L.A. Law (TV Series 1986–1994)

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L.A. Law (TV Series 1986–1994)

This popular television drama depicted life in a large Los Angeles law firm. The plots were strongly character-based and dealt with the personal lives and professional activities of the partners, associates, and staff. Scenes centered around the courtroom and the law offices. Often, an episode would open with a surprising twist, which would then be played out during the rest of the show.
USA
IMDb  6.9 /10
Metacritic   83%
Creators
Creator Steven Bochco
Creator Terry Louise Fisher
Information
Release Date1986-09-15
Runtime46mins
GenreDrama
Content RatingTV-PG (TV-PG)
AwardsWon 5 Golden Globes. Another 40 wins & 147 nominations.
Company20th Century Fox Television
CountryUSA
LanguageEnglish
Arnie Becker 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Ann Kelsey 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Douglas Brackman, Jr. 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Stuart Markowitz 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Leland McKenzie 171 episodes, 1986-1994
Roxanne Melman 150 episodes, 1986-1993
Jonathan Rollins 149 episodes, 1987-1994
Benny Stulwicz 144 episodes, 1987-1994
D.D.A. Grace Van Owen / ... 126 episodes, 1986-1992
Victor Sifuentes 107 episodes, 1986-1992
Michael Kuzak 105 episodes, 1986-1991
Abby Perkins 105 episodes, 1986-1991
Tommy Mullaney / ... 83 episodes, 1990-1994

L.A. Law

L.A. Law is an American legal drama television series that ran for eight seasons on NBC, from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994.

Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained many of Bochco's trademark features, including an ensemble cast, large number of parallel storylines, social drama, and off-the-wall humor. It reflected the social and cultural ideologies of the 1980s and early 1990s, and many of the cases featured on the show dealt with hot-topic issues such as capital punishment, abortion, racism, gay rights, homophobia, sexual harassment, AIDS, and domestic violence. The series often also reflected social tensions between the wealthy senior lawyer protagonists and their less well-paid junior staff.

In addition to its main cast, L.A. Law was also well known for featuring then relatively unknown actors and actresses in guest starring roles, who later went on to greater success in film and television including Don Cheadle, Jeffrey Tambor, Kathy Bates, David Schwimmer, Jay O. Sanders, James Avery, Gates McFadden, Bryan Cranston, CCH Pounder, Kevin Spacey, Richard Schiff, Carrie-Anne Moss, William H. Macy, Stephen Root, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi, and Lucy Liu. Several episodes of the show also included celebrities such as Vanna White, Buddy Hackett, and Mamie Van Doren appearing as themselves in cameo roles.

The show was popular with audiences and critics, and won 15 Emmy Awards throughout its run, four of which were for Outstanding Drama Series.


Synopsis

The series was set in and around the fictitious Los Angeles-based law firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, and featured attorneys at the firm and various members of the support staff. The exteriors for the law firm were shot at the FourFortyFour South Flower building in downtown Los Angeles, which was known as the 444 Flower Building at the time. The opening credits sequence of every episode began with a close-up of a car trunk being slammed shut revealing a personalized California license plate "LA LAW". For the first seven seasons, the model car used was a Jaguar XJ6 Series III; for the 8th and final season, the Jaguar was replaced with a 1993 Bentley Continental R. Both cars carried registration stickers indicating the year in which each season began. Two different musical openings for the show's theme were used: a saxophone riff (as performed by David Sanborn), for episodes that were lighter in tone; and an ominous synthesizer chord, for more serious storylines.


