L.A. Law

L.A. Law was an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC, from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994.[1]

Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher,[2] it contained many of Bochco's trademark features including an ensemble cast, large number of parallel storylines, social drama, and off-the-wall humor.[3] It reflected the social and cultural ideologies of the 1980s and early 1990s, and many of the cases featured on the show dealt with hot-topic issues such as capital punishment, abortion, racism, gay rights, homophobia, sexual harassment, AIDS, and domestic violence.[4][5][6] The series often also reflected social tensions between the wealthy senior lawyer protagonists and their less well-paid junior staff.

In addition to its main cast, L.A. Law was also well known for featuring then relatively unknown actors and actresses in guest starring roles, who later went on to greater success in film and television including Don Cheadle, Jeffrey Tambor, Kathy Bates, David Schwimmer, Jay O. Sanders, James Avery, Gates McFadden, Bryan Cranston, C.C.H. Pounder, Kevin Spacey, Richard Schiff, Carrie-Anne Moss, William H. Macy, Stephen Root, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi and Lucy Liu. Several episodes of the show also included celebrities such as Vanna White, Buddy Hackett, and Mamie Van Doren appearing as themselves in cameo roles.

The show was popular with audiences and critics, and won 15 Emmy Awards throughout its run, four of which were for Outstanding Drama Series.

L.A. Law
LA Law
Created by
Starring(See entire cast list below)
Theme music composerMike Post
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes172 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time
  • 60 minutes
  • (including commercials)
Production company(s)20th Century Fox Television
(1986-1992)
(seasons 1-6)
20th Television
(1992-1994)
(seasons 7-8)
Distributor20th Television
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture format35 mm film (4:3)
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1986 –
May 19, 1994
Chronology
Followed byL.A. Law: The Movie (2002)
Related showsCivil Wars

Synopsis

The series was set in and around the fictitious Los Angeles-based law firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, and featured attorneys at the firm and various members of the support staff. The exteriors for the law firm were shot at the Citigroup Center in downtown Los Angeles, which was known as the 444 Flower Building at the time. The opening credits sequence of every episode began with a close-up of a car trunk being slammed shut revealing a personalized California license plate "LA LAW". For the first seven seasons, the model car used was a Jaguar XJ6 Series III; for the 8th and final season, the Jaguar was replaced with a 1993 Bentley Continental R.[7] Both cars carried registration stickers indicating the year in which each particular season began. Two different musical openings for the show's theme were used: a saxophone riff (as performed by David Sanborn), for episodes that were lighter in tone; and an ominous synthesizer chord, for more serious storylines.

Cast and characters

The show's original ensemble cast:

Character Actor Occupation Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Film
Leland McKenzie Richard Dysart Senior Partner Main
Douglas Brackman, Jr. Alan Rachins Managing Partner/Interim Senior Partner Main
Arnold (Arnie) Becker Corbin Bernsen Partner Main
Ann Kelsey Jill Eikenberry Associate/Partner Main
Stuart Markowitz Michael Tucker Associate/Partner Main
Roxanne Melman Susan Ruttan Secretary Main Guest Main
Michael Kuzak Harry Hamlin Partner Main Main
Grace Van Owen Susan Dey Deputy District Attorney/Superior Court Judge/Of Counsel/Partner Main Main
Victor Sifuentes Jimmy Smits Associate Main Guest
Abby Perkins Michele Greene Associate Main Main
Jonathan Rollins Blair Underwood Associate/Partner Main
Benny Stulwicz Larry Drake Office Messenger Guest Main
Gwen Taylor Sheila Kelley Secretary/Law Intern Recurring Main
Tommy Mullaney John Spencer Associate/Assistant District Attorney Main
Zoey Clemmons Cecil Hoffman Assistant District Attorney Main
Cara Jean "C.J." Lamb Amanda Donohoe Associate Main
Frank Kittredge Michael Cumpsty Tenant Main
Susan Bloom Conchata Ferrell Tenant Main
Daniel Morales A Martinez Partner Main
Melina Paros Lisa Zane Associate Main
Eli Levinson Alan Rosenberg Partner Main Guest
Denise Iannello Debi Mazar Secretary Main
Jane Halliday Alexandra Powers Associate Main
  • Harry Hamlin as Michael Kuzak (1986–91; seasons 1–5 plus reunion film)
  • Susan Dey as Grace van Owen (1986–92; seasons 1–6 not including the pilot, plus reunion film)[8]
  • Corbin Bernsen as Arnie Becker (1986–94; seasons 1–8 plus reunion film)[9]
  • Jill Eikenberry as Ann Kelsey (1986–94; seasons 1–8 plus reunion film)
  • Alan Rachins as Douglas Brackman, Jr. (1986–94; seasons 1–8 plus reunion film)
  • Michele Greene as Abby Perkins (1986–91; seasons 1–5 plus reunion film)
  • Jimmy Smits as Victor Sifuentes (1986–91, 1992; seasons 1–5, guest appearances season 6)
  • Michael Tucker as Stuart Markowitz (1986–94; seasons 1–8 plus reunion film)
  • Susan Ruttan as Roxanne Melman (1986–93; seasons 1–7; special guest appearance season 8 plus reunion film)
  • Richard Dysart as Leland McKenzie (1986–94; seasons 1–8 plus reunion film)
  • Blair Underwood as Jonathan Rollins (1987–94; seasons 2–8)
  • Larry Drake as Benny Stulwicz (1987–94; recurring season 2, regular seasons 3–8 plus reunion film)[10]
  • Sheila Kelley as Gwen Taylor (1990–93; recurring seasons 4–5, regular seasons 6–7)
  • Amanda Donohoe as Cara Jean "C.J." Lamb (1990–92; seasons 5–6)
  • John Spencer as Tommy Mullaney (1990–94; seasons 5–8)
  • Cecil Hoffman as Zoey Clemmons (1991–92; seasons 5–7)
  • Michael Cumpsty as Frank Kittredge (1991–92; season 6)
  • Conchata Ferrell as Susan Bloom (1991–92; season 6)[11]
  • A Martinez as Daniel Morales (1992–94; seasons 7–8)
  • Lisa Zane as Melina Paros (1992–93; season 7)
  • Alan Rosenberg as Eli Levinson (1993–94; season 8 plus reunion film (uncredited))
  • Debi Mazar as Denise Iannello (1993–94; season 8)
  • Alexandra Powers as Jane Halliday (1993–94; season 8)

