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Ally McBeal (TV Series 1997–2002) Poster

(1997–2002)

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During the "thin" epidemic of Hollywood in the late-1990s, the average size of the women on the set was 0-2. Jane Krakowski, a size 6 reportedly said some days she felt like a "fat cow".
Lara Flynn Boyle audition to play Ally. Although she didn't win the role, David E. Kelley liked her so much that he wrote the character of Helen Gamble on The Practice (1997) just for her.
Peter MacNicol does not appear in the pilot, though he's in the second episode as a guest star. He joined the regular cast later in the first season.
Gil Bellows plays William ("Billy") Thomas. In The Shawshank Redemption (1994), he plays Thomas ("Tommy") Williams.
Creator David E. Kelley originally envisioned Bridget Fonda in the role of Ally McBeal.
Ling Woo (Lucy Liu) wasn't originally intended to be a regular, but David E. Kelley liked her so much as a guest star, he and the writer decided to reveal that she has a law degree and join the firm after a few episodes, giving her a reason to be there.
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The song "Tell him" by various different artists, including the original by The Exciters, written by Bert Berns, is featured in 52 out of 112 episodes.
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The show was cancelled in May 2002 because of falling ratings.
Nell's real name is Morgan.
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Stephen Colbert auditioned for the role of Richard Fish.
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John's frogs are named Millie and Stefan.
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Liza's real name is Debbi.
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David E. Kelley never considered doing a crossover episode, in which Ally McBeal meets Doogie Howser (Neil Patrick Harris) from David E. Kelley's earlier television series Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989).
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There is a character in Mortal Kombat (1992) named Johnny Cage, the same name as the character played by Peter MacNicol in this series.
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Ally McBeal (1997) takes place in the same world as David E. Kelley's other television series The Practice (1997). Guest star Dylan McDermott appeared in the crossover episodes Ally McBeal: The Inmates (1998) and Ally McBeal: These Are The Days (1998) as his character "Bobby Donnell". The Practice (1997) premiered six months before Ally McBeal (1997).
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The actors who play the most frequently recurring judges, Albert Hall and Dyan Cannon were born in the same year, 1937.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

In an effort to boost ratings, Robert Downey, Jr. was hired to play Ally's love interest at the start of season four. The ratings increased and David E. Kelley began planning to have that season end with the wedding between Ally and Robert Downey, Jr.'s character. However, before production on the season finale could begin, Downey was arrested on a drug-related charge. Despite objections from David E. Kelley, Fox fired Downey from the show and forced Kelley to have to re-write a brand new season finale episode that removed the Larry Paul character from the series, and re-write and re-shoot a new ending to the previous episode, so as to remove all references to the aborted wedding storyline. Ironically, the episode's title remained "The Wedding".

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