Cast and characters

The show's original ensemble cast:

CharacterActorOccupationSeasons
12345678Film
Leland McKenzieRichard DysartSenior PartnerMain
Douglas Brackman, Jr.Alan RachinsManaging Partner/Interim Senior PartnerMain
Arnold (Arnie) BeckerCorbin BernsenPartnerMain
Ann KelseyJill EikenberryAssociate/PartnerMain
Stuart MarkowitzMichael TuckerAssociate/PartnerMain
Roxanne MelmanSusan RuttanSecretaryMainGuestMain
Michael KuzakHarry HamlinPartnerMainMain
Grace Van OwenSusan DeyDeputy District Attorney/Superior Court Judge/Of Counsel/PartnerMainMain
Victor SifuentesJimmy SmitsAssociateMainGuest
Abby PerkinsMichele GreeneAssociateMainMain
Jonathan RollinsBlair UnderwoodAssociate/PartnerMain
Benny StulwiczLarry DrakeOffice MessengerGuestMain
Tommy MullaneyJohn SpencerAssociate/Assistant District AttorneyMain
Zoey ClemmonsCecil HoffmanAssistant District AttorneyMain
Cara Jean "C.J." LambAmanda DonohoeAssociateMain
Gwen TaylorSheila KelleySecretary/Law InternRecurringMain
Frank KittredgeMichael CumpstyTenantMain
Susan BloomConchata FerrellTenantMain
Daniel MoralesA MartinezPartnerMain
Melina ParosLisa ZaneAssociateMain
Eli LevinsonAlan RosenbergPartnerMainGuest
Denise IannelloDebi MazarSecretaryMain
Jane HallidayAlexandra PowersAssociateMain
  • Harry Hamlin as Michael Kuzak (1986–91; seasons 1–5 plus reunion film)
  • Susan Dey as Grace van Owen (1986–92; seasons 1–6 not including the pilot, plus reunion film)
  • Corbin Bernsen as Arnie Becker (1986–94; seasons 1–8 plus reunion film)
  • Jill Eikenberry as Ann Kelsey (1986–94; seasons 1–8 plus reunion film)
  • Alan Rachins as Douglas Brackman, Jr. (1986–94; seasons 1–8 plus reunion film)
  • Michele Greene as Abby Perkins (1986–91; seasons 1–5 plus reunion film)
  • Jimmy Smits as Victor Sifuentes (1986–91, 1992; seasons 1–5, guest appearances season 6)
  • Michael Tucker as Stuart Markowitz (1986–94; seasons 1–8 plus reunion film)
  • Susan Ruttan as Roxanne Melman (1986–93; seasons 1–7; special guest appearance season 8 plus reunion film)
  • Richard Dysart as Leland McKenzie (1986–94; seasons 1–8 plus reunion film)
  • Blair Underwood as Jonathan Rollins (1987–94; seasons 2–8)
  • Larry Drake as Benny Stulwicz (1987–94; recurring season 2, regular seasons 3–8 plus reunion film)
  • Sheila Kelley as Gwen Taylor (1990–93; recurring seasons 4 & 5, regular seasons 6 & 7)
  • Amanda Donohoe as Cara Jean "C.J." Lamb (1990–92; seasons 5 & 6)
  • John Spencer as Tommy Mullaney (1990–94; seasons 5–8)
  • Cecil Hoffman as Zoey Clemmons (1991–92; seasons 5–7)
  • Michael Cumpsty as Frank Kittredge (1991–92; season 6)
  • Conchata Ferrell as Susan Bloom (1991–92; season 6)
  • A Martinez as Daniel Morales (1992–94; seasons 7 & 8)
  • Lisa Zane as Melina Paros (1992–93; season 7)
  • Alan Rosenberg as Eli Levinson (1993–94; season 8 plus reunion film (uncredited))
  • Debi Mazar as Denise Iannello (1993–94; season 8)
  • Alexandra Powers as Jane Halliday (1993–94; season 8)