Recurring characters

  • Patricia Huston as Hilda Brunschwager, Brackman's secretary (1986–88; seasons 1–2; recurring)
  • Bernie Hern as Judge Sidney Schroeder (1986-87; seasons 1-2; 1991; season 5; recurring)
  • John Hancock as Judge Richard Armand (1986–87; season 1; 1989–1991; seasons 4–6; recurring)
  • Anne Haney as Judge Marilyn Travelini (1986–94; seasons 1–8; recurring)
  • Cynthia Harris as Iris Hubband, McKenzie's secretary and law intern (1986–87; season 1; recurring)
  • George Coe as Judge Wallace R. Vance (1986–91; seasons 1–6; recurring)
  • Jerry Hardin as D.A. Malcolm Gold (1986–92; seasons 1–6; recurring)
  • Carmen Argenziano as Neil Robertson, a lawyer (1986–92; seasons 1–6; recurring)
  • Michael Fairman as Judge Douglas McGrath (1986–94; seasons 1–8; recurring)
  • Bruce Kirby as D.A. Bruce Rogoff (1986–91; seasons 1-5; recurring)
  • Michael Holden as D.A. George Handeman (1987; 1992; seasons 1 & 6; recurring)
  • Joanna Frank as Sheila Brackman, Douglas Brackman's wife (1987–88; seasons 1–3; 1992–94; seasons 6–8; recurring)
  • Annie Abbott as Judge Janice L. Neiman (1987–94; seasons 2–8; recurring)
  • Diane Delano as Rhonda Vasek (1987; season 2; recurring)
  • Ellen Blake as Elizabeth Brand, Kuzak's secretary (1987–90; seasons 2–4; recurring)
  • Jeff Silverman as Erroll Farrell (1987–88; season 2; recurring)
  • Daniel Benzali as Judge Donald Phillips (1988; 1991-1993; season 2; seasons 5-7; recurring)
  • Paul Regina as Felix Echeverria, a lawyer (1988–92; seasons 2–6; recurring)
  • Don Sparks as Russell Spitzer, a lawyer (1988–93; seasons 2–7; recurring)
  • Earl Boen as Judge Walter L. Swanson (1988–93; seasons 2-8; recurring)
  • Leonard Stone as Judge Paul Hansen (1988; 1991–94; season 2; seasons 5–8; recurring)
  • James Avery as Judge Michael Conover (1988–92; seasons 2–6 recurring)
  • Raye Birk as Judge Steven Lang (1988–93; seasons 2–7; recurring)
  • Dann Florek as Dave Meyer, a direct-mail businessman and Roxanne's husband (1988–93; seasons 2–8; recurring plus reunion film)
  • Wayne Northrop as Bill Ringstrom (1988-89; season 3; recurring)
  • Nancy Vawter as Dorothy Wyler, an associate (1988–89; season 3; recurring)
  • Gerald Anthony as Ross Burnett (1988–89; season 3; recurring)
  • Joyce Hyser as Allison Gottlieb, a filmmaker and Sifuentes' girlfriend (1989–90; seasons 3–4; recurring)
  • Stan Kamber as Judge Harlan Shubow (1989–91; seasons 3-6; recurring)
  • Renée Jones as Diana Moses, a law intern and Rollins' girlfriend (1989–90; seasons 3–5; recurring)
  • Bruce Fairbairn as Sheldon Ganz, a lawyer (1989–92; seasons 3-7; recurring)
  • Amanda Plummer as Alice Hackett, Benny Stulwicz' girlfriend (1989–90; seasons 3–4; recurring)
  • Wayne Tippit as Leo Hackett, Alice's father (1989–90; seasons 3–4; recurring)
  • Keith Mills as Judge Walter Green (1989–93; seasons 3–8; recurring)
  • Jennifer Hetrick as Corrinne Hammond, Becker's wife (1989–91; seasons 4–5; recurring)
  • Carl Lumbly as Dr. Earl Williams, a murder trial suspect and Kuzak's client (1989–90; season 4; recurring)
  • Lorinne Vozoff as Judge Roberta Harbin (1989–92; seasons 4 & 6; recurring)
  • Vonetta McGee as Jackie Williams, Earl's wife (1989–90; season 4; recurring)
