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2002: The End of 'Ally McBeal'
May 20, 2017  | By TV WW  | 1 comment
 
This day in 2002 marked the final telecast of the Fox series, Ally McBeal.

The comedy-drama, created by David E. Kelley, starred Calista Flockhart as a fledgling lawyer working at a Boston law firm alongside her now-married ex-boyfriend (Gil Bellows). The quirky series featured off-the-wall legal cases as well as the characters' romantic escapades.

Throughout the show's five-season run, the cast included Peter MacNicol, Greg Germann, Lisa Nicole Carson, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Portia de Rossi, Lucy Liu, Dyan Cannon, Robert Downey, Jr. and Jon Bon Jovi.

The show also earned a spot on the pop-culture radar with its more offbeat moments, including the computer-generated "dancing baby" that represented Ally's ticking biological clock and impromptu dance routines in the company's unisex bathroom.

 
 
 
 
 
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Mark Isenberg
Wonderful theme song by Ms.Shepard?,outstanding comeback role for Mr.Downey Jr. and whatever happened to him and great,great David E. Kelley writing. Yes,the regular cast members did ok,too,including that Calista lady who did not ever have to compete with Buffy the Vampire Slayer and seems to have settled down nicely as Mrs. Ford.
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