Ally McBeal: Season 5 (2001 - 2002)


Season 5
Ally McBeal

Critics Consensus

The perpetually lovesick lawyer finds her closure, but Ally McBeal's happy ending is marred by constant shuffling of the ensemble, some harebrained subplots, and the crestfallen feeling that the series ran out of compelling variations on the same theme.

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Critic Ratings: 17

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Air date: Oct 29, 2001

Ally meets and hires a kindred spirit (Julianne Nicholson), whose ex-boyfriend (James Marsden) also joins the firm; and John misconstrues a comment by Ally. Boz Scaggs has a cameo. McCallister: Bruce French. Corretta: Regina King. Milbury: Josh Hopkins. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall. John: Peter MacNicol. Richard: Greg Germann.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2001

Dame Edna Everage plays the effusive plaintiff in Jenny's class-action suit. Also, Ling benefits from kind comments delivered with covert sarcasm; and John is offered a makeover by Corretta (Regina Hall). Mrs. Whoop: Linda Kerns. Stephenson: Mike Randleman. Milter: John Michael Higgins. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall. Jenny: Julianne Nicholson. Raymond: Josh Hopkins. Glenn: James Marsden.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2001

John returns from vacation with a new look; Ally drafts Claire Otoms (Dame Edna Everage) to scare the opposition in the phone case; Ling demands a going-away party; Raymond decides to ask Ally out "for real." McCallister: Bruce French. Kendall: Ron Fassler. Raymond: Josh Hopkins. Glenn: James Marsden. Jenny: Julianne Nicholson.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2001

Raymond admits his guilt as Jenny defends him in a sexual-harassment suit; Ally takes off to be away from Glenn; in John's absence, Richard moves into his partner's bathroom oasis. Sarah: Anita Barone. Julie: Roma Maffia. Milter: John Michael Higgins. Raymond: Josh Hopkins. Glenn: James Marsden. Jenny: Julianne Nicholson.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2001

Elton John plays in the bar; Jenny's mother (Jacqueline Bisset) sues after being fired because of her relationship with a much younger man; Jenny considers dating Raymond. Boyle: Jeremy Garrett. Rohr: David Selby. Furnwall: Terry Rhoads. Nixon: Lee Wilkof. Holden: Missy Doty. Mayfield: David Doty. Pax: Kevin Farrell. Milter: John Michael Higgins.

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Air date: Dec 3, 2001

John finds betrayal upon returning; Glenn and Ally double-date with Raymond and Jenny; Richard argues for a former con woman to marry; Judge Ling doffs her robe for a photo shoot. Nancy: Melinda McGraw. Gerard: Holmes Osborne. Halpern: Angela Sargeant. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall. Milter: John Michael Higgins. Raymond: Josh Hopkins. Glenn: James Marsden.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2001

A minister (Tom Berenger) is fired by his church for not believing in God; John sues a town that's canceled its traditional Christmas events after a tragedy. Malcolm: Josh Groban. Mayor: Charles Martin Smith. Hooley: Peter Scolari. Judge: Albert Hall. Fixx: Ron Ostrow. Mathers: Christopher Nieman. Clayton: Craig Anton. John: Peter MacNicol. Richard: Greg Germann.

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Air date: Jan 7, 2002

Mariah Carey plays an unhappy customer of a matchmaker (Nell Carter), who's being sued by Kimmy Bishop (Jami Gertz). Also: Ally thinks Frances' fiancé wants her for a final fling. Frances: Jacqueline Bisset. Harriet: Nell Carter. Tim: Jeremy Garrett. Spaner: Joe Colligan. Judge: Albert Hall. Coretta: Regina King.

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Air date: Jan 14, 2002

A handyman (Jon Bon Jovi) examines Ally's new fixer-upper house; a wife seeks to jail her spendthrift husband (French Stewart); and Corretta's chiropractor is the talk of the office. Melissa: Tia Riebling. Dr. Slipp: Scott Adsit. Paget: Kurt Fuller. Milter: John Michael Higgins. Nancy: Shirley Jordan. Judge Walsh: Albert Hall. Corretta: Regina Hall. Jenny: Julianne Nicholson. Glenn: James Marsden.

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Air date: Jan 21, 2002

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). Hall: Joe Regalbuto. Marie: Romy Rosemont. Victor: Jon Bon Jovi. Irene: Norma Michaels. Brickle: Charley Lang. Elaine: Jane Krakowski. John: Peter MacNicol.

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Critic Reviews for Ally McBeal Season 5

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (11)

On Ally McBeal, the characters' cuteness and narcissism are tiring. The once-amusing comedy wants to coast by on whimsy, and the results are just too precious. Rather than being screwball comedy, the results are simply screwy.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

I won't pretend that the quality of the show didn't decline towards the end: the ludicrous decision to introduce Dame Edna Everage as a character (what? No). That pretty much killed it for me.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The show faded quickly over the last two seasons and while it was once considered iconic, it's now an embarrassment.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Ally McBeal, in her final unsurprising swansong, is a disturbing and humour-deficient parody of herself. The appointment of the very talented Dame Edna Everage to a role is ill-conceived, and recycling of scripts is frankly unforgivable.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Fantasy permeated all the characters' lives and made real life seem paltry by comparison... In this way, "Ally McBeal" played like an extended anti-fantasy public service announcement.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

In the past two series the show has got tired, its quirks more irritating, its once outrageous court cases too try-hard.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Although the show is mainly driven by comedy, there is a more real human side to it... One can only hope that the show will eventually find its feet this season and also go up and up

Mar 13, 2019 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The problem with a show that made a name for itself with flights of fancy is that those flights tend to get higher, longer and more fanciful until the show spins out of orbit. And "Ally" left Earth behind some time ago.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The show is seriously over-heating. What was once zany has been upped several notches and passed through the stratosphere of absurdity... Yet even when dreadfully surreal, Ally McBeal still entertains as it explodes in self-ridicule.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

It was a show with little concern for sensible plots; what mattered were the vibrant, offbeat characters and dazzling fantasy sequences.

Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

The series finale of "Ally McBeal" wasn't quite a nightmare, but nobody thought it'd end with the kind of whimper it did.

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

This legal dramedy (two words that don't necessarily seem like they'd go together) gave us a protagonist both messy and motivated, imperfect and interesting in ways that had rarely been explored on television

Mar 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ally McBeal: Season 5

  • Jul 21, 2020
    Terrible after a great first 4 seasons.

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