Today marked the end of one of the best televisions shows ever created. The last episode of Boston Legal ended about 30 minutes ago. And it will be missed. Very few shows currently on television combine comedy, drama and social causes so adeptly as the program that followed the attorneys of Crane, Poole & Schmidt. Intelligent writing about current events and topics made this show a pleasure to watch week in and week out. And the Emmy nominations and wins are a nod to the great performances by the cast.
Granted, the audience probably consisted primarily of attorneys and law students (which would explain why BL had the most educated and affluent audience of any show on television), but the show was never bogged down by legalese and realism. Many times, I watched the show and yelled, "Objection!" and adamantly maintained that motions and injunctions on the show would never be granted in reality.
But more than anything, BL gave us characters we could love and dream of emulating (I do not think there is any doubt who JD Crane wants to be). Shirley Schmidt, Denny Crane, Jerry Espenson, Katie Lloyd, Carl Sack and (for me personally) Alan Shore were people who deep down truly cared about what they did and genuinely wanted to help those they represented.
To the writers, producers, actors, directors and all the staff from the show, I want to say, "Thank you for 5 great seasons."
Looks like I will have to start reading books again.