L.A. Law

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L.A. Law
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Premiere September 15, 1986
Finale May 19, 1994
Creator Steven Bochco
Terry Louise Fisher
Network NBC
Style 60-minute drama
Company Steven Bochco Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Seasons 8
Episodes 171 + TV Movie
Origin USA

L.A. Law is a drama that aired on NBC.

The show often combined humor and drama in the same episode. For example, in the opening of the first episode of the series, only the back and hand of partner Chaney, gripping the pages of a tax manual while seated at a desk, are seen after he has dropped dead of a heart attack. Later in that episode, in front of his partners, friends and his wife, a man at Chaney's eulogy details how he first met him at a gay bar, revealing Chaney had been bi-curious, in the closet, bisexual, or a gay man while still married.

A running gag throughout the series was the overtly promiscuous lifestyle of divorce lawyer Arnie Becker, and his chronic and constant liaisons with women, up to and including bedding some of his own clients. This once caused problems when a client used him to set up her (estranged) husband to be murdered. Series producer Steven Bochco used a similar incident in Hill Street Blues when a woman bedded one of the police officers in the squad and tricked him into shooting her ex-husband when he (apparently) broke into her house.

A running gag during Harry Hamlin's tenure was to have his character, Michael Kuzak, always shown picking, scrutinizing, and eating pastries or fruit at the morning staff meetings. He was the only one who ate from the mountains of food provided.

To some extent, the sexual peccadilloes of almost the entire cast would become fodder for episodes of the series.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Harry Hamlin Michael Kuzak 1 2 3 4 5
Susan Dey Grace Van Owen 1 2 3 4 5 6
Corbin Bernsen Arnie Becker 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Jill Eikenberry Ann Kelsey 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Alan Rachins Douglas Brackman, Jr. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Michele Greene Abby Perkins 1 2 3 4 5
Jimmy Smits Victor Sifuentes 1 2 3 4 5 6
Michael Tucker Stuart Markowitz 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Susan Ruttan Roxanne Melman 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Blair Underwood Jonathan Rollins 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Larry Drake Benny Stulwicz 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Sheila Kelley Gwen Taylor 4 5 6 7
Amanda Donohoe Cara Jean "C.J." Lamb 5 6
John Spencer Tommy Mullaney 5 6 7 8
Cecil Hoffmann Zoey Clemmons 5 6 7
Michael Cumpsty Frank Kittredge 6
Conchata Ferrell Susan Bloom 6
A Martinez Daniel Morales 7 8
Lisa Zane Melina Paros 7
Alan Rosenberg Eli Levinson 8
Debi Mazar Denise Iannello 8
Alexandra Powers Jane Halliday 8
Richard Dysart Leland McKenzie 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Patricia Huston Hilda Brunschwager 1 2
Ellen Blake Elizabeth Brand 2 3 4
Bernie Hern Judge Sidney Schroeder 1 2 5
John Hancock Judge Richard Armand 1 4 5 6
Jerry Hardin D.A. Malcolm Gold 1 3 4 5 6
Anne Haney Judge Marilyn Travelini 1 2 3 5 7 8
Cynthia Harris Iris Hubbard 1
George Coe Judge Wallace R. Vance 1 2 3 4 6
Don Sparks Russell Spitzer 2 3 5 6 7
Carmen Argenziano Attorney Neil Robertson 1 2 4 6
Michael Fairman Judge Douglas McGrath 1 2 3 5 6 7 8
Bruce Kirby D.A. Bruce Rogoff 1 2 3 4 5
Michael Holden D.A. George Handeman 1 6
Joanna Frank Sheila Brackman 1 2 3 6 7 8
Annie Abbott Judge Janice L. Neiman 2 3 5 7 8
Diane Delano Rhonda Vasek 2
Jeff Silverman Erroll Farrell 2
Keith Mills Judge Walter Green 3 4 5 6 8
Daniel Benzali Judge Donald Phillips 2 5 6 7
Paul Regina Felix Echeverria 2 3 4 5 6
Leonard Stone Judge Paul Hansen 2 5 6 7 8
Earl Boen Judge Walter L. Swanson 2 3 4 5 6 8
James Avery Judge Michael Conover 2 3 4 5 6
Raye Birk Judge Steven Lang 2 3 4 5 6 7
Dann Florek Dave Meyer 2 3 4
Wayne Northrop Bill Ringstrom 3
Nancy Vawter Dorothy Wyler 3
Gerald Anthony Ross Burnett 3
Stan Kamber Judge Harlan Shubow 3 4 5 6
Joyce Hyser Allison Gottlieb 3 4
Renee Jones Diana Moses 3 4
Bruce Fairbairn Sheldon Ganz 3 4 6 7
Wayne Tippit Leo Hackett 3 4
Amanda Plummer Alice Hackett 3 4
Carl Lumbly Earl Williams 4
Vonetta McGee Jackie Williams 4
Lorinne Vozoff Judge Roberta Harbin 4 6
Jennifer Hetrick Corrinne Hammond 4 5
Veronica Cartwright Margaret Flanagan 4 6
Diana Muldaur Rosalind Shays 4 5
Lillian Lehman Judge Mary Harcourt 4 5 6 7 8
Courtney Thorne-Smith Kimberly Dugan 4
Lawrence Dobkin Judge Saul Edelstein 4 5 7 8
Jordan Baker D.A. Marcia Fusco 4 5
Concetta Tomei Susan Hauber 4 5 6 8
Vincent Gardenia Murray Melman 4 5
Stanley Grover Judge Richard Lobel 4 5 6 7 8
Tom Verica Bill Castroverde 5 6
Lauren Lane Julie Rayburn 6
Lynne Thigpen D.A. Ruby Thomas 6 7
Anthony DeSando Alex De Palma 6
Alison Tucker Sarah Alder 6
David Schwimmer City Attorney Dana Romney 7
Shelley Berman Ben Flicker 7
Anne Twomey Linda Salerno 7
Joe Grifasi Dominic Nuzzi 7 8
Kathleen Wilhoite Rosalie Hendrickson 7 8
Steven Eckholdt Patrick Flanagan 8

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
NBC
Season One September 15, 1986 April 9, 1987 22
Season Two October 15, 1987 May 5, 1988 20
Season Three November 3, 1988 May 18, 1989 19
Season Four November 2, 1989 May 17, 1990 22
Season Five October 18, 1990 May 16, 1991 22
Season Six October 10, 1991 May 21, 1992 22
Season Seven October 22, 1992 May 27, 1993 22
Season Eight October 7, 1993 May 19, 1994 22

TV Specials

Title Network Airdate
L.A. Law: 100th Episode Celebration NBC February 6, 1991

TV-movies

Title Network Airdate
L.A. Law: The Movie NBC May 12, 2002

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Season One February 25, 2014 6


Season Two May 20, 2014 5


Season Three September 23, 2014 5


External Links