* CrazyAwesome: Denny Crane in a nutshell. Come on, you know you like him.
* CrossesTheLineTwice: More than once. A shining example has to be Brad [[spoiler:accidentally cutting off the hand of a priest with a fire axe -- while impersonating an FBI agent -- and then the priest's cat making off with one of the man's severed fingers, whilst a crowd of nuns scream in shock and horror.]]
** [[spoiler:and when they find the missing finger, they use it to blackmail the priest before giving it back.]]
* CrowningMusicOfAwesome: The ''epic'' live performance of "War (What Is It Good For?)", remixed with "Over There", used as anti-war and pro-war testimony, respectively.
-->'''Malcolm''': And this is why I went to law school.
* HilariousInHindsight: The pilot deals with a woman who sues casting directors after her African-American daughter was passed over for the title role in ''{{Theatre/Annie}}'', a part traditionally played by a white actress, culminating in an iconic moment in which the Reverend Al Sharpton bursts into the courtroom and demands "Give the world a black Little Orphan Annie!". Ten years later, and ''Annie'' is being remade starring Quvenzhané Wallis, a black actress.
* HoYay: Lampshaded, subverted, inverted, etc... all by the same two characters. [[spoiler: Up until they got married...]]
** Alan and Denny have declared each other to be "partners" and "soulmates." When Denny asks why their significant others haven't come to get them out of jail (contempt of court), Alan reminds him, "Denny, we ''are'' our significant others." Nobody mentions the Ho Yay because it would be tantamount to pointing at water and saying, "That's wet."
*** They're ''[[InsistentTerminology flamingos]]''.
* MostWonderfulSound:
** James Spader's soft, low monotones, employed in an elegant summary for the defense, is really like warm chocolate for the aural cavities.
** "Dennnnnnnny...Dennnnnnnnnnny. Craaaannnnnnne."
** Tara's voice. Holy hell, Rhona Mitra.
** Katie's purrfect BritishAccent.
* RetroactiveRecognition: Julie Bowen, following the success she's had as one of the stars in ''ModernFamily''.
* TheScrappy: [[DisabilityAsAnExcuseForJerkassery Jerry Espenson]], to IRL people with Asperger's Syndrome.
** Judge Robert "Poopycock" Sanders. A large chunk of viewers, ''especially'' those with legal careers, found the concept of an irritable, likely senile judge who is not conscious of 90% of what goes on in his courtroom or capable of understanding metaphor to be ''horrifying'' rather than funny. Judge Sanders was clearly not fit to be a judge, and often handed down rulings without even understanding the case or even listening to the eloquently written closings, instead relying on one-sentence summaries usually given when he interjects that he doesn't understand the "jibber-jabber" or "poopycock" that is being spoken to him in plain English.
* {{Squick}}: ''The Ass Fat Jungle'' is about a plastic surgeon who injects his own ass fat in to women's lips.
* TearJerker: While normally a zany, wacky, funny show, when ''BostonLegal'' decides to make you cry, you are damn well going to cry.
* TheWoobie:
** Poor, poor [[OnlySaneMan Carl Sack]]...
** Jerry Espenson, which is somewhat amazing since his second appearance ended up with him holding a knife to Shirley's throat after he didn't make partner. The only reason he didn't make partner in the first place was because he had Asperger's and the Senior Partners weren't going to accept him because he was different, even though he did excellent work and was more deserving than Brad, who made partner.
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