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The Practice is a television situational comedy and drama series about crime and civil disputes and the activities of partners of a particular law firm in Boston. This law firm was owned by Robert Donnell and his Associates. The episodes were concerned about the law firm and how it handled popular civil and criminal cases about current events. The series aimed at portraying the proceedings of the American legal system.

The beginning of the series saw the owner of the law firm Donnell hire assistant lawyers and other members of staff. Donnell, at the time he was opening the firm had a vision of being at the service of the ingenuous people in society and protecting the. His dream was shattered when he found out the people he was trying to protect were the ones who kept a job like his going forward. Without such criminals he would not have any customers.

The members of the crew included Dylan McDermott who played the role of Bobby Donnell. he was the main attorney in the firm and from all indications his character did not suit the nature of his job. He struggled being a lawyer as his principles and the demands of the profession were contrasting.

Michael Badalucco played the role of Jimmy Berluti and was one of Donnell's associates and later became a partner of the firm. Being a Christian, he saw himself struggling with issues related to his conscience and his addictions.

Lara Boyle who starred as Helen Gamble was an assistant associate who would stop at nothing to prosecute all those who were guilty.

The drama aired on ABC for eight seasons with a total of 168 episodes. The series was developed and created by David Kelley and was co-produced by 20th Century Fox Television and Kelley Productions.

All the episodes of The Practice are available on DVD including a part that covered the processes of setting up The Practice.

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8 Seasons, 172 Episodes - Canceled
March 4, 1997
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  • At Crane, Poole & Schmidt, Denny Crane (William Shatner) and Alan Shore appear before Judge Eugene Young, and Hannah Rose (Rebecca De Mornay) recuperates from the punch she suffered at the hands of Ellenor. Meanwhile, Jamie takes a position at Berluti's new legal shingle, and Ellenor invites Bobby Donnell (guest star Dylan McDermott) to help his former colleagues bid an official goodbye to the old firm, as they each embark on the next phase of their professional lives.

  • Eugene considers an exciting new offer for his future... could this mean the end of the practice? Meanwhile, Jimmy is shaken by an ominous run-in with neighborhood lawyer Lenny Pescatore (Vincent Pastore), as their turf war heats up, and Ellenor clashes with sexy and ruthless attorney Hannah Rose (Rebecca De Mornay) of Crane Poole & Schmidt.

  • Eugene is presented with an offer he finds hard to refuse, and Ellenor is shocked when she hears the news, knowing full well that any departure by Eugene would mean the beginning of the end of the practice. Meanwhile, Jimmy is confronted by crooked lawyer Lenny Pascatore (Vincent Pastore), who claims that the neighborhood only has room for one practicing attorney. Across town at Crane, Poole & Schmidt, Denny Crane ruffles some feathers by making Tara his personal paralegal, and Hannah Rose (Rebecca De Mornay) enlists Shore's help in handling an assault case involving two hockey players.

  • Jimmy Berluti takes the firm by surprise when he leaves to pursue his own practice, and Alan Shore gets an immediate taste of what life is like at the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt.

  • In a dramatic courtroom showdown, Alan Shore sues his former friends and partners at Young, Frutt & Berluti for wrongful termination, but is it justice he's after, or simply revenge.

  • Tensions between Shore and Eugene rise to the boiling point when Shore retains the services of a high-profile law firm to go head-to-head with Young, Frutt & Berluti in the face of his abrupt firing from the firm.

  • There are major shake-ups at the firm, as tensions rise between Eugene and Alan Shore. Meanwhile, the firm takes the case of a young man who is suing the doctor he feels is responsible for the death of his wife during childbirth. Kelli Williams returns to the show to make her directorial debut.

  • With childhood friend Paul Stewart's freedom hanging in the balance, Alan Shore braces for the jury's return.

  • Alan Shore and Jimmy Berluti's mutual antagonism began the moment they met, and tensions mount when Shore is forced to seek Jimmy's help with the case of his childhood friend, Paul Stewart (Patrick Dempsey). Meanwhile, Catherine Piper (Betty White) makes a shocking revelation that could have a devastating impact on the outcome of the trial.

  • When his best friend from childhood is accused of murdering his mistress, Alan Shore returns home to defend him.

  • Jimmy Berluti and Jamie Stringer defend an elderly man, Walter Josephson, who is accused of killing a member of the local Irish mob, and Alan Shore agrees to help a friend - by any means necessary - who discovers his wife is cheating on him.

  • When the police torture a man they believe shot one of their own, Eugene, barely able to contain his emotion, takes the lead in seeking justice.

  • Alan Shore uses unorthodox tactics when he's appointed by the court to defend a young man accused of murder. Meanwhile, Tara must try her first case when she's thrown into covering Shore's previously scheduled client.

  • Alan Shore defends a twelve-year-old girl who is trying to escape an arranged marriage in her home country. Meanwhile, Eugene tries to help a man who is seeking justice for the brutal murder of his wife.

  • As a court-appointed attorney, Berluti takes an unexpected path in defending a man accused of rape. Meanwhile, Eugene and Ellenor confront both Jamie and Alan Shore when evidence of some questionable behavior comes to light.

  • Eugene and Jimmy's defense of the leader of a white supremacist group takes an unexpected turn when surprising new developments come to light. Meanwhile, Shore continues in his quest to free Roland Huff from prison, and Jamie and Eugene must come to terms with their differences.

  • Eugene struggles to defend a white supremacist whom he was appointed by the court to represent. Meanwhile, the sexual tension between Tara Wilson and Alan Shore grows, and Jamie and Eugene's interracial relationship is tested.

