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.
|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|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
|Season One||February 25, 2014||6||
|Season Two||May 20, 2014||5||
|Season Three||September 23, 2014||5||