I'd like to put feelers out for this show. In my opinion it is the most realist, down to earth lawyer drama around. The spin off, Boston Legal, and other similar shows are entertaining and funny, but the focus is on the comedy and quirkiness of the characters, whereas in The Practice the main focus of the show were the court proceedings and the unexpected/unintended outcomes of the law in practice.
It is surprising that a show that was so acclaimed and won so many Emmy awards has not been released on DVD, yet other shorter lived shows are quick to be released for sale. Does anyone know why that is?
At any rate, I have gone to great lengths to try downloading all the seasons, and fortunately I'm only missing Season 5. I'll be uploading the seasons soon enough because I think the show has a great political/legal commentary behind it, which is both educational and entertaining. In fact, the other day, while reading a law blog about the disparity between law in books vs law in action, the author was talking about how law students become disillusioned with the actual practice of law because it is less glamorous than portrayed in virtually every show. The author commented that real law is less like Boston Legal and more like The Practice, where ungratefulness, callousness and injustices are the norm.
To me personally, this show has been very influential in my decision to study law and I am encouraged that the show has some accurate portrayals of life as an attorney at law.
In short, I love this show and have always been disappointed and curious as to why there are no DVD's available and why other similar shows have not been since produced.
I'd like to pose these questions to all the readers of this website:
1.Is The Practice by David E. Kelley the best lawyer show ever?
2. Are there any other similar shows around? (Does not have to be American,just a serious, accurate portrayal of the practice of law)