Last season, after reinventing the legal ensemble genre with his Emmy Award-winning series "Ally McBeal" and "The Practice," multi-Emmy, Golden Globe and Peabody Award-winner DAVID E. KELLEY set his sights on high school with BOSTON PUBLIC. Exploring the personal and professional lives of teachers and administrators working at a mid-size high school in Boston, BOSTON PUBLIC gives an up-close, behind-the-scenes, dramatic and sometimes comedic look into the lives of teachers and administrators at Winslow High – focusing on their constant battle to create an atmosphere with "teaching" as the primary goal.
Heading the school is STEVEN HARPER (CHI McBRIDE), the strong, formidable Principal. In his mid-40s, Harper is a no-nonsense, strict believer in the school’s obligation to make students smarter and better, while at the same time trying to keep up the spirits of his teachers. LAUREN DAVIS (JESSALYN GILSIG), in her late-20s, is the head of the Social Studies department and is always moving from one dilemma to the next – from being spit on by a student to dealing with the fact that she can’t afford a house or find someone to love. The other teachers and administrators include: HARVEY LIPSCHULTZ (Emmy Award-winner FYVUSH FINKEL), an 80-year-old History teacher who longs for the respectful students of years past; SCOTT GUBER (ANTHONY HEALD), the fortysomething, stern and intense Vice Principal who has a soft spot for Lauren; MARYLIN SUDOR (SHARON LEAL), the late-20s Music teacher who is also friends with Lauren; HARRY SENATE (NICKY KATT), a cocky Geology teacher in his late-20s known for using his own unusual teaching methods rather than the tried and true; MARLA HENDRICKS (LORETTA DEVINE), the mid-40s Special Education teacher who often finds "sanity in a bottle" of medication; and LOUISA (RASHIDA JONES), the beautiful and young school Secretary/Assistant to the Principal. When the school bell rings at the end of each day, the faculty of Winslow High may be grateful just to have survived. And maybe, just maybe, someone learned something.
David E. Kelley Productions in association with 20th Century Fox Television
Chi McBride as Steven Harper
Fyvush Finkel as Harvey Lipschultz
Anthony Heald as Scott Guber
Sharon Leal as Marylin Sudor
Nicky Katt as Harry Senate
Loretta Devine as Marla Hendricks
Rashida Jones as Louisa