Archive for October, 2013

“L.A. Law” Retrospective (Part 8 of 8)

Friday, October 11th, 2013

During its eight-year run on NBC from 1986 to 1994, L.A. Law showcased legal issues without tidying everything in a package for the audience.  It was a more realistic way of looking at law practice, which can be messy, full of ambiguities, conflicts, and unresolved matters.

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“L.A. Law” Retrospective (Part 7 of 8)

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

Of  all guest stars or recurring characters on L.A. Law, perhaps none stand out more than direct mail king David Meyer (played by Dann Florek).  Once married to Roxanne Melman (played by Susan Ruttan), secretary to Arnie Becker, Meyer is the firm’s court-appointed receiver in the fifth season episode Speak, Lawyers, For Me.

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“L.A. Law” Retrospective (Part 6 of 8)

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

In Teleliteracy is Here…So Telefriend, Chapter 14 of his 1992 book Teleliteracy, television critic David Bianculli raises the issue of television programming rivaling literature for intelligence.

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“L.A. Law” Retrospective (Part 5 of 8)

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

In the second season L.A. Law episode The Wizard of Odds, black overachiever Jonathan Rollins (played by Blair Underwood) interviews with McKenzie Brackman.  Actually, Jonathan controls the interview from the outset, referencing powerful family friends, Ivy League accomplishments, and palpable confidence.  He reasons that a smaller, prestigious firm like McKenzie Brackman can be more responsive to his personal needs.

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“L.A. Law” Retrospective (Part 4 of 8)

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The gorilla suit that Michael Kuzak wore to woo Grace Van Owen proved valuable in court.  In the third season episode His Suit is Hirsute, Kuzak represents the plaintiff in the Hilbar vs. Bradley case.  The plaintiff seeks damages caused by faulty installation of a heating system that blew up.  He almost died.

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“L.A. Law” Retrospective (Part 3 of 8)

Friday, October 4th, 2013

L.A. Law pushed the boundaries of network television with dialogue.  The writers employed their creativity to evade censors while maintaining script quality.  For example, the premiere episode contains a scene with Arnie Becker and a private investigator discussing the P.I.’s photographs of Barry Graham (played by John McCook), the soon-to-be-ex-husband of Arnie’s client, Lydia Graham (played by Shannon Wilcox).

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“L.A. Law” Retrospective (Part 2 of 8)

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

An attempt to list all of the outstanding moments, accomplishments, and cases in L.A. Law would not do it justice (pun intended).  But a few, select pieces evidence a television show consisting of multi-layered characters, compelling story lines, and crisp writing.

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“L.A. Law” Retrospective (Part 1 of 8)

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Media historians will likely document the 1980s as the Decade of the Peacock.  As television approached its 40th anniversary since Milton Berle launched the medium into mass status in 1948 with Texaco Star Theatre, NBC’s avian emblem emerged like a phoenix, symbolizing pride throughout the environs of network headquarters at 30 Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan, 3000 West Alameda Avenue in beautiful, downtown Burbank, and approximately 200 NBC stations.

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