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YMMV: Ally McBeal
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Ling. She was originally only a recurring character, but, since fans loved her, she was moved to a full time cast member. After the actress who played her left the show, the popularity of the show on a whole went down quite a bit.
  • Gratuitous Special Effects: There was at least one Imagine Spot Once an Episode. It typically used CGI, which was extremely rare for a law drama in the 1990s. The CGI dancing baby is another example.
  • Tear Jerker - in the end of episode 36 "Angels and Blimps", the Littlest Cancer Patient succumbs to his leukemia.
    • Billy's death
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks - The first season featured cool CGI antics reminiscent of old Warner Brother cartoons with eyes popping out and hearts pounding out of characters' chests. Later seasons dropped the CGI cut-aways and focused on the antics of the characters.
  • Wangst: Pretty much everybody regarding their love lives at one point or another.
  • The Woobie: John Cage, a sweet guy who seems to get the short end of the stick from the universe, from rejection to half the cast accidentally laughing at his pet frog's funeral.

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