History Series / BostonLegal

10th Jun '16 2:59:53 PM StFan
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!!This show !!''Boston Legal'' provides examples of:of:


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* DownHereShot: Recurring character Attorney Bethany Horowitz is a dwarf (played by actress Meredith Eaton, who is 4 feet tall), and there are a few scenes where Denny Crane ([[DirtyOldMan who lusts after her]]) is talking about her, and then the camera pans down and he discovers she's standing right next to him -- and not pleased.
1st Dec '15 4:10:24 PM dreamofwritting
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* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[TwoWords Denny. Crane.]]

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* ObfuscatingStupidity: [[TwoWords Denny. Crane.]]Denny Crane, so much.
7th Nov '15 12:37:03 PM randomtroper89
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* BrotherChuck: Many characters. The only characters that aren't this or put on a bus are Alan Shore, Denny Crane, Shirley Schmidt, Carl Sack, Jerry Espensen, and Katie Lloyd.


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* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Many characters. The only characters that aren't this or put on a bus are Alan Shore, Denny Crane, Shirley Schmidt, Carl Sack, Jerry Espensen, and Katie Lloyd.
18th Oct '15 5:00:21 PM nombretomado
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Created by DavidEKelley. Technically a SpinOff from ''ThePractice'', with which it shares Alan Shore, Denny Crane, a few female supporting roles who were victims of ChuckCunninghamSyndrome or otherwise PutOnABus, and virtually nothing else. It ran for a total of 101 episodes in five seasons.

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Created by DavidEKelley. Technically a SpinOff from ''ThePractice'', ''Series/ThePractice'', with which it shares Alan Shore, Denny Crane, a few female supporting roles who were victims of ChuckCunninghamSyndrome or otherwise PutOnABus, and virtually nothing else. It ran for a total of 101 episodes in five seasons.



* BackdoorPilot: The final season of ''ThePractice''.

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* BackdoorPilot: The final season of ''ThePractice''.''Series/ThePractice''.



* FromTheAshes: Technically it sort of picks up where ''ThePractice'' leaves off.

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* FromTheAshes: Technically it sort of picks up where ''ThePractice'' ''Series/ThePractice'' leaves off.



* LighterAndSofter: Than its parent show, ''ThePractice''. ''Much'' lighter.

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* LighterAndSofter: Than its parent show, ''ThePractice''.''Series/ThePractice''. ''Much'' lighter.



* SpinOff: Of ''ThePractice'', although you'd be forgiven for not noticing.

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* SpinOff: Of ''ThePractice'', ''Series/ThePractice'', although you'd be forgiven for not noticing.



* YouLookFamiliar: John Larroquette, who plays Carl Sack, earlier played MagnificentBastard Joey Heric on ''ThePractice'', from which this show spun off.

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* YouLookFamiliar: John Larroquette, who plays Carl Sack, earlier played MagnificentBastard Joey Heric on ''ThePractice'', ''Series/ThePractice'', from which this show spun off.
29th May '15 8:57:01 PM EmpyrreanArk
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* BadassBoast: Alan Shore delivers quite a few of these throughout the series.
-->'''Lawyer:''' The law is on our side, Mister Shore. Tragedies happen every day.
-->'''Alan:''' Yes, and you're about to experience one firsthand. See you in court.

-->'''Chairman:''' Mister Shore, our school has been sued several times. Never successfully.
-->'''Alan:''' You know what they say, Lester. ''You never forget your first time.''
21st May '15 6:07:50 AM Scorpion451
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* ActivistFundamentalistAntics: One episode had two religious groups suing each other for blasphemy-related charges.

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* ActivistFundamentalistAntics: One episode had two religious groups suing each other ''each other'' for blasphemy-related charges.



* {{Bathos}}: The Series. For just one example, Denny Crane presenting an articulate, rational, and reasonable argument against gun control... while dressed as a revolutionary war soldier with Yankee Doodle playing in the background.



* SplitPersonality: As with so many subjects, Boston Legal managed to both lampoon the situation while also addressing the serious side. Clarice and Clarence were often treated as this in jest at first- on several occasions Denny Crane appeared to be confused about why the lovely legal assistant kept having her brother substitute for her, for instance. It was gradually revealed, however, that Clarice was an oddly accurate portrayal of a mild form of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dissociation_%28psychology%29 dissociative disorder]] in which a person creates an alternate personality facade to cope with anxiety or trauma. Clarence was too scared to stand up for himself or speak in public, but Clarice the SassyBlackWoman had no such issues. The two gradually came to a SplitPersonalityMerge as Clarence came to embrace his inner sassy black lady without having to ''be'' a sassy black lady.



