David E. Kelley

David E. Kelley

Highest Rated: 47% Lake Placid (1999)

Lowest Rated: 14% To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)

Birthday: Apr 4, 1956

Birthplace: Waterville, Maine, USA

Arguably one of the most prolific writer-producers in small screen history, former attorney David E. Kelley created some of television's quirkiest and unconventional shows, particularly in the normally staid legal world. Kelley left his self-described boring job as a litigator to join the writing staff of Steven Bochco's hit "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994), where he eventually worked his way up to executive producer. He went on to co-create "Doogie Howser, M.D." (Fox, 1989-1993) with Bochco before branching out on his own to create the wildly quirky, but ratings-challenged "Picket Fences" (CBS, 1992-96), which, despite critical adulation and two Emmy Awards, struggled to find an audience. Kelley ventured out into medical drama territory with the equally lauded "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000), while continuing his duties on "Picket Fences." But since he wrote all the scripts for both shows Kelley soon found himself burned out and forced to relieve himself of his responsibilities. After struggling to find his footing in the feature world with "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" (1996) and "Lake Placid" (1999), Kelley reached the height of his creative and commercial powers with two divergent legal shows - "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004), a gritty, realistic look inside a Boston law firm, and "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002), a wildly fanciful show that featured character fantasies, song numbers and a unisex bathroom. By the time he spun-off "The Practice" into the even more successful "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08), there was no doubt that Kelley was a powerful creative force in television the likes of which had not been seen since Garry Marshall dominated the small screen in the 1970s.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
47% 37% Lake Placid Writer,
Producer
$31.8M 1999
37% 66% Mystery, Alaska Writer,
Producer
$8.9M 1999
14% 41% To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Writer $4.1M 1996
27% 60% From the Hip Writer,
Screenwriter
$7.0M 1987

TV

Credit
61% 41% Big Sky Executive Producer,
Writer
2020-2022
75% 83% The Lincoln Lawyer Executive Producer,
Creator
2022
61% 44% Anatomy of a Scandal Executive Producer,
Creator
2022
86% 70% Goliath Creator,
Executive Producer
2016 2018-2019 2021
61% 59% Nine Perfect Strangers Executive Producer 2021
75% 66% The Undoing Creator,
Writer
2020
91% 77% Mr. Mercedes Creator 2018-2019
89% 89% Big Little Lies Executive Producer,
Writer
2017 2019
54% 67% The Crazy Ones Executive Producer,
Writer
2013-2014
52% 50% Monday Mornings Executive Producer 2013
43% 37% Harry's Law Executive Producer 2011-2012
86% 91% Boston Legal Writer,
Executive Producer
2004-2008
37% No Score Yet The Wedding Bells Executive Producer 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Boston Public Executive Producer 2000-2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Law Firm Executive Producer 2005
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Writer,
Executive Producer
1997-2004
44% No Score Yet The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire Executive Producer,
Writer
2003
18% No Score Yet girls club Executive Producer 2002
61% 75% Ally McBeal Writer,
Executive Producer
1997-2002
No Score Yet 0% Chicago Hope Executive Producer,
Writer
1995-1996 1998-2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Snoops Executive Producer,
Writer
1999
82% No Score Yet Picket Fences Executive Producer,
Writer
1992-1993 1995-1996