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Ally McBeal

Ally McBeal

FOX 1997

Ally McBeal is a young lawyer working at the Boston law firm Cage and Fish. Ally's lives and loves are eccentric, humorous, dramatic with an incredibly overactive imagination that's working overtime!

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The 10 Best Episodes of Ally McBeal

Ally McBeal - S3E16

#1 - Boy Next Door


Season 3 - Episode 16

Billy represents a woman in an annulment action case, who's deeply religious husband wants out of the marriage. Meanwhile, John gets trapped in an elevator with his legs dangling out the door. Nelle pulls another sleazy stunt.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 44 votes.

Ally McBeal - S3E11

#2 - Over the Rainbow


Season 3 - Episode 11

"...And the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true." Georgia sues Cage, Fish and the firm for the destruction of her marriage. She cites many issues as leading to Billy's breakdown and the ultimate dissolution of their marriage.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 46 votes.

Ally McBeal - S5E22

#3 - Bygones


Season 5 - Episode 22

After Maddie passes out Ally finds out she is suffering from a nervous reaction to all the changes in her life, so Ally decides that the only way she can help her daughter is to move back to New York. While the news come as a big shock to the firm, Richard anticipates his wedding with Liza so Ally can attend the ceremony. While spending her last hours in the town, Ally gets a visit from Renee, Georgia and afterwards, Billy as a ghost...

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 30 votes.

Ally McBeal - S3E10

#4 - Just Friends


Season 3 - Episode 10

Ally has a romantic dream about Cage and wakes up thinking that he may be the one for her. When she finally gets up the courage to tell him, he admits that he often thought she might be the one for him also. Meanwhile, Elaine goes on a date with a great guy only to learn that he asked her out because his friend said she was easy.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 43 votes.

Ally McBeal - S4E8

#5 - The Man with the Bag


Season 4 - Episode 8

John and Nelle defend her father who was fired from his job as a teacher because he claims he's Santa Claus; Ally feels threatened when Larry's ex comes to town;Richard and Ling lip synch at the office Christmas party.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 47 votes.

Ally McBeal - S2E18

#6 - Those Lips, That Hand


Season 2 - Episode 18

Cage and Fish's firm gets a capital case to defend a man accused of murdering his comatose wife. He insists he fired up the chainsaw and cut off her hand after she was dead. Renee, who is prosecuting, has the testimony of the coroner who thinks the wife was alive and that the amateur surgery gave her a heart attack. Billy and Georgia continue to patch up their marriage after Billy's indiscretion with Ally. Billy and Georgia are working on a case in which they are representing a man suing to get his job back with and insurance company who fired him over a bad hair day.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 45 votes.

Ally McBeal - S3E8

#7 - Blue Christmas


Season 3 - Episode 8

Elaine finds a real, live six-week-old baby in a nativity scene manger and wants to keep him. Cage and Ally represent Elaine in her fight to gain custody, while the rest of the office (full of child-less lawyers) become enchanted with the baby. Even Ling considers having children. Billy attempts to reconcile with Georgia. Meanwhile, Ally and Renee bet $1000 that one can "out-sex" the other by singing suggestive holiday songs on stage at the bar.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 43 votes.

Ally McBeal - S1E10

#8 - Boy to the World


Season 1 - Episode 10

Judge Whipper Cone asks Ally to take on a pro-bono case of a young prostitute up on her third solicitation charge. Fish, meanwhile, wants to sue his uncle's church for discrimination, due to his uncle's overt bigotry towards vertically challenged people (short people). The church's contention is that they cannot support bigotry of any kind and allowing the uncle a service and proper burial is tantamount to endorsing the appalling views. Fish promises he will not propagate the attitudes in his eulogy. Renee talks Ally into double dating with the salad-dressing-on-the-chin guy if the Biscuit is invited.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 75 votes.

Ally McBeal - S2E22

#9 - Love's Illusions


Season 2 - Episode 22

Ally is having weird dreams about moments from her childhood, some good, some painful. But each compels her to wrestle with the question of true love. Can it be real or must it inevitably be just an illusion? Ally's latest case is calling the issue into question as she and John Cage are representing a woman charged in Criminal Court with fraud. Barry Philbrick has testified that his wife, Kelly Philbrick married him solely for his money. He claims that at the time of their marriage, she wasn't in love with him, that her wedding vow was a lie and that she admitted it in a letter to a close friend that Barry found. Kelly readily admits to her lack of feelings for Barry: she loved him but she was never in love with him. On the stand Kelly admitted that she had been writing to an imaginary friend: the man of her dreams, who then became the standard by which every real man in her life had to measure up too.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 45 votes.

