The Practice: The Final Season
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David E. Kelleys Emmy Award-winning legal drama returns for an eighth and final season that paves the way for its critically acclaimed spin-off, Boston Legal.
Major upheavals have left Ellenor (Camryn Manheim), Eugene (Steve Harris) and Jimmy (Michael Badalucco) in charge of the firm. In an attempt to rebuild their ranks, Ellenor hires an old friend: the enigmatic and ethically-challenged Alan Shore (James Spader). Shores brilliant-yet-highly-unorthodox methods succeed in winning big cases: but will they also threaten the future of the firm?
A must-own for fans of Boston Legal, The Practice: Season 8 features not only the debut of Alan Shore, but early appearances from Tara Wilson (Rhona Mitra), Catherine Piper (Betty White), Sally Heep (Lake Bell)…and the legendary attorney Denny Crane (William Shatner).
As a series, The Practice earned a Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Series, twenty-eight Primetime Emmy nominations and the Peabody Award, setting the bar high for Boston Legal, in which Spader and Shatners continued portrayals of Alan Shore and Denny Crane would lead to two more Emmy wins for Spader (2005, 2007) and an Emmy and Golden Globe (2005) win for Shatner.
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SURPRISE!!! The introduction of Alan Shore (and later, the attorneys at Crane, Poole and Schmidt) gave new life to this aging series. Never missed an episode during this entire season.
And if you are a fan of BOSTON LEGAL, this season of THE PRACTICE is a 'must'!! Sets all the groundwork for Shore's character and introduces many characters that followed over to BOSTON LEGAL.
I've been disappointed that only the first season had made it to video. The second season (parts of it) are on Hulu, so that got me re-energized and I decided I might try out Boston Legal. But first I found that the final season of The Practice was available, so I thought I'd see how it went.
It starts off okay, but right away, James Spader's character seems very out of place, especially in a firm with Eugene Young. But somehow, he remains, even though he never really went through a hiring process. His character adds a new twist and his sarcasm and wit did pull some good laughs out of me. But as the season wears on, the character of the show starts to turn. You can feel the metamorphosis away from the seriousness and heart of The Practice to the slapstick and silly of Ally McBeal.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I did like Ally McBeal, but as a completely different show with a completely different mood. In fact, when David E. Kelley tried to bring those shows together to boost the ratings of The Practice, it felt awkward. That is how this feels and the season begins to reach it's climax. The final "blow" coming between Camryn Manheim and Rebecca De Mornay. I wondered if I was watching the same character I had watched for years. And by the last 4-5 episodes, I guess it pretty much had become Boston Legal with a few toss backs to The Practice.
I'm glad I saw this season, but it actually has turned me off of wanting to start watching Boston Legal. However, it has not made me less of a fan of The Practice and I'm really hoping Shout TV (the company that produced this video) will honor us with the Emmy winning seasons 2-7 of The Practice on DVD. I'll be first in line to buy it!
This is a must own for any Boston Legal/Alan Shore/Denny Crane fan. You really get to see the genesis of these great characters and how much different they are before they got their own show.
Also some terrific acting in particular in the final season from Camryn Manheim and Steve Harris - really wish they would be given more work nowadays.
I had to go to YouTube to watch that one. And there's something missing at the end of the season one, which in its "next week" flash has interactions between Alan Shore and his Death Case lawyer partner which is completely missing from Season 2. So - I don't expect to pay in the $125 range for this sort of mess.
But ---- I've still got heaps of joy from enjoying season after season of Alan and Denny all over again.