  • Veronica Cartwright as Margaret Flanagan, the assistant district attorney who prosecutes Earl Williams (1989–92; seasons 4 & 6; recurring)
  • Diana Muldaur as Rosalind Shays, a ruthless, greedy and manipulative associate and the series' main antagonist (1989–91; seasons 4–5; recurring)
  • Lillian Lehman as Judge Mary Harcourt (1989–94; seasons 4-8; recurring)
  • Courtney Thorne-Smith as Kimberly Dugan, a cheerleader whom Kuzak dates (1990; season 4; recurring)
  • Lawrence Dobkin as Judge Saul Edelstein (1990–94; seasons 4–8; recurring)
  • Jordan Baker as ADA Marcia Fusco (1990; seasons 4–5; recurring)
  • Concetta Tomei as Susan Hauber, a lawyer (1990–93; seasons 4–8; recurring)
  • Vincent Gardenia as Murray Melman, Roxanne's estranged father (1990; seasons 4–5; recurring)
  • Stanley Grover as Judge Richard Lobel (1990–94; seasons 4-8; recurring)
  • Denis Arndt as Jack Sollers, a lawyer (1990–91; season 5; recurring)
  • Tom Verica as Billy Castroverti, an associate (1991; seasons 5–6; recurring)
  • Brad Sherwood as Ned Barron (1991–92; season 6; recurring)
  • Lauren Lane as Julie Rayburn (1991–92; season 6; recurring)
  • Lynne Thigpen as D.A. Ruby Thomas (1991–92; seasons 6–7 recurring)
  • Anthony DeSando as Alex DePalma, an associate (1992; season 6; recurring)
  • Alison Tucker as Sarah Alder, Stuart Markowitz's illegitimate daughter (1992; season 6; recurring)
  • David Schwimmer as Dana Romney, a troublesome city attorney and minor antagonist (1992–93; season 7; recurring)
  • Shelley Berman as Ben Flicker, a film studio mogul whom Becker does business with (1992–93; season 7; recurring)
  • Anne Twomey as Linda Salerno, Gwen's homicidal stalker (1993; season 7; recurring)
  • Joe Grifasi as Dominic Nuzzi, a gambler friend of Benny's (1993–94; seasons 7–8; recurring)
  • Kathleen Wilhoite as Rosalie Hendrickson Stulwicz, a woman whom Benny dates and later marries (1993–94; seasons 7–8; recurring)
  • Steven Eckholdt as Patrick Flanagan, a charismatic, but unethical and manipulative associate and a minor antagonist for the final episodes (1994; season 8; recurring)

Series history

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings[12]
First airedLast airedRankRating
122September 15, 1986April 9, 19872117.4[a]
220October 15, 1987May 5, 19881218.3[b]
319November 3, 1988May 18, 19891317.6[c]
422November 2, 1989May 17, 19901617.4
522October 18, 1990May 16, 19912314.8
622October 10, 1991May 21, 19922813.3
722October 22, 1992May 27, 1993TBATBA
822October 7, 1993May 19, 1994TBATBA
  1. ^ Tied with My Sister Sam
  2. ^ Tied with Moonlighting
  3. ^ Tied with Growing Pains

L.A. Law took over NBC's prized Thursday 10PM (9PM Central) time slot from another Bochco-produced show, Hill Street Blues, and was itself eventually replaced by another hit ensemble drama, ER. Bochco had been fired from Hill Street Blues in 1985. L.A. Law's original time period was Friday 10PM following Miami Vice, but after struggling there, NBC moved it to Thursdays as Hill Street Blues was winding down. The original two-hour pilot movie aired on Monday, September 15, 1986. The series was a critical favorite even before it had premiered. An encore of the movie aired in place of Saturday Night Live on September 27, 1986, being a rare scripted rerun in that late-night slot.

