COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: 'L.A. LAW: Season One' DVD Review

Updated: 08/19/2014 10:59 AM By: Aaron Chalich

Photo courtesy of Shout Factory
Photo courtesy of Shout Factory

“L.A. LAW” premiered in 1986 and aired until 1994. It was created by award winning writers/producers Steven Bocho and Terry Louise Fisher.

“L.A. LAW” had a large cast and starred Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Jimmy Smits, Jill Eikenberry, Michael Tucker, Alan Rachins, Michele Greene, Susan Ruttan, Richard A. Dysart, and Corbin Bernsen.

This past weekend I received a review copy of “L.A. LAW: Season One” from Shout Factory, and I ended up watching all 22 episodes.

There are six DVD’s in “L.A. LAW” Season One, and they fit nicely into a hard, protective case.

I had never seen “L.A. LAW” before until now, and I have to say I really enjoyed it a lot.

“L.A. LAW” is a drama that is focuses around a group of L.A. attorneys.  There are multiple story lines that take place during each episode that I think are very interesting, and some of them continue throughout the first season.   For example, one of the characters named Abigail (Michele Greene) who is a law clerk and is married to an abusive husband.  She leaves him, and he kidnaps their son.  In each episode, you wonder if Abby is going to find her son or not because the situation is talked about a lot.

The cases that are focused on in “L.A. LAW” are realistic and at times, very emotional.  Many of the cases have to deal with murder and divorce and have some pretty surprising outcomes.

I was really impressed with the acting, and I liked all of the characters.  The show tended to jump around a lot from character to character, but I didn’t mind, because I thought all of their situations and cases they were handling were interesting.

“L.A. LAW” does feel dated, with the ‘80s style clothes, vehicles and topics discussed.  However, I think that it’s great, and it was fun to see the different lifestyles back then.

One thing you can almost guarantee is that Shout Factory will try its hardest to find all kinds of bonus material to include with their releases, and they did just that with “L.A. LAW.”

The bonus features include new interviews with Steven Bocho, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Jimmy Smits, Michael Tucker, Larry Drake, Harry Hamlin, Susan Ruttana and more.

I really enjoyed Shout Factory’s “L.A. LAW : Season One” a lot. I thought that the show was very addictive and very entertaining.  If you are a fan of “L.A. LAW,” ‘80s television shows, or great courtroom dramas, then I would highly recommend that you check out “L.A. LAW.”

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Aaron Chalich is a entertainment columnist.