Legal Dramas


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Legal Dramas describe fictional shows with recurring characters centered in some manner with the court system.

Highlights
S. Epatha Merkerson on getting an audition for Law & Order
01:50
Steven Bochco on creating compelling storytelling on L.A. Law
00:55
David E. Kelley on the snappy dialogue on Ally McBeal
02:09
Andy Griffith on the character of "Ben Matlock" on Matlock, and on the show moving to ABC
03:39
Ethel Winant on casting Perry Mason: Raymond Burr
03:03
Who talked about this genre

Steven Bochco

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Steven Bochco on creating compelling storytelling on L.A. Law
00:55
Steven Bochco on the legal drama Philly
02:45

Robert Butler

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Robert Butler on directing episodes of The Defenders
06:41

Betty White with Emerson College

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Betty White on playing "Catherine Piper" on Boston Legal
01:20

John Conte

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John Conte on guest-starring on Perry Mason
02:37

Charles Dubin

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Charles S. Dubin on directing episodes of The Defenders
00:44
Charles S. Dubin on directing Matlock, Starman, Square One, and Father Dowling Mysteries
03:22

Herschel Burke Gilbert

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Herschel Burke Gilbert on supervising the music for Burke's Law, produced by Aaron Spelling
04:09

Lee Grant

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Lee Grant on appearing on several shows including Judd for the Defense starring Sam Wanamaker
03:38

Andy Griffith

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Andy Griffith on starring on Matlock
10:09

Roy Huggins

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Roy Huggins on The Outsider and The Bold Ones
02:09

Kim Hunter

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Kim Hunter on guest-starring on The Defenders
02:00

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on directing Judd for the Defense, and directing The Defenders for producer Herb Brodkin
05:58

Sidney M. Katz

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Sidney M. Katz on editing The Defenders
12:01

David E. Kelley

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David E. Kelley on meeting Steven Bochco and writing and showrunning L.A. Law
21:15
David E. Kelley on creating The Practice, getting it picked up at ABC, and changing the storytelling of the show because of its time slot; on spinning off Boston Legal from The Practice
16:54
David E. Kelley on having a strong point of view on issues on Boston Legal; on why the show ended
06:31
David E. Kelley on creating Ally McBeal; on the dialogue, visual fantasies, the dancing baby, and the music on the show; on being the only producer in history to win Emmys for drama and comedy series in one year (The Practice and Ally McBeal); on Ally McBeal's Time magazine cover
15:59

Ernest Kinoy

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for The Defenders
13:24

Bob Markell

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Bob Markell on working on The Defenders
04:31
Bob Markell on working on The Defenders
25:34

E. G. Marshall

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E.G. Marshall on starring as "Lawrence Preston" on The Defenders
16:23
E.G. Marshall on acting on The Defenders
10:32

Paul Monash

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Paul Monash on creating Judd for the Defense
02:42

David Pressman

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David Pressman on directing one episode of The Defenders
01:55

William Shatner

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William Shatner on his first lead role in a series playing David Koster in For the People, produced by Herbert Brodkin
03:04
William Shatner on playing "Denny Crane" on The Practice and Boston Legal
43:09

David Shaw

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David Shaw on writing for The Defenders
12:45
David Shaw on writing for The Defenders and Shane
01:25

David Shore

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David Shore on writing for The Practice
08:53
David Shore on writing for Law & Order
06:44
David Shore on writing for the series Family Law
12:22
David Shore on writing for Law and Order
03:04
David Shore on consulting and writing for the series Century City
03:13

Ethel Winant

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Ethel Winant on casting Perry Mason: Raymond Burr
03:03

Dick Wolf

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Dick Wolf on not making legal mistakes on his shows
01:02

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on the importance of Law & Order and its spin-offs to NBC
01:42