The Practice 2 Seasons 1997

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Season 1
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8. Betrayal TV-NR CC

The attorneys represent a gay man who may or may not have murdered his lover. Berluti is wrongly accused of soliciting a prostitute.

Arell Blanton, Stephen Caffrey
44 minutes
Original air date:
September 23, 1997


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Season 1
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    1. Pilot While Bobby defends an innocent young girl accused of drug trafficking, Lindsay is shocked to find herself facing one of her law professors in a case against a big tobacco company.

    TV-NR 47min March 4, 1997
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    2. Part I Desperate to keep his practice afloat Bobby pays a visit to an old friend working as a loan officer, and Eugene tries to protect a woman and her son against an abusive husband.

    TV-NR 42min March 11, 1997
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    3. Trial & Error Repercussions abound concerning Lindsay's tobacco company case, a serial flasher, and the seventy thousand-dollar loan Bobby got from his friend at the bank.

    TV-NR 46min March 18, 1997
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    4. Part IV Lindsay's tobacco case comes to a sudden and surprisingly lucrative end, while the trial against Ronald Martin continues to have unexpected and deadly results after the non-guilty verdict.

    TV-NR 47min March 25, 1997
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    5. Part V Bobby deals with the murder cases against Braun and Rabbi Warner, Eugene defends a man convicted of armed robbery, and Ellenor has a date with a man she met through the personals.

    TV-NR 46min April 1, 1997
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    6. Part VI As the Gerald Braun murder case begins Lindsay meets with a fugitive who has been on the run for twenty-five years unaware that the charges against him were dropped years ago.

    TV-NR 45min April 8, 1997
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    7. Reasonable Doubts Bobby has an affair with a beautiful client who is accused of committing murder.

    TV-NR 44min September 20, 1997
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    8. Betrayal The attorneys represent a gay man who may or may not have murdered his lover. Berluti is wrongly accused of soliciting a prostitute.

    TV-NR 44min September 23, 1997
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    9. The Blessing A doctor is prosecuted for murder after he performs euthanasia on a terminally-ill patient. Eugene and Lindsay defend an elderly bookie whose illegal activities were videotaped during a sting operation.

    TV-NR 46min September 27, 1997
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    10. Dog Bite Berluti represents a young girl who was bitten in the face by a dog. A juror communicates with Lindsay during a trial. Eugene defends a one-legged African American man accused of robbery.

    TV-NR 46min October 4, 1997
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    11. First Degree Bobby defends an adulterer charged with murder. Eugene represents a Boston cop seeking disability compensation by claiming his job caused him to become a racist. Berluti experiences an erotic dream involving Lindsay.

    TV-NR 47min October 11, 1997
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    12. Sex, Lies, & Monkeys Bobby attempts to win the release of an innocent woman he helped convict of murder. Berluti represents a hirsute man who was fired because of his looks. Lindsay realizes Kelton drugged her before they had sex. Ellenor is sued by a man she met through a personals ad.

    TV-NR 47min October 18, 1997
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    13. Search & Seizure A husband seeks a court order that would force his pregnant wife to undergo a C-section. Lindsay represents a drug dealer caught red-handed with a large quantity of cocaine. Gamble asks Bobby out on a date.

    TV-NR 43min October 25, 1997

Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance, Mystery
Director Thomas Schlamme
Starring Arell Blanton, Stephen Caffrey
Supporting actors LisaGay Hamilton, Steve Harris, Camryn Manheim, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle, John Larroquette, Anna Gunn, Tracy Middendorf, Donal Logue, Jack McGee, Philip Baker Hall, Stephen Caffrey, Joe D'Angerio, Lynn Hamilton, Arell Blanton, Susan Fukuda, Eric Mansker, Christopher Michael
Season year 1997
Network ABC
Executive Producer Robert Breech
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David E. Kelley created "The Practice" to be the flip side of "L.A. Law," the show for which he wrote 67 episodes and won his first Emmys. Bobby Donell and his partners are not a prestigious law firm in Hollywood, they are scrambling to stay solvent in Bean Town and do it defending clients who are so obviously guilty it is painful. The series lasted eight episodes before it morphed into "Boston Legal," and the keystone for the series was how both sides were always passionate about their positions, and somtimes too passionate. Cold logic is rarely the key to courtroom success in this series, which is just as well because you have clients that run the spectrum from "Free Willy," who likes to expose himself in public, to Gerald Braun, who murders his daughter's killer with the approval of his rabbi. Not surprisingly, these cases take multiple episodes to resolve.

