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The Practice

The main cast of The Practice.
Genre Legal drama
Created by David E. Kelley
Starring Dylan McDermott
Steve Harris
Camryn Manheim
Michael Badalucco
Lisa Gay Hamilton
Kelli Williams
Lara Flynn Boyle
Marla Sokoloff
James Spader
Country of origin Flag of United States United States
No. of episodes 168
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run March 4, 1997May 16, 2004
External links
IMDb profile

The Practice was an American legal drama created by David E. Kelley centering on the partners and associates at a Boston, Massachusetts law firm. The show won the Emmy in 1998 and 1999 for Best Drama Series, and spawned the spin-off series Boston Legal, which began airing in the fall of 2004 and deals with similar subject matter, though often taking a lighter, more character-oriented approach. Image File history File links Practice_Cast. ... A legal drama is a work of dramatic fiction about law, crime, punishment or the legal profession. ... David Edward Kelley (born April 4, 1956) is a prolific multi-Emmy award winning American writer, executive producer, and creator of the well-known television series Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, and Boston Legal. ... Dylan McDermott (born Mark Anthony McDermott[1] on 26 October 1961) is an American actor, known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the former TV legal drama The Practice. ... Steve J. Harris (born December 3, 1965) is an African-American actor who has appeared in a number of films including Tyler Perrys Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Rock, The Mod Squad and Minority Report. ... Camryn Manheim Camryn Manheim (born Debra Frances Manheim on March 8, 1961, in Caldwell, New Jersey), is an American actress who is best known for her role as attorney Ellenor Frutt on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Michael Badalucco (born December 20, 1954) is an American actor most famous for his role as lawyer Jimmy Berluti on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Lisa Gay Hamilton (born March 25, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress most well known for her role as attorney Rebecca Washington on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Kelli Williams (born June 8, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress most well known for her role as Lindsay Dole Donnell on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Lara Flynn Boyle Lara Flynn Boyle (born March 24, 1970) is an American actress born in Davenport, Iowa, of mostly Irish descent and raised in the working-class suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. ... Marla Lynne Sokoloff (born December 19, 1980) is an American actress. ... James Todd Spader (born February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actor best known for his eccentric roles in movies such as sex, lies, and videotape (for which he won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival), Stargate, and Secretary. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... 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. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A legal drama is a work of dramatic fiction about law, crime, punishment or the legal profession. ... David Edward Kelley (born April 4, 1956) is a prolific multi-Emmy award winning American writer, executive producer, and creator of the well-known television series Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, and Boston Legal. ... Nickname: Location in Massachusetts, USA Coordinates: , Country United States State Massachusetts County Suffolk County Settled 1630 Incorporated (city) 1822 Government  - Governor Deval Patrick (D) Area  - City  89. ... Lady Justice or Justitia is a personification of the moral force that underlies the legal system (particularly in Western art). ... Year 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... A spin-off in television is a new series which contains either characters or theme elements from an old series. ... Boston Legal is an American dramedy television series that began airing on ABC on October 3rd, 2004. ...


The first seven seasons of the show aired in Britain on ITV3. ITV3 is an entertainment television channel in the United Kingdom owned by ITV plc. ...


The Practice originally focuses on the law firm of Donnell and Associates (which eventually becomes Donnell, Young, Dole and Frutt, and finally Young, Frutt and Berluti), featuring the firm's involvement in a number of high-profile criminal and civil cases that often mirror events unfolding in the real world. There are a number of crossovers with other David E. Kelley shows, including Boston Legal, Ally McBeal and the short-lived medical drama Gideon's Crossing, but The Practice is overall one of David E. Kelley's more serious shows, lacking the comedic elements of McBeal, Legal and others. Boston Legal is an American dramedy television series that began airing on ABC on October 3rd, 2004. ... Ally McBeal is an American television series which ran on the FOX network from 1997 to 2002, and was one of the best-known dramedy television series of the 1990s winning several awards. ... Gideons Crossing was a US medical drama loosely-based on the experience of the real life Dr. Jerome Groupman. ...


