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The Best Episodes of Boston Legal

Every episode of Boston Legal ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Boston Legal!

Alan Shore and Denny Crane lead a brigade of high-priced civil litigators in an upscale Boston law firm in a series focusing on the professional and personal lives of brilliant but often emotionally challenged attorneys. A spin-off of long-running series The Practice.


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The best episode of "Boston Legal" is "Last Call (2)", rated 9.2/10 from 554 user votes. It was directed by Bill D'Elia and written by N/A. "Last Call (2)" aired on 12/8/2008 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Son of the Defender".

  • Last Call (2)
    9.2/10 554 votes

    #1 - Last Call (2)

    Season 5 Episode 13 - Aired 2008-12-08

    Financial problems may force Crane Poole & Schmidt to be put up for sale in the series finale, which also finds Alan petitioning the Supreme Court for Denny's access to a non-FDA approved medicine, and Shirley and Carl planning their wedding.

    Director: Bill D'Elia

    Writer: N/A

  • Son of the Defender
    9.1/10 763 votes

    #2 - Son of the Defender

    Season 3 Episode 18 - Aired 2007-04-03

    The past comes back to haunt Denny when a vengeful man forces the firm to find a different outcome in a decades-old murder trial. Meanwhile, Alan is jailed for contempt of court while defending a prostitute.

    Director: Bill D'Elia

    Writer: N/A

  • Death Be Not Proud
    8.9/10 551 votes

    #3 - Death Be Not Proud

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 2005-03-20

    Chelina asks Alan to assist her in Texas because her former client is getting executed but may be innocent of the crime. An old friend of Denny and Shirley asks them for legal representation when she charged with having sexual encounters for a fee. Lori files a complaint about Denny with Shirley and Paul and they seriously consider doing something about it; especially when they suspect he performed an unethical act on his recent case.

    Director: Matt Shakman

    Writer: N/A

  • The Court Supreme
    8.8/10 468 votes

    #4 - The Court Supreme

    Season 4 Episode 17 - Aired 2008-04-22

    It's a lawyer's dream come true for Alan when he presents an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving a mentally challenged man who was convicted of statutory rape. Meanwhile, Lorraine shares startling news with Katie about Jerry's girlfriend.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • Hired Guns
    8.7/10 478 votes

    #5 - Hired Guns

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2004-12-19

    Lori and Brad defend a woman who is accused of murdering her husband and his mistress while they were in bed together. Alan's life is endangered when he helps a woman whose ex-husband plans to kidnap their children.

    Director: Dennis Smith

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • Finding Nimmo
    8.6/10 448 votes

    #6 - Finding Nimmo

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2005-10-11

    Denny takes Alan to Nimmo Bay, British Columbia, Canada, to help him get over his breakup with Tara. Catherine confesses to Bernard's murder. Sara and Garrett take extreme measures to help Denise challenge her husband's alimony demands in their divorce proceedings.

    Director: Mike Listo

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • Legal Deficits
    8.6/10 394 votes

    #7 - Legal Deficits

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2005-12-13

    After kidnapping a witness and physically assaulting a priest, Brad is put on trial and enlists the help of Denny and Shirley to bail him out. Meanwhile, Alan's hands are full with his secretary's financial troubles when her credit card company charges ridiculous interest rates putting her $50,000 in debt.

    Director: Mike Listo

    Writer: N/A

  • The Mighty Rogues
    8.6/10 383 votes

    #8 - The Mighty Rogues

    Season 4 Episode 16 - Aired 2008-04-15

    Alan fields a difficult request from Shirley after her father suffers an injury while in the late stages of his battle with Alzheimer's; Carl represents a group of Nantucket residents who are concerned about homeland security; Jerry's new girlfriend sues him for sexual assault.

    Director: Arlene Sanford

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • The Verdict
    8.5/10 361 votes

    #9 - The Verdict

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2006-10-24

    A shocking allegation of Oedipal proportions in the Scott Little case threatens to torpedo Coho's defense; Alan seeks outside help to breathe some life into his relationship with Sally.

    Director: Jeff Bleckner

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • On the Ledge
    8.5/10 361 votes

    #10 - On the Ledge

    Season 3 Episode 9 - Aired 2006-11-28

    Lincoln's obsession with Shirley takes a dangerous turn; Jerry and Alan's collaboration in a murder trial leads to a scotch-and-cigar session, which makes Denny jealous.

    Director: Bill D'Elia

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • Made In China (1)
    8.5/10 309 votes

    #11 - Made In China (1)

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2008-12-08

    Financial problems may force Crane, Poole & Schmidt to be put up for sale. Meanwhile, Alan petitions the Supreme Court for Denny's access to a non-FDA approved medicine; and Shirley and Carl plan their wedding.

    Director: Bill D'Elia

    Writer: N/A

  • Schmidt Happens
    8.4/10 462 votes

    #12 - Schmidt Happens

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2005-01-09

    A Sudanese native wants to sue the U.S. government for the lack of action taken against the mayhem happening in his country and Paul looks to Lori to take the case. Founding partner Shirley Schmidt arrives with a mission to bring order to the firm. While making herself known, she has to deal with Denny who does not wanting her there, help with Lori's extremely high profile case, and learns that she has to keep her eye on Alan. Alan ends up defending a man who killed his mother in a fit of rage but by accident.

