History YMMV / ThePractice

24th Apr '16 6:18:11 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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24th Apr '16 6:17:54 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* NightmareFuel: Before [[HeyItsThatGuy Michael Emerson]] played [[Series/{{Lost}} Ben Linus]], he played a serial killer on this show. In fact, The Practice probably has a lot more to do with the fact that he's typecast as a villain than anything else he's ever done.

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* NightmareFuel: Before [[HeyItsThatGuy Michael Emerson]] Emerson played [[Series/{{Lost}} Ben Linus]], he played a serial killer on this show. In fact, The Practice probably has a lot more to do with the fact that he's typecast as a villain than anything else he's ever done.
16th Jan '16 11:43:55 AM ACW
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*CompleteMonster: Gordon from season 2's "Hide And Seek" [[WouldHurtAChild rapes and murders two boys aged four and five respectively]], before [[ILoveTheDead having sex with their corpses]]. While running from the police, he takes a woman hostage. After his arrest, he agrees to help the cops find the bodies solely so that he can be given a chance at parole in the future, and takes joy in seeing the mother of the boys break down in tears upon seeing their bodies. He later [[ItsAllAboutMe reacts with rage after being denied a possibility of parole]].
7th Nov '15 11:39:56 PM crazyrabbits
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* DeaderThanDisco: The legal drama equivalent of ''NYPDBlue''. At its height it was a smartly written, well-acted show with tons of Emmy nominations and wins. Now, it's barely remembered as a footnote in James Spader's career (as well as being difficult to find on home media). It doesn't help that the final season was essentially a set-up for ''Series/BostonLegal'' (which ran for longer and was a bit more irreverent and fun).

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* DeaderThanDisco: The legal drama equivalent of ''NYPDBlue''. At its height it was a smartly written, well-acted show with tons of Emmy nominations and wins. Now, it's barely remembered as a footnote in James Spader's career (as well as being difficult to find on home media). It doesn't help that the final season was essentially a set-up for ''Series/BostonLegal'' (which ran for longer and was a bit more irreverent and fun).
7th Nov '15 11:21:42 PM crazyrabbits
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Not at first, but as the moral integrity of the firm and all the characters degraded, it became clear that you wanted the audience wanted them to lose all their cases.

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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Not at first, but as the moral integrity of the firm and all the characters degraded, it became clear that you wanted the audience wanted them to lose all their cases.
7th Nov '15 11:21:07 PM crazyrabbits
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* BaseBreaker: The {{Retool}} in the final season caused this. While most seem to agree that it stemmed the declining plots that had marked the later seasons, there's still a lot of debate as to whether Alan Shore and the additional law firm was needed. Some enjoyed the fact that there were finally characters who embraced their roles as [[AmoralAttorney amoral attornies]] and were fun to watch, while others thought Alan was a SmugSnake and didn't like the fact that the main cast were basically sidelined for the majority of it, in favor of Alan and Denny's antics.

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* BaseBreaker: The {{Retool}} in the final season caused this. While most seem to agree that it stemmed the declining plots that had marked the later seasons, there's still a lot of debate as to whether Alan Shore and the additional law firm was needed. Some enjoyed the fact that there were finally characters who embraced their roles as [[AmoralAttorney amoral attornies]] attorneys]] and were fun to watch, while others thought Alan was a SmugSnake and didn't like the fact that the main cast were basically sidelined for the majority of it, in favor of Alan and Denny's antics.
7th Nov '15 11:20:40 PM crazyrabbits
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* BaseBreaker: Some fans loved Alan Shore and his amoral antics, others thought he was a slimy SmugSnake and wanted him to go away
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Not at first, but as the moral integrity of the firm and all the characters degraded, it became clear that you wanted them to lose all their cases.
* DeaderThanDisco: The legal drama equivalent of ''NYPDBlue''. At its height it was a smartly written, well-acted show with tons of Emmy nominations and wins; now it's barely remembered as a footnote in James Spader's career.
** Much like NYPD Blue, this may be due to the show's lack of coverage on Home Media more than anything else.
* EnsembleDarkhorse: Ellenor, in part for being a well-written overweight, female character on primetime television (something quite rare, unfortunately). The role earned actress Camryn Manheim both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
** Alan Shore. James Spader was a shot in the arm for the series and the role earned him an Emmy, as well as a starring role in a very successful spin-off.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Bobby
** TheLancer: Eugene
** TheSmartGuy: Lindsey
** TheBigGuy: Ellenor
** TheHeart: Jimmy
** TheChick: Rebecca
** TheSixthRanger: Lucy
** EleventhHourRanger: Jamie

