* AssPull: After spending most of Season 2 struggling to find opportunities for Lisa Gay Hamilton to stretch her acting muscles not portraying a lawyer, it is revealed at the beginning of Season 3 that Rebecca has passed the bar. She'd been taking night school classes, totally in secret... for the past five years.
* 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 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.
* 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]].
* 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 (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 was a bit more irreverent and fun).
* 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]].
* HilariousInHindsight: In an intentionally botched closing, Jimmy questions why so many celebrities show their support for AIDS sufferers by wearing red ribbons, and asks why there is no ribbon for heart disease, which his father died of. Well, now there is a ribbon for heart disease... and it's red.
* MagnificentBastard: Joey Heric, hands down.
* {{Narm}}: When Bobby realises that Barry Wall (Christian Clemenson, better known for playing Jerry 'Hands' Espenson on Series/BostonLegal) shot Jimmy, they fight and break a window, and then Bobby hangs him out the window until he confesses to shooting Jimmy. The way Bobby says 'Tell me you shot Jimmy, or you are out the window!' comes off more funny than serious.
* NightmareFuel: Before 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: 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.
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