Series creator David E. Kelley has provided us with series like Boston Legal, Ally McBeal, Chicago Hope, and Picket Fences. The man knows what he's doing! All his series have been successful and most have been award-winning. The Practice was the first legal series that he was the creator of as he just wrote for the series L.A. Law previously. As a series it dealt with the usual legal stuff, but because it is a Kelley series there are plenty of twists and turns and odd characters to keep you interested.
Bobby Donnell (Dylan McDermott – Three to Tango, In the Line of Fire) is the young leader of a small Boston law firm and it is hard in the beginning to keep it solvent. Despite all his passion for the law he realizes soon in that it is going to be harder than he ever imagined.
Guest appearances include Kim Raver, Ed Asner, Linda Hunt, John Laroquette, Philop Baker Hall, Jane Kaczmarek, and Melina Kanakaredes.
Episode 1: Pilot: Bobby takes the case of a young girl who is innocent of the trafficking charges brought against her. Lindsay (Kelli Williams – Mr. Jones) goes up against one of her law professors (Edward Herrmann – from television's Gilmore Girls) in a big case against a tobacco company.
Episode 2: Part 1: In order to try and keep his firms' head above water financially, Bobby goes to see his friend Jimmy (Michael Badalucco – Summer of Sam, O Brother, Where Art Thou?) who is a loans officer. Eugene (Steve Harris – Bringing Down the House, Minority Report) is working on a case for an abused wife and her son.
Episode 3: Trial and Error: Lindsay's tobacco case makes everyone worried. Bobby gets a $70,000 loan from the bank, which ends up getting Jimmy fired, so Bobby hires Jimmy as a lawyer for the firm.
Episode 4: Part IV: Lindsay's case comes to a quick and surprising ending.
Client Ronald Martin (Greg Wrangler – The Mummy Lives) is found Not Guilty, but it does not end there.
Episode 5: Part V: Bobby deals with murder charges against two clients. Eugene tries to defend a client against a robbery charge.
Episode 6: Part VI: The Braun Murder case ends and Eugene is in a tricky case of a 19-year-old who is charged with raping his 14-year-old girlfriend.
Episode 7: Reasonable Doubts: Bobby is not only doing battle in court but against the rest of the firm when he finds himself involved with a client (Kim Raver – from television's 24). He believes she is innocent of the charge of murder.
Episode 8: Betrayal: Eugene, Ellenor (Camryn Manheim – An Unfinished Life, Dark Water) and Bobby are fooled by a client. Jimmy finds himself charged with soliciting a prostitute.
Episode 9: The Blessing: Bobby is working on a case of a client who is a doctor accused of euthanizing his patient. Lindsay and Eugene take the case of an older bookie who was caught in a sting operation.
Episode 10: Dog Bite: A young girl bitten Rottweiler is Jimmy's first case. A tricky case involving a one-legged man accused of mugging a woman has all of Eugene's attention.
Episode 11: First Degree: Bobby is the lawyer for a man charged with killing his lover's husband. Eugene's client is a retiring police officer who is suing the force for making him a racist.
Episode 12: Sex, Lies and Monkeys: Lindsay goes on one date with an old boyfriend and sleeps with him only to find out he gave her a date rape drug. Jimmy takes on the case of a man who was fired because he looks like a monkey.
Episode 13: Search and Seizure: Lindsay becomes known throughout the drug dealing community as the lawyer that will get you off and she does not enjoy this reputation. A husband hires the firm to force his wife to have a C-Section in order to save the baby.
-Setting Up The Practice