* ActorSharedBackground: Denny Crane's larger-than-life persona, and his anxieties about being washed-up. One could argue that Shatner fits that bill and in many ways Denny is a reflection of himself. Especially Denny doing Priceline commercials. David E Kelley mentioned wanting William Shatner for the role precisely because he would fit perfectly and was willing to poke fun at himself.
* 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.
* 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.
* {{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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