• Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 8, 1997
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jul 24, 2013
    100
    The question, of course, is whether the show can sustain its heat and, more importantly, its unique character and remarkable quality in its sophomore season. Tonight's season premiere suggests the answer is yes. [14 Sep 1998]
  2. Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jul 24, 2013
    80
    Pungent, sophisticated comedy. [14 Sep 1998]
  3. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 24, 2013
    80
    The bottom line is that "Ally McBeal" features wonderfully provocative scripts that are as clever as they are wise; supporting actors who are the definitive opposite of stock; and a carefully struck tone that balances the fantastic, the romantic, the sardonic, and the sincere. It is a uniquely imagined TV series that, with producer/writer David E. Kelley as the engine behind it, goes further than ever seemed possible. [14 Sep 1998]
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 12, 2013
    42
    In its present, second season, McBeal has turned into the sort of squirmy embarrassment its detractors said it was all along and those of us who found it an amusing divertissement always hoped it would never become.

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