L.A. Law (1986–1994)
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Pilot episode for the TV series introduces the lawyers and employees of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, a Los Angeles law firm, in dealing with their courtroom cases and personal ... See full summary »


Gregory Hoblit


Steven Bochco (created by), Terry Louise Fisher (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Hamlin ... Michael Kuzak
Corbin Bernsen ... Arnie Becker
Jill Eikenberry ... Ann Kelsey
Alan Rachins ... Douglas Brackman, Jr.
Michele Greene ... Abby Perkins
Jimmy Smits ... Victor Sifuentes
Michael Tucker ... Stuart Markowitz
Susan Ruttan ... Roxanne Melman
Richard Dysart ... Leland McKenzie
Alfre Woodard ... Adrianne Moore
Joe Pantoliano ... Ralph Cavanaugh
Shannon Wilcox ... Lydia Graham
Tom O'Brien ... Justin Pregerson
Juanin Clay ... Judge Alice Ratakowsky
Robert Knepper ... George 'Georgia' Buckner (as Rob Knepper)


Pilot episode for the TV series introduces the lawyers and employees of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, a Los Angeles law firm, in dealing with their courtroom cases and personal matters out of the courthouse. While the entire office deals with the unexpected death of one of the founding senior partners, Norman Chaney, junior partner Michael Kuzak reluctantly takes on the defense of a wealthy and spoiled young man, accused with two friends, of raping a woman dying from leukemia. While intern Abby Perkins deals with her abusive alcoholic husband, divorce lawyer Arnie Becker takes advantage of his latest client caught up in her divorce. Public defender Victor Sifuentes is also offered to join the firm, while the ruthless managing partner, Douglas Brackman, deals with a surprising revelation from his new secretary. Written by matt-282

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Stephen Bochco had wanted Kiel Martin to play the role of Arnie Becker, having worked with Martin on "Hill Street Blues" where Martin had played Det. J.D. LaRue and knowing that Martin's mix of acting skill and personal issues (he had battled alcoholism for a long time and successfully dealt with his addiction to stay in the Det. LaRue role) would be a great fit for a character with Arnie's mix of success and demons. Unfortunately, Martin has serious health problems that meant he was unable to do the role, so Bochco cast Corbin Bernsen instead. See more »


Victor Sifuentes: Sergeant, the little hand is on the nine. And the big hand is on the 12. I gotta be downtown like in 30 minutes.
Sgt. McKlosky: Soon as your client's through with breakfast. Meantime, why don't you let the officer pat you down?
Victor Sifuentes: What's the matter? You guys don't get enough at home?
Sgt. McKlosky: I'm getting tired of your mouth, Jose.
Victor Sifuentes: Whoa! Show me some respect. The name is Sifuentes, Victor Sifuentes!
Sgt. McKlosky: I don't care if you're freakin' name is Pancho freakin' Villa! You don't see your client without you get searched! Now assume the...
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Followed by L.A. Law: The Movie (2002) See more »

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at its best there were few better
21 December 2005 | by fguliuzzaSee all my reviews

As I indicated previously, this was a seminal show -- probably the first "lawyer show" that wasn't really a detective program in disguise. L.A. Law introduced us to the staff meeting; administrative hearings; appellate courts; as well as almost all aspects of criminal and CIVIL litigation. It was an amazing program that, when it focused on the cases, was arguably the best show on television in the late 80s and early 90s.

To be fair to its critics, however, I can't remember any program that was this good that (almost abruptly) became so bad! Although I continued to watch it until the end, it was hit-and-miss at best, and sometimes just plain terrible, after the fifth season.

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15 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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