Ally McBeal The Complete Third – Fifth Seasons
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: 10/5/2010
Length: 888 mins
Number of Discs: 6
Directors: Bethany Rooney, Arvin Brown, Peter MacNicol, Alex Graves, Kenny Ortega, Thomas Schlamme
Actors: Calista Flockhart, Jane Krakowski, Portia de Rossi, Lucy Liu, Peter MacNicol, Robert Downey, Jr., James Marsden, Hayden Panattiere, Sting
Synopsis: “ALLY McBEAL” follows the story of young Harvard grad Ally (Calista Flockhart) as she excels in the courtroom but stumbles as a single woman in pursuit of personal happiness. Filled with clever dialogue and unfortunate situations, “ALLY McBEAL” Seasons 3, 4 and 5 let you relive moments spent in the unisex bathroom, dancing baby hallucinations, musical duels and the quest for love in the unlikeliest of places.
“Season 3 Featurette
Behind The Scenes Of Season 5
Season 5: Goodbye, Ally
Review: My memories of Ally McBeal are actually NOT memories of Ally McBeal they are of the spoof version in Futurama called Female Single Lawyer which in point of fact is way more fun for me. But duty calls and I’m on deck to review not one but 3 different sets of the McBeal and were going to call this review the B.L.T.T (B*tchy, Lesbians, and Too Thin) Sandwich Review…why well mostly because I’m immature but also because there are a ton of snippy chicks on this show, but it was a show that actually helped make Lesbians more acceptable on TV (and not just the hot lipstick kind…see immature), and face it some of these girls need a sandwich force feed to them..STAT!!
Now having NEVER ever watched a single episode of this show I only vaguely knew what I was getting into and to be honest I was almost hoping the sets would not arrive, heck I let out a sigh of relief when the release date came and went and nothing showed up…then upon a midday dreary, while I pondered weak and weary (I.E: hangover) Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten DVD reviews, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my apartment door. ‘Tis UPS,’ I muttered, `tapping at my chamber door –With Ally Mcbeal season 3, and two seasons more.’ Oh poo I thought I’d have to review oh so much more.
Given the state of things and how everything seems to be late arriving for review forcing me to play a mad game of catch up, I knew I couldn’t very well take in 18 discs worth of McBeal and get not only seriously behind deadlines but also suicidal I went in search of the best episodes from each season and the worst (as rated by fans on various websites) and basically take in the cliff notes version of this shows final three seasons. Even this proved to be a dicey prospect because much like Two And A Half Men this show seems to rest on the idea that sterile titillation mixed with goofy comedy and drama will make audiences feel like they are watching something racy.
Now unlike Two And A Half Men this show actually does toe the line once in a awhile and gives you something a little risqué (not much but some). I do realize and fully acknowledge that this show was never meant for me and that’s ok I have a special ability to reset my brain to other points of view and I understand why so many people loved this show when it was airing however the show is not aging well and so many of the plots, jokes, and references are dated and no longer carry any weight (much like Ally…zing!) . Now die hard fans of the show will still find joy in this and the complete series set but I doubt it will be something you revisit all that often. The show and its star could have used a little more meat on its dry bones.
I won’t even get into that whole dancing baby stuff…creepy.