By the end of the seventh season, faced with sagging ratings, ABC conditioned the show's renewal on a drastic budget reduction. As a result, six cast members were fired: Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle, Chyler Leigh, Marla Sokoloff, and Lisa Gay Hamilton. The addition of James Spader and Rhona Mitra to the cast for the eighth season helped to revive the ratings somewhat. In fact, Spader went on to win an Emmy for his one season on the show. However, on March 11, 2004, ABC announced that it would not renew the series for a ninth season, but that Kelley would instead create the new spin-off series Boston Legal, starring Spader, Mitra and William Shatner. [2] Dylan McDermott (born Mark Anthony McDermott[1] on 26 October 1961) is an American actor, known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the former TV legal drama The Practice. ... Kelli Williams (born June 8, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress most well known for her role as Lindsay Dole Donnell on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Lara Flynn Boyle Lara Flynn Boyle (born March 24, 1970) is an American actress born in Davenport, Iowa, of mostly Irish descent and raised in the working-class suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. ... Chyler Leigh (born Chyler Leigh Potts on April 10, 1982) is an American actress. ... Marla Lynne Sokoloff (born December 19, 1980) is an American actress. ... Lisa Gay Hamilton (born March 25, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress most well known for her role as attorney Rebecca Washington on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... James Todd Spader (born February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actor best known for his eccentric roles in movies such as sex, lies, and videotape (for which he won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival), Stargate, and Secretary. ... Rhona Mitra Rhona Mitra (born August 9, 1976 in Paddington, London, England) is a British actress. ... An Emmy Award. ... March 11 is the 70th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (71st in leap years). ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Boston Legal is an American dramedy television series that began airing on ABC on October 3rd, 2004. ... William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ...

Contents

History of the Firm

At the start of the series, Bobby Donnel's only employees are associate attorneys Ellenor Frutt, Eugene Young (with whom Bobby started the practice some years earlier) and Lindsay Dole and receptionist Rebecca Washington, although within only a few episodes, Jimmy Berluti is added to the staff. Jimmy was a loan officer at a bank and an old friend of Bobby's. He falsified loan documents for Bobby and lost his job at the bank. Jimmy had worked as an attorney before, and Bobby hires him.


Bobby had opened the practice with idealistic dreams of protecting the innocent, but during the firm’s early days of financial struggle, Bobby quickly learned that drug dealers and other undeniably guilty clients tended to be the ones who provided enough business to keep the firm afloat.


Bobby maintained sole control over the firm until an ultimatum by Lindsay (and, to a lesser extent, Ellenor) motivated Bobby to name Ellenor, Eugene, Lindsay, and Rebecca as junior partners. To maintain control over the firm, Bobby wrote into the charter that each of them would get one vote in partnership meetings, while Bobby would get two, giving him limited veto power. While this decision prevented Lindsay’s power play from getting ugly, it temporarily caused some tension between Bobby and Jimmy, who, despite the fact that he had been with the firm for only a year and was still promised partnership after only one more year, felt insulted that he was the only one on staff who had not been named partner. Especially since Rebecca was made partner despite the fact that she was the receptionist, and not an attorney (Rebecca did eventually earn her law degree in season three).


Bobby and his associates all shared a friendship with A.D.A. Helen Gamble, who even shared a brief romance with Bobby – all highly unusual, considering how often Helen’s job placed her in opposition to the firm.


A recurring strategy used by the practice – especially by Eugene – was informally and internally known as the “this is America” defense, or the “United States of America” defense, an appeal to patriotism which would emphasize the rights of their client as Constitutional priorities that must be upheld by the jury. However, the firm was more notorious for using a strategy they internally referred to “Plan B,” which involved causing a jury to doubt their client’s guilt by accusing someone else of the crime. While the strategy was often effective, it would occasionally backfire once the D.A.’s office became familiar with the plan; it also invariably caused a great deal of emotional stress for the attorney employing the plan when they knew that the person they were accusing was most likely innocent, and in such cases, Plan B would be used only as a last resort. Despite the firm’s friendship with Helen Gamble, the practice’s use of Plan B, combined with the firm’s favorable win/loss ratio, attracted ire and scrutiny from the D.A.’s office, particularly in the case of senior A.D.A. Kenneth Walsh. Appeal to emotion is a logical fallacy wherein the arguer (who is using this fallacy) takes advantage of emotion to prove his or her argument. ...


