The BEST Episodes of Boston Legal

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 4, 2019

Network: ABC (US)

Led by an Emmy® Award-winning cast, Boston Legal tells the professional and personal stories of a group of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. Back-to-back Emmy® Award winners James Spader and William Shatner play Alan Shore and Denny Crane, unlikely kindred spirits among the brigade of high-priced litigators at Crane Poole & Schmidt. In addition, Shirley Schmidt (played by five-time Emmy® winner Candice Bergen), a founding partner of the firm, continues to help bring order to the chaotic office. She keeps a vigilant eye on all, particularly on Denny Crane, with whom she shares a checkered past. Fast-paced and wildly comedic, the series confronts social and moral issues, while its characters continually stretch the boundaries of the law.

Last Call (2)

#1 - Last Call (2)

Season 5 - Episode 13

Part 2 of the series finale. Shirley's dream of a church wedding doesn't turn out as she planned. Instead, she and Carl say their "I do's" on a dock at Nimmo Bay, along with another couple in a very special double ceremony.

star 8.52
82 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: David E. Kelley/Susan Dickes
Made in China (1)

#2 - Made in China (1)

Season 5 - Episode 12

Part 1 of the series finale. Shirley seeks an injunction to prevent a Chinese company from buying out Crane, Poole & Schmidt. Denny gets arrested for breaking into a neighbor's home.

star 8.33
156 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: David E. Kelley/Susan Dickes/Lauren MacKenzie
The Court Supreme

#3 - The Court Supreme

Season 4 - Episode 17

Alan Shore gets the dream of a lifetime for an attorney when he is asked to present an appeal to the Supreme Court in the case of a mentally challenged man who has been sentenced to death for the rape of a young girl. Meanwhile, Katie Lloyd learns some startling news from Lorraine Weller about Jerry Espenson's new girlfriend.

star 8.26
178 votes
Directors: Bob Yannetti
Writers: David E. Kelley, Jonathan Shapiro
BL: Los Angeles

#4 - BL: Los Angeles

Season 2 - Episode 27

While in LA, Alan takes on the case of TV star Courtney Rae, who is arrested after shooting a photographer who she mistakes for a stalker, but Denny and Barry make life difficult when they won't stop making sexual advances toward their client. Meanwhile, Denise resorts to underhanded tactics to eliminate Marlene from the picture, but the plan backfires when she is caught by Paul, and Brad enlists Shirley's help in trying to persuade the judge in his niece's trial to lower the sentence.

star 8.21
203 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: Lawrence Broch, Michael Reisz
Schmidt Happens

#5 - Schmidt Happens

Season 1 - Episode 11

A Sudanese native wants to sue the U.S. government for the lack of action taken against the mayhem happening in his country and Paul looks to Lori to take the case. Founding partner Shirley Schmidt arrives with a mission to bring order to the firm. While making herself known, she has to deal with Denny who does not wanting her there, help with Lori's extremely high profile case, and learns that she has to keep her eye on Alan. Alan ends up defending a man who killed his mother in a fit of rage but by accident.

star 8.20
301 votes
Directors: Allison Liddi
Writers: David E. Kelley
Death Be Not Proud

#6 - Death Be Not Proud

Season 1 - Episode 17

Chelina asks Alan to assist her in Texas because her former client is getting executed but may be innocent of the crime. An old friend of Denny and Shirley asks them for legal representation when she charged with having sexual encounters for a fee. Lori files a complaint about Denny with Shirley and Paul and they seriously consider doing something about it; especially when they suspect he performed an unethical act on his recent case.

star 8.20
276 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: David E. Kelley; Jonathan Shapiro
The Mighty Rogues

#7 - The Mighty Rogues

Season 4 - Episode 16

After her father -- who is in the late stages of a debilitating fight with Alzheimer's -- injures himself and lands in the hospital, Shirley Schmidt wants to end his suffering and asks Alan Shore to argue in court on her behalf. Meanwhile Jerry Espenson's beautiful, new girlfriend sues him for sexual assault, and Carl Sack represents the island of Nantucket whose residents want to build a nuclear bomb in case of attack.

