The Best Episodes of Boston Legal

Last Updated: Nov 19, 2018

Alan Shore (James Spader) and Denny Crane (William Shatner) lead a phalanx of pricey litigators in a Boston law firm in this series that examines the professional and personal lives of brilliant (and often emotionally stunted) attorneys. For perspective, Brad Chase (Mark Valley) joins the firm to keep an eye on loose-cannon senior partner Crane. Monica Potter, Rhona Mitra and Rene Auberjonois co-star.

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 8.34
82 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: David E. Kelley/Susan Dickes
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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 8.22
163 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: David E. Kelley/Susan Dickes/Lauren MacKenzie
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BL: Los Angeles

#3 - 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
204 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: Lawrence Broch, Michael Reisz
Death Be Not Proud

#4 - 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
282 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: David E. Kelley; Jonathan Shapiro
The Court Supreme

#5 - 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 8.19
189 votes
Directors: Bob Yannetti
Writers: David E. Kelley, Jonathan Shapiro
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Finding Nimmo

#6 - 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 8.15
290 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: David E. Kelley
Schmidt Happens

#7 - 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 8.12
304 votes
Directors: Allison Liddi
Writers: David E. Kelley
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Helping Hands

#8 - 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 8.09
251 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Phoef Sutton
Race Ipsa

#9 - 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 8.09
226 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: David E. Kelley
Hired Guns

#10 - 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 8.08
319 votes
Directors: Dennis Smith
Writers: David E. Kelley
Witches of Mass Destruction

#11 - 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 8.08
263 votes
Directors: Jim Bagdonas
Writers: Michael Reisz, Andrew Kreisberg, Lawrence Broch
The Mighty Rogues

#12 - 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 8.08
185 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: David E. Kelley, Lawrence Broch, Jill Goldsmith
True Love

#13 - 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 8.08
189 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: David E. Kelley
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Dances with Wolves

#14 - 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 8.06
174 votes
Directors: Jim Bagdonas
Writers: David E. Kelley/Susan Dickes
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A Whiff and a Prayer

#15 - 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 8.06
283 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: David E. Kelley
A Greater Good

#16 - 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 8.06
307 votes
Directors: Arlene Sanford
Writers: Peter Ocko
Legal Deficits

#17 - Legal Deficits

Season 2 - Episode 10

After kidnapping a witness and physically assaulting a priest, Brad is put on trial and enlists the help of Denny and Shirley to bail him out. Meanwhile, Alan's hands are full with his secretary's financial troubles when her credit card company charges ridiculous interest rates, putting her $50,000 in debt.

star 8.06
263 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: Lawrence Broch, David E. Kelley
It Girls and Beyond

#18 - 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 8.05
303 votes
Directors: Mike Listo
Writers: Jonathan Shapiro; David E. Kelley
The Ass Fat Jungle

#19 - The Ass Fat Jungle

Season 2 - Episode 8

Denise finds herself wanting to sue her own client when Boston's most celebrated plastic surgeon is under fire for unorthodox techniques. Shirley takes on a difficult case involving an Alzheimer's patient which touches her personally. Meanwhile, Alan and Denny fight their own demons as Alan asks his new secretary to protect him from night terrors and Denny undergoes an MRI.

star 8.04
263 votes
Directors: Ron Underwood
Writers: Phoef Sutton, Janet Leahy
Gone

#20 - 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 8.04
258 votes
Directors: Mel Damski
Writers: David E. Kelley, Jonathan Shapiro
The Cancer Man Can

#21 - 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 8.04
259 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: Janet Leahy, Michael Reisz
Too Much Information

#22 - 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 8.03
269 votes
Directors: Steve Robin
Writers: Andrew Kreisberg, Lawrence Broch
Head Cases

#23 - Head Cases

Season 1 - Episode 1

When name partner Edwin Poole shows up to a staff meeting without pants, visiting attorney Brad Chase is asked to stay on at the Boston branch of Crane, Poole & Schmidt to keep Denny Crane in check. Lori's case involving one of the firm's most important clients turns ugly when it turns out the man his wife is sleeping with is Denny. Alan takes on the case of a young black child who was turned away from playing the part of Annie, allegedly due to the color of her skin.

star 8.02
560 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: Scott Kaufer, Jeff Rake, David E. Kelley
Deep End of the Poole

#24 - Deep End of the Poole

Season 2 - Episode 24

Name partner Edwin Poole returns from a mental institution to Crane, Poole and Schmidt, ready to jump back in, but Shirley has reservations when he decides to sue a candy company. An A.D.A. with a grudge against Alan brings charges, accusing him of advising his client to flee when a guilty verdict was inevitable. Meanwhile, Brad and Denise decide where to take their relationship.

star 8.02
229 votes
Directors: Jeff Bleckner
Writers: Michael Reisz, Andrew Kreisberg
Trial of the Century

#25 - 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 8.02
185 votes
Directors: Bill D'Elia
Writers: Corinne Brinkerhoff, David E. Kelley