TV The Best Courtroom Shows  

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It makes sense that television loves the courtroom. It's a natural setting for drama, with real-life stakes and gripping interactions. But which of these shows is the very best is a matter of opinion. Some good courtroom reality shows focus on specific areas of the law, while other popular court TV shows address a variety of subjects. Many of the most entertaining courtroom shows have been airing for decades – perhaps paving the way for the future reality entertainment boom.

What series will you find on this list of the best courtroom shows? When it comes to entertaining courtroom drama, it doesn't get much better than The People's Court. First premiering in 1981 with original judge Joseph Wapner, this hit series handles small claims cases between neighbors, family members, and strangers. Divorce Court is another good courtroom series that airs on television. Presided over by Judy Sheindlin, Judge Judy boasts the longest lasting individual production life of any court show. Other good programs featured on this roundup of the top courtroom shows include Judge Mathis, Kids Court, and Moral Court.

Which court show deserves the top spot on this list? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any notable series that are missing.

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The People's Court is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
The People's Court Davy Jones, Ed Koch, Harvey Levin

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Judge Judy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Judy Judy Sheindlin, Petri Hawkins-Byrd, Jerry Bishop

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Judge Mathis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Mathis Greg Mathis

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Hot Bench is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Hot Bench Sonia Montejano, Tanya Acker, Larry Bakman

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Divorce Court is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Divorce Court Susan Olsen, Lynn Toler, Mablean Ephriam

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America's Court with Judge Ros... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows

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Judge Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Joe Brown Joe Brown, Holly Evans, Sonia Montejano

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Lauren Lake's Paternity Court is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows

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Sex Court is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Sex Court Julie Strain, Alexandra Silk

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Street Court is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Street Court Michael Mazzariello

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Court of Current Issues is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows

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Last Shot with Judge Gunn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Last Shot with Judge Gunn Mary Ann Gunn, Lisa Dennis, Michael McHenry

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Public Atorni: Asunto o Areglo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Public Atorni: Asunto o Areglo Persida Rueda-Acosta

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Judge for Yourself is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge for Yourself Fred Allen, Dennis James, Bob Carroll

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Texas Justice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Texas Justice Larry Joe Doherty

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The Law Firm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
The Law Firm Kelly Chang Rickert, Anika Harvey, Jason Adams

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Judge Jeanine Pirro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Jeanine Pirro Jeanine Pirro

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Moral Court is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Moral Court Larry Elder

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Judge Hatchett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Hatchett Glenda Hatchett

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Judge Faith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Faith Faith Jenkins

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Swift Justice with Jackie Glas... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Swift Justice with Jackie Glass Jackie Glass, Nancy Grace

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Guy Court is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Guy Court Melanie Iglesias, Donnell Rawlings, Jeremy Redleaf

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Power of Attorney is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Power of Attorney Andrew Napolitano, Lynn Toler

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The Verdict is Yours is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
The Verdict is Yours David Ensor, Robert Rietty

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Due Process is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows

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Judge Alex is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Alex Alex Ferrer

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Kids Court is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Kids Court Paul Provenza

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Judge Karen is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Karen Karen Mills-Francis

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Judge David Young is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge David Young David Young, Tawya Young

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Judge Maria Lopez is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Maria Lopez Maria Lopez

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Science Court is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Science Court Paula Poundstone, H. Jon Benjamin, Fred Stoller

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We the People With Gloria Allr... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows