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      David E. Kelley

      David E. Kelley

      Highest Rated: 47% Lake Placid (1999)

      Lowest Rated: 14% To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday (1996)

      Birthday: Apr 4, 1956

      Birthplace: Waterville, Maine, USA

      Arguably one of the most prolific writer-producers in small screen history, former attorney David E. Kelley created some of television's quirkiest and unconventional shows, particularly in the normally staid legal world. Kelley left his self-described boring job as a litigator to join the writing staff of Steven Bochco's hit "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994), where he eventually worked his way up to executive producer. He went on to co-create "Doogie Howser, M.D." (Fox, 1989-1993) with Bochco before branching out on his own to create the wildly quirky, but ratings-challenged "Picket Fences" (CBS, 1992-96), which, despite critical adulation and two Emmy Awards, struggled to find an audience. Kelley ventured out into medical drama territory with the equally lauded "Chicago Hope" (CBS, 1994-2000), while continuing his duties on "Picket Fences." But since he wrote all the scripts for both shows Kelley soon found himself burned out and forced to relieve himself of his responsibilities. After struggling to find his footing in the feature world with "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday" (1996) and "Lake Placid" (1999), Kelley reached the height of his creative and commercial powers with two divergent legal shows - "The Practice" (ABC, 1997-2004), a gritty, realistic look inside a Boston law firm, and "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002), a wildly fanciful show that featured character fantasies, song numbers and a unisex bathroom. By the time he spun-off "The Practice" into the even more successful "Boston Legal" (ABC, 2004-08), there was no doubt that Kelley was a powerful creative force in television the likes of which had not been seen since Garry Marshall dominated the small screen in the 1970s.

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      David E. Kelley David E. Kelley at arrivals for BIG LITTLE LIES Premiere on HBO, TCL Chinese Theatre (formerly Grauman''s), Los Angeles, CA February 7, 2017. Photo By: Elizabeth Goodenough/Everett Collection

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      47% 37% Lake Placid Writer,
      Producer
      $31.8M 1999
      37% 66% Mystery, Alaska Writer,
      Producer
      $8.9M 1999
      14% 41% To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday Writer $4.1M 1996
      30% 60% From the Hip Writer,
      Screenwriter
      $7.0M 1987

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Presumed Innocent Executive Producer 2024
      85% 84% The Lincoln Lawyer Creator,
      Executive Producer
      2022-2023
      62% 88% Love & Death Executive Producer,
      Creator
      2023
      No Score Yet 47% Big Sky Executive Producer,
      Writer
      2020-2023
      25% 83% The Calling Executive Producer 2022
      78% 86% Big Shot Executive Producer 2022
      57% 46% Anatomy of a Scandal Executive Producer,
      Creator
      2022
      86% 70% Goliath Creator,
      Executive Producer,
      Writer
      2016 2018-2019 2021
      59% 59% Nine Perfect Strangers Executive Producer 2021
      75% 66% The Undoing Creator,
      Writer
      2020
      91% 74% Mr. Mercedes Creator 2018-2019
      89% 89% Big Little Lies Executive Producer,
      Writer
      2017 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2017
      54% 67% The Crazy Ones Executive Producer,
      Writer
      2013-2014
      52% No Score Yet Monday Mornings Executive Producer 2013
      43% 77% Harry's Law Executive Producer 2011-2012
      86% 94% Boston Legal Writer,
      Executive Producer
      2004-2008
      37% No Score Yet The Wedding Bells Executive Producer 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Boston Public Executive Producer 2000-2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Law Firm Executive Producer 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Writer,
      Executive Producer
      1997-2004
      44% No Score Yet The Brotherhood of Poland, New Hampshire Executive Producer,
      Writer
      2003
      18% No Score Yet girls club Executive Producer 2002
      61% 74% Ally McBeal Writer,
      Executive Producer
      1997-2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Executive Producer,
      Writer
      1995-1996 1998-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Snoops Executive Producer,
      Writer
      1999
      82% 95% Picket Fences Executive Producer,
      Writer
      1992-1993 1995-1996