Set in Boston, that trendy city in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (NOT the State of Massachusetts, as University Challenge implied last night), it is a legal drama from the stable of out-and-out genius David E. Kelley. The Practice was on terrestrial TV a few years ago, but the a-holes who schedule these things bumped it. Fortunately, we now have a satellite dish at Big Tommy Towers, so it doesn’t matter so much that the mainstream channels want to offer us a diet of crap British sitcoms, biased news coverage, and moon-faced simpletons on Big Brother.
The Practice is taut, hugely exciting, incisive, poignant, funny, informative, and a cracking hour’s viewing (45 minutes when you spool through the adverts). In yesterday’s episode one of the main characters was shot dead. I feel a genuine sense of bereavement. A TV show that powerful and good deserves a wider audience. Check it out.