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Philly is an American television series created by Steven Bochco that focused on criminal defense attorney Kathleen Maguire (Kim Delaney). It lasted a full season (2001–2002) and was canceled due to low ratings. The final episode was advertised heavily as the series finale, a move not commonly used in network promotion for a series lasting only one season.[citation needed]

Created bySteven Bochco
Alison Cross
StarringKim Delaney
Tom Everett Scott
Rick Hoffman
Robert Harper
Dena Dietrich
Kyle Secor
James Denton
Opening theme"Philly Theme"
by Mike Post
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Steven Bochco
Kevin Hooks
Rick Wallace
Running time50 minutes
Production company(s)Steven Bochco Productions
Paramount Network Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 25, 2001 (2001-09-25) –
May 28, 2002 (2002-05-28)


Kathleen Maguire is a single mother and partner in a small Philadelphia law firm with Will Froman (Tom Everett Scott). She fights to get her clients out of trouble and deals with professional conflicts arising from her relationship with her ex-husband Dan Cavanaugh (Kyle Secor), the Deputy for Trials. She also starts to date Judge Augustus "Jack" Ripley (James Denton).

Actress Delaney left her role on Bochco's NYPD Blue to make this series. She later returned to NYPD Blue for a limited number of episodes.

Hill Street Blues veteran Veronica Hamel appeared as Judge Marjorie Brennan, the woman who Will's father cheated on his mother with and whom Will himself gets involved with, and Joanna Cassidy appeared in the pilot as Kathleen's partner Marian Marshall, whose mental breakdown in court complicates Kathleen's life when she is forced to take over the firm in her absence. NYPD Blue veteran Sharon Lawrence appeared in the episodes "Here Comes the Judge" and "Lies of Minelli" as Tabitha Davenport, a madam whose client list includes Judge Irwin Hawes (Robert Harper), with whom Kathleen has had various run-ins.

Terminator 3 and Bloodrayne actress Kristanna Loken appeared as ADA Lisa Walensky, with whom Will had an on/off relationship during the course of the show.



No.Title [1]Directed by [1]Original air dateProd.
code [1]
Kevin HooksSeptember 25, 2001 (2001-09-25)D101
2"Porn Again"Rick WallaceOctober 2, 2001 (2001-10-02)D102
3"Light My Fire"[2]
"Light My Fair"
Peter WernerOctober 9, 2001 (2001-10-09)D103
4"Tempus Fugitive"Rick WallaceOctober 16, 2001 (2001-10-16)D105
5"Philly Folly"Kevin HooksOctober 23, 2001 (2001-10-23)D104
6"Blown Away"Jeannot SzwarcNovember 13, 2001 (2001-11-13)D106
7"Prisoner of Love"Kevin HooksNovember 20, 2001 (2001-11-20)D107
8"Truth or Consequence"Greg BeemanNovember 27, 2001 (2001-11-27)D108
9"Loving Sons"Mark TinkerDecember 4, 2001 (2001-12-04)D109
10"Fork You Very Much"Michael M. RobinDecember 11, 2001 (2001-12-11)D110
11"Live and Leg Die"Michael SchultzDecember 18, 2001 (2001-12-18)D111
12"The Curse of the Klopman Diamonds"Joe Ann VogelJanuary 8, 2002 (2002-01-08)D112
13"Ripley, Believe It or Not"Rick WallaceJanuary 15, 2002 (2002-01-15)D113
14"Meat Me in Philly"Charles HaidFebruary 5, 2002 (2002-02-05)D114
15"Lies of Minelli"Roy Campanella IIFebruary 26, 2002 (2002-02-26)D115
16"Here Comes the Judge"Michael SwitzerMarch 5, 2002 (2002-03-05)D116
17"There's No Business Like No Business"Rick WallaceMarch 12, 2002 (2002-03-12)D117
18"Brotherly Love"Kevin HooksMarch 19, 2002 (2002-03-19)D118
19"San Diego Padre"Michael SwitzerApril 16, 2002 (2002-04-16)D119
20"Tall Tales"Jesse BochcoApril 23, 2002 (2002-04-23)D120
21"Thanks for the Mammaries"Joe Ann FogleApril 23, 2002 (2002-04-23)D121
22"Mojo Rising"Rick WallaceMay 28, 2002 (2002-05-28)D122


The complete series has not been released on DVD by CBS DVD, but is viewable on Amazon Prime.[citation needed] The series briefly aired in syndication on Universal HD in 2008.[citation needed]


Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly gave the series a grade of "C", stating that the show "is like biting into a cold, stale version of the city's famous cheese steak — it gives you a lot to chew on, but it's pretty greasy, gummy fare."[3]


  1. ^ a b c From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Philly : no."]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  2. ^ a b From the Writers Guild of America, West catalog: "Signatory Project Confirmation [search: "Philly"]". Writers Guild of America, West. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  3. ^ Ken Tucker (October 23, 2001). "Philly". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-01-16.

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