Premise

David E. Kelley's spin-off from 'The Practice,' set at a high-priced Boston law firm, plays smartly on the chemistry between James Spader (as wry and wily lawyer Alan Shore) and William Shatner (as flamboyant, eccentric partner Denny Crane). Both won Emmys when they introduced the roles on 'The Practice.' Apart from benefiting from a 'Desperate Housewives' lead-in, 'Boston Legal' got a ratings boost when Candice Bergen came aboard as no-nonsense partner (and Crane's ex-lover) Shirley Schmidt.

Active Cast

James Spader Alan Shore
William Shatner Denny Crane
Candice Bergen Shirley Schmidt

Former Cast

Julie Bowen Denise Bauer
Mark Valley Brad Chase
Rhona Mitra Tara Wilson
Monica Potter Lori Colson
Rene Auberjonois Paul Lewiston
Betty White Catherine Piper
Lake Bell Sally Heep
Justin Mentell Garrett Wells
Craig Bierko Jeffrey Coho
Constance Zimmer Claire Simms