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The Practice

The Practice

ABC 1997

A provocative legal drama focused on young associates at a bare-bones Boston firm and their scrappy boss, Bobby Donnell. The show's forte is its storylines about “people who walk a moral tightrope.”

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The 10 Best Episodes of The Practice

The Practice - S4E20

#1 - Liberty Bells (2) (Season 4 - Episode 20)

Ellenor continues the Donovan case, following up on the various leads to exonerate her client.

The episode was rated 8.92 from 36 votes.

The Practice - S5E8

#2 - Mr. Hinks Goes to Town (Season 5 - Episode 8)

Lindsay defends a psychiatric patient who claims to be a serial killer. His psychiatrist claims he's only a disturbed individual looking for a little notoriety.

The episode was rated 8.88 from 34 votes.

The Practice - S6E7

#3 - Honor Code (Season 6 - Episode 7)

Bobby, Eugene and Jimmy work with an insurance company to settle the claim of a 10-year-old accident victim. But when the case presents a dilemma of moral and ethical proportions, the tension that's been brewing between Jimmy and Eugene finally boils over.

The episode was rated 8.77 from 31 votes.

The Practice - S4E13

#4 - Hammerhead Sharks (2) (Season 4 - Episode 13)

Dennis Mills maintains his innocence. The firm continues the trial, striving against all odds to exonerate Mills.

The episode was rated 8.74 from 35 votes.

The Practice - S6E23

#5 - The Verdict (Season 6 - Episode 23)

Lindsay stands trial for shooting Lawrence O'Malley, who became obsessed with her after her firm defended him in his murder trial.

The episode was rated 8.74 from 27 votes.

The Practice - S8E15

#6 - Mr. Shore Goes to Town (3) (Season 8 - Episode 15)

Fireworks erupt at Dr. Stewart's trial when shocking testimony is elicited from the defendant's strong-willed mother, a conflicted priest and a crackpot.

The episode was rated 8.73 from 26 votes.

The Practice - S5E13

#7 - The Thin Line (Season 5 - Episode 13)

Tensions at the firm are at an all-time high when Bobby is tried for the murder of William Hinks. Bobby is acquitted, though there is little to celebrate when a mysterious cassette recorder is sent to the office. Lucy and Rebecca hear Hinks' voice on the recorder, just before it triggers an explosion.

The episode was rated 8.72 from 32 votes.

The Practice - S6E8

#8 - Suffer The Little Children (Season 6 - Episode 8)

After promising the mother of a murdered teen that he'll find the drive-by shooter responsible, A.D.A. Lowe adopts a ""whatever it takes"" attitude towards the prosecution of the young gang member he thinks did it — who is defended by Ellenor. Meanwhile, Lindsay is moved to help a mentally retarded man find the daughter he lost touch with years ago as a result of being wrongfully incarcerated for over a decade.

The episode was rated 8.72 from 32 votes.

The Practice - S4E22

#9 - Life Sentence (Season 4 - Episode 22)

Ellenor defends a deaf woman who shot and killed the man who allegedly murdered her young daughter. The client's crime is captured on video in front of dozens of witnesses, leaving no doubt as to who committed the act. The only to way to exonerate the client is to manipulate the jury's heartstrings. Meanwhile Lindsay learns that Bobby hates weddings and decides to spring a surprise elopement.

The episode was rated 8.69 from 36 votes.

The Practice - S7E2

#10 - Convictions (Season 7 - Episode 2)

Lindsay's murder conviction tries Rebecca, who's handling the appeal to the Supreme Judicial Court; Jimmy's kidnapping case turns confrontational, in and out of court.

The episode was rated 8.67 from 30 votes.

The Practice - S7E7
#11 - Small Sacrifices
Season 7 - Episode 7

An accused molester's defense rattles Bobby, who's also unnerved by the reproach of a venerable priest; a case involving animal sacrifices embroils Ellenor.

The episode was rated from 23 votes.
The Practice - S5E11
#12 - An Early Frost
Season 5 - Episode 11

After Scott Wallace kills his friend, Jimmy becomes a witness for the prosecution. Bobby, meanwhile, is still defending Wallace. Lindsay is convinced that serial killer William Hinks has claimed another victim, and fears for her own life. To protect her, Bobby takes matters into his own hands

The episode was rated from 36 votes.
The Practice - S6E5
#13 - Vanished (1)
Season 6 - Episode 5