star 8.15
178 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: David E. Kelley, Jill Goldsmith, Lawrence Broch
Finding Nimmo

#8 - Finding Nimmo

Season 2 - Episode 3

Denny takes Alan to Nimmo Bay, Canada, to help him get over his breakup with Tara. Catherine confesses to Bernard's murder. Sara and Garrett take extreme measures to help Denise challenge her husband's alimony demands in their divorce proceedings.

star 8.14
278 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: David E. Kelley
True Love

#9 - True Love

Season 5 - Episode 4

Alan Shore is called upon by ex-flame Phoebe Prentice to prove her husband's innocence in the murder of a nurse. But deep down, Alan's unrequited love for Phoebe makes him hope that her husband is guilty so that they can rekindle their relationship.

star 8.14
175 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: David E. Kelley
Dances with Wolves

#10 - Dances with Wolves

Season 5 - Episode 3

Denny Crane is arrested yet again for carrying a concealed firearm after he shoots a man in self defense who's attempting to mug him and Jerry Espenson. Meanwhile, Alan Shore fights for a sex surrogate's right to joint custody of her daughter -- while grappling with the fact that he was a former client of hers

star 8.13
160 votes
Directors: Jim Bagdonas
Writers: David E. Kelley/Susan Dickes

#11 - Juiced

Season 5 - Episode 11

After Denny learns some disturbing news about the progression of his Alzheimer's disease and that an experimental drug might help, Alan tries to convince the Massachusetts Supreme Court to let his best friend have access to it. Meanwhile the murderous Catherine Piper returns, and Jerry and Katie take on the case of an ambitious student accused of cheating on her SATs.

star 8.12
158 votes
Directors: Michael Lohmann
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff/Susan Dickes/David E. Kelley
A Greater Good

#12 - A Greater Good

Season 1 - Episode 9

Alan and Denny defend a drug company that is being sued by a woman who states they provided false reasoning when they took her off of an experimental pill that was a possible cure for her sickness. Alan and Denny discover a shocking secret that could make or break their case and because of that, they become at odds with each other on how to proceed. Lori discovers that Tara's new information for their case would win it for them, but the way she retrieved it could cost them their case and their careers. Lori learns a secret about Brad.

star 8.12
303 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: Peter Ocko
Race Ipsa

#13 - Race Ipsa

Season 2 - Episode 23

When Denny shoots his therapist in self-defense, the senior partners, fed up with his rogue behavior, begin to enact plans to remove him from the firm. Meanwhile, Alan enlists the help of Chelina in a racially-charged case involving a black man arrested for being in a white neighborhood, and Brad asks Denise to teach him to be a better kisser.

star 8.11
218 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: David E. Kelley
Trial of the Century

#14 - Trial of the Century

Season 3 - Episode 24

Alan and Denny co-council two brother accused of murdering their father. But when Alan predicts a losing verdict, Denny concocts a plan to cast reasonable doubt on their guilt.Meanwhile, Shirley is furious when Jerry and Clarence take the case of a woman suing a casino for losing money.

star 8.10
177 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff, David E. Kelley
Hired Guns

#15 - Hired Guns

Season 1 - Episode 10

Lori and Brad defend a woman who is accused of murdering her husband and his mistress while they were in bed together. Alan's life is endangered when he helps a woman whose ex-husband plans to kidnap their children.

star 8.09
318 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: David E. Kelley
It Girls and Beyond

#16 - It Girls and Beyond

Season 1 - Episode 13

Brad becomes attracted to his client who being sued for having a relationship with her boss merely for financial purposes. To make matters more difficult, Brad convinces himself that she is lying about her being a lesbian. Alan is asked to second chair on Denny's trial case where a doctor is being sued for prescribing a drug that has not been FDA approved. While working on that, Denny is on a personal mission to prove that he is a competent attorney. Meanwhile, the staff tries to deal with Alan's out-spoken new assistant, Catherine Piper.

star 8.08
297 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: Jonathan Shapiro; David E. Kelley
Helping Hands

