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28 years later, 'L.A. Law' gets its DVD release

Would 'L..A. Law' fit in with today's Golden Age of Television?

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Would 'L..A. Law' fit in with today's Golden Age of Television?

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A winner of 15 Emmy Awards and four Golden Globes, L.A. Law was the smart, slick, sexy, well-acted soap-operatic watercooler drama of its time. The travails of the law firm of McKenzie, Brackman, Chaney & Kuzak ran on NBC from 1986 to 1994, and such was the one-hour drama's so-pretty star-wattage cast (Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Corbin Bernsen, Jimmy Smits, Michael Tucker to name just a few) and its crack writing (hall-of-fame writer/producer Steven Bochco), you have to wonder where it would fit in today's pantheon of top-notch television. I'm not saying it was as stellar or as revolutionarty as Mad Men or Breaking Bad -- L.A. Law was limited by the strictures of network television, not to mention the moral and censorious boundaries of its time -- but it's definitely worth rewatching again for its strengths. And now, thanks to those retro-minded TV geeks at Shout! Factory, L.A. Law will finally be available, for the first time ever, in DVD format. Season One, which encompasses 22 episodes plus bonus interviews over six discs, gets its release on Feb. 25 and should cost about $30. At the very least, maybe we'll finally discover the true details of the "Venus Butterfly." (Ask your parents.) 

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