Boston Legal - Season One
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While senior partner Paul Lewiston (Rene Auberjonois), senior associate and ex-Marine Brad Chase (Mark Valley), and junior associate Lori Colson (Monica Potter) struggle to maintain the firm's lofty reputation, the appearance of founding partner Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen) elevates Boston Legal to an even higher plane of serio-comic perfection. A former flame of Denny Crane's, Schmidt arrives in episode 11 (appropriately titled "Schmidt Happens") as common-sense negotiator with a rapier wit and a clanking pair of big brass cojones, fully capable of holding her own against the Crane/Shore juggernaut. And while "An Eye for an Eye" (episode 5) is a sublime example of Boston Legal's deft combination of lunacy and courtroom complexity, it's the deeper implications of episodes like "Tortured Souls" (15) and season finale "Death Be Not Proud" (tackling a dubious death sentence in Texas) that cast these rich and wonderful characters into sharper relief, baring their souls and the courage of their convictions.
With surprising departures (Lake Bell, in episode 13), new arrivals (Kerry Washington, as new associate Chelina Hall, in episode 15) and stellar guest stars including Larry Miller (as the eccentrically unstable founding partner Edwin Poole), Philip Baker Hall, Frances Fisher, Carl Reiner, Freddie Prinze Jr., Shelley Long, and late-season regular Betty White, Boston Legal gained a large and loyal following with exceptional writing, timely social relevance, and that rare quality of chemistry that guarantees long-term appeal. Nowhere is this more apparent than the now-famous Spader/Shatner "balcony scenes" that quickly became an episode-closing tradition, with staunch Republican Denny Crane and passionate Democrat Alan Shore reflecting upon their careers, current issues, and their own devoted friendship over brandy and cigars. With these two actors together, virtually every episode ends on a high note of pensive introspection, and Boston Legal becomes even greater than the sum of its parts. DVD extras are minimal (two featurettes with cast and producers, plus deleted scenes from episode 1) but enjoyably worthwhile. --Jeff Shannon
- "Court Is Now In Session: How Boston Legal Came To Be" featurette
- "An Unlikely Pair: Alan Shore and Denny Crane" featurette
- Deleted scenes from pilot episode with introduction
Top Customer Reviews
There's a competition going on between the big media companies to attract that group of people who used to enjoy the West Wing and the Sopranos. Boston Legal catches us with bringing political debate down to the individual level at which it plays. It brings a new type of drama especially in the relationship between Crane and Shore. The talent of its actor pool is of such quality that the script can rely on their non verbal skills to make the critical points. Despite their extravagance and eccentricity these are solid and very convincing human characters, they shine through their flaws so much more than through traditional polish perfection.
Boston Legal has set a whole new standard in television excellence. Whatever comes next has to exceed Boston Legal, has to take all this forward. We live in this absurd, dangerous and crazy world in which our fate in progress has been undermined, but not when it comes to literature, drama and art. If there's anyone left alive a thousand years from now they will sit down for a showing of Boston Legal and enjoy it as the Cicero and Vergil of our times.
Think I'm too "laud"? You might not have watched this show.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The show itself was great - its Amazon's lack of STREAMING Seasons 1-4 that i hate.Published 2 months ago by Curtis Smith
Great season, I will be getting the second season. The set came packaged well, and undamaged, in the time promised. I am very satisfied.Published 3 months ago by Sandy F.
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