Boston Legal: Season 1 (2004 - 2005)



Critic Consensus: Boston Legal is bursting with wry amusement and gangbusters chemistry between stars James Spader and William Shatner, although their characters - and the series as a whole - exhibit questionable attitudes toward women.


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Air date: Oct 3, 2004
Air date: Oct 10, 2004
Air date: Oct 17, 2004
Air date: Oct 24, 2004
Air date: Oct 31, 2004
Air date: Nov 7, 2004
Air date: Nov 21, 2004
Air date: Nov 28, 2004
Air date: Dec 12, 2004
Air date: Dec 19, 2004
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David E. Kelley's legal spin-off was an instant success thanks to stars James Spader and William Shatner, who won Emmys in the final season of "The Practice." Spader and Shatner each promptly collected another Emmy for their work in Season 1 of "Boston Legal," which introduces the wide range of characters who pass through the doors of high-priced, high-profile law firm Crane, Poole & Schmidt. Win-at-all-costs attorney Alan Shore (Spader) is known for his unorthodox style and questionable ethics in the pursuit of justice. He rules the office (and shares scotch and cigars on the balcony) with founding partner Denny Crane (Shatner), an eccentric, past-his-prime litigator who now gets by, for good or ill, on name recognition alone. Alan and Denny's over-the-top antics and the mental instability of another founding partner, Edwin Poole (Larry Miller), prompt managing partner Paul Lewiston (Rene Auberjonois) to call in Washington, D.C., associate Brad Chase (Mark Valley), and, later, Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen) from New York to restore a sense of order and decorum to the Boston office. Although somewhat embarrassed by a past romantic fling with Denny, Shirley is a no-nonsense partner and a confident, capable lawyer with the necessary gravitas to keep the firm from falling apart. Other associates include Sally Heep (Lake Bell), Tara Wilson (Rhona Mitra) and Lori Colson (Monica Potter). The first season's notable guest stars include Carl Reiner, Betty White, Philip Baker Hall, Dana Delany and Shelley Long.