Co-creator Terry Louise Fisher was fired from the series in season 2 and filed a well-publicized lawsuit with Bochco and the studio. Bochco and Fisher had also co-created the 1987 John Ritter series Hooperman for ABC.

The scene in season 5 where Leland McKenzie (Richard Dysart) was shown in bed with his enemy Rosalind Shays (Diana Muldaur) was ranked as the 38th greatest moment in television (the list originally appeared in an issue of EGG Magazine). The episode "Good To The Last Drop" in which Rosalind met her demise—falling into an open elevator shaft—was ranked #91 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.[13] It was referenced in The Star Trek Encyclopedia (prior to L.A. Law, Muldaur had played Dr. Katherine Pulaski during season 2 of Star Trek: The Next Generation) in which Pulaski's biography says: "There is no truth to the rumor that an ancestor of Dr. Pulaski was killed falling down the elevator shaft at a prestigious Los Angeles law firm."

After co-writing the feature film, From the Hip, Boston attorney David E. Kelley was hired by Bochco during the first season of L.A. Law.[14] Kelley went on to critical and commercial success as show-runner of the series before leaving to create Picket Fences. While on L.A. Law, Kelley and Bochco co-created Doogie Howser, M.D. as the first Steven Bochco Productions series for a major, ten-series deal with ABC. Shortly thereafter, Bochco was offered the job as President of ABC Entertainment, but he turned it down.

At the height of the show's popularity in the late-1980s, attention was focused upon a fictitious sexual technique named the "Venus Butterfly" in season 1. The only clue describing the technique was a vague reference to "ordering room service". Fans and interested persons flooded the show's producers with letters asking for more details about this mysterious technique.

The show tied itself into the events of the Los Angeles riots of 1992, which were prompted by the acquittal of four white police officers who were put on trial for the videotaped beating of African American motorist Rodney King.[4] In a scene reminiscent of the Reginald Denny incident, tax attorney Stuart Markowitz is struck on the head by a rioter, and ends up having serious head injuries, causing a number of problems for him and his wife for several episodes as a result.[15] Douglas Brackman, their boss, is also arrested in the mayhem of the riots as he is on his way to get remarried.

After the fifth season, Kelley left the show. Patricia Green and Rick Wallace were his replacements as executive producer. Green was the main creative force. Her character additions amid cast turnover were met with mixed reaction. She left the show in January 1992. Kelley and Bochco returned to write episodes and Bochco moved back to executive producer from consultant while Kelley stayed consultant. Bochco left the executive producer position after the sixth season and John Tinker and John Masius were brought in to run the seventh season. Kelley exited as consultant. Amid plummeting ratings during the seventh season, co-executive producers John Tinker & John Masius were fired midseason, and while the show went on hiatus, William M. Finkelstein was brought in to fix it. Tinker and Masius had brought a whimsical, soap-operatic tone to the series for which they had been known on St. Elsewhere. Dan Castellaneta (the voice of Homer Simpson) appeared in a Homer costume and hired the attorneys in the seventh-season premiere. That episode also reflected on the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Finkelstein reined in the series, returning to the serious legal cases that made the series famous.

In the eighth and final season, the characters of Eli Levinson (Alan Rosenberg) and Denise Iannello (Debi Mazar) were transplanted from the canceled Bochco legal series Civil Wars, which had run on ABC from 1991–1993. Eli Levinson was revealed to be Stuart Markowitz's cousin. During the final season, the series went on hiatus in January 1994 to launch the second season of Homicide: Life on the Street. When that series succeeded wildly with a guest appearance by Robin Williams, it was expected that L.A. Law would conclude that May and Homicide: Life on the Street would succeed it on Thursdays in the fall. However, ER tested so well that Warner Bros. executives campaigned network president Warren Littlefield to give that series the prized Thursday slot.

The series ended in 1994, although a one-off reunion show, L.A. Law: The Movie, aired in 2002, and featured most of the main cast from the series (except Smits, Underwood, Donohoe, and Spencer). Reruns were shown on Lifetime and later A&E during the 1990s and 2000s.