Recurring characters

  • Patricia Huston as Hilda Brunschwager, Brackman's secretary (1986–88; seasons 1 & 2; recurring)
  • Bernie Hern as Judge Sidney Schroeder (1986–87; seasons 1 & 2; 1991; season 5; recurring)
  • John Hancock as Judge Richard Armand (1986–87; season 1; 1989–1991; seasons 4–6; recurring)
  • Anne Haney as Judge Marilyn Travelini (1986–94; seasons 1–8; recurring)
  • Cynthia Harris as Iris Hubbard, McKenzie's secretary and law intern (1986–87; season 1; recurring)
  • George Coe as Judge Wallace R. Vance (1986–91; seasons 1–6; recurring)
  • Jerry Hardin as D.A. Malcolm Gold (1986–92; seasons 1–6; recurring)
  • Carmen Argenziano as Neil Robertson, a lawyer (1986–92; seasons 1–6; recurring)
  • Michael Fairman as Judge Douglas McGrath (1986–94; seasons 1–8; recurring)
  • Bruce Kirby as D.A. Bruce Rogoff (1986–91; seasons 1–5; recurring)
  • Michael Holden as D.A. George Handeman (1987; 1992; seasons 1 & 6; recurring)
  • Joanna Frank as Sheila Brackman, Douglas Brackman's wife (1987–88; seasons 1–3; 1992–94; seasons 6–8; recurring)
  • Annie Abbott as Judge Janice L. Neiman (1987–94; seasons 2–8; recurring)
  • Diane Delano as Rhonda Vasek (1987; season 2; recurring)
  • Ellen Blake as Elizabeth Brand, Kuzak's secretary (1987–90; seasons 2–4; recurring)
  • Jeff Silverman as Erroll Farrell (1987–88; season 2; recurring)
  • Daniel Benzali as Judge Donald Phillips (1988; 1991–1993; season 2; seasons 5–7; recurring)
  • Paul Regina as Felix Echeverria, a lawyer (1988–92; seasons 2–6; recurring)
  • Don Sparks as Russell Spitzer, a lawyer (1988–93; seasons 2–7; recurring)
  • Earl Boen as Judge Walter L. Swanson (1988–93; seasons 2–8; recurring)
  • Leonard Stone as Judge Paul Hansen (1988; 1991–94; season 2; seasons 5–8; recurring)
  • James Avery as Judge Michael Conover (1988–92; seasons 2–6 recurring)
  • Raye Birk as Judge Steven Lang (1988–93; seasons 2–7; recurring)
  • Dann Florek as Dave Meyer, a direct-mail businessman and Roxanne's husband (1988–93; seasons 2–8; recurring plus reunion film)
  • Wayne Northrop as Bill Ringstrom (1988–89; season 3; recurring)
  • Nancy Vawter as Dorothy Wyler, an associate (1988–89; season 3; recurring)
  • Gerald Anthony as Ross Burnett (1988–89; season 3; recurring)
  • Joyce Hyser as Allison Gottlieb, a filmmaker and Sifuentes' girlfriend (1989–90; seasons 3 & 4; recurring)
  • Stan Kamber as Judge Harlan Shubow (1989–91; seasons 3–6; recurring)
  • Renée Jones as Diana Moses, a law intern and Rollins' girlfriend (1989–90; seasons 3–5; recurring)
  • Bruce Fairbairn as Sheldon Ganz, a lawyer (1989–92; seasons 3–7; recurring)
  • Amanda Plummer as Alice Hackett, Benny Stulwicz' girlfriend (1989–90; seasons 3 & 4; recurring)
  • Wayne Tippit as Leo Hackett, Alice's father (1989–90; seasons 3 & 4; recurring)
  • Keith Mills as Judge Walter Green (1989–93; seasons 3–8; recurring)
  • Jennifer Hetrick as Corrinne Hammond, Becker's wife (1989–91; seasons 4 & 5; recurring)
  • Carl Lumbly as Dr. Earl Williams, a murder trial suspect and Kuzak's client (1989–90; season 4; recurring)
  • Lorinne Vozoff as Judge Roberta Harbin (1989–92; seasons 4 & 6; recurring)
  • Vonetta McGee as Jackie Williams, Earl's wife (1989–90; season 4; recurring)
  • Veronica Cartwright as Margaret Flanagan, the assistant district attorney who prosecutes Earl Williams (1989–92; seasons 4 & 6; recurring)
  • Diana Muldaur as Rosalind Shays, a ruthless, greedy and manipulative associate and the series' main antagonist (1989–91; seasons 4 & 5; recurring)
  • Lillian Lehman as Judge Mary Harcourt (1989–94; seasons 4–8; recurring)
  • Courtney Thorne-Smith as Kimberly Dugan, a cheerleader whom Kuzak dates (1990; season 4; recurring)
  • Lawrence Dobkin as U.S. District Judge Saul Edelstein (1990–94; seasons 4–8; recurring)
  • Jordan Baker as ADA Marcia Fusco (1990; seasons 4 & 5; recurring)
  • Concetta Tomei as Susan Hauber, a lawyer (1990–93; seasons 4–8; recurring)
  • Vincent Gardenia as Murray Melman, Roxanne's estranged father (1990; seasons 4 & 5; recurring)
  • Stanley Grover as Judge Richard Lobel (1990–94; seasons 4–8; recurring)
  • Denis Arndt as Jack Sollers, a lawyer (1990–91; season 5; recurring)
  • Tom Verica as Billy Castroverti, an associate (1991; seasons 5 & 6; recurring)
  • Brad Sherwood as Ned Barron (1991–92; season 6; recurring)
  • Lauren Lane as Julie Rayburn (1991–92; season 6; recurring)
  • Lynne Thigpen as D.A. Ruby Thomas (1991–92; seasons 6 & 7 recurring)
  • Anthony DeSando as Alex DePalma, an associate (1992; season 6; recurring)
  • Alison Tucker as Sarah Alder, Stuart Markowitz's illegitimate daughter (1992; season 6; recurring)
  • David Schwimmer as Dana Romney, a troublesome city attorney and minor antagonist (1992–93; season 7; recurring)
  • Shelley Berman as Ben Flicker, a film studio mogul whom Becker does business with (1992–93; season 7; recurring)
  • Anne Twomey as Linda Salerno, Gwen's homicidal stalker (1993; season 7; recurring)
  • Joe Grifasi as Dominic Nuzzi, a gambler friend of Benny's (1993–94; seasons 7 & 8; recurring)
  • Kathleen Wilhoite as Rosalie Hendrickson Stulwicz, a woman whom Benny dates and later marries (1993–94; seasons 7 & 8; recurring)
  • Steven Eckholdt as Patrick Flanagan, a charismatic, but unethical and manipulative associate and a minor antagonist for the final episodes (1994; season 8; recurring)

