The BEST Episodes of L.A. Law

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 17, 2021

Network: NBC

On this critically acclaimed drama about a top Los Angeles law firm, some of the best battles take place outside of the courtroom. In the bedroom, in the courtroom, or at McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney & Kuzak's staff meetings, the firm's ambitious, competitive attorneys confront conflict between their own desires, their obligations as attorneys, and their principles as human beings.

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As God Is My Co-Defendant

#1 - As God Is My Co-Defendant

Season 5 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 4, 1991

Recent events lead to chaos at the firm; religion goes on trial in the case of a couple who relied on their faith to save their dying son; C.J. instructs East Bloc lawyers on trial law.

star 10.00
1 votes
Come Rain or Come Schein

#2 - Come Rain or Come Schein

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 22, 1993

Kelsey represents a TV weatherman suing for wrongful termination; Morales represents a laborer suing a racist couple who cheated him out of payment for work he did on their patio; Becker represents an agent who uses his ex-wife's desire for a religious divorce as leverage in their property settlement negotiations.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Tom Moore
Writers: Peter Schneider, Roger Lowenstein, William M. Finkelstein
Pacific Rimshot

#3 - Pacific Rimshot

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 18, 1993

Becker's car accident with his Bentley prompts a spate of anti-Asian sentiments, which in turn inspires the minority members of the firm who include Morales and Rollins. Meanwhile, the Glassman case reaches its conclusion as Rollins and Markowitz try to turn the jury against the US government. Eli handles the divorce of the wife of a marriage counseling guru reluctant to give up on the marriage or his wife's money. Also, Jinx helps Eli with his case while showing him the wonders of Los Angeles.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Charles Haid
Writers: William M. Finkelstein
Rhyme and Punishment

#4 - Rhyme and Punishment

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 16, 1993

Mamie Van Doren is a guest at the firm's Christmas party; the son of an aging comic believes his father is being exploited by a mistress; Roxanne asks Mullaney to surrender parental rights.

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Gary Weis
Writers: Julie Martin, William M. Finkelstein
Tunnel of Love

#5 - Tunnel of Love

Season 8 - Episode 19 - Aired Apr 28, 1994

Patrick pulls another fast one; a rumor about Belinda troubles Becker; the owner of a show dog with a litter of mongrels sues her neighbor

star 10.00
2 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Anne Kenney, Paul Manning, Peter Schneider
How Am I Driving?

#6 - How Am I Driving?

Season 8 - Episode 20 - Aired May 5, 1994

Becker tries to hush up his client's connection to a well-placed madam; an incorrigible teen sues to be released from rehab; Eli goes through a broker to buy a car.

star 10.00
2 votes
Izzy Ackerman or Is He Not?

#7 - Izzy Ackerman or Is He Not?

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 16, 1989

Perkins and Ringstrom continue their romance and their afternoon trysts; Melman gets arrested and sued after the strains of her diet and her marriage lead her to punch out an obnoxious loud-mouth in her weight loss group; Kuzak is crushed when his failure to perform proper discovery costs his widower client a settlement from the hospital that caused the death of his wife by failing to treat her adequately due to her inability to pay; McKenzie helps a widow retrieve the remains of her late husband after his misidentified body is dissected for research purposes and shipped out to medical facilities across the country; Melman and Meyer visit a marriage counselor; as they leave a restaurant, Kuzak and Van Owen run into Ringstrom -- and his wife.

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: Sam Weisman
Writers: Daniel Ben-Zvi, Joe Shulkin, William M. Finkelstein
Testing, Testing, 1...2...3...4

#8 - Testing, Testing, 1...2...3...4

Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired May 6, 1993

A teacher is fired after refusing to take a test that would prove he is not sexually aroused by children; a fan claims that a baseball player assaulted him in the stands; and Gwen's fears about passing the bar exam put a strain on her relationship with Morales.

star 9.50
2 votes
Silence is Golden

#9 - Silence is Golden

Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 14, 1994

Becker and Mullaney suspect, but cannot prove, that Flannigan committed a felony in settling a civil damages suit in a child molestation case; Rollins successfully pleads with an over-controlling father to drop a law suit against his fashion model daughter; Flannigan wins the undying gratitude of the Brackmans when he uses his influence to get their son accepted into a prestigious prep school.

star 9.50
2 votes
Directors: Leslie Hill
Writers: Julie Martin, Paul Haggis
The Accidental Jurist

