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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Legal TV series.

Lawyers! Judges! Criminals! Verdicts! These are the very best legal shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest lawyer shows includes courtroom dramas and legal comedy shows. Popular legal TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate (ha! debate, like courtrooms and stuff) about which is the most entertaining lawyer show of all time. Don't let your favorite legal television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot.

What is the best legal show of all time? Law & Order: SVU? Regular Law & Order? Night Court? Cast your votes here.
 
What is your favorite lawyer show? This list of television shows about lawyers, and the law, is a great reference point if you're looking for a new show to binge on. Serial law dramas and procedural courtroom series about attorneys and their love issues are all here.

These legal TV shows (or best law TV shows) will make you want to quit your job and go out and buy a gavel for funsies!
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Suits is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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504 76
The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
The Good Wife Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

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286 88
Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Boston Legal James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

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118 45
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
johannacri05 added Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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145 62
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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147 67
The Practice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
The Practice Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle

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86 31
Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
sang added Blue Bloods Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

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110 46
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

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110 61
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Ally McBeal Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski

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59 25
Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
matt-robinson added Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks

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42 12
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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95 61
Damages is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Damages Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan

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38 13
Castle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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62 38
Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

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39 18
Franklin & Bash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Mpuku Mota added Franklin & Bash Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer, Reed Diamond

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27 8
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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48 23
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Perry Mason Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

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63 41
JAG is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
JAG David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

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57 36
Fairly Legal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Fairly Legal Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams

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48 26
Matlock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Matlock Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday

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47 30
L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
L.A. Law Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins

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45 34
Shark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Shark James Woods, Danielle Panabaker, Sophina Brown

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35 24
The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
The Defenders Jim Belushi, Alona Tal, Jerry O'Connell

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37 23
Silk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Silk Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones, Neil Stuke

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18 9
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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37 29
Harry's Law is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Harry's Law Kathy Bates, Nate Corddry, Christopher McDonald

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32 22
Crossing Jordan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Crossing Jordan Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer, Ravi Kapoor

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16 6
Conviction is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Conviction Hayley Atwell, Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore

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37 29
Judging Amy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Judging Amy Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly, Karle Warren

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34 26
The Guardian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
The Guardian Simon Baker, Alan Rosenberg, Raphael Sbarge

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17 12
Quantico is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Quantico Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin

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13 9
CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added CSI: NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

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36 31
Law & Order: Trial by Jury is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Bebe Neuwirth, Amy Carlson, Kirk Acevedo

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35 30
Night Court is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Night Court Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

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14 11
NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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11 10
Chicago PD is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Chicago PD Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

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10 9
The Mysteries of Laura is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
The Mysteries of Laura Debra Messing, Laz Alonso, Josh Lucas

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10 11
CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

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27 28
Eli Stone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Eli Stone Jonny Lee Miller, Natasha Henstridge, Loretta Devine

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24 27
Rake is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Rake Greg Kinnear, Joanne Baron, David Harbour

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19 21
Murder One is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Murder One Brittany Murphy, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson

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16 20
Law & Order: UK is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Law & Order: UK Bradley Walsh, Robert Glenister, Harriet Walter

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15 19
The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
The Defenders Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall

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15 20
Medium is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Medium Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber

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20 27
Raising the Bar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Raising the Bar Autumn Reeser, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Melissa Sagemiller

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9 13
Jake and the Fatman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jake and the Fatman William Conrad, Joe Penny, Alan Campbell

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9 13
Reasonable Doubts is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Reasonable Doubts Mark Harmon, Marlee Matlin, Leslie Jordan

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12 18
The New Adventures of Perry Ma... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
The New Adventures of Perry Mason Harry Guardino, Dane Clark, Monte Markham

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12 19
Family Law is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Family Law Tony Danza, Salli Richardson, Kathleen Quinlan

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8 14
Kavanagh QC is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Kavanagh QC John Thaw, Oliver Ford Davies, Nicholas Jones