  • Alan Shore is troubled by Sheila Carlisle's (Sharon Stone) increasingly erratic behavior and fears for her mental - and legal - competence. Meanwhile, Shore is ordered by the court to represent a man who refuses to divulge his identity for fear that the unsavory nature of his crime will be made public.

  • Eccentric attorney Sheila Carlisle (Sharon Stone), whom Alan Shore hired on a temporary basis without consulting anyone else, takes on a lawsuit on behalf of the firm; and Ellenor finds herself in a moral dilemma when faced with the truth about her client.

  • Alan Shore agrees to help friend Sheila Carlisle (Sharon Stone), a successful attorney who claims God speaks to her, and who has subsequently been fired from her law firm for being mentally incompetent. Meanwhile there are startling new developments in the case of Brad Stanfield (Chris O'Donnell), whom Ellenor and Jamie are defending for allegedly poisoning his pregnant wife.

  • Alan Shore (James Spader), an ethically challenged anti-trust lawyer who was recently fired from his firm for embezzling, approaches Ellenor, a friend from the past, about a job. She reluctantly agrees to give him a chance, but first he must prove himself by taking over a case. Meanwhile, Eugene and Jimmy defend a woman who, fed up, shot a neighborhood drug dealer in cold blood, and Ellenor and Jamie take on the case of Brad Stanfield (Chris O'Donnell), a man who stands accused of murdering his pregnant wife.

  • Bobby drops a bombshell when he announces his resignation and appoints Eugene as senior partner. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Rebecca defend a man who is accused of killing his sister-in-law, with an unexpected twist, and Eugene and Jamie's newfound feelings begin to develop into a relationship.

  • Bobby comes clean with Lindsay about his affair with old flame Sarah Barker (Teri Polo), and divorce seems imminent. Meanwhile, unexpected feelings arise when Eugene and Jamie work together to defend a pregnant woman who was the victim of spousal abuse and now stands accused of murder, and Claire and Jimmy defend a client who is suing a HUD housing complex for negligence.

  • A troubled woman, Grace Chapman (Andie MacDowell), hires Jimmy Berluti to handle a peculiar negotiation - which involves CBS President Les Moonves - on her behalf. Meanwhile, Lindsay and Bobby deal with his infidelity and their crumbling marriage.

  • Christopher Reeve guest stars as Kevin Healy, a man paralyzed in a car accident who seeks the firm's counsel when his wife is accused of murder. Teri Polo also guest stars as Sarah Barker, a woman from Bobby's past whose return proves a temptation. Meanwhile, Jamie defends a woman who feels she is being discriminated against because she was raped, which forces her to deal with issues from her own past.

  • Lindsay and Claire find themselves in a legal battle for refusing to break lawyer-client privilege regarding the missing body of a girl. Meanwhile, the mother of an alleged serial killer files an anti-defamation lawsuit against Helen Gamble.

  • Helen Gamble is threatened by a man Jimmy and Eugene are defending, who has been charged with the murder of three women. Meanwhile, Lindsay and Claire defend a client whose confession leads them to the body of a young girl.

  • Bobby seeks compensation for a client who served fifteen years for a murder he didn't commit. Meanwhile, Claire tries her first case with Lindsay's help, and Lucy is called for Jury Duty - much to her dismay.

  • Jimmy Berluti defends his high school crush (Rosanna Arquette), who is under investigation for a suspicious homicide, and Claire Wyatt (Chyler Leigh) interviews for a job at Lindsay's newly formed law firm.

  • Ellenor continues her desperate attempt to stop the execution of a mentally ill woman (Alfre Woodard) on death row, and the firm is torn over a controversial settlement in their case against an alcohol company.

  • Eugene and Bobby represent a client who is suing an alcohol company for the untimely death of their son due to alcoholism, and Ellenor tries to stop the execution of a mentally ill woman (Alfre Woodard) on death row.

  • Bobby has been benched due to his erratic behavior, so Eugene must take his place as lead counsel in a controversial murder case. Meanwhile Lindsay defends a killer, against her own better judgement, and Jamie is placed in a compromising situation involving a judge.

  • Torn by his sense of morality, Bobby struggles with defending his client, while Jamie tries her second case.

  • Ellenor and Eugene defend a client who is accused of killing her boyfriend, and Lindsay defends an airline that refuses to fly Arabs.

  • The firm defends a priest whose church has come under scrutiny for its unusual practices, and Bobby and Jimmy are ordered by a judge to defend a man whose crime appalls them.

  • A man who was molested by a priest years ago retains the services of the firm, and Lindsay and Jamie defend a couple who have filed complaints against each other - with unexpected results.

  • The firm defends a research facility which is being re-zoned and subsequently forced out of business by the city because of the controversial research it conducts; and Lindsay gets her first client - a woman who has been taken to court by her neighbor for allegedly denying him his 'pursuit of happiness,' due to the strange way in which she starts her day.

  • It comes to light that D.A. Kenneth Walsh may have intentionally suppressed specific evidence in Lindsay's first trial - which ended in a conviction that was set aside by the Supreme Judicial Court. The evidence, which was sent anonymously to the firm, is vital in the preparation of a new defense for Lindsay. Meanwhile, enthusiastic new associate Jamie Stringer may be taking on more than she can handle in her first case, defending a man who is charged with lewd and lascivious behavior.

Most Popular The Practice Episodes

  • Season 1 Episode 1 Pilot 3/04/1997
  • Season 2 Episode 28 Rhyme and Reason 5/11/1998
  • Season 3 Episode 18 Crossfire 3/14/1999
  • Season 2 Episode 9 Save the Mule 11/15/1997
  • Season 2 Episode 17 Burden of Proof 1/19/1998

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