L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC, from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994.
Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained many of Bochco's trademark features including an ensemble cast, a large number of parallel storylines, social drama, and off-the-wall humor. It reflected the social and cultural ideologies of the 1980s and early 1990s, and many of the cases featured on the show dealt with hot-topic issues such as capital punishment, abortion, racism, gay rights, homophobia, sexual harassment, AIDS, and domestic violence. The series often also reflected social tensions between the wealthy senior lawyer protagonists and their less well-paid junior staff.
The series was set in and around the fictitious Los Angeles-based law firm McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney and Kuzak, and featured attorneys at the firm and various members of the support staff. The exteriors for the law firm were shot at the Citigroup Center in downtown Los Angeles, which was known as the 444 Flower Building at the time. The opening credits sequence of every episode began with a close-up of a car trunk being slammed shut revealing a personalized California license plate "LA LAW". For the first seven seasons, the model car used was a Jaguar XJ6 Series III; for the 8th and final season, the Jaguar was replaced with a 1993 Bentley Continental R. Both cars carried registration stickers indicating the year in which each particular season began. Two different musical openings for the show's theme were used: a saxophone riff (as performed by David Sanborn), for episodes that were lighter in tone; and an ominous synthesizer chord, for more serious storylines.
- Harry Hamlin Michael Kuzak (1986-1991)
- Susan Dey Grace Van Owen (1986-1992)
- Corbin Bernsen Arnie Becker (1986-1994)
- Jill Eikenberry Ann Kelsey (1986-1994)
- Alan Rachins Douglas Brackman, Jr. (1986-1994)
- Michele Greene Abby Perkins (1986-1991)
- Jimmy Smits Victor Sifuentes (1986-1991)
- Michael Tucker Stuart Markorwitz (1986-1994)
- Susan Ruttan Roxanne Melman (1986-1993)
- Richard Dysart Leland McKenzie (1986-1994)