#17 - Helping Hands

Season 2 - Episode 12

Alan finds himself all alone against the firm when he decides to defend Jerry Espenson from charges of attempted murder, torture and terrorist threats. Denise and Daniel Post get closer as Daniel second chairs a case against parents who are constantly harassing their daughter's teacher. Meanwhile, Paul is worried about the impact Denny's pending nuptials may have on the firm.

star 8.07
245 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Phoef Sutton
A Whiff and a Prayer

#18 - A Whiff and a Prayer

Season 2 - Episode 4

Denny's strong conservative values are put to the test when the firm represents a Democratic congressman who refused to keep a promise to his supporters. Alan tries to forget about Tara as he prepares to defend Catherine, who is on trial for murder. Meanwhile, Sara is given a bizarre ultimatum.

star 8.07
269 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: David E. Kelley
The Cancer Man Can

#19 - The Cancer Man Can

Season 2 - Episode 11

Paul recruits Denise to help him defend a cancer patient who used his wealth to guarantee he would not get a placebo during a drug study. Meanwhile, Alan goes too far in trying to convince the senior partners to promote "Hands" to partner, and Denny finds himself falling in love with a woman he meets at a charity event.

star 8.06
250 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: Janet Leahy, Michael Reisz
Witches of Mass Destruction

#20 - Witches of Mass Destruction

Season 2 - Episode 6

The firm takes on two milestone cases. First, Shirley and Denise represent Christian and Wiccan parents who are outraged by a public school's Halloween celebrations, but the case takes a turn for the worse when the clients begin arguing amongst themselves. Meanwhile, Denny and Alan's friendship is tested when Alan helps Cassie sue the US military for the loss of her brother.

star 8.06
258 votes
Directors: Jim Bagdonas
Patriot Acts

#21 - Patriot Acts

Season 4 - Episode 20

Patriotism is in the air as Alan and Denny celebrate their acceptance into the Auxiliary Coast Guard. But when the town of Concord, Massachusetts decides to secede from the United States, Alan accepts the case, and deeply offends Denny. The case takes a personal turn when Denny represents the opposing side in court.

star 8.06
167 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: David E. Kelley, Jonathan Shapiro, Karen Wyscarver, Sanford Golden

#22 - Roe

Season 5 - Episode 8

Jerry Espenson insists on defending himself in court when he's accused of aggravated assault after a run-in with a bully. Meanwhile, Alan Shore and Shirley Schmidt try to help an underaged pregnant girl obtain a judicial by-pass for an abortion.

star 8.06
154 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: David E. Kelley

#23 - Gone

Season 2 - Episode 9

When the FBI's hands are tied with red tape, Brad helps Denise go undercover as a rogue agent in order to find a missing boy who is close to her heart. But when legal and ethical roadblocks appear, they must make some difficult decisions. Meanwhile, Denny's nonchalance regarding the use of firearms becomes a real concern for the other senior partners when he shoots a homeless man in the head with a paintball gun.

star 8.06
248 votes
Directors: Mel Damski
Writers: David E. Kelley, Jonathan Shapiro
An Eye for an Eye

#24 - An Eye for an Eye

Season 1 - Episode 5

With Tara as second chair, Alan defends a hypochondriac who is suing his medical doctor for malpractice. Sally assists Lori defends a man who killed a guy who beat him up four years ago with a martial art punch. Paul and Brad help Denny take on Edwin Poole's old case where their client, Holcomb Pharmaceuticals, is being sued for bilking senior citizens out of millions of dollars.

star 8.05
349 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: Jeff Rake, David E. Kelley
Too Much Information

#25 - Too Much Information

Season 2 - Episode 13

Alan and Denise take on the case of a young girl whose father killed her mother after finding the mother's whereabouts through her HMO's website. Catherine Piper comes back into Alan's life - by robbing convenience stores. Beverly Bridge, Denny's fiancée, flexes her muscle around the firm, while Brad attempts to manage the situation for Shirley and Paul. Daniel goes in for chemotherapy and attempts to shut out Denise.

star 8.05
256 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Lawrence Broch