Unisex Toilets - In 1997, the legal comedy drama ALLY MCBEAL/FOX/1997-2002
broke ground as the first TV series to feature a unisex bathroom.
All members of the law firm of Cage/Fish & Associates were required to share
the same bathroom facilities including the five stall toilets.
According to John Cage, senior partner (Peter MacNicol) "It helps men and
women employees breed familiarity. So long as they don't come in and just
The Unisex toilet idea was the by-product of limited set space. But it turned
out to be a good plot device for the characters to mingle and confront one
another. The bathroom was a place where male lawyers act out their neuroses and
women eavesdrop and gossip.
USA Today newspaper summed up the show with the mantra "Lawyers in
Love. Lawyers in Lust. Lawyers in the Lavatory."
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