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
Steven Bochco on creating compelling storytelling on L.A. Law
David E. Kelley on the snappy dialogue on Ally McBeal
Andy Griffith on the character of "Ben Matlock" on Matlock, and on the show moving to ABC
Ethel Winant on casting Perry Mason: Raymond Burr
Who talked about this genre

Steven Bochco

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Steven Bochco on creating compelling storytelling on L.A. Law
Steven Bochco on the legal drama Philly

Robert Butler

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Robert Butler on directing episodes of The Defenders

Betty White with Emerson College

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Betty White on playing "Catherine Piper" on Boston Legal

John Conte

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John Conte on guest-starring on Perry Mason

Charles Dubin

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Charles S. Dubin on directing episodes of The Defenders
Charles S. Dubin on directing Matlock, Starman, Square One, and Father Dowling Mysteries

Herschel Burke Gilbert

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

Lee Grant

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

Walon Green

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Walon Green on writing for the short-lived Law & Order: Trial by Jury
Walon Green on writing for Law & Order: Criminal Intent which was airing on the USA cable network
Walon Green on co-creating Conviction with Dick Wolf
Walon Green on writing for Law & Order

Andy Griffith

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Andy Griffith on starring on Matlock

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on playing "Hays Stowe" on The Bold Ones

Roy Huggins

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Roy Huggins on The Outsider and The Bold Ones

Kim Hunter

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Kim Hunter on guest-starring on The Defenders

Lamont Johnson

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

Sidney M. Katz

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Sidney M. Katz on editing The Defenders

Elodie Keene

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Elodie Keene on editing and directing L.A. Law

David E. Kelley

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David E. Kelley on meeting Steven Bochco and writing and showrunning L.A. Law
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
David E. Kelley on having a strong point of view on issues on Boston Legal; on why the show ended
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

Ernest Kinoy

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for The Defenders

Bob Markell

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Bob Markell on working on The Defenders
Bob Markell on working on The Defenders

E. G. Marshall

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E.G. Marshall on starring as "Lawrence Preston" on The Defenders
E.G. Marshall on acting on The Defenders

Paul Monash

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Paul Monash on creating Judd for the Defense

Anne Nelson

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Anne Nelson on doing the deal for Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr

Pam Polifroni

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Pam Polifroni on casting Day in Court, and on the process of casting in those days

David Pressman

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David Pressman on directing one episode of The Defenders

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
William Shatner on playing "Denny Crane" on The Practice and Boston Legal

David Shaw

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David Shaw on writing for The Defenders
David Shaw on writing for The Defenders and Shane

Judith Sheindlin

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Judith Sheindlin on Law & Order

David Shore

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David Shore on writing for The Practice
David Shore on writing for Law & Order
David Shore on writing for the series Family Law
David Shore on writing for Law and Order
David Shore on consulting and writing for the series Century City

Daniel J. Travanti

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Daniel J. Travanti on working with Stuart Rosenberg on The Defenders

Ethel Winant

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Ethel Winant on casting Perry Mason: Raymond Burr

Dick Wolf

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Dick Wolf on not making legal mistakes on his shows

Jeff Zucker

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