Ally McBeal: Season 1 (1997 - 1998)


Season 1
Ally McBeal

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

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Critic Ratings: 32

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User Ratings: 13

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Episodes

Air date: Sep 8, 1997

In the series pilot, Ally (Calista Flockhart) goes to work for a former classmate (Greg Germann).

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Air date: Sep 15, 1997

Ally faces a moral dilemma when she's assigned to defend Richard's partner, who was arrested for solicitation. Meanwhile, Richard tries to use Ally to snag a client.

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Air date: Sep 22, 1997

Georgia asks Ally to work on an age-discrimination case involving a TV newsanchor (Kate Jackson).

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Air date: Sep 29, 1997

Ally's racked with guilt when she's asked to give the eulogy at the funeral of a law-school prof with whom she once had an affair.

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Air date: Oct 20, 1997

In the series' 100th episode, Ally is hired by a man who believes he can fly, and he tries to prove to her that she can, too; and John scoffs as Richard and Elaine try matchmaker Harriet Pumple (Nell Carter).

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Air date: Oct 27, 1997

Ally reexamines male-female relationships when a lawyer develops an unrequited crush on her, and she defends a prostitute (Jamie Rose).

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Air date: Nov 3, 1997

Ally's efforts to help a divorce (Brenda Vaccaro) make her separation legal in Jewish law go awry when she offends the woman's rabbi (Jason Blicker).

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Air date: Nov 10, 1997

Billy's revelation unsettles Ally. Meanwhile, Elaine hires an attorney (Sandra Bernhard) in a sex-discrimination suit; and Ally and Georgia turn tough in a divorce case.

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Air date: Nov 17, 1997

Ally tries to shake off her prudish image; and the firm is sued again---this time by the object of Elaine's lawsuit.

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Air date: Dec 1, 1997

Ally defends a young transvestite (Wilson Cruz) on charges of prostitution, using a modified insanity defense. Meanwhile, Richard fights to have his dead uncle's unusual last request carried out.

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Critic Reviews for Ally McBeal Season 1

All Critics (32) | Top Critics (20)

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…

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…

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…

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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