In 2003 Bobby Donnel left the firm, fearing he had become the 'blue-chip' lawyer he had long resented. He named Eugene as senior partner. Along with Ellenor, Eugene decided to make Jimmy a full named partner (but not Rebecca) and extended an offer to Lindsay (who had since left to start her own practice) and her associate Claire Wyatt to return to the firm. At some point this offer presumably fell through and Rebecca quit. Also during this period, the group's longtime friend/nemisis ADA Helen Gamble also presumably left Boston. It was never explained where Lindsay, Claire, Rebecca or Helen actually went or what became of them.


During the final year of the firm’s existence, the remaining attorneys were senior partners Ellenor, Eugene, and Jimmy, associate Jamie Stringer. The firm's long time receptionist, Lucy Hatcher had been replaced by Tara Wilson, a third year law student and paralegal. Ellenor hired an old friend, Alan Shore, the top anti-trust attorney in Massachusetts after he was fired from his firm Curruthers-Abbot for embezzling from a client. Alan’s addition to the firm was a mixed blessing; he attracted more than enough business and revenue to make up for Bobby’s retirement and the departures of Lindsay and Rebecca, but his unorthodox and often unethical methods created controversy and often clashed with Eugene, Jimmy, and to a certain degree Ellenor. Without consulting Ellenor, Jimmy and Eugene fired Alan. Despite bringing in over $6,000,000 in revenue to the firm, Alan was given a check for only $15,000 upon termination. Alan sued for wrongful termination and hired Matthew Billings and Denny Crane of megafirm Crane, Poole & Schmidt to represent him. After siding with Shore, Eugene fired Tara, and Lucy was brought back as a temporary receptionist. The jury decided that Young, Frutt, & Berluti were to pay Shore $2.3 million, which contributed to the dissolution of the firm. Shore offered to forfeit his winnings, but the offer was declined. Jimmy then departed to set up his own law firm, Eugene was appointed a judge and Ellenor retired to spend time with her daughter. Jamie joined Jimmy's firm. Alan and Tara were hired by Crane, Poole & Schmidt as an associate and paralegal respectively (though by Boston Legal Tara has passed the bar exam and is practicing as an attorney). Information Gender Male Date of birth 1932 or 1933 Occupation Lawyer Portrayed by William Shatner Created by David E. Kelley Dennis Denny Crane is a fictional character on the television series Boston Legal. ... Crane, Poole & Schmidt is a fictional law firm based in Boston, Massachusetts which is the setting of the ABC TV show Boston Legal, created by David E. Kelley (although it was first introduced in the final episodes of The Practice). ...


