Work Com-slash-Dramedy created by David E. Kelley about a neurotic lawyer and the wacky people she works with. The series lasted from September, 1997 to May, 2002. A total of 112 episodes (all but one of which was written or co-written by Kelley) in five seasons. Ally herself was played by Calista Flockhart.The series went for 'nutty' in a very big way, with preposterous lawsuits (man is fired for having bad comb over and sues, dying boy sues God, etc), dream and fantasy sequences all over the place, spontaneous dance numbers and the like. Probably best known in its early years for the CGI baby dancing to the "ooga-chaka" chorus from Blue Swede's "Hooked On A Feeling", and in its later seasons for a surfeit of "daring" "lesbian" kisses among various women in the cast. Achieved a kind of brilliance in the legal arguments made by the character John Cage. Achieved retch-inducing horror in its mundane romantic complications.The show was the second-most popular program on Fox when it was around, and was such a huge part of pop culture that Time ran a cover story on it, accusing it of killing feminism. However, after its cancellation it vanished off the public radar, and now it's most known for being the subject of a Futurama episode.
This show provides examples of:
Angry Dance: Lampshaded when John gets furious at Nelle for being a snobby Rich Bitch. He dances frantically in his office and Richard comes in. He points out to John that it's his Angry Dance. John replies that HE'S ANGRY!
Ascended Meme: The dancing baby is one of the earliest internet memes.
Bilingual Bonus: Ling's argument in a Chinese restaurant, although it's still funnier when you have no idea what's being said.
Birthday Hater: Ally was unable to appreciate her friends' plans for her birthday parties and couldn't even civilly accept their birthday wishes. She hated getting older without a husband in sight, feeling like a bit of a Christmas Cake. However, her friends could have been handling the issue differently. Why inflict parties on her when she hates them?
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: A whole office full of them, and they are literally lawyers. All are very weird, but their firm hardly ever loses the case. Elaine is a Bunny-Ears secretary.
Elaine has the potential to be a subversion here, however, considering that she's one of the most efficient and capable secretaries in TV history; in fact, Word of God states that she has so much free time on her hands (which she often uses to invent things) because she's supremely good at what she does.
Cannot Tell a Joke: Ally is mortified when she tells the patrons at her favorite bar a risque joke and they react with disgust.
Cat Fight: Renee and Elaine in episode "Turning thirty". On a stage during a party, complete with meowing sounds at the end.
Imagine Spot: Ally has them on regular basis. It becomes a problem when she cannot distinguish them from reality. For example, one episode she kept seeing a famous singer, and she nearly attacked a real one who by chance appeared in their favourite bar.
And she DOES full-on kick a child attorney in the back, because she thought she was hallucinating about her "dancing baby"
Scooby Stack: When Ally is breaking up with Larry, the entire office spy on her and try to learn the latest gossip or see how she's coping. At one point, they all (minus Richard who is in LA) stick their heads in her door and immediately pull them out when Ally notices them.
Sexy Santa Dress: Ally wears it while singing "Santa Baby" in one of the Christmas episodes. Very hot indeed.
Softer And Slower Cover: The show regularly features various famous songs redone by Vonda Shephard in a slower, quieter style. For example, Bing Crosby's "Swing On A Star" was covered with a slower tempo and emphasis on the "Pig" part of the song.
Elaine once took Ally by surprise and starting kissing her in order to pretend Ally is gay and her girlfriend. Ally's date guy was a douche who would not take a hint to leave. He didn't buy it.
Ally tries Elaine's bit on a guy who is a huge nutbag and loser who becomes convinced Ally and him are soul mates. Ally asks Georgia to do it and she obliges. The guy takes the bait and tells Ally there are ways to be cured.
Ally and Ling once become fascinated with each other and try kissing in a very long scene. They agree it was good, but it missed one thing — a penis.
Tinkle in the Eye: When Elaine found an abandoned baby boy and wanted to adopt him, he tinkled in the eyes of nearly everybody, mainly Ling and Nelle. It made Elaine invent protective goggles.