James Spader
as Alan Shore
William Shatner
as Denny Crane
Rhona Mitra
as Tara Wilson
Mark Valley
as Brad Chase
Monica Potter
as Lori Colson
Lake Bell
as Sally Heep
Rene Auberjonois
as Paul Lewison
Candice Bergen
as Shirley Schmidt
Carl Reiner
as Milton Bombay
Shelley Long
as Miriam Watson
Betty White
as Catherine Piper
Henry Gibson
as Judge Clark Brown
Leslie Jordan
as Bernard Ferrion
Kerry Washington
as Chelina Hall
Elizabeth Mitchell
as Christine Pauley
Eric Payne
as Sam Halpern
Larry Miller
as Edwin Poole
Carl Reiner
as Milton Bombay
Dana Delany
as Samantha Fleming
Fred Koehler
as Jason Binder
Jim O'Heir
as Gil Furnald
Gina Ravera
as Dr. Amanda Gerard
Chi McBride
as Steven Harper
Richard Portnow
as Judge Peter Harding
Ray Laska
as Judge Billmeyer
Michael Ensign
as Judge Paul Resnick
Larry Clarke
as Bill Morgan
George Newbern
as Dr. Allen Konigsberg
Shelley Long
as Miriam Watson
Frances Fisher
as Carrie Lansing
Brian Kerwin
as Jack Fleming
Jon Bernthal
as Michael Shea
Sarah Carter
as Tracy Green
Rick Yune
as Troi Ran
Jeremiah Birkett
as Warren Litch
Joel Anderson
as Kevin Ripley
Lombardo Boyar
as Ramone Valasquez
Rusty Schwimmer
as Helen Binder
Megan Ward
as Susan May
Elizabeth Sampson
as Marybeth Hewitt
Will Radford
as Miles Tibbet
Vincent Angell
as ADA Richard Kirkland
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson
as Stephanie Rogers
Pat Skipper
as Michael Roper
Missy Yager
as Marcy Kirkland
Steve Tom
as Martin Jeffries
William Atherton
as ADA Howard Zale
Holmes Osborne
as Mayor Bostwick
Susan Floyd
as Wendy Moore
Bruno Campos
as ADA Mark Wills
H. Richard Greene
as Judge Harry Hingham
Rocky Carroll
as ADA John Shubert
Rebecca Lin
as Receptionist
Sam Anderson
as Walter Billings
Nike Doukas
as ADA Allison Hayes
Louis Giambalvo
as Judge Franzetti
Danielle Bisutti
as Roberta Sloane
Ryan Kelley
as Stuart Milch
Andy Milder
as Dr. Robert Gill
Todd Waring
as Daniel Ralston
Neal Matarazzo
as Brian Stevens
Michael Dempsey
as Dominick Ryan
Nancy Stephens
as Judge Wilcox
Yeniffer Behrens
as Carmen Flores
Francesca P. Roberts
as Judge Jamie Atkinson
Conor O'Farrell
as ADA Glenn Jackson
Cheryl White
as Mary Stevens
Penelope Windust
as Dr. Martha Silver
T.J. Thyne
as Mark Shrum
Frank Birney
as Judge Howe
Michael Oberlander
as Dr. Steven Rayburn
Thomas Kopache
as Judge Wallace
Thom Gossom Jr.
as Judge Blake Winters
Kevin Chapman
as Off. Wayne Kirkland
Anthony S. Johnson
as Judge Baker
Dennis Cockrum
as Det. Gary Jacobs
Ed O'Ross
as Judge Phillip Stevens
Steven Anderson
as Walter Seymore
David Burke
as Casey Mathias
Victor McCay
as Dr. Freemont
Liam Craig
as Litman
Chris D'Elia
as Kevin Quinlan
Ben Bode
as Greg Montero
Travis McKenna
as Mark Harrison
Brenda Wehle
as Judge O'Keefe
David Purdham
as Judge Connolly
John Short
as Dr. Raymond Young
Ken Strunk
as Father Martin
Dean Norris
as Byron Kaneb
John Kapelos
as Det. Wayne Farley
Aisha Hinds
as Beah Toomy
David Barrera
as Off. Joe Garrett
Marshall Manesh
as George Keene
Alyson Reed
as Roberta Turner
Jason Blicker
as Timothy Simms
James Dalesandro
as Judge Mitchell
Jadzia Pittman
as Sarah Toomy
Lisa Kaminir
as Valerie Murrow
Richard V. Licata
as Judge Dale Melman
Rhomeyn Johnson
as Det. Willet
Kat Sawyer
as Judge Brenford
Michael O'Neill
as Dr. Robert McLean
Christopher Carroll
as Judge Stephen Bickel
Curt Bouril
as Edwards
Christine Tucci
as Mary Ann Huff
Gibby Brand
as Dr. Leonard Raskin
Ron Butler
as Dr. Kohler
Bobbie Norman
as Judge Keneally
John Considine
as Judge Abrams
Maura Soden
as Melissa Stevens
Donovan Scott
as Judge Serra
Jack Impellizzeri
as Off. Jackson
Traber Burns
as Warden Silverman
Vyto Ruginis
as Capt. McDonald
Lee Whittaker
as Paul Harris
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Critic Reviews for Boston Legal Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (11)

Kelley has always had a knack for casting, and James Spader is perhaps the quintessential Kelley actor.

Feb 28, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

By the third episode ... watching the antics of high-priced litigators Alan Shore, Denny Crane, and their minions, was more like swigging tired prosecco in a provincial restaurant, a formulaic ritual that left a bitter aftertaste.

Mar 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Thanks to engaging storylines and witty writing, adults will find Boston Legal entertaining.

Mar 2, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

If you like Spader as a self-described "enormously unlikable person," give Legal time to make its case.

Feb 28, 2018 | Full Review…

David E. Kelley might have done something unprecedented with Boston Legal.

Feb 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Watching Spader and Shatner in action is a delight.

Mar 2, 2018 | Full Review…

There are lots of corners in those corridors of power, and plenty of surprises waiting around them.

Feb 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Boston Legal has a different, lighter tone. Not as whimsical as Kelley's Ally McBeal but certainly goofier than the early days of the decidedly more earnest The Practice.

Feb 28, 2018 | Full Review…

The legal issues at hand in the premiere are a step above the ripped-from-the-headlines tone of many law or cop dramas.

Feb 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Legal is simply at its best when it's most disingenuous.

Feb 28, 2018 | Full Review…

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