|Created by||David E. Kelley|
China Jesushita Shavers
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||81 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||David E. Kelley (2000–2002)
Jonathan Pontell (2000–2004)
Jason Katims (2001–2004)
|Running time||44 minutes|
|Production company(s)||David E. Kelley Productions
20th Century Fox Television
|Original run||October 23, 2000– January 30, 2004|
|Followed by||Boston Legal|
|Related shows||The Practice|
Boston Public is an American drama television series created by David E. Kelley and broadcast on Fox. Set in Boston, the series centers on Winslow High School, a fictional public high school in the Boston Public Schools district. It features a large ensemble cast and focuses on the work and private lives of the various teachers, students, and administrators at the school. It aired from October 2000 to January 2004. Its slogan was "Every day is a fight. For respect. For dignity. For sanity."
At the beginning, Boston Public preceded Ally McBeal on Monday nights and received initial popularity and critical acclaim for its drama and ethnically diverse cast. The series had a hard time finding a direction or an audience. It was generally felt that the 18-to-24 year-old demographic would not be interested in a drama about high school teachers, so attempts were made to focus more on the lives of high school students. Fox moved it to the Friday night death slot for its fourth season. Viewers plummeted, and it was canceled after the 13th episode aired on January 30, 2004. Production halted after the 15th episode was completed. The final two episodes aired on March 1 and 2, 2005 later in syndication on TV One. Neither episode wrapped up any character stories.
The title of each episode was a numbered chapter, similar to that in a high school textbook, and each character appeared in a given story arc, with the professional and personal lives often intersecting.
Boston Public was the winner of the 2002 Peabody Award ("Chapter Thirty-Seven") from the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia.
Cast and characters
|Chi McBride||Steven Harper||1–4||Principal|
|Anthony Heald||Scott Guber||1–4||Vice Principal|
|Jessalyn Gilsig||Lauren Davis||1–2||Social Studies teacher; left Winslow to teach at a private school|
|Nicky Katt||Harry Senate||1–3 (episodes 1–49)||Teacher of "the Dungeon"; quit in episode 49|
|Loretta Devine||Marla Hendricks||1–4||Social Studies teacher|
|Sharon Leal||Marilyn Sudor||1–4||English teacher and music instructor|
|Fyvush Finkel||Harvey Lipschultz||1–4||History teacher|
|Rashida Jones||Louisa Fenn||1–2||Secretary|
|Thomas McCarthy||Kevin Riley||1 (episodes 1–13; special guest appearance in episode 18)||Football coach; fired in episode 13|
|Joey Slotnick||Milton Buttle||1 (episodes 1–13; special guest appearance in episode 15)||English teacher; fired in episode 13|
|Kathy Baker||Meredith Peters||1–2; recurring in season 1||Teacher|
|Jeri Ryan||Ronnie Cooke||2–4||Teacher; assistant vice principal (end of season 3); guidance counselor (season 4)|
|Michael Rapaport||Danny Hanson||2–4||Teacher|
|China Jesushita Shavers||Brooke Harper||2–3; recurring in season 2||Student|
|Jon Abrahams||Zach Fischer||3||Physics teacher|
|Joey McIntyre||Colin Flynn||3||English Teacher|
|Michelle Monaghan||Kimberly Woods||3 (episodes 49–57; not featured in opening credits but receives "also starring" billing)||Teacher; transferred to a school in another state to avoid a dangerous, obsessed student in episode 57|
|Cara DeLizia||Marcy Kendall||3 (not featured in opening credits but receives "also starring" billing)||Principal's assistant and student|
|Natalia Baron||Carmen Torres||4||Physics teacher|
Boston Public ran for four seasons, consisting of 81 episodes. Each season contained 22 episodes, except the fourth season which had 15 episodes due to cancellation.
Crossover with The Practice
In The Practice: "The Day After" (S05E14), Kevin Riley asks Ellenor Frutt to represent him in a school board meeting when he's fired from Boston Public, which takes place in Boston Public: "Chapter Thirteen" (S01E13). After Boston Public was cancelled, Chi McBride reprised the role of Steven Harper on an episode of the Practice spin-off series Boston Legal: "Let Sales Ring".
Awards and nominations
Boston Public received a total of 31 nominations from various award ceremonies, and won 8 of them.
- Outstanding Art Direction for a Single Camera Series (2001)
- Peabody Award for Episode "Chapter Thirty-Seven"
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Loretta Devine (2001, 2003–2004)
- Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actor – Thomas Dekker (2004)
- Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Kathy Baker (2001)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Rashida Jones (2002)
- Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series – Loretta Devine (2002)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series – Vanessa Bell Calloway (2002)
- Outstanding Drama Series (2002–2004)
- Individual Achievement in Drama – Chi McBride (2001)
- Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Guest Starring Young Actress – Ashley Tisdale (2001)
- Best Family TV Drama Series (2002)
- Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actor – Miko Hughes (2004)
- Choice TV Breakout Star Female – Tamyra Gray (2003)
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