Bobby represents a couple, the Baldwins, who are haunted by the kidnapping of their son 18 years earlier. The Baldwins believe that a man named John Pierce, who is serving a prison sentence for molesting children, is the guilty culprit. At the time of the disappearance, Pierce was a suspect, but the police did not have enough evidence to charge him with the kidnapping. The Baldwins believe their son was murdered, and they just want to know the location of the body. They persuade Bobby to bring a civil lawsuit against John Pierce for the ""wrongful death"" of their son. They believe that under the threat of a lawsuit, which could jeopardize his parole, Pierce will tell them the location of their son's body. Bobby moves forward with the case, though on the witness stand, Pierce insists that he did not kidnap the boy. At the end of the episode, Bobby is approached by a young man who believes that he is the boy who was kidnapped years ago. Meanwhile, Jimmy still owes money to his bookie, Sid

The episode was rated from 30 votes.
The Practice - S3E23
#14 - Happily Ever After
Season 3 - Episode 23

Lindsay is stabbed by an unknown assailant wearing a nun's outfit during a late night at the office. Lindsay manages to utter the word 'nun' to Bobby before she passes out. Based on the information, Helen drags nuns into the courthouse for interrogation, reasoning that a nun upset over Michael (the nun killer) Kingston's acquittal may have committed the crime. Jimmy finds a photo of Lindsay with her image defaced in Judge Kittleson's office, bring a fleet of police to her home. Other suspects include Kingston himself and Joey Heric.

The episode was rated from 37 votes.
The Practice - S7E4
#15 - The Cradle Will Rock
Season 7 - Episode 4

Religious freedom figures in a criminal case. On trial: a Christian Science couple charged with the murder of their ill child, whose parents' faith forbids medical treatment.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.
The Practice - S5E9
#16 - The Deal
Season 5 - Episode 9

Scott Wallace, William Hinks, and a high profile kidnapping case converge to make this one of the most explosive episode of The Practice thus far. First, Bobby is forced to choose between his responsibilities to his client and the life of a 7-year-old girl when his client knows the kidnapped girl's wherabouts but refuses to divulge her location unless he receives a cushy plea bargain. William Hinks, the acquitted serial killer, begins stalking Lindsay. Meanwhile, an increasingly agitated Scott Wallace is fired from his job and tries to convince his employer that he deserves to be rehired.

The episode was rated from 35 votes.
The Practice - S7E10
#17 - Silent Partners
Season 7 - Episode 10

Bobby has been benched due to his erratic behavior, so Eugene must take his place as lead counsel in a controversial murder case. Meanwhile Lindsay defends a killer, against her own better judgement, and Jamie is placed in a compromising situation involving a judge

The episode was rated from 24 votes.
The Practice - S3E19
#18 - Closet Justice
Season 3 - Episode 19

Judge Hiller assigns Lindsay the repugnant task of defending nun-killer Michael Kingston. Lindsay discovers that the police search that found the body was unconstitutional and, against all her morals, moves that Kingston be released. Helen delivers an impassioned argument, stating that the constitution was designed to protect the innocent, a category that doesn't include Kingston. In the end, Judge Hiller has no choice but to strike the body from evidence and dismiss the charges. Meanwhile, Jimmy and Rebecca defend a man on solicitation charges, claiming that the undercover officer aroused the man, then announced she was a prostitute. Jimmy and Judge Kittleson arrange a private meeting.

The episode was rated from 31 votes.
The Practice - S6E2
#19 - The Candidate (2)
Season 6 - Episode 2

A sensational homicide case rocks Boston in the series' two-hour, sixth-season opener. The defendant is a charismatic state senator, who's charged with killing the man purported to be his wife's lover. Pretrial drama centers on the accounts of two key witnesses: the politician's intransigent spouse and his reticent teenage daughter. Later, courtroom skirmishes are interwoven with the sometimes contentious strategizing of prosecutor Helen Gamble and her associate, Alan Lowe; and squabbling on the defense team, led by Ellenor

The episode was rated from 28 votes.
The Practice - S3E17
#20 - Target Practice
Season 3 - Episode 17

Jimmy represents a couple suing a gun manufacturer for indirectly causing their daughter's death. Jimmy argues that the company targeted advertising at criminals and also circumvented gun laws by selling mail-order build-it-yourself assault weapons. Eugene is stunned to learn his son Kendall is selling drugs.

The episode was rated from 32 votes.

Last updated: nov 02, 2022



Very interesting to watch a old shows like this to see how some things have dramatically changed and some haven't (politics and the police) . Good show to start It did get a bit soggy in the middle but then the storylines got very interesting and then towards the end ran out of steam. It was good to see the introduction of the character Alan Shaw from Boston Legal. They don't make show like this anymore.


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