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It's only been a dozen years, but the landscape of television is very different from what it was when "Ally McBeal" was in its heyday.

When the hit show debuted in 1997, the world of reality television consisted mostly of MTV's "The Real World" and Fox's "Cops." Sitcoms and dramas were still king.

It was in that environment that the quirky "McBeal," about a 20-something single attorney and the eccentric law firm where she worked, exploded onto the scene -- complete with a dancing baby, a waiflike star and a devoted audience. Read full article »

All About Ally McBealCalista FlockhartDavid E. KelleyTelevision