Reception

Any lawyer who doesn't watch L.A. Law the night before he's going to trial is a fool.
— A New York attorney, on the show's influence on juries[16]

Because of its popularity, L.A. Law had great influence on how Americans viewed the law and lawyers. The New York Times described it as "television's most serious attempt to date to portray American law and the people who practice it ... L.A. Law, perhaps more than any other force, has come to shape public perceptions about lawyers and the legal system". Attorneys reported that the show had affected how they dressed and spoke to juries (and, possibly, how those juries decided cases), and clients came to expect that cases could be tried and decided within a week. The number of applicants to law school rose because of how it glamorized the profession (including, as one law school dean stated, "the infinite possibilities for sex"), professors used L.A. Law as a teaching aid to discuss with their students legal issues episodes raised, and law journal articles analyzed the meaning of its plotlines. The show reportedly taught future lawyers things law school did not, such as time management and how to negotiate,[16][17] and an attorney stated that the show accurately depicted life at a small law firm.[18]

One law professor wrote in the Yale Law Journal that L.A. Law "has conveyed more 'bytes' of information (truthful or not), more images about lawyers, than all the Legal Studies programs, all the op-ed pieces, all the PBS shows put together." The show was "a massive distortion of reality ... the lawyers of L.A. Law are caricatures", he stated, but "caricatures are always caricatures of something, and that has to be real".[19] Another wrote in the issue that the show "subtracts eighty to ninety-nine percent of lawyers' real work lives" and overemphasized the glamor of the rest. Unlike other works of legal fiction such as Perry Mason and Presumed Innocent, however, which are essentially mysteries that lawyers solve, L.A. Law's plots taught its tens of millions of viewers torts, ethics, and other basic legal ideas and dilemmas that comprise the first year of a legal education.[20]

Home media

Revelation Films has released all eight seasons of LA Law on DVD in the UK (Region 2). This is the first time the show has been released on DVD anywhere in the world.[21][22][23][24][25]

On April 18, 2016, Revelation Films released L.A. Law – The Complete Collection on DVD in the UK. The 46-disc box set features all 171 episodes of the series in special collectors packaging.[26]

In Region 1, Shout! Factory has released the first three seasons on DVD.[27][28][29]

DVD name Ep# Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Season One 22 February 25, 2014 January 23, 2012 N/A
Season Two 20 May 20, 2014 June 4, 2012 N/A
Season Three 19 September 23, 2014 September 17, 2012 N/A
Season Four 22 N/A February 11, 2013 N/A
Season Five 22 N/A August 19, 2013 N/A
Season Six 22 N/A November 25, 2013 N/A
Season Seven 22 N/A March 21, 2016 N/A
Season Eight 22 N/A March 21, 2016 N/A
Complete Series 171 N/A April 18, 2016 N/A

Accolades

The show won numerous awards, including 15 Emmy Awards. It won the Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series in 1987, 1989, 1990 and 1991.[30][31][32] It was also nominated for the award in 1988 and 1992. Some of the actors, such as Larry Drake and Jimmy Smits, also received Emmys for their performances. The series shares the Emmy Award record for most acting nominations by regular cast members (excluding the guest performer category) for a single series in one year with Hill Street Blues and The West Wing.

For the 1988–1989 season, nine cast members were nominated for Emmys. Larry Drake, Jimmy Smits, and Richard Dysart were the only one to win (for Supporting Actor). The others nominated were: Michael Tucker (for Lead Actor); Jill Eikenberry and Susan Dey (both for Lead Actress); and Amanda Donohoe, Susan Ruttan, Michele Greene, and Conchata Ferrell (all for Supporting Actress).

L.A. Law won a Latino Image Award.[33]

It was listed as #42 on Entertainment Weekly's list of The New Classics in the July 4, 2008 issue.[34]

