David E. Kelley

Biography: While other artists earn law degrees in case they need a stable career to fall back on, this Boston-based attorney traded the bar for showbiz after penning his first screenplay---the courtroom comedy From the Hip, which was made into a movie in 1987. A year earlier, the then-unsold script inspired TV producer Steven Bochco to hire Kelley as a scribe on his new show, L.A. Law. After quickly being promoted to head writer, then executive producer, Kelley began creating his own hit series, including teen-doctor dramedy Doogie Howser, M.D.; eccentric small-town crime series Picket Fences; medical saga Chicago Hope; quirky legal comedy Ally McBeal; gritty legal drama The Practice; and its spin-off, Boston Legal. A workhorse able to craft unforgettable characters and infuse serious stories with offbeat humor, Kelley oversaw several shows simultaneously in the '90s. Kelley received a slew of honors for his small-screen projects, including a number of Emmys and TV GUIDE's BrandonWhile other artists earn law degrees in case they need a stable career to fall back on, this Boston-based attorney traded the bar for showbiz after penning his first screenplay---the courtroom comedy From the Hip, which was made into a movie in 1987. A year earlier, the then-unsold script inspired TV producer Steven Bochco to hire Kelley as a scribe on his new show, L.A. Law. After quickly being promoted to head writer, then executive producer, Kelley began creating his own hit series, including teen-doctor dramedy Doogie Howser, M.D.; eccentric small-town crime series Picket Fences; medical saga Chicago Hope; quirky legal comedy Ally McBeal; gritty legal drama The Practice; and its spin-off, Boston Legal. A workhorse able to craft unforgettable characters and infuse serious stories with offbeat humor, Kelley oversaw several shows simultaneously in the '90s. Kelley received a slew of honors for his small-screen projects, including a number of Emmys and TV GUIDE's Brandon Tartikoff Award in 2001. Expand

David E. Kelley's Scores

Average career score: 68
Highest Metascore: 83 L.A. Law: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 35 The Wedding Bells: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
17 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd Goliath: Season 3 Oct 4, 2019 Writer / Executive Producer 4.5
tbd Mr. Mercedes: Season 3 Sep 10, 2019 Writer 7.2
82 Big Little Lies: Season 2 Jun 9, 2019 Writer / Executive Producer 8.2
76 Mr. Mercedes: Season 2 Aug 22, 2018 Writer / Executive Producer 6.5
tbd Goliath: Season 2 Jun 15, 2018 Writer / Executive Producer 4.4
71 Mr. Mercedes: Season 1 Aug 9, 2017 Writer / Executive Producer 7.5
75 Big Little Lies: Season 1 Feb 19, 2017 Writer / Executive Producer 8.3
65 Goliath: Season 1 Oct 13, 2016 Writer / Executive Producer 7.6
58 The Crazy Ones: Season 1 Sep 26, 2013 Writer / Creator / Executive Producer 6.6
55 Monday Mornings: Season 1 Feb 4, 2013 Writer / Creator / Executive Producer 7.7
tbd Harry's Law: Season 2 Sep 21, 2011 Writer / Creator / Executive Producer 6.5
48 Harry's Law: Season 1 Jan 17, 2011 Writer / Creator / Executive Producer 7.2
73 Life On Mars: Season 1 Oct 9, 2008 Self / Self / Executive Producer 8.4
tbd Boston Legal: Season 5 Sep 22, 2008 Writer / Executive Producer 8.1
tbd Boston Legal: Season 4 Sep 25, 2007 Writer / Executive Producer 8.1
35 The Wedding Bells: Season 1 Mar 7, 2007 Writer / Creator / Executive Producer 7.6
tbd Boston Legal: Season 3 Sep 19, 2006 Writer / Executive Producer 7.9
tbd Boston Legal: Season 2 Sep 27, 2005 Writer / Creator / Executive Producer 8.2
tbd The Law Firm: Season 1 Jul 28, 2005 Executive Producer tbd
69 Boston Legal: Season 1 Oct 3, 2004 Writer / Creator / Executive Producer 8.3
tbd The Practice: Season 8 Sep 28, 2003 Writer 9.5
tbd Boston Public: Season 4 Sep 19, 2003 Writer / Executive Producer tbd
tbd Boston Public: Season 3 Oct 21, 2002 Writer / Executive Producer tbd
tbd The Practice: Season 7 Sep 29, 2002 Writer tbd
tbd Boston Public: Season 2 Oct 29, 2001 Writer / Executive Producer tbd
tbd Ally McBeal: Season 5 Oct 29, 2001 Writer tbd
tbd The Practice: Season 6 Sep 23, 2001 Writer tbd
tbd Boston Public: Season 1 Oct 23, 2000 Writer / Executive Producer tbd
tbd Ally McBeal: Season 4 Oct 23, 2000 Writer 7.6
tbd The Practice: Season 5 Oct 8, 2000 Writer / Executive Producer tbd