Boston Public is an American television series created by David E. Kelley and broadcast on FOX from October 2000 to January 2004. It centered on Winslow High School, a fictional public high school located in Boston, Massachusetts. The show was named for the real public school district in which it takes place. It featured a large ensemble cast and focused on the work and private lives of the various teachers, students, and administrators at the school and their various personalities. Its slogan, as it was depicted on the show's website at the time, was "Every day is a fight. For respect. For dignity. For sanity."
The last episode to air on its normal time slot was on January 30, 2004. The final two episodes aired on March 1, 2005 later in syndication on TV One. Neither episode wrapped up any of the character stories as the series was cancelled in the middle of its fourth season.
The title of each episode was a numbered chapter, similar to that in a high school textbook, and each character had a certain story arc, with the professional and personal lives often intersecting with the issue at hand. The particular issues tackled by the show included many modern controversies and problems facing American public high schools today, such as affirmative action, teenage pregnancy, school violence, bullying, obesity, racism, gay-bashing, school prayer, terrorism, political correctness, poverty, rape, drug abuse, state funding for public education, and general teenager angst/alienation.
The show typically highlighted the tendency of public schools to serve as the flashpoints for the many of the politically volatile controversies in larger scope of American society. Social commentary also sometimes took the form of using the high school setting to serve as a microcosm of America, enabling the show to act as a forum for public discussion, while other times making more subtle criticisms and statements of contemporary American culture.
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.
|Milton Buttle||Joey Slotnick||2000-2001|
|Ronnie Cooke||Jeri Ryan||2001-2004|
|Lauren Davis||Jessalyn Gilsig||2000-2002|
|Louisa Fenn||Rashida Jones||2000-2002|
|Zack Fisher||Jon Abrahams||2002-2003|
|Colin Flynn||Joey McIntyre||2002-2003|
|Scott Guber||Anthony Heald||2000-2004|
|Danny Hanson||Michael Rapaport||2001-2004|
|Brooke Harper||China Shavers||2001-2003|
|Steven Harper||Chi McBride||2000-2004|
|Marla Hendricks||Loretta Devine||2000-2004|
|Marcy Kendall||Cara DeLizia||2002-2003|
|Harvey Lipschultz||Fyvush Finkel||2000-2004|
|Meredith Peters||Kathy Baker||2001-2002|
|Kevin Riley||Thomas McCarthy||2000-2001|
|Harry Senate||Nicky Katt||2000-2002|
|Marilyn Sudor||Sharon Leal||2000-2004|
|Carmen Torres||Natalia Baron||2003-2004|
|Kimberly Woods||Michelle Monaghan||2002-2003|
BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY COMMEMORATES THE 150TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR MAY THROUGH DECEMBER 2011 FEATURES EXHIBITIONS, LECTURES, AND PROGRAMS.
May 09, 2011; BOSTON, MA -- The following information was released by the city of Boston: This week marks the start of the Boston Public...