Series history

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
122September 15, 1986April 9, 19872117.4
220October 15, 1987May 5, 19881218.3
319November 3, 1988May 18, 19891317.6
422November 2, 1989May 17, 19901617.4
522October 18, 1990May 16, 19912314.8
622October 10, 1991May 21, 19922813.3
722October 22, 1992May 27, 1993TBATBA
822October 7, 1993May 19, 1994TBATBA
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L.A. Law's two-hour pilot movie aired on Monday, September 15, 1986. An encore aired in place of Saturday Night Live on September 27, 1986, being a rare scripted rerun in that late-night slot.

The original time period was Friday 10PM following Miami Vice, but after struggling there, it assumed NBC's prized Thursday 10PM (9PM Central) time slot in the Must See TV primetime block from another Bochco-produced show, Hill Street Blues (where he had been fired from). The show was itself eventually replaced by another hit ensemble drama, ER.

Co-creator Terry Louise Fisher was fired from the series in season 2 and filed a well-publicized lawsuit with Bochco and the studio. Bochco and Fisher had also co-created the 1987 John Ritter series Hooperman for ABC.

The scene in season 5 where Leland McKenzie (Richard Dysart) was shown in bed with his enemy Rosalind Shays (Diana Muldaur) was ranked as the 38th greatest moment in television (the list originally appeared in an issue of EGG Magazine). The episode "Good To The Last Drop" in which Rosalind met her demise—falling into an open elevator shaft—was ranked #91 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time. It was referenced in The Star Trek Encyclopedia (prior to L.A. Law, Muldaur had played Dr. Katherine Pulaski during season 2 of Star Trek: The Next Generation) in which Pulaski's biography says: "There is no truth to the rumor that an ancestor of Dr. Pulaski was killed falling down the elevator shaft at a prestigious Los Angeles law firm."

