Picks and Pans Review: The Practice
ABC (Mondays, 10 p.m. ET)
This drama has made the rounds. Since premiering in March 1997, the show has been scheduled on Tuesday, on Saturday and, since January, on Monday. Come fall, the lawyers of Donnell & Associates will pack their briefcases again and move to Sunday. But don’t be discouraged by the changes of venue. The Practice is worth following.
You might consider this series the grittier, more serious flip side of FOX’s Ally McBeal, with which it shares a locale (Boston) and a creator-executive producer (David E. Kelley). The two shows even did crossover episodes one night in April. But on The Practice, the best arguments take place in the courtroom, not the bathroom. Although Bobby Donnell (Dylan McDermott) seems to strike sexual sparks with almost every attractive woman on the docket—including a client, a co-counsel (see the June 22 rerun) and a prosecutor (series regular Lara Flynn Boyle)—he seems more passionate when performing in front of a jury. And if Bobby can’t keep his mind on the work, we’d be happy to see him defer to his audacious, intimidating colleague Eugene Young (Steve Harris). Now, there’s a guy to have on your side.
Bottom Line: Acquits itself well