Mac Nicol agreed to return on recurring status and stayed until the show's finale, whereas Liu was unable to return during the final episodes of the season due to her conflicting filming commitments for the film Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.

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The season was produced by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment and David E. The executive producers were Bill D'Elia and the creator David E. (This season's "Blowin' in the Wind" is the only episode of the entire series which Kelley is not credited either with writing himself or with jointly writing.) Staff writers this season included Constance M.

Burge, Roberto Benabib, Peter Blake and Cindy Lichtman.

Cast member Peter Mac Nicol co-wrote the penultimate episodes with Kelley, while Greg Germann made his directing debut in the episode Fear of Flirting.

The fifth and final season of the television series Ally Mc Beal commenced airing in the United States on October 29, 2001, concluded on May 20, 2002, and consisted of 22 episodes.

The entire season originally aired Mondays at 9pm, just like the seasons before.

Following the episode that aired March 4, 2002, the show went on a six-week hiatus and was replaced by The American Embassy.The show returned on April 15, 2002, to air the final 7 episodes.Alice West served as the co-executive producer of this season.The fifth season had twelve major roles receive star billing, the most out of all of the seasons.Calista Flockhart as Ally Mc Beal, Greg Germann as Richard Fish, Peter Mac Nicol as John Cage, Jane Krakowski as Elaine Vassal, Vonda Shepard as herself, Portia de Rossi as Nelle Porter and Lucy Liu as Ling Woo all returned to the main cast.Cast members Peter Mac Nicol and Lucy Liu only signed on for a certain number of episodes and were subsequently written out.