After co-writing the feature film, From the Hip, Boston attorney David E. Kelley was hired by Bochco during the first season of L.A. Law. Kelley went on to critical and commercial success as show-runner of the series before leaving to create Picket Fences. While on L.A. Law, Kelley and Bochco co-created Doogie Howser, M.D. as the first Steven Bochco Productions series for a major, ten-series deal with ABC. Shortly thereafter, Bochco was offered the job as President of ABC Entertainment, but he turned it down.

At the height of the show's popularity in the late-1980s, attention was focused upon a fictitious sexual technique named the "Venus Butterfly" in season 1. The only clue describing the technique was a vague reference to "ordering room service". Fans and interested persons flooded the show's producers with letters asking for more details about this mysterious technique.

The show won GLAAD’s first Media Award for Outstanding Drama Series in 1990, which it shared with Heartbeat. The first lesbian kiss on television occurred on the show in 1991 ("He's a Crowd", Season 5, Episode 12), between the characters of C.J. Lamb (played by Amanda Donohoe) and Abby (Michele Greene).

The show tied itself into the events of the Los Angeles riots of 1992, which were prompted by the acquittal of four white police officers who were put on trial for the videotaped beating of black motorist Rodney King. In a scene reminiscent of the Reginald Denny incident, tax attorney Stuart Markowitz is struck on the head by a rioter, and ends up having serious head injuries, causing a number of problems for him and his wife for several episodes as a result. Douglas Brackman, their boss, is also arrested in the mayhem of the riots as he is on his way to get remarried.

After the fifth season, Kelley left the show. Patricia Green and Rick Wallace were his replacements as executive producer. Green was the main creative force. Her character additions amid cast turnover were met with mixed reaction. She left the show in January 1992. Kelley and Bochco returned to write episodes and Bochco moved back to executive producer from consultant while Kelley stayed consultant. Bochco left the executive producer position after the sixth season and John Tinker and John Masius were brought in to run the seventh season. Kelley exited as consultant. Amid plummeting ratings during the seventh season, co-executive producers John Tinker & John Masius were fired midseason, and while the show went on hiatus, William M. Finkelstein was brought in to fix it. Tinker and Masius had brought a whimsical, soap-operatic tone to the series for which they had been known on St. Elsewhere. Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson) appeared in a Homer costume and hired the attorneys in the seventh-season premiere. That episode also reflected on the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Finkelstein reined in the series, returning to the serious legal cases that made the series famous.

In the eighth and final season, the characters of Eli Levinson (Alan Rosenberg) and Denise Iannello (Debi Mazar) were transplanted from the canceled Bochco legal series Civil Wars, which had run on ABC from 1991–1993. Eli Levinson was revealed to be Stuart Markowitz's cousin. During the final season, the series went on hiatus in January 1994 to launch the second season of Homicide: Life on the Street. When that series succeeded wildly with a guest appearance by Robin Williams, it was expected that L.A. Law would conclude that May and Homicide: Life on the Street would succeed it on Thursdays in the fall. However, ER tested so well that Warner Bros. executives campaigned network president Warren Littlefield to give that series the prized Thursday slot.

The series ended in 1994, although a one-off reunion show, L.A. Law: The Movie, aired in 2002, and featured most of the main cast from the series (except Smits, Underwood, Donohoe, and Spencer). Reruns were shown on Lifetime and later A&E during the 1990s and 2000s.