#10 - The Accidental Jurist

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 23, 1989

Kuzak decides that a private trial with a closeted judge is the best way to win to retain his gay client's multi-million dollar endorsement contract with a cereal manufacturer, but when the verdict goes against him, his client is unwilling to seek another trial based on an ex parte statement revealing the judge's bias because it will force the judge out of the closet; Perkins confronts Ringstrom after Kelsey tells her he's married, and ends the relationship after she fakes a reason to visit his house and meet his wife; Meyer and Melman separate after they arrive at directly opposite solutions to their marital problems, but reconcile after Melman is forced to acknowledge some hard truths during a therapy session; the lack of a good nanny brings Kelsey and Markowitz troubles, and their daughter to the office.

star 9.29
7 votes
Directors: Jan Eliasberg
Writers: David E. Kelley, Judith Parker, Michele Gallery, Steven Bochco
He's a Crowd

#11 - He's a Crowd

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 7, 1991

Rosalind promises to help McKenzie save an account; a case of multiple personalities confounds Kuzak; Abby collaborates with C.J. to build her practice; Roxanne is subpoenaed in the case of Becker vs. Becker.

star 9.25
4 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: David E. Kelley
That's Why the Lady Is a Stamp

#12 - That's Why the Lady Is a Stamp

Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 15, 1993

When McKenzie handles the estate of a deceased friend, he overcomes his shock at learning that the man owned a valuable pornography collection long enough to sell it on behalf of his estate for top dollar to Yale Tobias; Paros represents a man who's suing a post office manager for the wrongful death of his wife at the hands of a deranged a co-worker; the partners are concerned when Benny's friend introduces him to the world of wagering.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Julie Martin, Paul Manning, Peter Schneider, William M. Finkelstein
Bourbon Cowboy

#13 - Bourbon Cowboy

Season 7 - Episode 21 - Aired May 13, 1993

A teenage prostitute claims her boyfriend forced her to rob a man; Becker represents a country music star whose wife's career is better than his; and Gwen's teacher makes another sexual advance.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Randy Roberts
Writers: Anne Kenney, Julie Martin, Paul Manning
Book of Renovation, Chapter 1

#14 - Book of Renovation, Chapter 1

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 7, 1993

The partners begin to interview candidates for a new associate at the firm which is under interior renovation. Meanwhile, Stuart Markowitz's cousin Eli Levinson arrives in town from New York to defend Sandy Morris, the mentally ill son of some old friends who's accused of murdering a social worker. Eli's former secretary, Denise Iannello, arrives and asks Eli to give her a job as his secretary again. Kelsey represents another attorney suing her own firm for sexual discrimination. Also, Becker finds the new associate candidate, Jane Halliday, a Christian fundamentalist, irresistible, while Kelsey is wary about Halliday's presence.

star 9.00
2 votes
Foreign Co-Respondent

#15 - Foreign Co-Respondent

Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 28, 1993

McKenzie urges Eli to join the firm and his restricted men's club; a couple move to sue their travel agent for a nightmare trip; a Chinese financier faces murder charges for the death of an illegal immigrant.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Julie Martin, Paul Manning, William M. Finkelstein
Safe Sex

#16 - Safe Sex

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 11, 1993

Becker urges that the firm employ a security consultant in constructing a ""safe room"" for the employees, then falls prey to the innovation when he and Denise get locked in it after hours. Meanwhile, Kelsey and Halliday square off against each other while they are representing Karl Bullon, a self-righteous department store employer being sued by an ex-employee for eavesdropping on her who was having an extra-marital affair with a co-worker, where Halliday learns a courtroom lesson while cross-examining a witness. Also, Rollins decides to represent Glassman and seeks out a former Black Panther member as a witness while he and Markowitz begin to argue about the politics reguarding the case.

star 9.00
2 votes
He Ain't Guilty, He's My Brother

#17 - He Ain't Guilty, He's My Brother

Season 8 - Episode 10 - Aired Feb 3, 1994

Morales agrees to defend a confused young man who wants to confess to a convenience store robbery, but who may not be guilty. Meanwhile, Kelsey takes a civil case of defending a man accused of sexual fraud because he implied to a woman that he was an undercover cop. Mullaney and Judge Walker face a defense attorney demanding a mistrial in the Turner case because of their developing relationship. Also, Becker ends up getting duped by a phoney come-on by Halliday after he tells her of his divine sight to see the truth.

star 9.00
2 votes
Cold Cuts

#18 - Cold Cuts

Season 8 - Episode 12 - Aired Feb 17, 1994

Two mountaineers face charges after resorting to cannibalism; a mathematician adds up the consequences of divorce; and Denise lands in the middle of a father-son feud.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Paul Manning, William M. Finkelstein
God is My Co-Counsel