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Category Nominee(s) Episode(s) Result
1987 Outstanding Drama Series Won
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Gregory Hoblit "Pilot" Won
Donald Petrie "The Venus Butterfly" Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher "The Venus Butterfly" Won
William M. Finkelstein "Sidney, the Dead-Nosed Reindeer" Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Corbin Bernsen Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Susan Dey Nominated
Jill Eikenberry Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jimmy Smits Nominated
Michael Tucker Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Susan Ruttan Nominated
Outstanding Guest Performer in a Drama Series Alfre Woodard "Pilot" Won
Jeanne Cooper "The Venus Butterfly" Nominated
1988 Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Gregory Hoblit "The Wizard of Odds" Nominated
Kim Friedman "Hand Roll Express" Nominated
Win Phelps "Full Marital Jacket" Nominated
Sam Weisman "Beauty and Obese" Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Terry Louise Fisher & David E. Kelley "Beauty and Obese" Nominated
Terry Louise Fisher, David E. Kelley & Steven Bochco "Full Marital Jacket" Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Corbin Bernsen Nominated
Michael Tucker Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Susan Dey Nominated
Jill Eikenberry Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Larry Drake "Full Marital Jacket" Won
Jimmy Smits Nominated
Alan Rachins Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Susan Ruttan "Leaping Lizards" Nominated
1989 Outstanding Drama Series Won
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Eric Laneuville "I'm In The Nude For Love" Nominated
John Pasquin "To Live And Diet In L.A." Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Steven Bochco, David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein & Michele Gallery "His Suit Is Hirsute" Nominated
David E. Kelley "I'm In The Nude For Love" Nominated
David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein, Michele Gallery & Judith Parker "Urine Trouble Now" Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Michael Tucker Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Susan Dey Nominated
Jill Eikenberry Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Larry Drake "America the Beautiful" Won
Jimmy Smits Nominated
Richard Dysart Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Susan Ruttan "Romancing The Drone" Nominated
Amanda Plummer "Urine Trouble Now" Nominated
Michele Greene "America The Beautiful" Nominated
1990 Outstanding Drama Series Won
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Win Phelps "Noah's Bark" Nominated
Rick Wallace "The Last Gasp" Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series David E. Kelley "Blood, Sweat & Fears" Won
David E. Kelley & William M. Finkelstein "Bang... Zoom... Zap" Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Jill Eikenberry Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jimmy Smits "Blood, Sweat and Fears" Won
Larry Drake Nominated
Richard Dysart Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Susan Ruttan "The Good Human Bar" Nominated
Diana Muldaur "Whatever Happened to Hannah?" Nominated
1991 Outstanding Drama Series Won
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Tom Moore "God Rest Ye Murray Gentleman" Nominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series David E. Kelley "On The Toad Again" Won
Judith Feldman & Sarah Woodside Gallagher "Lie Harder" Nominated
David E. Kelley, Patricia Green & Alan Brennert "Mutinies On The Banzai" Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jimmy Smits "God Rest Ye Murray Gentleman" Nominated
Richard Dysart "The Beverly Hills Hangers" Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Diana Muldaur "He's a Crowd" Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series John Glover "God Rest Ye Murray Gentleman" Nominated
1992 Outstanding Drama Series Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series Rick Wallace "Say Goodnight Gracie" Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Richard Dysart "Monkey on My Back Lot" Won
Jimmy Smits "Say Goodnight Gracie" Nominated
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Conchata Ferrell "P.S. Your Shrink Is Dead" Nominated
1994 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Jill Eikenberry "Safe Sex" Nominated

Golden Globe Awards

Year Category Nominee(s) Result
1987 Best Television Series – Drama Won
1988 Best Television Series – Drama Won
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama Harry Hamlin Nominated
Michael Tucker Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Susan Dey Won
Jill Eikenberry Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Alan Rachins Nominated
1989 Best Television Series – Drama Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama Harry Hamlin Nominated
Corbin Bernsen Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Susan Dey Nominated
Jill Eikenberry Won
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Larry Drake Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Susan Ruttan Nominated
1990 Best Television Series – Drama Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama Harry Hamlin Nominated
Corbin Bernsen Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Susan Dey Nominated
Jill Eikenberry Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Larry Drake Nominated
Michael Tucker Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Susan Ruttan Nominated
1991 Best Television Series – Drama Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Susan Dey Nominated
Jill Eikenberry Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Jimmy Smits Nominated
Blair Underwood Nominated
1992 Best Television Series – Drama Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama Susan Dey Nominated
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Larry Drake Nominated
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television Amanda Donohoe Won

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39th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 39th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 20, 1987. The ceremony was broadcast on Fox for the first time as the network premiered a year earlier from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.

For the second straight year, The Golden Girls won Outstanding Comedy Series. The winner for Outstanding Drama Series was L.A. Law, which, for its first season, won four major awards, and led all shows with 13 major nominations. The winner for Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special, Promise, set a new record with five major wins. This record still stands for TV movies, though it was tied by Temple Grandin in 2010. The Tracey Ullman Show received three major nominations on the night, making it the first ceremony in which the network Fox received a major nomination. This was the only time that Hill Street Blues wasn't nominated for Outstanding Drama Series in its seventh and last season, also no males actors of Hill Street Blues were nominated (even with 20 previous nominations), only Betty Thomas for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series was nominated and did not win, making her the only one in the cast to be nominated in all seasons.

NBC continued its dominance of the field, becoming the first network to gain over eighty major nominations (82). Its résumé was highlighted by gaining all five nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series, this had been done only once before (in 1977, but with a field of only four shows) and has not been matched in either field since.

40th Primetime Emmy Awards

The 40th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, August 28, 1988. The ceremony was broadcast on Fox from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. The ceremony was pushed back from its newly established September date because of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. Cable stations HBO and Showtime received their first major nominations at this ceremony.

Despite a season that consisted of only six episodes, newcomer series The Wonder Years won Outstanding Comedy Series. After winning his fourth consecutive Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series, John Larroquette requested to have his name taken off of the ballot for future ceremonies. Frank's Place became the most recent show whose only season was nominated for Outstanding Comedy/Drama Series.

