L.A. Law (1986–1994)
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Pilot episode for the TV series introduces the lawyers and employees of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, a Los Angeles law firm, in dealing with their courtroom cases and personal ... See full summary »


Gregory Hoblit


Steven Bochco (created by), Terry Louise Fisher (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Hamlin ... Michael Kuzak
Corbin Bernsen ... Arnie Becker
Jill Eikenberry ... Ann Kelsey
Alan Rachins ... Douglas Brackman, Jr.
Michele Greene ... Abby Perkins
Jimmy Smits ... Victor Sifuentes
Michael Tucker ... Stuart Markowitz
Susan Ruttan ... Roxanne Melman
Richard Dysart ... Leland McKenzie
Alfre Woodard ... Adrianne Moore
Joe Pantoliano ... Ralph Cavanaugh
Shannon Wilcox ... Lydia Graham
Tom O'Brien ... Justin Pregerson
Juanin Clay ... Judge Alice Ratakowsky
Robert Knepper ... George 'Georgia' Buckner (as Rob Knepper)


Pilot episode for the TV series introduces the lawyers and employees of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, a Los Angeles law firm, in dealing with their courtroom cases and personal matters out of the courthouse. While the entire office deals with the unexpected death of one of the founding senior partners, Norman Chaney, junior partner Michael Kuzak reluctantly takes on the defense of a wealthy and spoiled young man, accused with two friends, of raping a woman dying from leukemia. While intern Abby Perkins deals with her abusive alcoholic husband, divorce lawyer Arnie Becker takes advantage of his latest client caught up in her divorce. Public defender Victor Sifuentes is also offered to join the firm, while the ruthless managing partner, Douglas Brackman, deals with a surprising revelation from his new secretary. Written by matt-282

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Release Date:

15 September 1986 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Originally aired on NBC in a two-hour time slot, the pilot has aired on some cable networks as two, one-hour segments. See more »


Victor Sifuentes: Sergeant, the little hand is on the nine. And the big hand is on the 12. I gotta be downtown like in 30 minutes.
Sgt. McKlosky: Soon as your client's through with breakfast. Meantime, why don't you let the officer pat you down?
Victor Sifuentes: What's the matter? You guys don't get enough at home?
Sgt. McKlosky: I'm getting tired of your mouth, Jose.
Victor Sifuentes: Whoa! Show me some respect. The name is Sifuentes, Victor Sifuentes!
Sgt. McKlosky: I don't care if you're freakin' name is Pancho freakin' Villa! You don't see your client without you get searched! Now ...
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Followed by L.A. Law: The Movie (2002) See more »

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7 July 2004 | by tall_machiattoSee all my reviews

As an attorney, as a "cop" in New York... what ever, he plays his role fittingly enough for a REAL TV program. He comes across as a realist in most of the roles he's cast in. The laid back presentation he makes on screen keeps him on the low stress, non-combative, passive character image in the viewer's mind. All this plus the capacity to get the job done in a non restrictive fashion. Either the writer keeps his character calm or Smits is just an extremely laid back kind of guy. That's a rather unusual personality for an attorney OR policeman. L A LAW keeps you wondering if Smits' twin is going to show up turning over some new criminal he's just pulled off the streets from the police department at NYPD and self rescue the could be con with his own miracle legalese. At any rate, in my book, he makes the show.

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