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Ally McBeal: The Official Guide

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Ally McBeal: The Official Guide

Current Status:
In Season
Tim Appelo
Nonfiction, Pop Culture, Television

We gave it a B

Fanatics and dabblers alike will find something to appreciate in this glossy guide to the TV show that raised a thousand workplace hemlines: Handy episode summaries of the first two seasons are perfect for Ally newbies; loyal followers may glean a few tidbits as well (displayed on John Cage’s desk are a Japanese rock garden and a Silenta 4000 air purifier; Ally and Renee have Nietzsche and Michael Crichton in their book collection). Cast descriptions of Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, and Lucy Liu, among others, don’t go far beyond the standard actor profile, but Appelo — a former Entertainment Weekly writer — gets points for interviewing elusive producer David E. Kelley and including a giggly list of ”Fishisms.” Now if we could just do something about Vonda Shepard…. B