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Boston Legal

Boston Legal

ABC 2004

Led by an Emmy® Award-winning cast, Boston Legal tells the professional and personal stories of a group of brilliant but often emotionally-challenged attorneys. James Spader and William Shatner play Alan Shore and Denny Crane, unlikely kindred spirits among the brigade of high-priced litigators at Crane, Poole & Schmidt. In addition, Shirley Schmidt (played by five-time Emmy® winner Candice Bergen), a founding partner of the firm, continues to help bring order to the chaotic office. She keeps a vigilant eye on all, particularly Denny Crane, with whom she shares a checkered past. Fast-paced and wildly comedic, the series confronts social and moral issues, while its characters continually stretch the boundaries of the law.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Boston Legal

Boston Legal - S3E25

#1 - None


Season 3 - Episode 25

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 0 votes.

Boston Legal - S4E7

#2 - Attack of the Xenophobes


Season 4 - Episode 7

Whitney and Katie defend an ex-cop charged with murder, but are shocked to find that the main piece of evidence is an MRI of his brain that "proves" he is a racist. Alan defends Denny in court when he is charged with wrongful termination after firing an associate for being too fat. Meanwhile, Carl is furious when once again Clarence is caught on YouTube in drag, and Jerry is nervous about taking his new relationship with Leigh to the next level.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 185 votes.

Boston Legal - S4E6

#3 - The Object of My Affection


Season 4 - Episode 6

Denny angers the senior partners when he fires an associate for being fat, consequently bringing a large lawsuit against the firm. Alan enlists the help of Whitney in the case of Patrice Kelly whose temporary insanity plea is not going over well with the jury in her murder trial. Meanwhile, Jerry helps a client who shares his affliction of Asperger's syndrome and begins to show some affection.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 187 votes.

Boston Legal - S4E12

#4 - Roe v. Wade, The Musical


Season 4 - Episode 12

Alan takes on one of his most controversial cases to date when he represents a man suing Missy Tiggs for stealing his sperm and impregnating herself to have a black baby. Meanwhile, Jerry has mixed feelings when Leigh asks him to help her get her job back after she's fired for hugging a student.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 175 votes.

Boston Legal - S4E3

#5 - The Chicken and the Leg


Season 4 - Episode 3

Alan represents a teenage girl who blames her high school's stand on contraceptives for her contracting AIDS, while trying to work alongside Lorraine without distraction. Meanwhile, Jerry and Katie take on the case of a woman suing her husband's psychologist for causing his death, and Shirley is furious when Denny and Carl bet a huge sum of money on the outcome of a case involving cockfighting.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 207 votes.

Boston Legal - S2E7

#6 - Truly, Madly, Deeply


Season 2 - Episode 7

Denny is called to defend a man who raped and killed a 13-year-old girl but decides he'd rather go to jail than spend his days defending murderers. Meanwhile, Alan must face his fear of clowns, and Shirley dumps a bizarre bestiality case on Denise.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 281 votes.

Boston Legal - S4E2

#7 - The Innocent Man


Season 4 - Episode 2

Alan has his hands full trying to keep Denny away from Lorraine when she is hired by Shirley as a new associate at the firm. At the same time, he and Jerry try to mold Katie into a full-fledged lawyer by preparing her for her first murder trial, but things go awry when she makes a spur-of-the-moment decision in open court. Meanwhile, Judge Weldon's request to have a baby makes Alan question his potential for fatherhood.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 192 votes.

Boston Legal - S4E9

#8 - No Brains Left Behind


Season 4 - Episode 9

Alan takes on one of his most outrageous lawsuits to date when he teams up with Denny to sue the National Guard for failing to show up when a flood wiped out a small business. Shirley is surprised when her granddaughter visits her at the office with the news that she was expelled from university for destroying government standards tests. Meanwhile, Carl has second thoughts about staying in Boston, and Lorraine comes clean to the firm about her true background.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 197 votes.

Boston Legal - S4E4

#9 - Do Tell


Season 4 - Episode 4

Shirley is compelled to help an old friend of Denny who is discharged from the army for coming out publicly as being gay, but finds resistance from the judge for challenging America during war time. Meanwhile, Alan's "word salad" returns whenever Lorraine is around, and new associate Whitney Rome is thrown into a case involving a bullfighting child whose mother wants sole custody.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 191 votes.

Boston Legal - S2E25

#10 - Squid Pro Quo


Season 2 - Episode 25

Denny once again goes head-to-head with his non-son, Donny, when he shows up in his new role as a Lawyers Without Borders representative, but Alan finds it difficult to support Denny's defense when Denny makes light of the case. Meanwhile, Marlene Stanger, known as "The Squid," is hired at the firm, and immediately attracts Alan and repels Denise.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 227 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E2
#11 - New Kids on the Block
Season 3 - Episode 2

New partner Jeffrey Coho takes on his first case at the Boston firm involving a murdered judge. Alan finds Claire's attitude towards people somewhat harsh as they both defend a transvestite who was fired for using the ladies' room. Meanwhile, Denny's blind date reveals his bigotry which comes back to haunt him.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 243 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E19
#12 - Brotherly Love
Season 3 - Episode 19

Alan recruits Denny to help him defend a man who is on trial for helping his brother kill his wife, but Denny is distracted by thoughts of Raquel Welch. Meanwhile, Brad is furious when the firm asks him to sign a "love contract", and Claire is shocked to find Clarence with another woman.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 200 votes.

