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Beautiful TV:  The Art and Argument of Ally McBeal

Greg M. Smith

University of Texas Press, 2007



Introduction:  Why Ally?
 

Aesthetics

Chapter One: Practical Music, Personal Fantasy:  Creating a Community of Song in Ally McBeal

Chapter Two: Getting into Ally's Head:  Special Effects, Imagination, and the Voice of Doubt
 

Narration and Argument

Chapter Three: Redeeming Ally:  Seriality and the Character Network

Chapter Four: "Is It Possible to Love Somebody Only Two Days?":  Guest Stars and Eccentricity

Chapter Five: Victim of Love:  Ally McBeal and the Politics of Protection

Afterword