Turns out they didn’t need to worry at all, because life at McKenzie Brackman was never dull; L.A. Law was an instant hit.
Debuting in the fall of 1986, the show took us all on one of the wildest rides on television. Beginning with the simple slam of the trunk each week, we were party to some of the funniest, most shocking, heartfelt, and inventive moments in TV history.
Sure, some of them happened in the 90s (the show wrapped in May 1994), but L.A. Law was an 80s show, first and foremost. Created by Stephen (The A-Team) Bochco and former attorney Terry Louise Fisher, it was perfect for the decade of excess.
From super-slick Arnie Becker (Corbin Bernsen) and his trusty secretary Roxanne (Susan Ruttan) to the simmering sexual tension between Michael Kuzak (Harry Hamlin) and Susan Dey’s Grace van Owen (we all remember the gorilla suit, right?) L.A. Law was a spot-on blend of comedy and drama. Plus, there was, of course, Jimmy Smits, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, and Larry Drake as the loveable (and, sure, a little slow) Benny.
Heck, any show that opens with one of the firm’s partners dead (and smelly) at his desk, well– that’s perfectly fine by us.
L.A. Law was not only a hit with fans (generally spending each year as one of TV’s top 20 shows), it got plenty of recognition in the form of Emmys, too. With 15 little statues in all (including 3 straight for best drama, 1989-91), it remains one of the more decorated shows from our favorite decade.
…and we didn’t even mention poor Rosalind falling down that elevator shaft. She never saw it coming.
We ♥ L.A. Law.