* TakeThat: Texas, Utah, Fox News, the New York Yankees, Scientology, the list goes on...

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* TakeThat: Texas, Utah, Fox News, the New York Yankees, Scientology, liberals, conservatives, the polically neutral, the list goes on...



* WholesomeCrossdresser: Clarence/Clarice

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* WholesomeCrossdresser: Clarence/ClariceClarence/Clarice



* WillTheyOrWontThey: Alan/Shirley, and Jerry/Katie: [[spoiler:it looked, for a while, like Jerry and Katie wouldn't, but according to this page, they do.]]
** Alan and Shirley on the other hand, [[spoiler:don't]].

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* WillTheyOrWontThey: Alan/Shirley, and Jerry/Katie: [[spoiler:it looked, for a while, like Jerry and Katie wouldn't, but according to this page, they do.]]
**
]]. Alan and Shirley on the other hand, [[spoiler:don't]].
19th Apr '15 11:46:30 AM Rodrigokun
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* BunnyEarsLawyer: The TropeNamer is Alan Share, but almost the entire cast qualify, save one of the interns that showed up for a few months who didn't have any quirks. [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo]] was The OnlySaneMan. And Brad is TheComicallySerious.

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* BunnyEarsLawyer: The TropeNamer is Alan Share, Shore, but almost the entire cast qualify, save one of the interns that showed up for a few months who didn't have any quirks. [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo]] was The OnlySaneMan. And Brad is TheComicallySerious.
6th Feb '15 12:56:39 PM jmparker78
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* BreakingTheFourthWall: Repeatedly done, mainly with Denny and Alan, who like to "pretend" their life is a TV series. The examples are numerous; Denny toasting to next season and Alan hoping it's on the same night, a character telling Alan not to fall for a woman because "she's only a guest star", Alan having a conversation with Chelina (played by Creator/KerryWashington) about the last time they saw each other being after "you were moved to Tuesdays", "you left to do movies" and "here we are, with old footage", Denny telling two new arrivals that "if they were new regulars they would have gotten here for the season premiere", welcoming them to "Boston Legal" and saying "Cue the music", and Carl openly saying "The only show on television with an average cast over 50 is Bo...No, I can't say it. [[LampShading That would break the, ehrm, wall."]]
19th Dec '14 11:12:01 AM johnnyfog
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''Boston Legal'' is a legal {{dramedy}} series than ran on Creator/{{ABC}} from 2004 to 2008. It was to the BunnyEarsLawyer trope what ''Series/{{House}}'' is to DrJerk. The series starts as a senior partner at the firm goes completely insane and has to be hauled off to a mental hospital, and the rest of the employees aren't much more stable. They include a renowned trial lawyer in the early stages of Alzheimer's (affectionately referred to as Mad Cow Disease by him and the rest of the firm), several lawyers suffering from everything from extreme shyness to UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome, and the lead, who is merely lecherous and corrupt (although he, too, suffers from occasional [[WordSalad mental issues]]). Together they take on cases that are almost as odd as they are.

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''Boston Legal'' is a legal {{dramedy}} series than ran on Creator/{{ABC}} from 2004 to 2008. It was to the BunnyEarsLawyer trope what ''Series/{{House}}'' is to DrJerk. The series starts as a senior partner at the firm goes completely insane and has to be hauled off to a mental hospital, sanitarium -- and the rest of the employees staff aren't much more stable.models of mental wellness, either. They include a renowned trial lawyer in the early stages of Alzheimer's (affectionately referred to as Mad Cow Disease by him and the rest of the firm), several lawyers suffering from everything from extreme shyness to UsefulNotes/AspergerSyndrome, and the lead, who is merely lecherous and corrupt (although he, too, suffers from occasional [[WordSalad mental issues]]). Together they take on cases that are almost as odd as they are.
6th Oct '14 9:49:43 AM IamTheCaligula
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--->'''Denny Crane:''' Denny Crane!
--->'''Shirley:''' [[CrowningMomentOfFunny That's not a defense]]!

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--->'''Denny -->'''Denny Crane:''' Denny Crane!
--->'''Shirley:'''
Crane!\\
'''Shirley:'''
[[CrowningMomentOfFunny That's not a defense]]!
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