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TV Series
    (September 15, 1986-May 19, 1994)
    172 episodes aired Thursday nights on NBC
    Fictional law office of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak set in Los Angeles featured daily lives of lawyers and staff members at work and play
    Harry Hamlin as Michael Kuzak (1986-91)
    Susan Dey as Grace Van Owen (1986-92)
    Jimmy Smits as Victor Sifuentes (1986-92)
    Corbin Bernsen as Arnie Becker (1986-94)
    Richard Dysart as Leland McKenzie (1986-94)
    Alan Rachins as Douglas Brackman, Jr. (1986-94)
    Jill Eikenberry as Ann Kelsey (1986-94)
    Michael Tucker as Stuart Markowitz (1986-94)
    Susan Ruttan as Roxanne Melman (1986-93)
    Michele Greene as Abby Perkins (1986-91)
    Larry Drake as Benny Stulwicz (1987-94)
    Blair Underwood as Jonathan Rollins (1987-94)
    Dann Florek as David Meyer (1988-93)
    Conchata Ferrell as Susan Bloom (1988-92)
    Alan Rosenberg as Eli Levinson (1989-94)
    Diana Muldaur as Rosalind Shays (1989-91)
    John Spencer as Tommy Mullaney (1990-94)
    A Martinez as Daniel Morales (1990-94)
    Sheila Kelley as Gwen Taylor (1990-93)
    Amanda Donohoe as C.J. Lamb (1990-92)
    Cecil Hoffman as Zoey Clemmons (1991-92)
    Lisa Zane as Melina Paros (1992-93)
    Alexandra Powers as Jane Halliday (1993-94)
    Debi Mazar as Denise Ianello (1993-94)
    Executive producer was Steven Bochco
    The 'Chaney' of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak law office was found dead in the pilot episode, but his name was never removed.
    Only five cast members were around for all eight seasons.
    The L.A. Law license plate in the opening credits for the first seven season was on a Jaguar (Becker's car). The final season it was on a Bentley Continental R due to Becker receiving it as a gift.
    Alan Rosenberg was lawyer William Willis for two episodes in 1989-90, left the show, then came back for the last two seasons as Levinson, Markowitz's cousin.
    After 'the kiss,' Michele Greene was not happy with the change she felt her character was undergoing and quit the show.
    Show co-creator Terry Louise Fisher was a former district attorney for L.A. County and responded to lawyers criticizing her show by letting them know how much more money she was making than them.
    In 2002 it pulled a 'Rescue from Gilligan's Island' type stunt by making the TV movie 'L.A. Law: The Movie.'
    It earned four Emmys, two Golden Globes and individual awards for Dey, Smits, Dysart, Eikenberry, Ruttan, Drake, Underwood and Donohoe.
    Theme composer Mike Post, with the help of a smooth jazz sax performance by David Sanborn, won the BMI TV Music Award five times.
    The Eikenberry and Tucker characters married on the show and the two were married in real life so they added an edge of how spouses fight and make up.
    They also introduced the fictitious sexual maneuver the 'Venus Butterfly,' with thousands of people writing to ask how it is performed and sex experts weighing in on how it must be a form of cunnilingus.
    The 1991 lesbian kiss between Greene and Donohoe is recognized as the first kiss between two women in a prime time series.
    Other episode shockers include Rosalind Shays falling down an elevator shaft to her death and Becker and Ruttan falling through a ceiling in a compromising position into McKenzie's office.
    The episode where Becker's Bentley is wrecked had the L.A. Law license plate falling off the car in the opening credits.
    Bochco was so impressed with the MAD Magazine cover of the show he had the cast recreate the pose, took the pic and sent it in to MAD (which they published).
    Courtroom trials for the show weren't afraid to tackle controversial issues, some pulled right from real life headlines.

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