17 Episodes 2004 - 2005
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.
Sun, Oct 3, 2004 60 mins
A civil-rights issue hinges on the casting choice for a version of "Annie"; a child-custody battle turns ugly; an adultery case involves Crane. Rev. Al Sharpton portrays himself. Lewiston: Rene Auberjonois. Poole: Larry Miller. Lewiston: John Michael Higgins.
Still Crazy After All These Years
Sun, Oct 10, 2004 60 mins
An ex-lover (Elizabeth Mitchell) haunts Shore, who secures the woman's release from a psychiatric hospital where she was confined after trying to kill him. Elsewhere, Crane fights an opposing counsel's sanction charges. Carrie Lansing: Frances Fisher.
Catch and Release
Sun, Oct 17, 2004 60 mins
Freddie Prinze Jr. plays Donny Crane, a legal eagle who's a chip off his namesake's block. Also, a sexual-harassment case evolves into a court battle between Shore and Christine (Elizabeth Mitchell), who's rehired as a corporate lawyer. Lewiston: Rene Auberjonois.
Change of Course
Sun, Oct 24, 2004 60 mins
A cop killing centers on a haughty defendant, reluctantly represented by Lori and zealously by a firm veteran, who has been a patient in a mental facility. Meanwhile, Shore plays hardball with a witness in a shoplifting case involving a kleptomaniac CEO. Litch: Jeremiah Birkett.
An Eye for an Eye
Sun, Oct 31, 2004 60 mins
Seniors take on a drug firm in a class-action case handled by the grandstanding Crane. Also: revenge motives are raised in a murder trial; and medical ethics are at issue in a civil suit. Jason: Fred Koehler. Morgan: Larry Clarke. Helen: Rusty Schwimmer. Mason: David Clennon. Judge Franzetti: Louis Giambalvo.
Truth Be Told
Sun, Nov 7, 2004 60 mins
Dana Delany guest stars as Shore's dream lover from college, now wed to a slick mayoral candidate who hires Shore to block his opponent's provocative TV-ad campaign. Meanwhile, a power struggle embroils Crane. Fleming: Brian Kerwin. Marcy: Missy Yager. Kirkland: Vincent Angell. Roberta: Danielle Bisutti. Mark Shrum: TJ Thyne.
Sun, Nov 21, 2004 60 mins
A showcase for the wily, agitating Alan Shore (James Spader), who badgers a dotty judge (Henry Gibson); romances Tara, whom he surreptitiously helps in a thorny criminal case; and backs Crane, who's been arrested for solicitation. Shea: Jon Bernthal. Mack: Willie Carpenter.
Sun, Nov 28, 2004 60 mins
A suit with a Yule theme finds Shore defending a gay cross-dressing Santa, contesting his dismissal from his department-store role. Rev. Al Sharpton appears as himself. Another thorny case involves doctor-patient privilege. Gil: Jim O'Heir. Dr. Konigsberg: George Newbern. Hingham: H. Richard Greene.
A Greater Good
Sun, Dec 12, 2004 60 mins
Ethical issues embattle Shore and Crane, at odds as cocounsels representing a drug company in a civil suit that hinges on the testimony of a conflicted MD (Gina Ravera). Also, out-of-court impropriety busies Tara, who's guilefully conning an opposing lawyer.
Sun, Dec 19, 2004 60 mins
A homicide embroils Chase, who distinguishes himself in the defense of a wronged wife (Megan Ward) charged with killing her philandering husband and his lover. Elsewhere, a child-custody battle endangers Shore, who's held hostage by a crazed father.
Sun, Jan 9, 2005 60 mins
Candice Bergen joins the cast as a founding partner of the firm---and former lover of Denny Crane---who lends zeal to a suit against the U.S. over its foreign policy in Sudan. Elsewhere, an apparent matricide embroils Shore with a client who's clearly over the edge.
From Whence We Came
Sun, Jan 16, 2005 60 mins
Echoes of the Scopes Trial pervade a case that centers on teaching creationism to eighth-grade students. Betty White has a cameo in a role she created on "The Practice." Also, an acquitted killer returns to haunt Shore, who's further embattled with charges of sexual harassment.
It Girls and Beyond
Sun, Jan 23, 2005 60 mins
An MD's ethics are questioned in a case that involves an unapproved diet drug, which the doctor sold to a patient who's obese. Meanwhile, a suit entangles lesbian partners over their personal and business relationships. Tracy: Sarah Carter. Stephanie: Dana Wheeler-Nicholson. Zale: William Atherton.
'Til We Meat Again
Sun, Feb 13, 2005 60 mins
Where's the beef? Not in a Massachusetts burg out to ban red-meat sales. So a steak-house owner sues. Elsewhere, Shore faces battery-conspiracy charges over a bar brawl; and Lori's drawn to a persuasive lawyer (Rick Yune) who refers to himself as "sexy man."
Sun, Feb 20, 2005 60 mins
Freddie Prinze Jr. returns as unruly lawyer Donny Crane, opposing Denny in a suit over a cancelled wedding. Also, a case of police brutality entangles Shore with Schmidt. Chelina: Kerry Washington. Ferrion: Leslie Jordan.
Let Sales Ring
Sun, Mar 13, 2005 60 mins
Carl Reiner plays a troubled lawyer, seeking to be frozen by cryonics---before he dies. Chi McBride re-creates his "Boston Public" role as principal Harper in a speech-rights case that involves a provocative radio station he banned from his school. Milch: Ryan Kelley. Catherine: Betty White.
Death Be Not Proud
Sun, Mar 20, 2005 58 mins
Shelley Long guest stars as a businesswoman who's charged with paying for sex. Another case concerns a death-row inmate in Texas. Judge Brown: Henry Gibson. Chelina: Kerry Washington. Zeke: Sterling K. Brown.