Pay attention to the fact that this is "The Practice: Volume One" and not "The Practice: Season One." The show was a replacement series that first aired on March 4, 1997, and the first season was just six episodes. The second season was a whopping 28 episodes, so the first seven are included in this set of 4-discs. That still leaves 21 episodes from the second season to make up "Volume Two" down the road. This line of demarcation strikes me as strange because 20 episodes on five discs would seem to make more sense, but once we see the next volume the rationale should become clear.

Watching these early episodes again it was interesting to see how Kelley takes advantage of what is a large cast for a "small" law firm. Having a favorite is problematic because they might not have a case go to trial for a while (Eleanor always seems to be second chair early on).
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Movie Nut on April 19, 2008
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The Practice is far and away one of the best courtroom dramas ever on TV. It is also has the smartest writing, storylines, dialogue, et al. I loved this show from the first episode until the last. Even when the cast went through an `upheaval', I stuck with the show for the remaining characters and also, to see how the new ones would turn out. I would love to buy the fist season on DVD, but I am afraid that what has happened to me with Cagney & Lacey, Here Come The Brides, Alias Smith & Jones to name a few. I have had the first seasons for quite some time now and the additional seasons are nowhere on the horizon. For those of us who loved these classic TV shows I wish the studios would just offer the entire series at once. In the long run it would save them money. I would rather pay $200 for an entire series of The Practice than wait years and have to keep handing over $30 or $40 for each season as they dribble out ...Now can someone explain why shows that are currently on TV have vastly more seasons out then the classic shows? Shows currently on: Two & a Half Men, Weeds, Friday Night Lights, Californication, The Closer, Burn Notice, Army Wives, Boston Legal, The Office, Rescue Me...That is 10 TV shows currently on TV with first run episodes, yet the past seasons are coming out on DVD at a very frequent rate but we must be made to wait a year or two, or in some cases (which it looks like for this great show) forever for additional seasons of the classic shows- If the studio heads are listening ...get with it guys & gals, don't make us wait a lifetime for great shows to be put on DVD!
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Southpaw on October 20, 2009
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The Practice is one of the best, thought-provoking, intelligently-written shows on TV with brilliant acting to boot! This is the show that had made me love everything legal. Given the show's excellent caliber and accolades, its successful eight-year run, the exponentially insistent demand from the devotees and the fact that it'd been 2 long years since volume 1 had been released, I'm profoundly incredulous and frustrated as to why the remaining seasons aren't yet out on DVD.

Virtually every single show is out on DVD (and some of these shows aren't as brilliant as The Practice), save for this! It's rumored that the music rights is attributable to the protracted delay but nevertheless it shouldn't take THIS L O N G! All of Boston Legal's five seasons (my other favorite show that's secondary to The Practice) are available on DVD even though it is The Practice's successor, therefore the bone of contention cannot be the music rights.

Whatever it may be, I along with a legion of die-hard fans are incredibly TIRED of waiting!! I need my court-room drama fix that only The Practice can satiate (well, that and to stare into Dylan McDermott's baby blues). PLEASE release the remaining seasons of this exceptionally magnificent and addictive show and don't make us wait till 2010 for the long-awaited volume 2 and another ten years for the rest of the seasons! The wait has been long enough.


I can't believe it's been a year and a half since I've written my review and STILL the remaining seasons are a no-show! Wth! Fox would witness a significant boost in sales if they just released it! Fox is the worst studio ever! They're notorious for cancelling good shows so why should THIS come as any surprise.
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