The BEST episodes of Ally McBeal season 1

Every episode of Ally McBeal season 1, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Ally McBeal season 1!

Ally McBeal is a young attorney who joins a prestigious law firm with a highly sexual environment and whose staff includes Ally's ex-boyfriend. The series contains fantasy sequences, flashbacks and voiceovers to reveal what Ally is really thinking. Many episodes contain an appearance by singer Vonda Shepard, who performed the show's theme song.

Last Updated: 4/25/2024Network: FOXStatus: Ended
The Dirty Joke
389 votes

#1 - The Dirty Joke

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/17/1997

The delivery girl sues the firm for sexual harassment; Ally tries to prove she's no goodie-two-shoes by learning how to appreciate, and tell, dirty jokes.

Directors: Daniel Attias
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Alone Again
368 votes

#2 - Alone Again

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/11/1998

Cage defends a long-time convict who used a trampoline to break out of prison a month before his release; a woman intends to sue her ex-fiancé for leaving her at the alter.

Directors: Dennis Dugan
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Boy to the World
416 votes

#3 - Boy to the World

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/1/1997

Ally defends and befriends a young transvestite prostitute; Fish sues for the right to discuss his dead uncle's prejudices in a eulogy; and Cage ponders dating Ally.

Directors: Thomas Schlamme
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Being There
340 votes

#4 - Being There

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired 5/4/1998

Cage defends Renee against assault charges; a home pregnancy test reveals that Georgia is pregnant.

Directors: Mel Damski
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Ally McBeal
852 votes

#5 - Ally McBeal

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 9/8/1997

Young lawyer Ally McBeal experiences emotional turmoil when she takes a job at a firm where her childhood sweetheart and first love also works.

Directors: James Frawley
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Silver Bells
396 votes

#6 - Silver Bells

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/15/1997

As Elaine plans the firm's musical Christmas party, a case involving a man with two wives causes Ally, Billy, and Georgia to examine their relationship; Fish deals with Whipper's holiday marriage blues; and Cage asks Ally out.

Directors: Joe Napolitans
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Body Language
358 votes

#7 - Body Language

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired 2/2/1998

Ally comes up with a "creative" strategy to convince a prison superintendant that an inmate should be allowed to marry; Whipper breaks up with Fish; and Cage undergoes "smile therapy."

Directors: Mel Damski
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Once in a Lifetime
413 votes

#8 - Once in a Lifetime

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/23/1998

Representing an artist who can't forget his dead wife conjures up ghosts of once-in-a-lifetime love for Ally and Billy; Cage worries about kissing Ally as their first date looms.

Directors: Elodie Keene
Forbidden Fruits
351 votes

#9 - Forbidden Fruits

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/2/1998

The firm represents a U.S. Senator accused of breaking up his wife's former marriage; Ally's legal arguments about true love get her into trouble with Georgia and Billy.

Directors: Jeremy Kagan
These Are the Days
340 votes

#10 - These Are the Days

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/18/1998

Bobby Donnell asks for the firm's help when two men seek an operation to switch hearts. Cage's cousin is arrested for assaulting "happy people" with a paddle.

Directors: Jonathan Pontell
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The Attitude
282 votes

#11 - The Attitude

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/3/1997

Ally clashes with a client's rabbi and dates a handsome District Attorney while Georgia considers suing her law firm for sex discrimination.

Directors: Michael Schultz
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Drawing the Lines
370 votes

#12 - Drawing the Lines

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/10/1997

The firm helps the wife of a rich man negate a prenuptial agreement; Elaine's sexual harassment complaint comes to a head; and Ally and Billy negotiate personal boundaries in their still-tenuous friendship.

Directors: Mel Damski
327 votes

#13 - Cro-Magnon

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/5/1998

As the firm's men plan to view a big boxing match, Ally dates a male art model with one large attribute, fights a sexual attraction to a 19-year-old client accused of assault... and is haunted by hallucinations of a dancing baby.

Directors: Allan Arkush
The Kiss
465 votes

#14 - The Kiss

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/22/1997

Ally has a confusing first date with client Ronald Cheanie... and teams up with Georgia to represent a television anchorwoman fired because of her age and sex.

Directors: Dennie Gordon
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The Playing Field
321 votes

#15 - The Playing Field

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired 3/16/1998

Ally faces off against a child prodigy-attorney; a woman claims she is the victim of harassment because, unlike her female co-workers, she refused to use sex as a means of advancing her career.

Directors: Jonathan Pontell
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Theme of Life
310 votes

#16 - Theme of Life

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/9/1998

Ally defends a doctor accused of transplanting a pig's liver into a woman without her permission; Ally and Georgia square off in a kickboxing match; and Whipper dumps Fish for toying again with Janet Reno.

Directors: Dennie Gordon
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The Inmates (1)
341 votes

#17 - The Inmates (1)

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired 4/27/1998

The firm joins forces with Bobby Donell and his staff when a client is accused of killing her husband; Renee is arrested for assault; a waiter alleges he was fired because he isn't gay. (Crossover event - The Practice - 2x26 - Axe Murderer (2))

Directors: Michael Schultz
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Compromising Positions
579 votes

#18 - Compromising Positions

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/15/1997

Ally meets the firm's other founding partner when she defends him on charges of soliciting a prostitute, and feels like a prostitute herself when Fish asks her to date a prospective client.

Directors: Jonathan Pontell
The Promise
374 votes

#19 - The Promise

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/27/1997

Ally saves an obese man's life, only to become the object of his affection.

Happy Birthday, Baby
341 votes

#20 - Happy Birthday, Baby

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/6/1998

Ally is mortified when her friends throw her a surprise birthday party. A man with a foot fetish refuses to use insanity as a defense.

Directors: Thomas Schlamme
The Blame Game
365 votes

#21 - The Blame Game

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/19/1998

As Ally, Cage and Georgia try a case about liability in an airplane crash, Ally is reunited with male model Glenn, her recent one-night-stand, who makes her feel guilty about using him as a sexual object.

Directors: Sandy Smolan
One Hundred Tears Away
362 votes

#22 - One Hundred Tears Away

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/20/1997

Ally is arrested for tripping a woman in a supermarket, then faces a Bar Association hearing on her emotional competence to practice law.

Directors: Sandy Smolan
The Affair
417 votes

#23 - The Affair

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/29/1997

The widow of Ally's former law professor asks Ally to speak at his funeral, not knowing she once had an affair with him.

Directors: Arlene Sanford