Ally McBeal

1997 TV-PG 5 seasons

Ally McBeal

1997 TV-PG 5 seasons
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Calista Flockhart stars in this Emmy-winning dramedy as Ally McBeal, an endearingly unlucky-in-love Boston attorney who takes on peculiar cases while resisting feelings for her colleague (and former beau), Billy.
Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski, Peter MacNicol, Portia de Rossi, Lucy Liu, Vonda Shepard, Lisa Nicole Carson, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Gil Bellows, Albert Hall
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5

Summary of Season 1 (1997) - 6 discs

Law school grad Ally McBeal lands a job at an eccentric Boston law firm where her former boyfriend and his new wife also practice. While juggling a variety of bizarre cases, Ally contends with a stalled love life and lingering feelings for her ex.
Full Screen 1.33:1
English, French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 14+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 14+
age 14+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this quirky lawyer dramedy is more about the characters' complicated lives than the cases they're working on. Those characters, while fun, aren't necessarily great role models, as many of them indulge in greedy, sexist, and selfish behavior. The series addresses several mature themes -- including sexual harassment, infidelity, sex changes, single parenthood, terminal illness, and death -- that are iffy for younger viewers. Expect some salty language ("damn," "crap," "hell," etc.) and strong sexual innuendo. Fights occasionally break out between the characters, but no one is really hurt. Alcohol consumption (wine, champagne, cocktails) is frequent.

Sexual Content

Lots of strong sexual innuendo, including references to various sexual behaviors. Notable scenes include someone grabbing Ally's backside, a character lightly hitting his partner with a hairbrush for arousal, and a lawyer licking a woman's belly button. Issues like infidelity, divorce, and sex changes are also discussed. Varying levels of sexual harassment take place in the firm. Cast members are sometimes shown in their underwear and/or in cleavage/chest-revealing clothing.


Occasional arguments and fistfights between characters; angry women are sometimes shown slapping people. No one is really injured.


Words like "damn," "crap," 'hell," and "pissed" are used frequently.

Social Behavior

Yes, the lawyers work cases, but the show's real focus is on the craziness of their professional and personal lives. The series also sends mixed messages about female empowerment.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The lawyers usually meet at a piano bar after hours and frequently drink wine and cocktails (especially martinis). Legal victories are usually celebrated with champagne. Cases occasionally deal with drunken behavior.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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