In the drama field L.A. Law came into the ceremony as the defending champ and with 15 major nominations, (second most ever by a drama series at that time), it was seen as the heavy favorite. However, it was upset by another first season show, thirtysomething which won four major awards on the night including Outstanding Drama Series, L.A. Law only won one major award. The duo of Cagney & Lacey won Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for the sixth consecutive year, this tied The Mary Tyler Moore Show's record for acting categories, which still stands, (it stood for all categories until The Daily Show with Jon Stewart won ten consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Variety, Music, or Comedy Series). With the wins for Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty, The Golden Girls became the most recent show to have all of its cast members win Emmys. It became the second series to do so, following All in the Family. Two other programs would accomplish this feat: Will & Grace in 2003, and The Simpsons in 2014.

There was controversy during the nomination process regarding the PBS series Rumpole of the Bailey. The series was initially placed in the miniseries field, but soon after the Academy disqualified it and placed it in the drama series field. Its slot in the miniseries category was filled by The Bourne Identity.

41st Primetime Emmy Awards

The 41st Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 17, 1989. The ceremony was broadcast on Fox from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. The ceremony saw the guest acting categories double, as they were now based on gender as well as genre. Two networks, Lifetime, and USA, received their first major nominations this year.

After being nominated and losing the previous four years Cheers regained the title of Outstanding Comedy Series. L.A. Law also won Outstanding Drama Series after losing the previous year. For the second straight year, L.A. Law received 15 major nominations, making it the first show ever to receive more than 14 major nominations multiple times. With nine main cast acting nominations, L.A. Law tied the record set by Hill Street Blues in 1982.

42nd Primetime Emmy Awards

The 42nd Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, September 16, 1990. The ceremony was broadcast on Fox from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. Two networks, The Family Channel and The Disney Channel received their first major nominations.

For its second season, Murphy Brown won Outstanding Comedy Series and two other major awards. Defending champion Cheers received the most major nominations for a comedy series with 11 and Newhart finished its series run with 21 major nominations, but not a single win. On the drama side, L.A. Law won Outstanding Drama Series for the third time in four years and also won three major awards, receiving the most major nominations for a drama series with 11. This became the first year that every cast member of The Golden Girls wasn't nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.

This ceremony was remembered for an anomaly that took place, as three major categories resulted in ties, the most ever for one ceremony.

A clip of The Simpsons presenting the award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series can be seen on the DVD boxset of the second season as a special feature.

43rd Primetime Emmy Awards

The 43rd Primetime Emmy Awards were held on Sunday, August 25, 1991. The ceremony was broadcast on Fox from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. The network TNT received its first major nomination at this ceremony.

For its ninth season, Cheers won Outstanding Comedy Series for the fourth time, tying All in the Family's record. Cheers' spinoff Frasier would later break this record, ultimately winning five in a row. Cheers also received the most major nominations (10) and major awards (4) during the ceremony. The drama field also saw a four-time winner crowned as L.A. Law won Outstanding Drama Series for the fourth time in five years. This tied the record set by Hill Street Blues whose four wins came consecutively. James Earl Jones joined an exclusive club, as he won two acting Emmys for his work on two different series.

John Gielgud's win made him the fourth person to become an EGOT.

Blair Underwood

Blair Erwin Underwood (born August 25, 1964) is an American television, film, and stage actor and director. He played attorney Jonathan Rollins on the NBC legal drama L.A. Law for seven years. He has received two Golden Globe Award nominations, three NAACP Image Awards and one Grammy Award. In recent years, he has appeared in The New Adventures of Old Christine, Dirty Sexy Money and In Treatment, The Event, Quantico, and as Andrew Garner in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..

Corbin Bernsen

Corbin Dean Bernsen (born September 7, 1954) is an American actor and director, known for his work on television. He is known for his roles as divorce attorney Arnold Becker on the NBC drama series L.A. Law, as Dr. Alan Feinstone in The Dentist, as retired police detective Henry Spencer on the USA Network comedy-drama series Psych, and as Roger Dorn in the films Major League, Major League II, and Major League: Back to the Minors. He has also appeared regularly on other shows, including General Hospital and Cuts.

David E. Kelley

David Edward Kelley (born April 4, 1956) is an American television writer and producer, known as the creator of Picket Fences, Chicago Hope, The Practice, Ally McBeal, Boston Public, Boston Legal, Harry's Law, Big Little Lies, and Mr. Mercedes, as well as several films. Kelley is one of very few screenwriters to have created shows aired on all four top commercial U.S. television networks (ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC).