Main cast

  • Dylan McDermott as Bobby Donnell (1997-2003), senior partner of the firm. A deeply sensitive and compassionate man, Bobby often struggled with his conscience as he was forced to walk the line between his personal moral principles, and his ethical obligations to his clients -- a character trait mirrored to some extent by other members of the firm. Indeed, it was this conflict between legal ethics and personal morality that eventually led to his character leaving the show, as Bobby began to suffer from a nervous breakdown. He left the firm at the end of the 2003 season, subsequently returning as a guest star for the series' final two episodes. Contrast Bobby with his replacement as main character, Alan Shore (see below) who had no problem choosing morality over ethics.
  • Michael Badalucco as Jimmy Berluti, an associate and, later, a partner at the firm. An Italian American from a working-class background, Jimmy often struggled with his own conscience, as well as having problems with gambling addiction. Jimmy, like Bobby, was raised as a Catholic, and his upbringing often played a part in his various ethical dilemmas.
  • Lisa Gay Hamilton as Rebecca Washington (1997-2003). At the beginning of the series, Rebecca was the firm's receptionist and occasional paralegal. She passed the bar exam after attending law school at night for several years without the knowledge of anyone at the firm. She has worked for Bobby since he opened his first practice as a solo practitioner, and the two were very close. Rebecca left the firm for unknown reasons between the seventh and eighth seasons of the show. In reality, like a number of other cast members, Hamilton had been fired because of budget cuts.
  • Steve Harris as Eugene Young, the second highest-ranking partner at the firm (and senior partner for the show's final season). Eugene also struggled with his conscience, but was more strongly devoted to the letter of the law than Bobby or Jimmy, largely due to the influence of his older brother, who died in prison after a coerced confession led to his being convicted of a crime he didn't commit. The first season made several references to the fact that Eugene is a former private investigator.
  • Camryn Manheim as Ellenor Frutt, another partner at the firm. Ellenor, a single mother, had a child via artificial insemination, and often struggled with issues related to her weight and appearance. A running joke on the show was that nearly all of Ellenor's friends were murderers. This was because many episodes would open with Ellenor visiting or being visited by her previously unseen "friends" who would almost always reveal that they were being charged with murder, or that there was a body in their presence that they knew nothing about.
  • Kelli Williams as Lindsay Dole (1997-2003), a partner at the firm, Bobby's ex-girlfriend and eventually his wife. Lindsay was stalked and terrorized by no less than three mentally unbalanced clients over the course of the show's run, the last of whom she was convicted of murdering after he began following her, and then showed up unexpectedly at her home in the middle of the night, forcing her to shoot him in what she claimed was self-defense (the verdict was later reversed because of prosecutorial misconduct). She and Bobby have a child together, but eventually divorced after Bobby had an affair with a former colleague. Lindsay then left to start her own legal practice. At the end of the seventh season, Lindsay was invited back to join Bobby's practice, but she vanished without explanation before the eighth season. In reality, Williams was fired from the show as a result of budget cuts.
  • Lara Flynn Boyle as Helen Gamble (1997-2003), an Assistant District Attorney who often prosecuted cases in which the firm was involved. Helen, a personal friend of many of the firm's partners, is nevertheless relentless in her attempts to prosecute those who do wrong, sometimes even crossing the line of legal ethics. During the series, Helen was a roommate to both Lindsay and Ellenor. Helen vanishes without explanation after the seventh season, as Boyle was fired from the show due to budget cuts.
  • Marla Sokoloff as Lucy Hatcher (1998-2003), the firm's wise-cracking receptionist. Lucy was hired after Rebecca passed the bar exam and became an associate. Lucy is also a counselor for rape victims. Lucy initially vanished without explanation after the seventh season (like many other cast members, Sokoloff was fired due to budget cuts), but she returned for the final episodes of the show.
  • Jason Kravits as Richard Bay (1999-2001), a hard-nosed Assistant District Attorney. A frequent nemesis of the firm, Richard was Killed by associates of a man That Donnell,Dole,Young And Fruit Firm That he successfully prosecuted. He was close friends with Helen Gamble, and in fact on several occasions tried to initiate a romantic relationship with her.
  • Ron Livingston as Alan Lowe (2001-2002), who replaced Richard Bay as the firm's recurring adversary for a while. However, his character was underutilized and vanished without explanation after just one season.
  • Jessica Capshaw as Jamie Stringer (2002-2004), a high-strung Harvard Law School graduate and associate at the firm. Jamie joined the practice after Lindsay was convicted of murder, and eventually became involved in a short-lived romantic relationship with Eugene. When the firm dissolved, she joined Jimmy in his own practice.
  • Chyler Leigh as Claire Wyatt (2003), Lindsay's associate at her new practice. In the seventh season finale, she was invited to join the firm, but she vanished without explanation prior the eighth season. Leigh was fired following her initial appearance on the show due to budget cuts.
  • James Spader as Alan Shore (2003-2004), a highly unethical friend of Ellenor's who was hired by the firm at the beginning of the show's final season. He became the lead character of the series Boston Legal.
  • Rhona Mitra as Tara Wilson (2003-2004), another associate. She was fired after revealing privileged information to Alan Shore. Along with James Spader, Mitra also joined the cast of Boston Legal after The Practice ended.

