Parents' Guide to

Ally McBeal

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Quirky '90s legal dramedy features a flawed female lead.

TV Syndicated Drama 1997
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Is It Any Good?

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This award-winning series is full of witty lines and entertainingly complicated narratives that are both quirky and dramatic. Later episodes also feature an array of amusing characters played by notable actors like Portia de Rossi, Lucy Liu, Robert Downey, Jr. and Hayden Panettiere. The show's iconic piano bar scenes, which showcase singer Vonda Shepard, also provide a stage for musical performances by the likes of Barry White, Tina Turner, and Josh Groban.

Despite its success, Ally McBeal has also faced its share of criticism. Many feminists find the show's general treatment of women sexist and deem McBeal's character too silly, insecure, and narcissistic to be considered a positive role model. Her signature micro-mini skirts and her extreme thinness have also been pointed out in criticisms. But the show's originality, as well as its uniquely comical cast, has made it a notable addition to popular TV culture.

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