Diana Muldaur

Diana Charlton Muldaur (born August 19, 1938) is an American film and television actress. Muldaur's television roles include L.A. Law's Rosalind Shays and Dr. Katherine Pulaski in the second season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She has been nominated for an Emmy three times: twice for L.A. Law and once for Born Free. She was also nominated twice for a Q award for L.A. Law.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised on the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard, Muldaur started acting in high school and continued on through college, graduating from Sweet Briar College in Virginia in 1960. She studied acting under Stella Adler and made her name on the New York stage. She was at one point a board member of the Screen Actors Guild and was the first woman to serve as president of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (1983–1985).

Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama

The Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama is one of the annual Golden Globe Awards given to the best drama television series. Documentary series and mini-series are also eligible for this award, as shown by the consecutive awards to Rich Man, Poor Man, Roots, and 60 Minutes.

Gregory Hoblit

Gregory King Hoblit (born November 27, 1944) is an American film director, television director and television producer. He is best known for directing the films Primal Fear, Fallen , Frequency, Hart's War, Fracture. He has won nine Primetime Emmy Awards for directing and producing Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, L.A. Law, Hooperman and the television film Roe vs. Wade.

Hoblit was born in Abilene, Texas, the son of Elizabeth Hubbard King and Harold Foster Hoblit, an FBI agent. Much of Hoblit's work is oriented towards police, attorneys and legal cases.

Hoblit has directed and produced the pilot and series of such acclaimed television series such as NYPD Blue, L.A. Law and Hill Street Blues. He also wrote an episode of the latter series. Hoblit received Primetime Emmy Awards for his directing of the pilot episodes of Hooperman and L.A. Law.

He was married to actress Debrah Farentino from 1994-2009. They have one child together.

Harry Hamlin

Harry Robinson Hamlin (born October 30, 1951) is an American actor, author, and entrepreneur. Hamlin is known for his roles as Perseus in the 1981 fantasy film Clash of the Titans and as Michael Kuzak in the legal drama series L.A. Law, for which he received two Golden Globe nominations. For his recurring role on the AMC drama series Mad Men, Hamlin received a Primetime Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Jill Eikenberry

Jill Susan Eikenberry (born January 21, 1947) is an American film, stage, and television actress. She is known for her role as lawyer Ann Kelsey on the NBC drama L.A. Law (1986–94), for which she is a five-time Emmy Award and four-time Golden Globe Award nominee, winning the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 1989. She received an Obie Award in 1986 for the Off-Broadway plays Lemon Sky and Life Under Water, and was nominated for a 2011 Drama Desk Award for the Off-Broadway musical The Kid. Her film appearances include Hide in Plain Sight (1980), Arthur (1981) and The Manhattan Project (1986).

Jimmy Smits

Jimmy Smits (born July 9, 1955) is an American actor best known for playing attorney Victor Sifuentes on the 1980s legal drama L.A. Law, NYPD Detective Bobby Simone on the 1990s police drama NYPD Blue and Matt Santos on the 1999–2006 serial political drama The West Wing. He also appeared as Bail Organa in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and as ADA Miguel Prado in Dexter. From 2012 to 2014, he joined the main cast of Sons of Anarchy as Nero Padilla.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. In early Primetime Emmy Award ceremonies, the supporting categories were not always genre, or even gender, specific. Beginning with the 22nd Primetime Emmy Awards, supporting actors in drama have competed alone. However, these dramatic performances often included actors from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below:

# – Indicates a performance in a Miniseries or Television film, prior to the category's creation.

§ – Indicates a performance as a guest performer, prior to the category's creation.

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. In early Primetime Emmy Award ceremonies, the supporting categories were not always genre, or even gender, specific. Beginning with the 22nd Primetime Emmy Awards, supporting actresses in drama have competed alone. However, these dramatic performances often included actresses from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below:

# – Indicates a performance in a Miniseries or Television film, prior to the category's creation.

§ – Indicates a performance as a guest performer, prior to the category's creation.

Steven Bochco

Steven Ronald Bochco (December 16, 1943 – April 1, 2018) was a television producer and writer. He developed a number of television series, including Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D., and NYPD Blue.

Susan Dey

Susan Hallock Dey (born December 10, 1952) is a retired American actress, known for her television roles as Laurie Partridge on the sitcom The Partridge Family from 1970 to 1974, and as Grace Van Owen on the drama series L.A. Law from 1986 to 1992. A three-time Emmy Award nominee and six-time Golden Globe Award nominee, she won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Drama Series for L.A. Law in 1988.

Venus Butterfly

The Venus Butterfly is a term used for various sexual techniques, one of which being the subject of the 1988 book The One Hour Orgasm. It was first publicly mentioned in a 1986 episode of the American television drama L.A. Law, although a technique of the same name appears in the book The Sensuous Woman, which was first published in 1969.

Television series created or produced by Steven Bochco
Awards for L.A. Law

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