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Worth the Watch? “Ally McBeal”

     This 1990s TV show is one of a kind when it comes to entertainment. The creator David E. Kelly, had influential ideas and quirks that made this show into the masterpiece it is. The ‘90s had a large set of funny sitcoms and booming shows that made this decade one to remember.

     With the Golden Girls recent ending in 1992, different directors and writers had to think of some form of entertainment that would put a spin on reality. A big success was when Seinfeld debuted in 1989 and stream into the next decade.

     So, of course, Kelly took the challenge to make an interesting, funny, dubious sitcom, “Ally McBeal.” This show has its various amounts of silliness and unusual events in this series. It is also based on a law firm that has a highly sexual environment. One of the main characters that the audience soon falls in love with is Calista Flockhart, a hilarious, strong-minded person that shows her humor throughout the show.

     Another popular cast member that gives the show an extra boost is Greg Germann. His character, Richard Fish, sexualizes everything in a comical way that brings life to the office. This show balances dating life, lawyer drama and professional lives into a quirky comedy that touches on real-life situations, but with highly bizarre cases that the show presents in each episode.

     Even though the cases are farfetched, it makes this show a lot funnier to see what verdicts the juries and the judges reach. This show features highly popular, classic songs featured throughout the series.

     The creator of the show wanted to add thoughts and ideas in the series that were unlike any other sitcom. For example, John Cage, who is a main character, uses a specific artist throughout the series that gets him through his relationships, his trials and overall life.

     The theme song is sung by a once well-known performer, Vonda Shepard,  “Searchin’ My Soul,” who also performers on every episode at the bar downstairs from the lawyers’ office, every one of the main settings in almost every show.

     The main character in the show, Ally, is the key character that brings them all together. Her weird personality mixed with emotions and sometimes hallucinations, make her character a very unique one. She has lost and gained a lot of aspects throughout the series that make this show exciting to watch. In one of her lines she says, “Love is like an obstacle course, some people let the obstacles land, and there are those who don’t.” The main quirk of hers is that most of the time, her hallucinations are based on famous singers and famous hits like, “Hooked On A Feelin,”   and artists like Al Green. Also, one actor gave the show an extra light in the show; Robert Downey Jr.

     The creator wanted to have an extra boost to gain more popularity with this actor. This show has principles and underlying messages that bring light to situations that society faced back then and are still facing now,  all the while, bringing humor to it. This show is currently available to stream on Hulu. I highly recommend watching it, if you’re in for a good laugh.

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