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Boston Legal - Season 1
Boston Legal - Season 1
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Avg. Customer Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars(based on 42 reviews)
Sales Rank: 1
Category: DVD

Directors: Steve Robin, Lou Antonio, Bill D'elia
Publisher: 20th Century Fox
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Label: 20th Century Fox
Format: Box Set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Dubbed), French (Dubbed), English (Original Language), English (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled)
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Media: DVD
Running Time: 739 minutes
Number Of Items: 5

UPC: 024543241133
EAN: 0024543241133

Release Date: May 23, 2006  (New: This Week)
Theatrical Release Date: October 3, 2004
Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business days

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Editorial Reviews:
The classic combination of James Spader and William Shatner is just one of many reasons to savor the inaugural 17-episode season of Boston Legal. Making its highly rated ABC debut on October 3, 2004, this darkly comedic spinoff from The Practice looked like a formulaic reworking of creator David E. Kelley's previously successful series Ally McBeal, with similar plots and quirky characters enmeshed in personal and professional affairs of the heart at the prestigious Boston law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. It quickly became apparent that Kelley, co-executive producer Bill D'Elia, and the show's magnificent ensemble cast were onto something equally fresh, funny, and infectiously entertaining. Both Shatner and Spader won Emmys for their original roles on The Practice, and the priceless pairing of the erratic, egomaniacal senior partner Denny Crane (Shatner, doing the best work of his career) and ethically challenged attorney Alan Shore (Spader, likewise) signaled the arrival of one of the finest comedic duos in TV history. Waging a two-man war on political correctness, the boisterous has-been Denny loves the sound of his own name (the mere mention of "Denny Crane" qualifies as ego-stroking foreplay), unabashedly subjects female associates to his lascivious advances, and (in creator Kelley's words) "trades on the currency of his reputation" as an undefeated trial attorney. As the show's fascinating heart and soul, Alan Shore is a walking contradiction, and Spader plays him perfectly as a charismatic, self-loathing lothario who'll bend the law to suit his higher purposes. Deeply cynical yet fiercely committed to his own complex and compassionate moral code, he's brazenly open about his sexual appetites as he savors the affections of smart, sexy associates Sally Heep (Lake Bell), and Tara Wilson (Rhona Mitra), whose relationship with Shore grows strained as the season progresses.

While senior partner Paul Lewiston (Rene Auberjonois), senior associates Denise Bauer (Julie Bowen) and ex-Marine Brad Chase (Mark Valley), and junior associate Lori Colson (Monica Potter) struggle to maintain the firm's lofty reputation, the appearance of founding partner Shirley Schmidt (Candice Bergen) elevates Boston Legal to an even higher plane of serio-comic perfection. A former flame of Denny Crane's, Schmidt arrives in episode 11 (appropriately titled "Schmidt Happens") as common-sense negotiator with a rapier wit and a clanking pair of big brass cojones, fully capable of holding her own against the Crane/Shore juggernaut. And while "An Eye for an Eye" (episode 5) is a sublime example of Boston Legal's deft combination of lunacy and courtroom complexity, it's the deeper implications of episodes like "Tortured Souls" (15) and season finale "Death Be Not Proud" (tackling a dubious death sentence in Texas) that cast these rich and wonderful characters into sharper relief, baring their souls and the courage of their convictions.

With surprising departures (Lake Bell, in episode 13), new arrivals (Kerry Washington, as new associate Chelina Hall, in episode 15) and stellar guest stars including Larry Miller (as the eccentrically unstable founding partner Edwin Poole), Philip Baker Hall, Frances Fisher, Carl Reiner, Freddie Prinze Jr., Shelley Long, and late-season regular Betty White, Boston Legal gained a large and loyal following with exceptional writing, timely social relevance, and that rare quality of chemistry that guarantees long-term appeal. Nowhere is this more apparent than the now-famous Spader/Shatner "balcony scenes" that quickly became an episode-closing tradition, with staunch Republican Denny Crane and passionate Democrat Alan Shore reflecting upon their careers, current issues, and their own devoted friendship over brandy and cigars. With these two actors together, virtually every episode ends on a high note of pensive introspection, and Boston Legal becomes even greater than the sum of its parts. DVD extras are minimal (two featurettes with cast and producers, plus deleted scenes from episode 1) but enjoyably worthwhile. --Jeff Shannon

Led by an Emmy Award-winning cast (James Spader, Denny Crane and Candice Bergen), "Boston Legal" tells the professional and personal stories of a group of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. Fast-paced and darkly comedic, the series confronts social and moral issues, while its characters continually stretch the boundaries of the law.

Customer Reviews:   Read 37 more reviews...

5 out of 5 stars The show I hate to love   May 29, 2006
This is one of the few shows that annoys me on a weekly basis, yet I still look forward to watching. I have been a James Spader fan since the 1980's. He has perfected his smarminess into something that is great to watch. I had no idea how funny he and William Shatner could be together. My dad loves the show too. I hope it will be around for a few more seasons.

5 out of 5 stars Up there with Lost and Desperate Housewives   May 28, 2006
  0 out of 1 found this review helpful

This show is great with humor that can make your day. Alan Shore is an individual that you can't help but relate to, and Denny Crane is just laughably fantastic. The only gripe I have with this program is the dismissal of so many cast members through the second season. I recommend this show wholeheartedly to any and every one that considers themself someone with an iota of smarts.

5 out of 5 stars Best show on Television   May 28, 2006
  2 out of 4 found this review helpful

This has been such an outstanding series. The acting and script are intelligent and witty. It is a curious blend of timely drama and off-humor. I am waiting for season two to come out so I can purchase it. I wish that they would put out the last season of "The Practice" which led to this gemstone. I would gladly purchase it as well. I strongly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys those brief moments when television surprises us with something that isn't prepackaged and sterile.

5 out of 5 stars The BEST of the BEST!!!   May 27, 2006
  2 out of 4 found this review helpful

Simply this: Intelligent, incredibly funny, perfect on-screen chemistry between the entire cast, and wonderfully addictive! It's the only show that let's you put the chaotic world on hold for an hour.

5 out of 5 stars Great Show   May 26, 2006
  3 out of 5 found this review helpful

Boston Legal gets better and better and better each week. In each episode, they find a way to touch you intellectually and emotionally. The entire cast is great but Spader and Shatner are the true stars. I can't wait to get the second season on DVD.

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