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      Season 5 – Boston Legal

      2008 Drama List
      83% 12 Reviews Tomatometer 88% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score The Boston law firm Crane, Poole and Schmidt deals in the often high-priced world of civil litigation, where smarmy Alan Shore feels at home. Loose cannon Denny Crane has the run of the place, while other members of the firm try -- with often dismal results -- to keep him in check. Read More Read Less Watch on Vudu Premiered Sep 23 Buy Now

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      Boston Legal — Season 5

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      Boston Legal rests its case on its own terms with a final season that celebrates both the dynamic duo of Shatner and Spader, along with the series' more earnest excesses.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Sep 22, 2008 Smoke Signals Alan finds himself distracted by an old flame while assisting Bethany Horowitz in a case against a large tobacco company; Denny is distraught about his lack of performance in the bedroom. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 29, 2008 Guardians and Gatekeepers After Denny's unintended misuse of prescription drugs nearly kills him, Alan sues a pharmaceutical company for deceptive advertising; Jerry and Katie sue a detention facility after a 15-year-old girl is raped by a guard. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 6, 2008 Dances With Wolves Denny is arrested for carrying a concealed weapon after shooting a man who was trying to mug him and Jerry; Alan battles for a sex surrogate's right to joint custody of her daughter. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 13, 2008 True Love Alan's former girlfriend (Ally Walker) asks him to prove her husband's innocence in the murder of a nurse, but his lingering feelings for her have him hoping her husband is guilty. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 20, 2008 The Bad Seed Alan and Shirley represent a man whose brother died due to malpractice in a local military hospital; Jerry's sister (Annie Potts) asks for help in finding the identity of her anonymous sperm donor. Details Episode 6 Aired Oct 27, 2008 Happy Trails Alan and Denny take a break from the office and go to a dude ranch in Utah; Shirley defends Catherine Piper (Betty White) after she sets her doctor's office on fire for prescribing medication that almost killed her. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 3, 2008 Mad Cows Alan and Denny champion the cause of a cattle rancher (Valerie Bertinelli) who claims the USDA will not allow her to test her animals for mad cow disease; Jerry's social quirks could jeopardize his chances of making partner. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 10, 2008 Roe Jerry is accused of aggravated assault and insists on defending himself in court; Alan and Shirley try to help an underage pregnant girl get a judicial by-pass for an abortion. Details Episode 9 Aired Nov 17, 2008 Kill, Baby, Kill! Denny and Carl go to Virginia to defend a corrections officer on murder charges for shooting a death row inmate when the execution went awry; Alan tries to heat things up with Shirley. Details Episode 10 Aired Nov 24, 2008 Thanksgiving Shirley's intimate Thanksgiving dinner with Carl Sack turns into a dysfunctional family affair when she invites Alan, Denny, Jerry, Katie, Edwin, and his 6-year-old foster son to join them. Details Episode 11 Aired Dec 1, 2008 Juiced Denny gets a disturbing prognosis about the progression of his disease; Catherine Piper returns; Jerry and Katie take on the case of a student fighting to keep her acceptance to Harvard. Details Episode 12 Aired Dec 8, 2008 Made in China Crane, Poole & Schmidt is in dire financial straits; Alan goes to the Supreme Court to get Denny access to a drug to slow the progression of Alzheimer's; Shirley and Carl plan their wedding; Denny has an important question for Alan. Details Episode 13 Aired Dec 8, 2008 Last Call Alan goes to the Supreme Court to get Denny access to a nonapproved drug to slow the progression of the Alzheimer's. Details Next
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      Previous Mary McNamara Los Angeles Times It was a lot of insanity and lecturing to wedge into a strange yet occasionally moving two hours. Mar 3, 2018 Full Review Matthew Gilbert Boston Globe Fortunately, the final image will endure: Alan and Denny on the balcony, as always, this time arm in arm, dancing. Mar 3, 2018 Full Review Mandi Bierly Entertainment Weekly That was the most satisfying series finale I've seen in years. Mar 3, 2018 Full Review Monika Bartyzel The Week The show wasn't interested in defending itself, or a character, in some rigid declaration of purpose; within its stories, and as a TV show as a whole, it was interested in defending and depicting the virtue of change. Oct 15, 2019 Full Review Rob Owen Pittsburgh Post-Gazette I'm sad to see the show in one aspect -- its willingness to confront contemporary social issues and its ease in criticizing missteps by the Bush administration are rare in prime time -- but as a TV show, I can't help that the show is out of juice. Oct 15, 2019 Full Review Tom Jicha South Florida Sun-Sentinel I love this show. I find it sophisticated, funny and zany. Oct 15, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Previous Michael T Behind Frasier Boston legal is the funniest TV series ever made. The chemistry between Spader and Shatner is second to none. But along with the comedy comes serious issues, some are out dated but others are ongoing. Still well worth a watch even nowadays Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/08/23 Full Review David C This made me LOL a lot, and cry a little. It's as bizarre as we'd come to expect, with an equally bizarre ending for something that invested so much in its overarching character stories. There are loosely tied threads, and then there are a number left flapping in the wind! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Lars N A great conclusion to one of the best tv-shows ever created!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/23/22 Full Review steve d With the disappearance of more characters (while acting like they were never there) the show stumbles to its final a bad joke of its former self. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Next Post a review

      Season Info

      Bill D'Elia, Steve Robin, James R. Bagdonas, Robert Yannetti, Michael Lohmann, Mike Listo
      Executive Producer
      David E. Kelley, Bill D'Elia
      David E. Kelley, Susan Dickes, Corinne Brinkerhoff, Lawrence Broch, Kelley Johns, Sanford Golden, Lauren MacKenzie, Amanda Johns, Karen Wyscarver
      TV-PG (L)
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      Release Date
      Sep 22, 2008
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