Dylan McDermott (born Mark Anthony McDermott[1] on 26 October 1961) is an American actor, known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the former TV legal drama The Practice. ... Bobby Donnell is a fictional character, a self-made lawyer and head of a law firm on the former American Broadcasting Company TV drama, The Practice (1997-2004), set in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Legal ethics refers to an ethical code governing those in the practice of law. ... Michael Badalucco (born December 20, 1954) is an American actor most famous for his role as lawyer Jimmy Berluti on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Lisa Gay Hamilton (born March 25, 1964 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress most well known for her role as attorney Rebecca Washington on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Steve J. Harris (born December 3, 1965) is an African-American actor who has appeared in a number of films including Tyler Perrys Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The Rock, The Mod Squad and Minority Report. ... Eugene Young is a fictional character played by Steve Harris on the American legal drama The Practice created by David E. Kelley. ... Camryn Manheim Camryn Manheim (born Debra Frances Manheim on March 8, 1961, in Caldwell, New Jersey), is an American actress who is best known for her role as attorney Ellenor Frutt on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Kelli Williams (born June 8, 1970 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress most well known for her role as Lindsay Dole Donnell on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Lindsay Dole was the name of one of the lead characters on ABCs The Practice, a television drama about a law firm in Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. ... Lara Flynn Boyle Lara Flynn Boyle (born March 24, 1970) is an American actress born in Davenport, Iowa, of mostly Irish descent and raised in the working-class suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. ... Marla Lynne Sokoloff (born December 19, 1980) is an American actress. ... Jason Kravits (born May 28, 1967 in Rockville, Maryland) is an American actor. ... Ron Livingston (born June 5, 1968) is an American film and television actor. ... Jessica Capshaw (born August 9, 1976 in Columbia, Missouri) is an American actress best known for her role as attorney Jamie Stringer on the ABC legal drama The Practice. ... Chyler Leigh (born Chyler Leigh Potts on April 10, 1982) is an American actress. ... James Todd Spader (born February 7, 1960 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American actor best known for his eccentric roles in movies such as sex, lies, and videotape (for which he won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival), Stargate, and Secretary. ... Alan Shore is a fictional character on the ABC Network television series Boston Legal, portrayed by James Spader. ... Boston Legal is an American dramedy television series that began airing on ABC on October 3rd, 2004. ... Rhona Mitra Rhona Mitra (born August 9, 1976 in Paddington, London, England) is a British actress. ... Tara Wilson was a fictional paralegal on the American legal drama The Practice. ...

Recurring cast

  • Bill Smitrovich as Kenneth Walsh, Helen Gamble's mentor and an experienced Assistant District Attorney, and chief prosecutor for the DA's office. Walsh hates criminal defense attorneys. He once coerced a man charged with murder in order to obtain a confession. Bobby Donnell, who was still young and inexperienced at the time, believed his client was guilty and didn't try to reverse the sentence. 15 years later, a DNA test requested by the innocence program revealed the identity of the real murderer, a man who had confessed to the crime years earlier. Moved by remorse, Donnell represented the innocent man in a lawsuit seeking compensation for his 15-year incarceration. Walsh is also the D.A. who convicted Lindsay Dole. It was eventually discovered that he had concealed evidence which might have supported a self-defense plea, and this was the grounds which allowed Lindsay's conviction to be overturned. He once told Helen Gamble there was a time when he could have befriended criminal defense attorneys, but that time had long since passed.
  • Holland Taylor as Judge Roberta Kittleson. She has a relationship with Jimmy during a few seasons of the show. When Lindsay is being threatened by an unknown stalker, Jimmy wrongly believes that Judge Kittelson may be the culprit, which leads to tensions between them. They eventually break up.
  • Linda Hunt as Judge Zoey Hiller.
  • Ray Abruzzo as Detective Mike McGuire.
  • Kate Burton as A.D.A. Susan Alexander. She played this role in the pilot episode as well as the series finale.
  • Edward Herrmann as Anderson Pearson. Lindsay's former law professor. An opponent, client and expert on legal ethics.
  • Anna Gunn as Asst. Dist. Atty. Jean Ward

