Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart 飾) 本和 Billy Thomas (Gill Bellows飾) 青梅竹馬﹐後來兩人考入波士頓大學﹐Billy一心想成為一名成功的律師﹐胸無大志的Ally痴痴地追隨左右。及後為了成為法院的見習員﹐Billy 狠心撇下了 Ally搬到密芝根﹐留下了Ally在哈佛法學院完成學業。一直以來﹐Ally對於那段沒結果的感情﹐一直無法釋懷。數年後﹐Ally 被舊同學 Richard Fish (Greg Germann 飾) 聘請﹐成為他律師行的執業成員之一。詎料Billy 竟然也被Richard 重金網羅﹐一對舊情人突然重逢﹐千言萬語﹐不知從何說起。最難過的事實﹐莫過於Billy 經已成為了他人的丈夫﹐妻子赫然是當年密芝根學院法律審核的總編﹑美貌與智慧並重的 Georgia (Courtney Thorne-Smith飾)。
第一季的故事圍繞著Ally 如何跟舊情人日夕相處﹐慢慢懂得放下過去種種未了事﹐重新開始。其後的數個seasons﹐因為劇集的成功﹐加入了不少的新人物﹐包括 Lucy Liu﹐Robert Downey Jr﹐及 Jon Bon Jovi。只是第四季中段開始﹐故事橋段一撅不振﹐到了第五季只落得草草收場。《甜心俏佳人》也曾算在上世紀九十年代電視史上佔據過一定的席位。Ally的衣著作風愛情觀﹐曾經成為了時代雜誌的封面﹐可說曾令人好好辯論過女權的新定義。
"The real truth is, I probably don't want to be too happy or content. Because, then what? I actually like the quest – the search. That's the fun. The more lost you are, the more you have to look forward to. What do you know? I'm having a great time and I don't even know it." ~ Ally
"We're not only wired to want what we can't have, but we're also wired to want what we really don't want." ~ Ally
"When guys are persistent, it's romantic, they make movies about that. If it's a woman, then they cast Glenn Close." ~ Ally
"I've been dumped before. This isn't pain I'm feeling, it's nostalgia." ~ Ally
"Sometimes... there's no point in the truth if the only thing it will do is cause pain." ~ Ally
"Men are like gum anyway - after you chew they lose their flavor." ~ Ally
"Everybody's alone. It's just easier to take in a relationship." ~ Richard
"Sometimes I'm more persuasive when I lack conviction." ~ Ally
"It's a problem being beautiful. It's only the handsome men that ask us out because they're the only ones who think they have a chance. And handsome men are dolts. Life is unfair to us. At some point we have to face the certain reality: despite all the good the world seems to offer, true happiness can only be found in one thing - shopping. " ~ Ling
"Love isn't always enough."
"Yeah, it is. You go without it long enough and you realize it's everything." ~ Ally & Larry
"A penis is not a share toy." ~ Renée
"At the end of the day, life is just this big wall of reality that we all crash into." ~ Georgia
"Maybe I'll share my life with somebody... maybe not. But the truth is, when I think back of my loneliest moments, there was usually somebody sitting there next to me." ~ Ally
"Snow White. Cinderella. All about gettin' a guy. Being saved by the guy. Today it's the Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Pocahontas. All about gettin' a guy.
"So basically we're screwed up because of..."
"Disney." ~ Renée & Ally
"Sometimes... when you hold out for everything, you walk away with nothing." ~ Ally
"Will you ever forgive my letting go?"
"I'll forgive it. But I'm still not sure I'll ever understand it. " ~ Billy & Ally
"Looking backwards, many of the saddest times in my life turn out to be the happiest. So I must be happy now. Yeah. This is gonna be good. Why else would I be crying?" ~ Ally
"Never trust a second thought. Where there is two, there is three. You will end up thinking forever." ~ Richard
"How do these things just spew out of your head like this? Couldn't you at least use your brain as a filter?"
"That remark would hurt if I had feelings." ~ Ally & Richard
"It can't last forever, of course not. But who made up the rule that the best loves do?" ~ Tracy
"By not going down the road, it remains the road ahead which excites me. It even brings me joy." ~ John
"If you think back and replay your year, if it doesn't bring you tears either of joy or sadness, consider it wasted.” ~ John
“I'm not ashamed of wanting somebody to love -- I never have been, because I had it once. But maybe I never really had it.” ~ Ally
"So here I am the victim of my own choices, and I'm just starting." ~ Ally
"You can't win the raffle if you don't at least buy a ticket." ~ Ally
"One of the keys to life: the fast forward. Every movie has its lousy parts. The trick is to fast forward through them. As time passes, you look back and say oh, that little thing, oh that. You fast forward to then right now, and you're over it." ~ Richard
"There are some people who meet that somebody that they can never stop loving, no matter how hard they try. I wouldn't expect you to understand that, or even believe it, but trust me, there are some love that don't go away. And maybe that makes them crazy, but we should all be lucky to end up with that somebody who has a little of that insanity. Somebody who never lets go. Somebody who cherishes you forever." ~ Ally
"I think I need to believe that it works...love, couplehood, partnerships. The idea that when people come together they stay together, I have to take that with me to bed, even if I have to go to bed alone." ~ Ally
"The world is no longer a romantic place. Some of its people still are however, and therein lies the promise. Don't let the world win, Ally McBeal." ~ John