The Practice: Season 1 (1997)



Critic Consensus: The Practice makes perfect, bringing zest to the courtroom drama with its sardonic dialogue and vivid cast of roguish attorneys.


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Air date: Mar 4, 1997
Air date: Mar 11, 1997
Air date: Mar 18, 1997
Air date: Mar 25, 1997
Air date: Apr 1, 1997
Air date: Apr 8, 1997

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (8)

''The Practice'' is also beautifully acted - always important, but even more so in a show that is about the courtroom as stage.

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

Viewers get a glimpse of the lawyers' personal lives, but in the end the series is really about the practice of law and the professional (and not-so-professional...) relationships that emerge as a result of working together within the legal profession.

Feb 12, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The Practice, while not perfect, is the kind of quality drama that will not only entertain you but make you think - a rare and winning combination.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…

In a Kelley series, words count. And that's a compliment, even if we wish someone would take a breath occasionally.

Aug 14, 2018 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

McDermott has big appeal, but the drama, the cases and the ensemble cast don't quite measure up. Not yet, anyway. Could be a slow grower.

Jun 27, 2018 | Full Review…

The pace is fast and no case served up in the preview episodes are less than compelling; the tobacco lawsuit is especially cleverly handled, leaving the viewer wondering if such a simple strategy might not work in real life.

Feb 12, 2019 | Full Review…

Slickly produced and deftly written, "The Practice" follows the swirl of action at a law firm, where two or three cases bubble onto the screen each week.

Sep 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Acting is aces throughout, with particularly appealing work by Linda Hunt as a judge, and Edward Herrmann as Dole's former law professor, now representing tobacco interests; his suits are definitely expensive.

Aug 14, 2018 | Full Review…
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[The Practice] has developed into the year's most addictive hour of television... It is also TV's most independent-minded drama.

May 29, 2018 | Full Review…

Other such series have followed [this] formula, but few as rewardingly as the legal bottom-feeders of The Practice.

Apr 16, 2018 | Full Review…

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