Reception

Any lawyer who doesn't watch L.A. Law the night before he's going to trial is a fool.— A New York attorney, on the show's influence on juries

Because of its popularity, L.A. Law had great influence on how Americans viewed the law and lawyers. The New York Times described it as "television's most serious attempt to date to portray American law and the people who practice it ... L.A. Law, perhaps more than any other force, has come to shape public perceptions about lawyers and the legal system". Attorneys reported that the show had affected how they dressed and spoke to juries (and, possibly, how those juries decided cases), and clients came to expect that cases could be tried and decided within a week. The number of applicants to law school rose because of how it glamorized the profession (including, as one law school dean stated, "the infinite possibilities for sex"), professors used L.A. Law as a teaching aid to discuss with their students legal issues episodes raised, and law journal articles analyzed the meaning of its plotlines. The show reportedly taught future lawyers things law school did not, such as time management and how to negotiate, and an attorney stated that the show accurately depicted life at a small law firm.

One law professor wrote in the Yale Law Journal that L.A. Law "has conveyed more 'bytes' of information (truthful or not), more images about lawyers, than all the Legal Studies programs, all the op-ed pieces, all the PBS shows put together." The show was "a massive distortion of reality ... the lawyers of L.A. Law are caricatures", he stated, but "caricatures are always caricatures of something, and that has to be real". Another wrote in the issue that the show "subtracts eighty to ninety-nine percent of lawyers' real work lives" and overemphasized the glamor of the rest. Unlike other works of legal fiction such as Perry Mason and Presumed Innocent, however, which are essentially mysteries that lawyers solve, L.A. Law's plots taught its tens of millions of viewers torts, ethics, and other basic legal ideas and dilemmas that comprise the first year of a legal education.


Home media

Revelation Films has released all eight seasons of LA Law on DVD in the UK (Region 2). This is the first time the show has been released on DVD anywhere in the world.

On April 18, 2016, Revelation Films released L.A. Law – The Complete Collection on DVD in the UK. The 46-disc box set features all 171 episodes of the series in special collectors packaging.

In Region 1, Shout! Factory has released the first three seasons on DVD.

DVD nameEp#Release dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
Season One22February 25, 2014January 23, 2012N/A
Season Two20May 20, 2014June 4, 2012N/A
Season Three19September 23, 2014September 17, 2012N/A
Season Four22N/AFebruary 11, 2013N/A
Season Five22N/AAugust 19, 2013N/A
Season Six22N/ANovember 25, 2013N/A
Season Seven22N/AMarch 21, 2016N/A
Season Eight22N/AMarch 21, 2016N/A
Complete Series171N/AApril 18, 2016N/A

Accolades

The show won numerous awards, including 15 Emmy Awards. It won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1991. It was also nominated for the award in 1988 and 1992. Some of the actors, such as Larry Drake and Jimmy Smits, also received Emmys for their performances. The series shares the Emmy Award record for most acting nominations by regular cast members (excluding the guest performer category) for a single series in one year with Hill Street Blues and The West Wing.

For the 1988–1989 season, nine cast members were nominated for Emmys. Larry Drake, Jimmy Smits, and Richard Dysart were the only one to win (for Supporting Actor). The others nominated were: Michael Tucker (for Lead Actor); Jill Eikenberry and Susan Dey (both for Lead Actress); and Amanda Donohoe, Susan Ruttan, Michele Greene, and Conchata Ferrell (all for Supporting Actress).

L.A. Law won a Latino Image Award.

It was listed as #42 on Entertainment Weekly's list of The New Classics in the July 4, 2008 issue.

