Ally McBeal is an American dramedy television series created by David E. Kelley which stars Calista Flockhart in the title role as a young lawyer working in the fictional Boston law firm Cage, Fish and Associates with other young lawyers whose lives and loves are eccentric, humorous and dramatic.
The show aired in the USA on Fox from 28 September, 1997 to 20 May, 2002. There are 112 hour-long episodes in five seasons.
The series originally aired in South Africa on SABC3 from 8 June, 1998 to 5 August, 2002. It later aired on TopTV's Fox Entertainment channel, beginning with Season 4.
See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 4 premiered on Fox Entertainment on Wednesday 2 June 2010, at 21h00. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 23 episodes in the fourth season.
Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart) is a single, twenty-something lawyer who is searching for love as she approaches her thirties.
She works at a law firm where her childhood sweetheart is working with his wife. She still has deep feelings for him but does her best to hide them.
She is a deeply sensitive person with her head in the clouds most of the day.
Other characters at the law firm include John Cage (Greg Germann), a bit of an oddball who has a thing for Barry White music; Richard Fish (Peter MacNicol), who has sex on his mind 24/7; Elaine (Jane Krakowski), the nosy and gossiping secretary; Billy Thomas (Gil Bellows), the love of Ally's life; and his wife Georgia (Courtney Thorne-Smith).
Renee Raddick (Lisa Nicole Carson) works for the district attorney and is Ally's flatmate. She is often giving Ally advice on her love life or just lends Ally a shoulder when things don't go quite the way she planned.
In the Season 4 premiere: Brian asks Ally to move in with him, but she questions the entire relationship mostly because their sex life is lacklustre.
She turns to Renée and a new therapist, who has oddly taken over Tracy's office, for advice. The therapist is weirdly understanding of her problems.
She eventually decides to break up with Brian. Then she learns the new therapist isn't really a therapist at all, but a lawyer. Sparks fly between them nonetheless.
At the firm, Cage and Fish represent a woman who wants her six-year-marriage annulled because she suspects her husband married her for her money. The woman, who is unattractive, says she and her husband were always great friends and she believed he just had no interest in sex.
However, after she catches him cheating on her with a model, she changes her mind about him.
Season 1 (23 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 8 Jun 1998 | Finale: 9 Nov 1998 | Mondays, 21h30
Channel: Fox Entertainment | Premiere: 25 Sep 2010 | Finale: 17 Oct 2010 | Daily, 15h45
Season 2 (23 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 19 Apr 1999 | Finale: 20 Sep 1999 | Mondays, 21h30
Channel: Fox Entertainment | Premiere: 18 Oct 2010 | Finale: 23 Nov 2010 | Daily, 15h45
Season 3 (21 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 8 May 2000 | Finale: 4 Dec 2000 | Mondays, 21h30
Channel: Fox Entertainment | Premiere: 10 Nov 2010 | Finale: 30 Nov 2010 | Daily, 15h45
Season 4 (23 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 26 Feb 2001 | Finale: 30 Jul 2001 | Mondays, 21h30
Channel: Fox Entertainment | Premiere: 2 Jun 2010 | Finale: 3 Nov 2010 | Wednesdays, 21h00
Season 5 (22 episodes)
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 11 Mar 2002 | Finale: 5 Aug 2002 | Mondays, 21h30
Channel: Fox Entertainment | Premiere: 10 Nov 2010 | Finale: 6 Apr 2011 | Wed, 20h15