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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 15, 1986
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
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  • Starring: Alan Rosenberg, Lisa Zane, Alan Rachins
  • Summary: On this critically acclaimed drama about a top Los Angeles law firm, some of the best battles take place outside of the courtroom. In the bedroom, in the courtroom, or at McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney & Kuzak's staff meetings, the firm's ambitious, competitive attorneys confront conflict between their own desires, their obligations as attorneys, and their principles as human beings. EMMY AWARDS "L.A. Law" won the following 15 Emmy Awards during its run: 1987 Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Art Direction for a Series - "Pilot" - Jeffrey L. Goldstein, Production Designer; Richard D. Kent, Set Decorator Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series - "Pilot" - Gregory Hoblit Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series - "Pilot" - Alfre Woodard Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series - "The Venus Butterfly" - Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher 1988 Outstanding Editing for a Series (single camera production) - "Full Marital Jacket" - Elodie Keene Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Larry Drake 1989 Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Larry Drake 1990 Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Jimmy Smits Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series - "Blood, Sweat and Fears" - David E. Kelley 1991 Outstanding Drama Series Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series - "On The Toad Again" - David E. Kelley 1992 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Richard Dysart NIELSEN RATINGS The show was a ratings leader throughout its run: #21 in the 1986- 1987 Season #13 in the 1987- 1988 Season #13 in the 1988- 1989 Season #16 in the 1989- 1990 Season #23 in the 1990- 1991 Season #28 in the 1991- 1992 Season "L.A. Law" ON CABLE "L.A. Law" reruns air on A&E occasionally. Expand
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Sonsky
    Apr 29, 2013
    100
    This is L.A. Law, which not only is the best offering of the new television season, but the best pilot for a new show since Hill Street Blues' debut six TV seasons ago. It will, as they say, make you laugh; it will make you cry. It brandishes a superior cast and a wit and style that elevate it immediately into the rarefied Hill Street/St. Elsewhere atmospheres -- shows whose structure of interwoven story lines that dangle from episode to episode it shares. [14 Sept 1986, p.K1]
  2. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Apr 29, 2013
    100
    It's high-pitched, unforgettable, knockout, electrifying TV...There should be a law requiring more series like NBC's new L.A. Law. [15 Sept 1986, p.C1]
  3. 100
    Looks like the best new TV series of the fall season, filled with fascinating people, ingenious turns of plot, strong, offbeat drama, an unmistakable air of realism and some delicious bits of black comedy. [15 Sept 1986, p.C-1]
  4. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Apr 29, 2013
    100
    So rousingly well done that it seems to come from a different solar system than most contemporary episodic television shows, and yet too many rapturous panegyrics could spoil some of the fun. The two-hour pilot for the series...is so terribly and industriously entertaining that you hate to see the program lumped in with things that are supposedly "good for you." This isn't a John Chancellor commentary. This is living, breathing matter -- clever, thoughtful, ribald and hard-boiled. [15 Sept 1986, p.B1]
  5. Reviewed by: Clifford Terry
    Apr 29, 2013
    90
    A sharp, intelligent, splendidly entertaining venture that deftly draws upon a world of callousness and commitment, long hours and short fuses. [15 Sept 1986, p.5]
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Zoglin
    Jul 2, 2013
    60
    The cast is appealing -- particularly Hamlin, Eikenberry and Richard Dysart as the firm's fatherly senior partner -- and Bochco has become TV's most expert juggler of plots and characters. Yet the first episode of L.A. Law is considerably less daring than advertised.
  7. Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Apr 29, 2013
    50
    After watching the rest of what is a very promising pilot, we are left with the unpleasant aftertaste of saccharin. A passing miscalulation, or a harbinger of episodes to come? Bring on the series. [15 Sept 1986, p.C14]