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* BaseBreaker: Some fans loved The {{Retool}} in the final season caused this. While most seem to agree that it stemmed the declining plots that had marked the later seasons, there's still a lot of debate as to whether Alan Shore and his the additional law firm was needed. Some enjoyed the fact that there were finally characters who embraced their roles as [[AmoralAttorney amoral antics, attornies]] and were fun to watch, while others thought he Alan was a slimy SmugSnake and wanted him to go away
didn't like the fact that the main cast were basically sidelined for the majority of it, in favor of Alan and Denny's antics.
* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Not at first, but as the moral integrity of the firm and all the characters degraded, it became clear that you wanted the audience wanted them to lose all their cases.
* DeaderThanDisco: The legal drama equivalent of ''NYPDBlue''. At its height it was a smartly written, well-acted show with tons of Emmy nominations and wins; now wins. Now, it's barely remembered as a footnote in James Spader's career.
** Much like NYPD Blue, this may be due
career (as well as being difficult to find on home media). It doesn't help that the show's lack of coverage on Home Media final season was essentially a set-up for ''Series/BostonLegal'' (which ran for longer and was a bit more than anything else.
irreverent and fun).
* EnsembleDarkhorse: EnsembleDarkhorse:
**
Ellenor, in part for being a well-written overweight, female character on primetime television (something quite rare, unfortunately). The role earned actress Camryn Manheim both an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
** Alan Shore. James Spader was a shot in the arm for the series and the role earned him an Emmy, as well as a starring role in a [[Series/BostonLegal very successful spin-off.
* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Bobby
** TheLancer: Eugene
** TheSmartGuy: Lindsey
** TheBigGuy: Ellenor
** TheHeart: Jimmy
** TheChick: Rebecca
** TheSixthRanger: Lucy
** EleventhHourRanger: Jamie
spin-off]].



* NightmareFuel: Before [[HeyItsThatGuy Michael Emerson]] played [[Series/{{Lost}} Ben Linus]], played a serial killer on this show. In fact, The Practice probably has a lot more to do with the fact that he's typecast as a villain than anything else he's ever done.
* SeasonalRot
* TomHanksSyndrome: To comedienne Camryn Manheim.

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* NightmareFuel: Before [[HeyItsThatGuy Michael Emerson]] played [[Series/{{Lost}} Ben Linus]], he played a serial killer on this show. In fact, The Practice probably has a lot more to do with the fact that he's typecast as a villain than anything else he's ever done.
* SeasonalRot
SeasonalRot: It's commonly agreed that the later seasons are this, as the moral righteousness of the main cast slowly deteriorated and DarknessInducedAudienceApathy fully kicked in.
* TomHanksSyndrome: To comedienne Camryn Manheim.Manheim.
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7th Jul '15 7:35:02 PM nombretomado
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* NightmareFuel: Before [[HeyItsThatGuy Michael Emerson]] played [[{{Lost}} Ben Linus]], played a serial killer on this show. In fact, The Practice probably has a lot more to do with the fact that he's typecast as a villain than anything else he's ever done.

to:

* NightmareFuel: Before [[HeyItsThatGuy Michael Emerson]] played [[{{Lost}} [[Series/{{Lost}} Ben Linus]], played a serial killer on this show. In fact, The Practice probably has a lot more to do with the fact that he's typecast as a villain than anything else he's ever done.
10th Feb '15 11:18:05 PM Polokun
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* DarknessInducedAudienceApathy: Not at first, but as the moral integrity of the firm and all the characters degraded, it became clear that you wanted them to lose all their cases.
10th Feb '15 11:08:39 PM Polokun
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* JerkassWoobie: Alan looks just so HURT as Ellenor testifies against him in "The Case Against Alan Shore". Even though we're supposed to take from it that she's right, and he knows she's right...still, the truth hurts.



* TearJerker: The. Look. On Alan's face. As Ellenor is on the stand testifying against him, and says he'll destroy himself one day, she can't have that at her firm, etc. Try not to cry as you watch it, and ZOMG James Spader is such an awesome actor, even when he has no lines at at all.
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