ABC | Release Date: October 3, 2004
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Generally favorable reviews based on 22 Critic Reviews
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Boston HeraldSarah RodmanJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: Even if you weren't in the practice of watching ABC's 'The Practice,' you might find its spinoff, 'Boston Legal,' habit-forming. [3 Oct 2004]
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New York PostAdam BuckmanJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: No pair of actors on any other show, new or old, on any network is as pleasurable to behold as these two. [1 Oct 2004]
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San Diego Union-TribuneRobert P. LaurenceJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: As was "Ally," "Legal" is rated "Q" for quirky. Wacky characters abound, clients look askance at the goings-on, usually with good reason. One lawyer appears in coat, tie, shirt, and nothing else. [2 Oct 2004]
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New York Daily NewsDavid BianculliJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: It's all charming, with the crackle of Kelley at his best. [1 Oct 2004]
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Detroit Free PressMike DuffyJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: [James Spader's] raffishly amoral Shore is the most enjoyable thing to happen to courtroom drama in years. [1 Oct 2004]
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NewsdayNoel HolstonJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: Shatner has never been funnier - on purpose or inadvertently. [1 Oct 2004]
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Orlando SentinelHal BoedekerJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: Boston Legal represents a vast improvement over the final season of The Practice. [1 Oct 2004]
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USA TodayRobert BiancoJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: Whatever one thought of Practice last season, Boston Legal is a separate show -- and it should be viewed with a clean slate. Taken on its own purposely outrageous terms, Boston succeeds as a decent legal comedy led by two broadly amusing characters. [1 Oct 2004]
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Washington PostTom ShalesJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: It may be a case of going too far but in such a crazy-daisy way that it can't help but be entertaining. [2 Oct 2004]
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Pittsburgh Post-GazetteRob OwenJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: There is no mistaking "Boston Legal" for anything other than a Kelley office drama. The show and its characters have all the trademark tics that have become his calling card: Quirky cases, outrageous characters, legal arguments as sermons on the mount. Everything is just a little bit heightened, at least when it's not completely over the top; caricatures too often sub for characters. [1 Oct 2004]
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Boston GlobeMatthew GilbertJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: The cases on "Boston Legal" will inevitably become ridiculous; that's the trend in Kelley's shows, as he pushes the envelope beyond reason. But the show's regular cast has great promise. [2 Oct 2004]
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Chicago TribuneMaureen RyanJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: Oddly entertaining. ... If you're a fan of Spader's ability to make creepy characters watchable, if not likable, then this solid hour is worth your time. [2 Oct 2004]
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VarietyBrian LowryJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: "Boston Legal" suffers from the pervasive feeling of been here, seen this. The show's closer to "Ally McBeal" than "The Practice," which provided the Petri dish to nurture and grow it. Kelley's fertile mind still disgorges occasional gems, but for the most part here, he's delivered more rhinestones than diamonds. [1 Oct 2004]
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Chicago Sun-TimesPhil RosenthalJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: It's disappointing because there was genuine promise here. Spader and Shatner each won Emmys for their work on "The Practice" last season. They're great together as soulless soulmates, partners in slime. ... Unfortunately, they take a back seat to over-the-top stories that -- like hearing "Tomorrow" from the musical "Annie" over and over -- begin to grate in short order. [1 Oct 2004]
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Dallas Morning NewsManuel MendozaJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: Its first cases ... play out cheaply as setups for one-liners, only a few of which land squarely. [3 Oct 2004]
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Newark Star-LedgerMatt Zoller SeitzJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: Unfortunately, too much of the show is taken up by the usual Kelley stupidity. [1 Oct 2004]
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Seattle Post-IntelligencerMelanie McFarlandJul 23, 2013
Season 1 Review: The most unfortunate victims of Kelley's sad attempt at recapturing the funky fun of his past and mixing in what gravitas he can scrounge up are two otherwise fine characters, Spader's impishly amoral Alan Shore and Shatner's extroverted nut case Denny Crane. [2 Oct 2004]