Ally McBeal - S3E14

#10 - The Oddball Parade


Season 3 - Episode 14

Cage and Fish represent a group of "oddballs" who were fired by a boss who claims their "oddities" were preventing them from fulfilling a new job requirement to bring in new clients, even claiming they offended some clients. Cage begins to take the case personally, considering himself an oddball. Meanwhile, Ally and Elaine enter a dance contest in which the winner gets to perform as one of Tina Turner's back-up singers at the bar and, in the end, both ladies win. Despite their differences, Billy and Ally agree to move their relationship in a different direction.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 36 votes.

Ally McBeal - S3E4
#11 - Heat Wave
Season 3 - Episode 4

"I think I'm gonna love you for a long, long time..." Risa, the bride whose wedding Ally destroyed, decides to sue Ally for intentional infliction of emotional distress. The amount is enough to keep Ally working for Risa for the rest of her life. Ally tries to get Risa's ex-fiancé, Joel, to help her, but he tells her that he really did love Risa and that Ally ruined his life.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 38 votes.

Ally McBeal - S4E2
#12 - Girls' Night Out
Season 4 - Episode 2

Richard and Ling take Cindy McCauliff's case. She was fired for refusing to take a physical, afraid people would find out she's a man. Richard and Ling, although a bit sickened with that, win the case. Cindy meets Mark at the office and they go out. Richard feels Mark has to know the truth, but Cindy says he'll know in the right time. Meanwhile, Ally organizes a models night at the club to attract men. Brian walks into the bar and is hurt by the sight of Ally dancing surrounded by men. He takes the microphone and thanks Ally for moving on so quickly. John and Nelle handle a case about a woman being sued for sexually harassing a man. They're up against Georgia and Renee, and John wins. He sleeps with the client and is a bit disappointed to find out he was a one-time-only thing.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 38 votes.

Ally McBeal - S3E15
#13 - Prime Suspect
Season 3 - Episode 15

Cage's 'oddball' client (from the previous episode) is accused of murdering his old boss and the firm gets involved in their first murder trial. Suspecting he's been set up, Ally plays detective and goes snooping for additional information. Meanwhile, back at the office, Nelle has a few surprises up her sleeve.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 42 votes.

Ally McBeal - S4E9
#14 - Reasons to Believe
Season 4 - Episode 9

"The" Nicholas Engbloom comes to Cage & Fish looking for John to help him with a murder case. Melanie West suffers with Tourette's syndrome and accidentally ran over her boyfriend. She claims to have done it on purpose, only not to be humiliated as she has been her whole life. John convinces her to tell the truth and they win the case. While handling the West case, Nicholas finds himself involved in a divorce case. His wife wants to end their long time marriage because he won't retire and she feels like she can't compete with his work. After his wife almost dies, Nicholas abandons the practice, this time forever. Meanwhile, Richard teaches Mark how to use a "sex song" in order to please Elaine in bed, and John asks Melanie on a date.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 45 votes.

Ally McBeal - S4E11
#15 - Mr. Bo
Season 4 - Episode 11

Melanie takes John to her tiny apartment (actually it's an old service elevator) and introduces him to Mr. Bo, a homeless man Melanie cares deeply for. Mr. Bo starts to stalk John around and he files a complaint against him. After Melanie convinces him to drop the charges, she reveals that Mr. Bo is in fact her father and John will have to wrestle him in order to go on seeing her. Meanwhile, Richard organizes a twist contest at the bar and while Elaine freaks with the possibility of losing to the babe lawyers, Nelle only enters the contest after Ling introduces her to a very hot twist instructor. And Ally takes a case of a woman who fired her secretary because she was slightly overweight and is shocked when she discovers that Cage & Fish only hire hot female lawyers.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 35 votes.

Ally McBeal - S4E12
#16 - Hats Off to Larry
Season 4 - Episode 12

Larry's son flies in from Detroit and goes to Cage & Fish looking for Ally. He wants to sue his parents for emotional damage. Ally and Sam bond, and Larry has to take him back to Detroit. He doesn't want to say goodbye to Ally, who suffers with his departure. Larry promises to return. Meanwhile, Nelle is representing her dance instructor/lover Sam Adams in court. He's suing his ex-partner for stealing his dance moves. Cindy McCauliff returns to the office looking for Richard. (S)He wants to marry a man, but after the court denies it Richard offers to perform the ceremony at the office.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 38 votes.

