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100 TV Shows #29-LA LAW

LA Law





Another Bochco gem.

I was PASSIONATELY in love with this show for at least the first two years. I shipped Michael/Grace (once I got past my OMG-It's Laurie Partridge issues) like crazy and never accepted Grace/Victor. I had a MAJOR crush on Harry Hamlin during his "Sexiest Man Alive" period. I also adored Arnie Becker, who is the epitome of my womanizing bastard fetish. I loved his relationship with Roxanne UNTIL they actually put them together as a couple, which was cringe-worthy and horrific. I also hated how they used Benny to try and humanize him. Why do they always want to make my bastards into nice guys? FEH!

I even liked schtick like the "Venus Butterfly" and Michael showing up in the gorilla outfit.

It was so witty and glamorous and everyone was pretty and of course the liberals were always right, which was extremely gratifying. I ALWAYS hated Douglas, never more then when they tried to make him sympathetic.

Here's the weird thing...I think I was watching at least until 1992, because I remember going through most of the cast changes, Conchata Farrell, Amanda Donohoe, the OMG!LESBIAN KISS, and Diana Muldaur going down the elevator shaft. I REMEMBER watching all of that, and being my typical self, still wishing it was as good as I remembered the earlier seasons being...but the thing is, I moved to California in 1987, and for the first two years, I was bouncing around apartments and residential hotels and I don't THINK I had a TV set. So maybe I missed two years and started watching again after hubby and I moved into together? I don't know.

Anyway, a show that started out great and then burned out somewhere along the line, but some of the prettiest people ever to grace a fictional law firm. I know that producers of the The Good Wife keeps saying it's not about The Good Lawyer, but the pretty people at Stern, Lockhart & Gardner remind me a lot of the pretty people at McKenzie Brackman, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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joanne_c
Jun. 21st, 2012 12:55 am (UTC)
Another of my favourites. We really did pretty much grow up fairly contemporarily.

I loved Michael/Grace but never really minded Grace/Victor (one of the most memorable sex scenes ever for me was one of theirs - I can still mentally picture her undoing his belt and it's been however long since it aired so, yes, memorable - I believe it may have been one of their first, if not the first sex scene). These days I'd be OT3ing like mad for them, with a healthy side order of Michael/Victor slash.

Harry Hamlin is one of my longest term crushes - I saw him in something very early (I know it wasn't Clash Of The Titans because I watched that specifically to see him and I knew about him and Ursula by then also). It may have been the Master Of The Game mini-series with Dyan Cannon but I have the feeling it was something else. I do know I looked out for much more with him later. It may also have been hearing about Making Love that brought him to my attention as I was a big Kate Jackson (or anyone from Charlie's Angels) fangirl back in the day, and Master Of The Game being the first thing I actually saw him in. But yes, I had a huge thing for him and I loved LA Law because it gave me him on TV every week.

I do think Jimmy Smits is incredibly attractive (I also loved him on NYPD Blue and speaking of memorable sex scenes there was one with him and Melina Kanakaredes that also still lives burned into my memory).

I loved Arnie and I loved that they cast Mrs Chancellor (she's always Mrs Chancellor to me :)) as his mum after finding out she was his RL mum.

I found Stuart and Anne so sweet together - I was really not surprised to find out that they were married in RL. One of the disprovements of the RL relationship often equals negative chemistry theory, I think.

I wasn't fond of Douglas, but there was one episode I loved and remember where I did like him. The case was him defending a transitioned woman, played by Claudia Christian, and he was clearly uncomfortable, but he kissed her hand at the end, and it was one of those turning points for me about how people like 'that' could be.

I didn't think of that re: The Good Wife but I can see where you get it from.

Now I'm imagining Diane (my fave TGW character because Christine Baranski) going up against Mackenzie Brackman and I can't see MB winning...
karaokegal
Jun. 22nd, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
Grace/Victor (one of the most memorable sex scenes ever for me was one of theirs - I can still mentally picture her undoing his belt.

The only sex scene of Victor's that sticks out in my mind is the one with the lady dentist who was crawling all over him and then noticed that she'd missed something in his cleaning and he freaked out.

These days I'd be OT3ing like mad for them, with a healthy side order of Michael/Victor slash.

That I could kind of see.

Harry Hamlin is one of my longest term crushes.
Did you ever this really low-rent made-for-tv Fatal Attraction rip-off he did with Nicolette Sheridan (might have been where they met) called Deceptions? It's atrociously badly written and acted, but Harry and Nicolette have some SIZZLING sex scenes.


I found Stuart and Anne so sweet together - I was really not surprised to find out that they were married in RL. One of the disprovements of the RL relationship often equals negative chemistry theory, I think.

I never thought they were that awesome, but I did love the Venus Butterfly scene when it happened. I think I'd do a lot of eye-rolling now, but I was a lot easier to impress back then.

I wasn't fond of Douglas, but there was one episode I loved and remember where I did like him. The case was him defending a transitioned woman, played by Claudia Christian, and he was clearly uncomfortable, but he kissed her hand at the end, and it was one of those turning points for me about how people like 'that' could be.

That was a great episode and I definitely got a big awwww for the hand-kissing at the end.


Now I'm imagining Diane (my fave TGW character because Christine Baranski) going up against Mackenzie Brackman and I can't see MB winning...


That would be brilliant. If I'm caught up with TGW by October, that will be one of the "new fandoms" I may undertake for my Come As You're Not costume.
joanne_c
Jun. 26th, 2012 03:59 am (UTC)
I honestly don't remember that scene.

Weirdly I never saw chemistry per se with Grace and Victor until they were put together, and that scene was hot, but I still think they only married them because Susan Dey decided to stay on the show and they didn't want her unmarried and pregnant (plus, being fair, it would've been shitty characterisation for Victor not to marry her).

I remember when I found slash and thinking about the characters/pairings I'd slash (and later threesome/moresome) if I'd known about it when I was watching the shows I used to watch and Michael/Victor was either first or second (the other one was Orry/George in the US North & South, and it's a Yuletide fandom, I've written and received them in past Yuletides).

I don't think I ever did, because I always liked Nicollette (from her being Paige of course - one day I might actually write some Paige/Greg fic).

I liked Stuart and Anne as a stable couple unlike Grace/Michael for a lot of the time and the Venus Butterfly was good.

I really did love that episode - I think it was the second or third thing I'd seen Claudia in and definitely one of the things that made me look out for her later on. I also liked Alan Rachins far better in Dharma And Greg.

It would be - I really like Christine Baranski in everything. Started liking her in Cybill back in the 90s - speaking of things I'd ship, her and Cybill Shepherd's characters there. She's also very good on The Big Bang Theory as Leonard's mother.

Edited at 2012-06-26 04:00 am (UTC)
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