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L.A. Law

The L.A. Law opening title featured a personalized license plate mounted on a Jaguar XJ6.
Genre Legal drama
Created by Steven Bochco
Terry Louise Fisher
Starring (See entire cast list below)
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
No. of episodes 172
Production
Executive producer(s) Steven Bochco
Running time 45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 15, 1986May 19, 1994

L.A. Law was an American legal drama that ran from 1986 to 1994. It was one of the most popular American television shows of the late 1980s and early 1990s. As with its contemporary thirtysomething, L.A. Law reflected important social and cultural issues of the 1980s and early 1990s. Image File history File links L.A. Law logo, in a screenshot from I Love the 80s. ... Jaguar Cars Limited is a British luxury car manufacturer, with headquarters in Browns Lane, Coventry, England. ... A legal drama is a work of dramatic fiction about law, crime, punishment or the legal profession. ... Steven Ronald Bochco (born December 16, 1943) is an American television producer and writer. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... NBC (a former acronym for National Broadcasting Company) is an American television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ... See also: 1985 in television, other events of 1986, 1987 in television and the list of years in television For the American network television schedule, please see 1986-87 American network television schedule. ... The year 1994 in television involved some significant events. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... Thirtysomething (1987 – 1991) was a ground-breaking and award-winning American television drama created by Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick for United Artists Television. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


The series was set in and around the fictitious Los Angeles law firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak and featured attorneys at the firm and various members of the support staff. Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State California County Los Angeles County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ...


It was co-created by Steven Bochco (who had created the landmark NBC show Hill Street Blues and would later co-create another successful drama series, ABC's NYPD Blue) and former entertainment lawyer Terry Louise Fisher. Steven Ronald Bochco (born December 16, 1943) is an American television producer and writer. ... Hill Street Blues was a serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. ... The American Broadcasting Company ( oftenly known as ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... NYPD Blue was an Emmy Award-winning hour long-running American television police drama set in New York City. ...


The show won numerous awards, including the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 1987, 1989, 1990, and 1991. Some of the actors, such as Larry Drake, also received Emmys for their performances. The series shares the Emmy Award record for most acting nominations by regular cast members (excluding the guest performer category) for a single series in one year with Hill Street Blues and The West Wing. For the 1988-1989 season nine cast members were nominated for Emmys. Larry Drake was the only one to win (for Supporting Actor). The others nominated were Michael Tucker (Lead Actor), Jill Eikenberry and Susan Dey (for Lead Actress), Richard Dysart and Jimmy Smits (Supporting Actor), Amanda Plummer, Susan Ruttan and Michele Greene (for Supporting Actress). Another Emmy Award record that the series shares with both Hill Street Blues and The West Wing is that all three are tied for winning the Outstanding Drama Series award the four times. An Emmy Award. ... Hill Street Blues was a serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. ... “The West Wing” redirects here. ...


After the end of the regular series in 1994, it returned for a single broadcast in 2002 as L.A. Law: The Movie. On May 24, 2007, the AmericanLife TV Network announced that it would begin rebroadcasting L.A. Law starting June 3, 2007, Sundays at 10 pm. [1] From 2000 until 2004, A&E had been rebroadcasting the show. [2] May 24 is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... The AmericanLife TV Network, formerly the GoodLife TV Network, describes itself as the only cable television network devoted to the baby boomer generation. ... Biography is one of A&Es longest-running and most popular programs. ...


Cast and characters

The show's original ensemble cast:

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The cast of L.A. Law during Season 7, 1992-1993.

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Trivia

  • The personalized license plate bearing the title of the show belonged to the character Arnie Becker (Corbin Bernsen). Changes in Becker's vehicles were reflected in updates of the opening sequence, as were the year stickers ('86, '88, '93, etc.) During the 1994 season, the plate fell off of the Bentley at the beginning of the show, reflecting a crash scene that had just occurred between Becker's Bentley and another car.
  • The building shown to house the McKenzie-Brackman law firm is the Citigroup Center in Los Angeles. Sometimes called the "444 Building" or "The Fantastic Four Building", it is located at 444 S Flower Street and is adjacent to the U.S. Bank Tower. It bears a striking resemblance to the fictional Marvel Comics Fantastic Four Headquarters set in New York City. It features three large numeral fours (i.e., "444") outside on the top floor.
  • The "Chaney" mentioned frequently as a partner in the firm is Norman Chaney, who was found dead in his office in the pilot episode. The character's one appearance, as a rigor mortis-afflicted corpse, was played by stuntman Loren Janes.
  • The theme song, composed by Mike Post, features a saxophone solo by famed smooth jazz artist David Sanborn. Typically, the beginning of the theme song would provide foreshadowing, with a saxophone indicating a light-hearted episode while a long, deep synthesized note warned of a darker, serious episode.
  • At the height of the show's popularity in the mid-1980s, attention was focused upon a fictitious sexual technique named the "Venus Butterfly". The only clue describing the technique was a vague reference to "ordering room service". Fans and interested persons flooded the show's producers with letters asking for more details about this curious kink.
  • Series creator Steven Bochco was so taken with the show being parodied on the cover of the October 1987 issue of Mad Magazine that he staged a photo shoot with the show's actors matching the poses of their caricatures. Mad ran the photo in a subsequent issue.
  • Series co-creator Terry Louise Fisher, former deputy district attorney for Los Angeles County, former entertainment lawyer for 20th Century Fox, and producer-writer for Cagney & Lacey, composed a form letter she was thinking of sending to lawyers who complained about the show: "Dear So-and-so: If I were a good lawyer, I'd still be practicing law. Instead, I'm stuck in Hollywood, making 10 times as much money. I hope you are as conscientious about your clients as you are about our show. Thank for your writing."
  • L.A. Law took over NBC's prized Thursday 10PM (9PM Central) time slot from another Bochco-produced show, Hill Street Blues and was itself eventually replaced by another hit ensemble drama, ER, which still holds that slot.
  • In early 1991, a Season 5 episode had two female characters, Abby (Michele Greene) and newcomer C.J. (Amanda Donohoe) kissing after a tough case. That was recognized as the first sexually-charged kiss between two women in a prime time series and created controversy.
  • The scene where Leland McKenzie, played by Richard Dysart, was discovered in bed with his enemy Rosalind Shays, played by Diana Muldaur, was ranked as the 38th greatest moment in television (the list originally appeared in an issue of EGG Magazine).
  • During the seventh season the executive producers were fired midseason and while the show went on hiatus William Finkelstein was brought in to fix it.
  • In the seventh and final eighth season, the characters of Denise Ianello (Debi Mazar) and Eli Levinson (Alan Rosenberg) were transplanted from the cancelled Bochco legal series Civil Wars, which had run on ABC from 1991-3.

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