Boston Legal is an American legal dramedy television series created by David E. Kelley and produced by David E. Kelley Productions in association with Twentieth Century Fox Television as a spin-off of The Practice, which follows the personal and professional exploits of a group of attorneys working at the law firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt.
The series aired in the USA on ABC from 3 October, 2004 to 8 December, 2008. There are 101 hour-long episodes in five seasons.
Boston Legal originally aired in South Africa on DStv's M-Net Series channel from 3 April, 2006 to 23 November, 2009. It later aired on DStv's M-Net HD channel (Season 5 only) and on TopTV's Fox Entertainment channel, beginning with Season 2.
See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 5 premiered on Fox Entertainment on Sunday 4 September 2011, at 21h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 13 episodes in the fifth and final season.
Crane, Pool and Schmidt is a law firm in Boston.
The series follows the personal and professional lives of the lawyers who work for the firm. Alan Shore and Denny Crane are two lawyers who tend to see how far they can stretch the boundaries of the law.
Both are highly opiniated and carry a lot of weight within the firm. Brad Chase finds himself butting heads with Alan Shore on a daily basis while Paul Lewitson tries to keep Denny Crane in line.
Note: the first season aired on Fox Entertainment before the channel was operational in South Africa. The first episode to air in South Africa on Fox was Season 2, Episode 2 on 1 May, 2010.
Season 1 (17 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 3 Apr 2006 | Finale: 24 Jul 2006 | Mondays, 21h00
Season 2 (27 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 22 Jan 2007 | Finale: 23 Jul 2007 | Mondays, 21h00
Channel: Fox Entertainment | Premiere: 24 Apr 2010 | Finale: 23 Oct 2010 | Saturdays, 21h00
Season 3 (24 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 14 Jan 2008 | Finale: 23 Jun 2008 | Mondays, 21h00
Channel: Fox Entertainment | Premiere: 31 Oct 2010 | Finale: 10 Apr 2011 | Sundays, 21h45
Season 4 (20 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 27 Oct 2008 | Finale: 9 Mar 2009 | Mondays, 21h00
Channel: Fox Entertainment | Premiere: 17 Apr 2011 | Finale: 28 Aug 2011 | Sundays, 21h00
Season 5 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 31 Aug 2009 | Finale: 23 Nov 2009 | Mondays, 21h00
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 10 Nov 2009 | Finale: 2 Feb 2010 | Tuesdays, 16h00
Channel: Fox Entertainment | Premiere: 4 Sep 2011 | Finale: 27 Nov 2011 | Sundays, 21h00