Boston Legal - S2E1
#13 - The Black Widow
Season 2 - Episode 1

Alan Shore and Brad Chase represent Kelly Nolan who is on trial for poisoning her husband. Meanwhile, Tara Wilson second-chairs for Shirley Schmidt and is shocked to find that the opposing counsel is her former lover, Malcolm Holmes. Garrett Wells and Sara Holt assist Denise Bauer on a case where a Jewish man felt violated when his Christian co-workers held Bible readings in the workplace. To make things worse, Denise is served with divorce papers.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 301 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E8
#14 - Lincoln (1)
Season 3 - Episode 8

Alan helps Jerry Espenson with a client who is a suspect in her girlfriend's hanging murder, but she herself isn't sure if she's guilty.Denny defends Lincoln Meyer who is accused of killing the judge in his trial, but beings to lose interest when Lincoln's behavior becomes more and more strange.Meanwhile, Bethany's mother fights to get Denny back, and Brad and Jeffrey fight each other.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 213 votes.

Boston Legal - S1E4
#15 - Change of Course
Season 1 - Episode 4

Edwin Poole escapes from the psychiatric hospital and gets a criminal case where a man is tried for murdering a police officer and Lori is forced to help him. Alan defends one of the firm's biggest clients after she is caught stealing a scarf. Alan asks Sally to perform an unprincipled task that can help win his case but also destroy their relationship.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 389 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E20
#16 - Guise 'n Dolls
Season 3 - Episode 20

Alan once again takes on Jerry Espenson in a case involving a department store selling inappropriate dolls to children, but is hurt when Jerry's new persona begins making personal attacks. Meanwhile, Denny is in hot water after making a racist comment to a potential employee, and Shirley forces Denise to reconsider her feelings towards Brad after his proposal.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 203 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E10
#17 - The Nutcrackers
Season 3 - Episode 10

Alan defends a mother fighting for custody of her preteen daughters, who happen to be white supremacist singers.Brad and Denise try to persuade a new client against suing God for the death of her husband by lightning, and Denny tries his first major case in a while when he helps a waitress try to regain custody of her anorexic child.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 223 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E14
#18 - Selling Sickness
Season 3 - Episode 14

Judge Brown turns to Denny when he sues a company for not curing his "same-sex attraction disorder," but Denny's homophobia forces him to ask Alan to help.Shirley takes on the case of a young girl who wants to take a pill to help her forget a traumatic molestation.Meanwhile, Denise finds out she is pregnant, and asks both Brad and Jeffrey for paternity tests, and Clarence takes his relationship with Claire to the next level.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 212 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E5
#19 - Whose God is It Anyway?
Season 3 - Episode 5

Alan Shore again defends Jerry Espenson, this time against an ex-employee who claims wrongful termination, but is taken aback when opposing council turns out to be Sally Heep.Meanwhile, the Judge Hooper trial begins with shocking revelations, forcing Jeffrey to rethink his strategy, and Denny's relationship with Bethany is tested.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 245 votes.

Boston Legal - S3E16
#20 - The Good Lawyer
Season 3 - Episode 16

When Alan tries two separate cases, one includes the defense of a therapist who was fired for his belief in UFO's. In the meantime Clarence is obscured by Claire's dinner invitation; and Bethany attempts to bring out Denny's spirituality.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Boston Legal from 206 votes.

Last updated: feb 28, 2021



Best, funniest, most clever show I have ever watched. I love it, have watched it twice already and starting my third time now! If you haven't seen it yet, enjoy it, take your time and just remember: You only have one chance, to watch it for the first time :)! A mixture of: I have no idea... It should define a new genre and standard!


Denny Crane loves Alan Shore! Hope they live together to the end of the world! What a couple, what a marriage... I am hoping for an extra season or episode of marriage stories, dramas and ups and downs...


Final episode, worth running through again despite being so uneven and DEK not being able to support the large casts he assembled and churns.


This is a great legal dramedy and I love the character of Alan Shore, a personal favourite!


Denny Crane ;)


One of the best shows of its genre ever made.


A kind-of popcorn courtroom drama that is saved by it's unserious approach and a William Shatner in top form showing he has enough self-irony and humorous timing to win him an Emmy. James Spader also work as a selfish womanizer who would have lost his job in any other lawfirm than this one. A good ensemble rounds it all up, but there are a few that could at least have had a little more plot development as they usually are the other end of a joke and is seldom fleshed out as this is purely the Spader/Shatner show. Sadly the court room sequences themselves are the least interesting as the lawyers never seem to lose and is mostly a moral finger on something that creator David E. Kelley want to point out. At least the show had a satisfying ending as it came to a normal conclusion after 101 episodes.


Alan Shore. Danny Crane. Mad Cow. 10/10




Funny as hell

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