    Director: Allison Liddi-Brown

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • Schadenfreude
    8.4/10 426 votes

    #13 - Schadenfreude

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2005-10-04

    The Kelly Nolan trial continues, but Alan, Denny and Brad run fear the worst when Kelly's cold demeanor begins to turn off the jury. Meanwhile, Garrett and Sara are enlisted to help Denise in her divorce settlement and Malcolm convinces Tara to represent Johnny Damon, Edwin Starr's nephew, whose performance of War strikes a nerve at a nightclub.

    Director: Arlene Sanford

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • Gone
    8.4/10 388 votes

    #14 - Gone

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2005-12-06

    When the FBI's hands are tied with red tape, Brad helps Denise go undercover as a rogue agent in order to find a missing boy who is close to her heart. But when legal and ethical roadblocks appear, they must make some difficult decisions. Meanwhile, Denny's nonchalance regarding the use of firearms becomes a real concern for the other senior partners when he shoots a homeless man in the head with a paintball gun.

    Director: Mel Damski

    Writer: N/A

  • Race Ipsa
    8.4/10 359 votes

    #15 - Race Ipsa

    Season 2 Episode 23 - Aired 2006-04-25

    When Denny shoots his therapist in self-defense, the senior partners, fed up with his rogue behavior, begin to enact plans to remove him from the firm. Meanwhile, Alan enlists the help of Chelina in a racially-charged case involving a black man being arrested for being in a white neighborhood, and Brad asks Denise to teach him to be a better kisser.

    Director: Lou Antonio

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • BL: Los Angeles
    8.4/10 404 votes

    #16 - BL: Los Angeles

    Season 2 Episode 27 - Aired 2006-05-16

    While in LA, Alan takes on the case of TV star Courtney Rae, who is arrested after shooting a photographer who she mistakes for a stalker. But Denny and Barry make life difficult when they won't stop making sexual advances toward their client. Meanwhile, Denise resorts to underhanded tactics to eliminate Marlene from the picture, but the plan backfires when she is caught by Paul. And Brad enlists Shirley's help in trying to persuade the judge in his niece's trial to lower the sentence.

    Director: Bill D'Elia

    Writer: N/A

  • New Kids on the Block
    8.4/10 384 votes

    #17 - New Kids on the Block

    Season 3 Episode 2 - Aired 2006-09-26

    Crane Poole & Schmidt's new lawyer makes his mark while defending a man charged with killing a judge. Meanwhile, Denny's Internet romance creates trouble at the firm, and Alan helps a cross-dresser who's out of a job.

    Director: Bill D'Elia

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • Fine Young Cannibal
    8.4/10 370 votes

    #18 - Fine Young Cannibal

    Season 3 Episode 4 - Aired 2006-10-10

    Denny is attracted to feisty lawyer Bethany Horowitz as they try a case against an HMO, and Alan grows more attracted to Shirley as they defend a homeless man accused of cannibalism. Meanwhile, Coho continues his defense of accused murderer Scott Little.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Whose God is It Anyway?
    8.4/10 359 votes

    #19 - Whose God is It Anyway?

    Season 3 Episode 5 - Aired 2006-10-17

    The media spotlight intensifies as Coho's high-profile murder case goes to trial; Alan finds himself defending Jerry Espenson--again--but also sees another familiar face in court; and Denny's feelings for Bethany grow.

    Director: Lou Antonio

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • Trial of the Century
    8.4/10 350 votes

    #20 - Trial of the Century

    Season 3 Episode 24 - Aired 2007-05-29

    Alan and Denny defend brothers charged with murdering their father; and Jerry and Clarence represent a woman with enormous gambling debts who blames her misfortune on a casino.

    Director: Bill D'Elia

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • True Love
    8.4/10 335 votes

    #21 - True Love

    Season 5 Episode 4 - Aired 2008-10-13

    After an old girlfriend hires Alan to help her husband beat a murder charge, he faces a moral and professional dilemma when his lingering feelings for her elicit a secret desire for a conviction.

    Director: Steve Robin

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • Thanksgiving
    8.4/10 324 votes

    #22 - Thanksgiving

    Season 5 Episode 10 - Aired 2008-11-24

    Shirley's quiet Thanksgiving with Carl becomes considerably louder when she opens her door to other members of the firm, including Alan, Denny, Jerry, Katie and emotionally unstable partner Edwin Poole, who brings his 6-year-old foster son.

    Director: Mike Listo

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • Loose Lips
    8.3/10 455 votes

    #23 - Loose Lips

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2004-11-28

    Alan help a department store Santa sue to get his job back after he is terminated for being a transvestite. Brad bets Alan that he won't win. A therapist seeks Lori's help when one of his patients fantasizes about killing his ex-wife.

    Director: Jeannot Szwarc

    Writer: N/A

  • Til We Meat Again
    8.3/10 417 votes

    #24 - Til We Meat Again

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 2005-02-13

    While out with Tara, Alan ends up causing a bar room brawl and as a result, becomes arrested for conspiracy to commit assault and battery. Shirley and Denny represent a man whose steakhouse is being put out of business because the public wants to ban red meat for fear of Mad Cow disease.

    Director: Bill D'Elia

    Writer: David E. Kelley

  • Deep End of the Poole
    8.3/10 345 votes

    #25 - Deep End of the Poole

    Season 2 Episode 24 - Aired 2006-05-02

    Name partner Edwin Poole returns from a mental institution to Crane, Poole and Schmidt, ready to jump back in, but Shirley has reservations when he decides to sue a candy company. An A.D.A. with a grudge against Alan brings charges, accusing him of advising his client to flee when a guilty verdict was inevitable. Meanwhile, Brad and Denise decide where to take their relationship.

    Director: Jeff Bleckner

    Writer: N/A