Another strong season, eighteen episodes this time. The characters continue interestingly to evolve. Ann and Stuart strive for a baby. Abby branches out on her own (with dramatic consequences). Rollins is tactfully steered by Victor towards overdue humility. Arnie is given more worthy, less tacky storylines; Douglas also has more substance, spared previous seasons' rather bizarre excesses. Elevated to opening credits is Larry Drake, so moving as Benny.
As ever, the series skilfully interweaves ethical issues, high drama, romance and fun. (Admittedly those geriatric bankrobbers are somewhat OTT, but there is deliciously dark humour with the dropped coffin at a funeral.)
Much provokes thought. Can the death penalty ever be justified? Why not euthanasia when no longer quality of life? What if a suspect is clearly guilty but the evidence tainted? What if an attorney is brilliant but unqualified? How far can the gutter press be allowed to go, claiming the right to free speech? What about that flamboyant television show presenter who whipped his audience into a frenzy? Can he be held responsible for the killing that followed?
Yes there is much to admire and to enjoy. A word of praise for Dann Florek as Roxanne's husband Dave. His character is a bore, people desperate to flee as he waffles on. Yet somehow skilled acting eventually evokes sympathy, never more so than when reality strikes home.
Between the end of January 2012 and mid September, the first three series of LA Law will have been released. The UK is the only country where any episodes have been released on DVD, and the company issuing these series has pencilled in dates for the remaining five series during the rest of 2012 and 2013. Only last year I would never have expected LA Law to receive a DVD release and I am over the moon that this series is finally getting the release it deserves. The third series produced in 1988/89 has 19 episodes which originally screened on ITV in the UK in 1989. Episodes in this set are -Hey, Lick Me Over -The Son Also Rises -Romancing the Drone -Sperminator -Princess and the Pea -Dummy Dearest -To Live and Diet in LA -I'm in the Nude for Love -Victor/Victorious -The Plane Mutiny -Izzy Ackerman or Is He Not? -The Accidental Jurist -Barstow Bound -Leave It to Geezer -The Unbearable Lightness of Boring -His Suit is Hirsute -America the Beautiful -Urine Trouble Now -The Unbearable Lightness of Boring
One of the guest stars on this set is Teri Hatcher (Desperate Housewives / Lois and Clark - New Adventures of Superman). Series 4 out in February 2013.
I too am delighted at the long overdue release of this show on DVD. Funny, thought provoking and intelligent legal drama - excellent! I was surprised by the comment about the pre-order dvd being 'much' cheaper at Sainsbury's - it's only 1p! As a regular Amazon shopper, I am willing to pay this excessive overcharge (!!) for their reliable delivery and excellent service.
My husband and I are working our way through this series and enjoying a 'blast from the past'! We watch an episode last thing each night when we're home, in Screen 3 as we call it (the bedroom!!). We're now just about to start Series 5 and beginning to have moments of vaguely remember an episodes story line.
The stories and acting are brilliant and stand the test of time - although I expect that some legal aspects have changed in 30-years, but this doesn't matter as we aren't using it as research material for a law degree!
We'll move on to The Practice when we eventually exhaust this series (which my husband watched when it was originally aired, but I didn't) and so earlier nights in Screen 3 will be continuing for some time yet!!
I realy love watching LA law. It was one of my favourite series during the 80s when it first came out (along with Dallas) and I am now revisiting all of the series again, and enjoying it just as much this time round - no, more - particularly series 1-6 rather than the last two series, which are rather lame, by comparison. The cast acting is superb (with special credit going to Larry Drake who has the most difficult role as a very compelling mentally challenged firm employee), but all of the characters are interesting with some immensely likeable and/or as funny as hell, the personal storylines are rivetting and the professional cases they are working on are either plain whacky / whimsical, amusing and sometimes serious and more than a few thought provoking too. Never a dull moment to be had in or out of the courtroom. This is brilliant drama series well worth the credits it earned, and it is a series that doesn't really show its age well into the 21st century.
An amazing series so glad it has finally been released on Dvd. The show overall was excellent but in my opinion from the Exit of Michael Kuzak the show was never the same. Series 1-4 are by far the Best .