Parents' Guide to

The Practice

By Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Drama with a passion for justice; teens and up.

TV FX , Syndicated Drama 1997
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Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 1 parent review

age 15+

The underdogs win... and that may not be a good thing.

Spoiler Alert! Parents should now that the drama of show comes from setting up near impossible cases, and having the heroes passionately argue their way to victory. That's not necessarily a good thing. In the first season, a man executes his daughters killer, admits to his crime, and is found not guilty by a sympathetic jury. Far worse, an 18 year old has sex with a 13 year old (nothing is shown), and, despite being charged with statuary rape, is acquitted by the judge after he and his victim declare themselves to be "in love". The episode ends with the rapist, the 13 year old, and the lawyer, gathered in a hospital to celebrate the birth of the couple's child.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The firm's cases often introduce strong and sometimes-disturbing subject matter -- including sexual harassment, race-related crime, and capital murder. But by dealing with these issues, the show poses some very serious questions about how we view our society and our legal system. The Practice looks at how the modern justice system copes with society's changing -- and complicated -- legal, moral, and ethical issues. Yes, viewers get a glimpse of the lawyers' personal lives, but in the end the series is really about the practice of law and the professional (and not-so-professional...) relationships that emerge as a result of working together within the legal profession.

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