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Notable guest stars

The series holds the Emmy Award record for most wins in the Guest Actor and Actress categories for a single series, as well as most nominations in those categories. Emmys went to John Larroquette, Edward Herrmann, James Whitmore, Beah Richards, Michael Emerson, Charles S. Dutton, Alfre Woodard, Sharon Stone and William Shatner. In addition, Tony Danza, Paul Dooley, Henry Winkler, Marlee Matlin, Rene Auberjonois and Betty White were nominated but did not win. Larroquette, who won for his guest appearance during the second season, was nominated again for an episode from the sixth season, but did not win that time either. The series won the Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for five consecutive years (from 1998-2002). An Emmy Award. ... John Bernard Larroquette (born November 25, 1947 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a film and television actor. ... Edward Herrmann (born July 21, 1943) is an American television and film actor. ... Whitmore in The Asphalt Jungle James Allen Whitmore (born October 1, 1921) is an American film actor. ... Beah Richards (July 12, 1920 – September 14, 2000) was an American actress with a long career on stage, screen and television. ... Michael Emerson (b. ... Charles Dutton (born January 30, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American actor/director. ... Woodard as Betty Applewhite on Desperate Housewives. ... Sharon Vonne Stone (born March 10, 1958) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe- and Emmy-winning American actress, producer, and former fashion model. ... William Alan Shatner (born on March 22, 1931) is a Canadian actor who gained fame for playing James Tiberius Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the television show Star Trek from 1966 to 1969 and in seven of the subsequent movies. ... Tony Danza. ... Paul Dooley (fore) as Enabran Tain in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine See Paul Dooley (Australian rules footballer) for the Western Bulldogs footballer. ... Henry Franklin Winkler (born October 30, 1945 in Manhattan, New York) is a Golden Globe Award-winning actor, director, producer and author who is most famous for his role as Arthur Fonzie Fonzarelli on the popular sitcom Happy Days (1974–1984). ... Marlee Beth Matlin (born August 24, 1965) is an Academy Award-winning American actress who is almost completely deaf. ... René Murat Auberjonois (born June 1, 1940 in New York, New York) is an American actor best known for his early 1980s role as Clayton Endicott III on the television show Benson and his role as Odo on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. ... Betty Marion White (January 17, 1922) is an Emmy Award-winning television actress with a career spanning 60 years, often referred to as The first lady of Television and Americas Sweetheart. She also appeared in radio programs, in movies and the theater, in commercials, and was also a talk...

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Episodes

The Practice had 8 seasons and a total of 168 episodes. // ...


DVD Release

DVD Name Cover Art Region 1 Region 4 Additional Information
Volume 1 June 12, 2007 June 6, 2007 The Practice Volume 1 was released as a Four-Disc DVD Set In North America on June 12, 2007. The set will includes all six episodes of Season 1 and the first seven episodes of Season 2. It also includes a featurette, "Setting Up The Practice". [1]

It was released June 6 2007 in Australia [2] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 163rd day of the year (164th 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. ... is the 157th day of the year (158th 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. ... is the 163rd day of the year (164th 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. ...

Trivia

  • Every member of the main cast, except Dylan McDermott and Lara Flynn Boyle, had a guest starring role on Law & Order before starring on The Practice.

Law & Order is a long-running American television police procedural and legal drama set in New York City. ...

U.S. television ratings

Viewer numbers per season of The Practice on ABC. 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. ...


Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps. When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ...

Season Timeslot
(Eastern & Pacific Time)
Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Viewers
(in millions)
Viewer
Rank
Household
Rank
2nd Saturday 10:00PM
(September 20, 1997 to
January 3, 1998)


Monday 10:00PM
(from January 5, 1998)
September 20, 1997 May 11, 1998 1997-1998 10.2[3] #88[3]
3rd Sunday 10:00PM September 27, 1998 May 9, 1999 1998-1999 12.7[3] #35[3]
4th September 26, 1999 May 21, 2000 1999-2000 16.4[3] #10[4]
5th October 8, 2000 May 13, 2001 2000-2001 18.3[5] #9[5] #10[6]
6th September 23, 2001 May 19, 2002 2001-2002 12.9[7] #26[7] #27[8]
7th Sunday 10:00PM
(September 29, 2002 to
December 15, 2002)


Monday 9:00PM
(January 27, 2003 to
May 5, 2003)
September 29, 2002 May 5, 2003 2002-2003 10.0[9] #55[9] #52[9]
8th Sunday 10:00PM September 28, 2003 May 16, 2004 2003-2004 9.1[10] #63[10]