#19 - God is My Co-Counsel

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 10, 1994

A few days before his wedding, Stulwicz is shocked to discover that his bride-to-be is already married, and enlists Becker's help in getting annulment papers signed by her reluctant husband; when Halliday's father arrives for a visit, Becker wastes no time trying to win him over, but father and daughter clash over his interference in her representation of a biology teacher fired for teaching creationism; at the Hendrickson-Stulwicz nuptials, a little romance is in the air for Kelsey and Markowitz, Ianello and Levinson, and Halliday and Becker, despite their truly terrifying bridesmaid outfits.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Mark Tinker
Writers: Anne Kenney
Whistle Stop

#20 - Whistle Stop

Season 8 - Episode 21 - Aired May 12, 1994

Becker blames Belinda's personal malice for his becoming a murder suspect; Mullaney anticipates trouble with a judge who used to date Carolyn; and McKenzie gets troubling news.

star 9.00
2 votes
Directors: Randy Roberts
Writers: Anne Kenney, Julie Martin, Paul Haggis, Paul Manning
The Bitch Is Back

#21 - The Bitch Is Back

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 18, 1990

The shadow of Rosalind Shays again darkens the door of the firm when she sues them for discrimination, while another lawsuit escalates racial tensions.

star 8.80
5 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: David E. Kelley
Prince Kuzak in a Can

#22 - Prince Kuzak in a Can

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 8, 1987

Overburdened with Hershberg's caseload, and haunted with guilt over his death, Kuzak snaps at his colleagues, pays a heavy price for the way he handles a manslaughter case, and ruins Van Owen's plans for the weekend; Sifuentes's whiz kid client develops a crush on Melman as he fixes the firm's malfunctioning telephone system; Kelsey wins a major account for the firm and faces a jealous Markowitz, who correctly guesses that the client has more than a professional interest in his new attorney; after initially spurning Sifuentes's offer to help with Hershberg's caseload, Kuzak finally enlists his aid, allowing Sifuentes to talk the judge and prosecutor into a sweetheart deal for the client.

star 8.71
35 votes
Directors: Rick Wallace
Writers: David E. Kelley, Jacob Epstein
Sidney, the Dead-Nosed Reindeer

#23 - Sidney, the Dead-Nosed Reindeer

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 18, 1986

La Rosa digs up the ammunition Kelsey needs to succeed in representing an inventor in a contract dispute over patent royalties; Kuzak is horrified as he witnesses a severely depressed Hershberg commit suicide in court; Becker gets caught in a compromising position when he's propositioned by a client's soon-to-be ex-wife; Perkins spends Christmas with her son; when his pre-trial depositions reveal that the Emmons case is a winner, Kuzak is able to negotiate a favorable settlement for his client.

star 8.68
34 votes
Directors: Jonathan Sanger
Writers: William M. Finkelstein
Bound for Glory

#24 - Bound for Glory

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired Mar 22, 1990

To the dismay of Becker and Brackman, Rosalind becomes Abby's strong supporter when a major client leaves the firm after he is unsuccessful in pressuring Abby not to pursue a dismissal of charges against his drug-addicted son, but to convince his son instead to accept a plea bargain that will send him to jail; Rollins's client is sued by the owner of an oversized frog when she disqualifies the amphibian from the jumping contest she's promoting; Kelsey represents the parents of a slain teenager when they sue the parents of the young skinhead who murdered their son; Benny inadvertently sets off a bidding war hampered by attorneys and paralegals when he decides to sell his baseball card collection; as her overbearing manner begins to set the other attorneys on edge, Rosalind mounts a subtle campaign for absolute control of the firm by undermining McKenzie's influence with clients.

star 8.67
3 votes
Directors: Win Phelps
Writers: David E. Kelley, William M. Finkelstein
The Douglas Fur Ball

#25 - The Douglas Fur Ball

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 15, 1987

McKenzie gets Kuzak sprung from jail; after Brackman's wife discovers his infidelity and serves him with divorce papers, he begs her to take him back when he discovers that she's represented by Lisa Weston, who intends to go after a share of the partnership's profits in the settlement; Sifuentes confronts a judge after Putnam's computer analysis uncovers a racist bent to the jurist's sentencing determinations; Markowitz's jealousy prompts him to keep too close an eye on Kelsey's relationship with Cromwell, which creates friction between the attorneys; McKenzie represents a jurist friend who is arrested after taking desperate measures to resolve a deteriorating financial situation when the firm declines to offer him the partnership he seeks; Melman goes out to dinner with Putnam; Weston has it out with Becker over his mistreatment of her and discovers to her discomfort how much they have in common.

star 8.62
34 votes
Directors: Donald Petrie
Writers: William M. Finkelstein