The Practice

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  • TV-14
  • 1997
  • 8 Seasons
  • 7.7  (8,065)

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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Cheers (a.k.a Adjourned: Series Finale)
22. Cheers (a.k.a Adjourned: Series Finale)
May 16, 2004
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.
New Hoods on the Block
21. New Hoods on the Block
May 2, 2004
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.
Comings and Goings
20. Comings and Goings
April 25, 2004
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.
The Firm
19. The Firm
April 18, 2004
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.
The Case Against Alan Shore (3)
18. The Case Against Alan Shore (3)
March 28, 2004
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.
War of the Roses (2)
17. War of the Roses (2)
March 21, 2004
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.
In Good Conscience (1)
16. In Good Conscience (1)
March 14, 2004
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.
Mr. Shore Goes to Town (3)
15. Mr. Shore Goes to Town (3)
March 7, 2004
With childhood friend Paul Stewart's freedom hanging in the balance, Alan Shore braces for the jury's return.
Pre-Trial Blues (2)
14. Pre-Trial Blues (2)
February 22, 2004
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.
Going Home (1)
13. Going Home (1)
February 15, 2004
When his best friend from childhood is accused of murdering his mistress, Alan Shore returns home to defend him.
Avenging Angels
12. Avenging Angels
January 18, 2004
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.
Police State
11. Police State
January 11, 2004
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.
Equal Justice
10. Equal Justice
December 7, 2003
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.
Victims' Rights
9. Victims' Rights
November 30, 2003
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.
Concealing Evidence
8. Concealing Evidence
November 23, 2003
Alan Shore uses questionable, if not illegal, tactics in representing his clients - Ted Grayson, a mentally unstable man accused of murder, and Karen Evanson, a woman who claims her husband's suicide was induced by a prescription drug.
Rape Shield
7. Rape Shield
November 9, 2003
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.
The Lonely People (2)
6. The Lonely People (2)
November 2, 2003
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.
The Heat of Passion (1)
5. The Heat of Passion (1)
October 26, 2003
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.
Blessed Are They (3)
4. Blessed Are They (3)
October 19, 2003
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.
Cause of Action (2)
3. Cause of Action (2)
October 12, 2003
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.
The Chosen (1)
2. The Chosen (1)
October 5, 2003
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.
We the People
1. We the People
September 28, 2003
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.
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Description

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.The Practice is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (205 episodes). The series first aired on March 4, 1997.

Where to Watch The Practice

The Practice is available for streaming on the FOX website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Practice on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    March 4, 1997
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (8,065)