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These are the best 1990s legal TV shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best 1990s legal TV shows found drama in a all kinds of legal as well as through the personal lives of their main characters. Some great 90s legal series followed the story from the lawyer's point of view while others gave the judge's perspective. A few good 90s legal TV shows were also about crimes told through the lens of the police force.

What are some of the shows that appear on this best 1990s legal TV series list? Ally McBeal had viewers hooked as the title character navigated her way through courtroom drama and boyfriend issues. This top 90s legal series was created by David E. Kelley, as was The Practice which also appears on this list of good 90s legal TV shows.

Andy Griffith brought his country charm to the courtroom in Matlock throughout the nineties. Other great series that appear on this top 1990s legal TV shows list include Law & Order, L.A. Law and Jake and the Fatman.

Do you have a favorite legal TV show from the 1990s? Vote the best shows up to the top of this list!
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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in ...more

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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, ...more

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Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson Walker, Texas Ranger is an American television series created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis. It was inspired by the film Lone Wolf McQuade, with both this series and that film starring Chuck ...more

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Cops is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Cops is an American documentary/reality legal series that follows police officers, constables, sheriff's deputies, and federal agents during patrols and other police activities including vice ...more

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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski Ally McBeal is an American legal comedy-drama television series, originally aired on Fox from September 8, 1997 to May 20, 2002. Created by David E. Kelley, the series stars Calista Flockhart in ...more

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. The character and show, created by William Link and Richard Levinson, ...more

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial JAG is an American legal drama television show with a distinct U.S. Navy theme, created by Donald P. Bellisario, and produced by Belisarius Productions in association with Paramount Network ...more

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained ...more

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Cold Case Files is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Danny Pino, Anthony Green Cold Case Files (A&E, 1999) is a reality legal docuseries hosted by Bill Kurtis. The show documents the investigation of many long-unsolved murders (referred to as "cold cases" in ...more

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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle The Practice is an American legal drama and comedy-drama created by David E. Kelley centering on the partners and associates at a Boston law firm. Running for eight seasons on ABC from 1997 to ...more

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Michael Hayes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
David Caruso, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Mary B. Ward Michael Hayes is a TV series that ran on CBS from 1997 to 1998. It stars David Caruso and Ruben Santiago-Hudson. David Caruso plays in the title role as Michael Hayes. Hayes is an Irish Catholic ...more

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Equal Justice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
George DiCenzo, Debrah Farentino, Jane Kaczmarek Equal Justice was a television legal drama broadcast in the United States by ABC from March 27, 1990 to July 3, 1991. This series details on the lives of the district attorney's office in ...more

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Sweet Justice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Melissa Gilbert, Marlee Matlin, Kathryn Morris Sweet Justice is an American legal drama television series starring Cicely Tyson and Melissa Gilbert. The hour-long series ran from September 15, 1994 to April 22, 1995 on NBC. The series was ...more

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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006. The series is set ...more

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Shannon's Deal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Shannon's Deal

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Homicide: Life on the Street is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto This series is an American police procedural television series chronicling the work of a fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit. It ran for seven seasons on NBC ...more

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Nash Bridges is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe Nash Bridges is an American television police drama created by Carlton Cuse. The show starred Don Johnson and Cheech Marin as two Inspectors with the San Francisco Police Department's Special ...more

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Judging Amy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly, Karle Warren Judging Amy is an American television drama that was telecast from September 19, 1999, through May 3, 2005, on CBS-TV. This TV series starred Amy Brenneman and Tyne Daly. Its main character is a ...more

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Jake and the Fatman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
William Conrad, Joe Penny, Alan Campbell Jake and the Fatman is a television crime drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman" McCabe and Joe Penny as investigator Jake Styles. The series ran on CBS for five ...more

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Family Law is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Tony Danza, Salli Richardson, Kathleen Quinlan Family Law is a television drama starring Kathleen Quinlan as divorced lawyer Lynn Holt, who attempted to start her own law firm after her husband left both her and their law practice, taking ...more

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Murder One is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Brittany Murphy, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson Murder One is an American legal drama television series that first aired on the ABC network in the United States in 1995. The series was created by Steven Bochco, Charles H. Eglee, and Channing ...more

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Cold Squad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Erica Cerra, Tahmoh Penikett, Sonja Bennett Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Cold Squad was a Canadian police procedural television series first broadcast in 1998 that followed the investigations of a part of the Vancouver Police Department Homicide Division tasked with ...more