Ally McBeal: Season 1 (1997 - 1998)


Season 1
Ally McBeal

Critics Consensus

The debut season of Ally McBeal has its charms, but may prove irksome due to its borderline stereotypical depiction of women in the workplace.



Critic Ratings: 32


Audience Score

User Ratings: 10
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Air date: Sep 8, 1997
Air date: Sep 15, 1997
Air date: Sep 22, 1997
Air date: Sep 29, 1997
Air date: Oct 20, 1997
Air date: Oct 27, 1997
Air date: Nov 3, 1997
Air date: Nov 10, 1997
Air date: Nov 17, 1997
Air date: Dec 1, 1997
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Tv Season Info


Calista Flockhart
as Ally McBeal
Courtney Thorne-Smith
as Georgia Thomas
Gil Bellows
as Billy Alan Thomas
Greg Germann
as Richard
Dyan Cannon
as Whipper Cone
Vonda Shepard
as Vonda Shepard
Tate Donovan
as Richard Cheanie
Brooke Burns
as Jennifer Higgin
Michael Winters
as Judge Spitt
Keene Curtis
as Judge Hawk
Isaiah Washington
as Michael Rivers
Phil Leeds
as Judge Boyle
Dylan McDermott
as Bobby Donnell
Henry Woronicz
as Austin Gill
Kelly Connell
as Dr. Noah Peters
Richard Riehle
as Jack Billings
Steven Flynn
as Sam Little
Elaine Giftos
as Nancy Foote
Bob Gunton
as Michaelson
Andrew Heckler
as Jason Roberts
Eddie Mills
as Clinton Gill
Willie Garson
as District Attorney Frank Shea
Marty Rackham
as Joe Bepp
Brett Cullen
as James Dawson
Dabbs Greer
as Vincent Robbins
Audrie J. Neenan
as Mary Clarkson
Harrison Page
as Rev. Newman
Harry Groener
as Jake Vermont
Susan Merson
as Judge Stoller
Lee Wilkof
as District Attorney Nixon
Gibby Brand
as Judge McGough
Amy Aquino
as Dr. Harper
Miriam Flynn
as Karen Coolie
Stan Ivar
as Jason Hatfield
Richard Kiley
as Seymore Little
Zeljko Ivanek
as Judge Pink
Ben Siegler
as Hoverless
Dina Meyer
as Anna Flint
McNally Sagal
as Mary Halliday
Carol Locatell
as Judge Fulham
Mike Hagerty
as Michael Huttle
Steve Vinovich
as Jerry Burrows
Liz Torres
as Hanna Goldstein
Larry Brandenburg
as Judge Hopkins
Joshua Ryan Evans
as Oren Koolie
Michael Galeota
as Young Billy
LisaGay Hamilton
as Rebecca Washington
Armin Shimerman
as Judge Walworth
Elizabeth Ruscio
as Cynthia Pierce
Dawn Stern
as Jeanette
Mika Boorem
as Young Ally
David Spielberg
as TV Station Executive
Peter Roth
as Network President
Bailey Thompson
as Jean Horton
Gary Bullock
as Judge Steele
Albert Hall
as Judge Seymour Walsh
John Fink
as President of Brigham Health Management
Camryn Manheim
as Ellenor Frutt
Jenjer Vick
as Secretary
Mark Metcalf
as Hatfield's Lawyer
Jennifer Holliday
as Lead Choir Singer
John Thaddeus
as Michael Young
Andrew Bloch
as Mr. Colson
David Dunard
as Judge Hupp
Nelson Mashita
as Foreperson
Shea Farrell
as Mr. Tyler
Daniel Hutchinson
as Officer Kenter
Roberta West
as Foreperson
Shannon Welles
as Elderly Woman
Rhonda Dotson
as Julie Martin
Ronald Hunter
as Detective Green
Derk Cheetwood
as Dwayne Stokes
Paul Collins
as Judge Williams
Neal Lerner
as George Pullman
Daniel Wantland
as D.A. Daniel Corbett
Daniel Mahar
as Michael Lamb
Ken Abraham
as Hendrix
Cissy Wellman
as secretary
David Doty
as Minister
Herb Corben
as Elderly Man
Michael Bofshever
as Judge Allen Stephenson
Niles Brewster
as Attorney Ken Banks
Sharon Omni
as Bailiff
Jocko Marcellino
as Prison Guard
Dale Weston
as Reporter
Don Perry
as Foreman
Michael Caslin
as Henry Horton
Jeffrey von Mayer
as Attorney Skroot
Carrie Stuaber
as Female Cop
Michael Brandon
as D.A. Adam Dawson
Susan Knight
as Joanne Wilder
James Mathers
as Dr. Carpenter
Karen Elyse
as Foreperson
Vince Brolato
as Foreperson
Sally Wingert
as Tour Guide
Earl K. Kim
as Foreperson
Gerry Vichi
as Foreman
Barry Livingston
as Dr. John Emburg
Evan O'Meara
as Male Cop
Kim Delgado
as Court Clerk
Joyce Greenleaf
as Bystander #1
Bil Dwyer
as Band Leader
Tony Amendola
as Judge Walter Swan
Bill Bishop
as Foreman
Kenneth Zanchi
as Bystander #2
Tom Virtue
as Ally's father
Al Pugliese
as Joel Hurt
Eric Mansker
as Bailiff
Daniel Dae Kim
as Testifying Police Officer
George Cedar
as Judge Jonathan Harker
Paul Jenkins
as Detective Kale
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Critic Reviews for Ally McBeal Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (16)

It was pretty imaginative for its time. The narrative techniques were original, and they were surprising. Now we're accustomed to fantasy sequences, song interludes, viral videos... But back then, these flourishes still seemed relatively fresh on TV.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Based on the pilot and its potential, Ally McBeal is one new series to keep your eye on this season.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Ally McBeal is a show where you hardly can wait for the next episode.

Apr 13, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

What woman can't relate to this scenario? Well, none, actually.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Ally's outer strength and inner turmoil may not be politically correct but they are unerringly accurate.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

With the assonance of its name matched only by the asininity of the rest of it, Ally McBeal exudes a kind of obscene fluffiness.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Whimsical and light, "Ally McBeal" offers television that is both easily accessible and realistically compelling.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

A risky series that parades many debates on things like fetishes or incongruency in religion all while correctly balancing a mixture of reality and fiction. [Full review in Spanish]

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Some scenes are melodramatic, and the writing is sometimes weak and corny. But despite these flaws, its sassy and fresh story line shows potential.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

It's not that the show feels dated -- that original snap is still there -- it's just that TV's come a long way, baby.

Mar 13, 2019 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Ally McBeal has a spark of hope in her that you just can't turn your back on... How can one not root for someone like that, annoying flaws aside?

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Hitting the right notes in a show with the kind of quirky tone that distinguishes this one is not easy. Flockhart misses only a few.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ally McBeal: Season 1

  • Jun 30, 2019
    Love these series since the beginning... its funny to see Ally love live mix with her fantasy and her law firm career. The writer done a good job making scenario which make the audiences laugh and entertained. Thats way these series has a huge fans world wide and in my oppinion in its own unique way, one of tv series that has big influence in its decade beside friends and baywatch.

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