary M. Strangis - Producer
Pamela J. Wisne - Producer
Jonathan Pontell - Producer
Ed Redlich - Producer
Alice West - Producer
Network 1

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