Ally McBeal - S5E13
#17 - Woman
Season 5 - Episode 13

Ally decided that in order for the firm to get out of the financial crisis it's going through, someone will have to be let go. She chooses Jenny, who between all the lawyers of the firm had the least number of clients and experience. Glenn takes Jenny's dismissal offensively and decides to quit, taking all his clients with him. Ally accepts his resignation, but Victor convinces her to hire him back since the firm can't afford to lose any clients. Glenn and Jenny decide to start a new firm together and leave Cage, Fish & McBeal once and for all. Now the other lawyers will have to do extra work to make up for the loss. Among the changes Ally is making on the firm, she wants Nelle to be nicer and asks her to perform at the bar, something she has never done before. Afraid of embarrassing herself, Nelle goes to Ling for help. They decide to have backing vocals, a plan that backfires when the singer who was going to dub Nelle suddenly loses her voice and Elaine has Claire Otoms to replace he

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 40 votes.

Ally McBeal - S3E7
#18 - Saving Santa
Season 3 - Episode 7

The first case Georgia brings to Renee's new firm pits them against Cage and Fish. Georgia defends Newman's, an upscale department store against Steve Mallory, who worked as the store's Santa for seventeen years. Cage represents Mallory, who claims that he was wrongfully fired because Newman wants to hire a younger, thinner Santa. Meanwhile, Ally is haunted by visions of herself as a little girl. Ally manages to bring Georgia and Billy together to talk, and Billy sees that he wants Georgia back. But Georgia is not as eager to work things out yet.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 41 votes.

Ally McBeal - S3E12
#19 - In Search of Pygmies
Season 3 - Episode 12

Ling defends a dear old friend who is asked to leave his retirement home because the director finds his exuberant imagination disruptive for other residents. While Ling tries to decide whether her friend truly believes in his make-believe world or just pretends to, he suffers from a hallucination that has fatal results. Meanwhile, Ally spots a potential cute guy and proceeds to go after him.

The episode was rated #9 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 44 votes.

Ally McBeal - S2E23
#20 - I Know Him By Heart
Season 2 - Episode 23

Ally's heart is broken and not by Billy or Greg. It's just one big stress fracture. She's come to the realization that there isn't anyone out there for her. She has her image of the perfect man, but is beginning to believe that he does not exist. Surprisingly, a pep talk from Fish leads Ally to become more proactive about her love life. Working on the, "you have to kiss a lot of frogs before finding Prince Charming theory", Ally decides to go on a dating frenzy. She also decides to go for a total hair and fashion makeover. Nelle is starting to become annoyed with John Cage because he seems to be the only one in the firm who understands Ally's imaginary love life. Nelle is worried that John and Ally feed off each other and now that she and John are a couple, she would really prefer her man to face life head on.

The episode was rated #10 Best episode of Ally McBeal from 42 votes.

Last updated: apr 11, 2021



3 Thoughts After Watching ‘Ally McBeal’: 1. ‘Ally McBeal’ is something incredibly special. It has a heart unmatched by anything else ever aired on television. It’s WAY beyond just a show about lawyers. It’s about the human condition. About love. It’ll make you LAUGH. It’ll make you CRY. (I’m putting those in caps for a reason.) It is one of my absolute favorite shows of all-time. 2. Calista Flockhart and Peter MacNicol (one of the funniest humans, EVER) are the heart of this show. It’s always at its best when they’re on screen, especially together. 3. Vonda Shepard is a national treasure. Her music is the soul of this show. It wouldn’t have been the same without her. Bonus Thought: Thank you, Barry White.


To date one of the best legal Dramas, which is even more remarkable when you think about how small budgets for TV shows in the 90ies were. [spoiler] Sadly its a tragedy - sorry, but Ally ending up alone, declaring her daughter as the thing she was looking for all these years is just sad and not a happy ending in my book (which is the actual difference between a comedy and a tragedy) [/spoiler] I don't agree, that 90ies TV Shows were more innovative in general - actually there are very few remarkable shows from the 90ies, which I guess makes the few more memorable.


****Ally McBeal nostalgia!**** "Ally McBeal" is very interesting and surprising TV-series. The unique and untypical sense of humor is, in my opinion, the greatest advantage of "Ally". The Authors of the series successfully attempted to present everyone's everyday problems in the specific form, often making use of absurd and grotesque. There are also a lot of fabulous actors in these series, who created some unforgettable and one-of-a-kind characters (especially Peter MacNicol as John Cage). Ally McBeal series is a great reminder of when tv shows were innovative and hysterical. The show viewers looked forward to seeing for good clean laughter and sometimes tears. If you want real entertainment that's fresh and binge worthy then, revisit this fantastic tv show from the late 1990's. My Score: 7/10.

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