The first season was a 6-episode run on Tuesdays 10:00pm (Eastern & Pacific Time) from March 4, 1997 to April 8, 1997. No ratings information were found for this episode run. is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1998 in television involved some significant events. ... January 5 is the 5th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1998 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 263rd day of the year (264th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ... is the 131st day of the year (132nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1998 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 270th day of the year (271st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1998 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 129th day of the year (130th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1999 in television involved some significant events. ... is the 269th day of the year (270th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 1999 in television involved some significant events. ... May 21 is the 141st day of the year (142nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2000. ... is the 281st day of the year (282nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2000. ... May 13 is the 133rd day of the year (134th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2001. ... September 23 is the 266th day of the year (267th in leap years). ... This is a list of television-related events in 2001. ... is the 139th day of the year (140th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2002. ... September 29 is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2002. ... December 15 is the 349th day of the year (350th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2002. ... January 27 is the 27th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2003. ... May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (126th in leap years). ... This is a list of television-related events in 2003. ... September 29 is the 272nd day of the year (273rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2002. ... May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (126th in leap years). ... This is a list of television-related events in 2003. ... is the 271st day of the year (272nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2003. ... May 16 is the 136th day of the year (137th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2004. ... is the 63rd day of the year (64th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ... April 8 is the 98th day of the year (99th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ...


The exposure from its January 30, 2000 post-Super Bowl episode (attracting 23.8 million viewers)[11] plus their weekly lead-in from early 2000 to mid-2001, the then mega-hit Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, helped the series reach its ratings peak from 1999-2001. January 30 is the 30th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2000. ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2000. ... This is a list of television-related events in 2001. ... In the United States, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (also known simply as Millionaire) is a television game show which offers a maximum prize of $1,000,000 (originally lump sum; now annuitized) for correctly answering 15 successive multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty. ...


See also

Boston Legal is an American dramedy television series that began airing on ABC on October 3rd, 2004. ... Picket Fences is a 60-minute drama which initially ran from September 18, 1992 to June 26, 1996 on the CBS television network in the United States. ... Ally McBeal is an American television series which ran on the FOX network from 1997 to 2002, and was one of the best-known dramedy television series of the 1990s winning several awards. ... Chicago Hope was a popular CBS drama series created by David E. Kelley that ran from September 18, 1994 to May 4, 2000. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ...

References

  1. ^ The Practice - Date, Details & Artwork For The Practice - Volume 1 Hits Retailers
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ a b c d e Kissell, Rick. "'Practice's' good legal standing", Variety, May 3, 2001. 
  4. ^ Armstrong, Mark. "Regis Wins Season Ratings Race", E! Online, May 25, 2000. 
  5. ^ a b Armstrong, Mark. "Outback in Front: CBS Wins Season", E! Online, May 25, 2001. 
  6. ^ 2000-2001 Television Season Top Rated Shows. Retrieved on 2006-09-30.
  7. ^ a b "How did your favorite show rate?", USA Today, May 28, 2002. 
  8. ^ Downey, Kevin. "NBC takes all in sweeps and season", Media Life Magazine, May 22, 2002. 
  9. ^ a b c Nielsen's TOP 156 Shows for 2002-03
  10. ^ a b 2003-04 Season To Date Program Rankings from 2003-09-22 Through 2004-05-30
  11. ^ "VNU Media and Marketing Guide for Super Bowl", Nielsen Media Research, February 2, 2005. 

For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... is the 273rd day of the year (274th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Nielsen Media Research (NMR) is a U.S. firm, headquartered in New York City, and operating primarily from Oldsmar, FL, which measures media audiences, including television, radio and newspapers. ...

External links

Preceded by
Law & Order
Emmy - Outstanding Drama Series
1998-1999
Succeeded by
The West Wing
Preceded by
The X-Files
Golden Globe - Best Television Series Drama
1999
Succeeded by
The Sopranos
Preceded by
Family Guy
1999
Super Bowl
lead-out program
2000
Succeeded by
Survivor: The Australian Outback
2001

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