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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 from 36 votes.

Last updated: aug 28, 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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