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 4 originally aired on M-Net Series from 27 October, 2008 to 9 March, 2009, on Mondays at 21h00. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 4 premiered on Fox Entertainment on Sunday 17 April 2011, at 21h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 20 episodes in the fourth season.
M-Net Series Repeats
Tuesdays: 03h00, 09h00, 15h00
Boston Legal returns for a fourth season to tell the professional and personal stories of a group of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys.
Fast-paced and comedic, the series confronts social and moral issues, while its characters continually stretch the boundaries of the law.
Back-to-back Emmy Award winners 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 (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 on Denny Crane, with whom she shares a checkered past.
To keep the quirky office staff in tow, Schmidt calls in senior partner Carl Sack (John Larroquette) to Boston from the New York offices. He is also keeping an eye on Crane, who considers Sack a worthy nemesis.
Added to the mix are Jerry "Hands" Espenson, Shore's friend and fellow lawyer who suffers from Aspergers syndrome, and Clarence Bell (aka Clarice/Clevant/Oprah, portrayed by Gary Anthony Williams), who suffers from such an extreme case of social inadequacy and shyness that he can morph into a number of personalities at the drop of a hat.
They continue to try cases while doing their best to fit in with the other members of the firm.
Then there's Katie Lloyd (Tara Summers), fresh out of law school and eager to learn as she becomes a young associate of the Boston offices; Lorraine Weller (Saffron Burrows), a sexy, sophisticated litigator who once had a passionate affair with Shore, the chemistry of which still lingers and distracts; and Whitney Rome (Taraji P. Henson), a premiere though unconventional litigator from the New York office who transfers herself to C.P.& S. Boston.
Boston Legal stars James Spader as Alan Shore, John Larroquette as Carl Sack, Christian Clemenson as Jerry Espenson, Gary Anthony Williams as Clarence/Clarice Bell, Tara Summers as Katie Lloyd, Saffron Burrows as Lorraine Weller, with Candice Bergen as Shirley Schmidt and William Shatner as Denny Crane.
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