Primetime Emmy Awards

YearCategoryNominee(s)Episode(s)Result
1987Outstanding Drama SeriesWon
Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesGregory Hoblit"Pilot"Won
Donald Petrie"The Venus Butterfly"Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesSteven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher"The Venus Butterfly"Won
William M. Finkelstein"Sidney, the Dead-Nosed Reindeer"Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesCorbin BernsenNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesSusan DeyNominated
Jill EikenberryNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesJimmy SmitsNominated
Michael TuckerNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSusan RuttanNominated
Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama SeriesAlfre Woodard"Pilot"Won
Jeanne Cooper"The Venus Butterfly"Nominated
1988Outstanding Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesGregory Hoblit"The Wizard of Odds"Nominated
Kim Friedman"Hand Roll Express"Nominated
Win Phelps"Full Marital Jacket"Nominated
Sam Weisman"Beauty and Obese"Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesTerry Louise Fisher & David E. Kelley"Beauty and Obese"Nominated
Terry Louise Fisher, David E. Kelley & Steven Bochco"Full Marital Jacket"Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesCorbin BernsenNominated
Michael TuckerNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesSusan DeyNominated
Jill EikenberryNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesLarry Drake"Full Marital Jacket"Won
Jimmy SmitsNominated
Alan RachinsNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSusan Ruttan"Leaping Lizards"Nominated
1989Outstanding Drama SeriesWon
Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesEric Laneuville"I'm In The Nude For Love"Nominated
John Pasquin"To Live And Diet In L.A."Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesSteven Bochco, David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein & Michele Gallery"His Suit Is Hirsute"Nominated
David E. Kelley"I'm In The Nude For Love"Nominated
David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein, Michele Gallery & Judith Parker"Urine Trouble Now"Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama SeriesMichael TuckerNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesSusan DeyNominated
Jill EikenberryNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesLarry Drake"America the Beautiful"Won
Jimmy SmitsNominated
Richard DysartNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSusan Ruttan"Romancing The Drone"Nominated
Amanda Plummer"Urine Trouble Now"Nominated
Michele Greene"America The Beautiful"Nominated
1990Outstanding Drama SeriesWon
Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesWin Phelps"Noah's Bark"Nominated
Rick Wallace"The Last Gasp"Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesDavid E. Kelley"Blood, Sweat & Fears"Won
David E. Kelley & William M. Finkelstein"Bang... Zoom... Zap"Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesJill EikenberryNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesJimmy Smits"Blood, Sweat and Fears"Won
Larry DrakeNominated
Richard DysartNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesSusan Ruttan"The Good Human Bar"Nominated
Diana Muldaur"Whatever Happened to Hannah?"Nominated
1991Outstanding Drama SeriesWon
Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesTom Moore"God Rest Ye Murray Gentleman"Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesDavid E. Kelley"On The Toad Again"Won
Judith Feldman & Sarah Woodside Gallagher"Lie Harder"Nominated
David E. Kelley, Patricia Green & Alan Brennert"Mutinies On The Banzai"Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesJimmy Smits"God Rest Ye Murray Gentleman"Nominated
Richard Dysart"The Beverly Hills Hangers"Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesDiana Muldaur"He's a Crowd"Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama SeriesJohn Glover"God Rest Ye Murray Gentleman"Nominated
1992Outstanding Drama SeriesNominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama SeriesRick Wallace"Say Goodnight Gracie"Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesRichard Dysart"Monkey on My Back Lot"Won
Jimmy Smits"Say Goodnight Gracie"Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesConchata Ferrell"P.S. Your Shrink Is Dead"Nominated
1994Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesJill Eikenberry"Safe Sex"Nominated

Golden Globe Awards

YearCategoryNominee(s)Result
1987Best Television Series – DramaWon
1988Best Television Series – DramaWon
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – DramaHarry HamlinNominated
Michael TuckerNominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – DramaSusan DeyWon
Jill EikenberryNominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAlan RachinsNominated
1989Best Television Series – DramaNominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – DramaHarry HamlinNominated
Corbin BernsenNominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – DramaSusan DeyNominated
Jill EikenberryWon
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionLarry DrakeNominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionSusan RuttanNominated
1990Best Television Series – DramaNominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – DramaHarry HamlinNominated
Corbin BernsenNominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – DramaSusan DeyNominated
Jill EikenberryNominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionLarry DrakeNominated
Michael TuckerNominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionSusan RuttanNominated
1991Best Television Series – DramaNominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – DramaSusan DeyNominated
Jill EikenberryNominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionJimmy SmitsNominated
Blair UnderwoodNominated
1992Best Television Series – DramaNominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – DramaSusan DeyNominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionLarry DrakeNominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAmanda DonohoeWon