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The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows 

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Updated December 20, 2019 820 votes 218 voters 13.2k views 25 items

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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.

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

Premiered: 1990

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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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...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

Premiered: 1986

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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Cops is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

Premiered: 1988

Cops (Fox, 1988) is an American documentary-reality legal series and one of the longest-running television programs in America. It follows the activities of police officers by assigning ...more

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Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Chuck Norris, Clarence Gilyard Jr., Sheree J. Wilson

Premiered: 1993

Walker, Texas Ranger (CBS, 1993) is an American action crime television series created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis, inspired by the film Lone Wolf McQuade. Texas Ranger Cordell Walker (Chuck ...more

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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle

Premiered: 1997

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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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski

Premiered: 1997

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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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins

Premiered: 1986

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

Premiered: 1995

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Columbo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan

Premiered: 1968

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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
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Premiered: 1984

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Cold Case Files is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Danny Pino, Anthony Green

Premiered: 1999

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Nash Bridges is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe

Premiered: 1996

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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney

Premiered: 1999

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Reasonable Doubts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
SJSAlias added Mark Harmon, Marlee Matlin, Leslie Jordan

Premiered: 1991

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Homicide: Life on the St... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto

Premiered: 1993

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Sweet Justice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Melissa Gilbert, Marlee Matlin, Kathryn Morris

Premiered: 1994

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Judging Amy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly, Karle Warren

Premiered: 1999

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Jake and the Fatman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
William Conrad, Joe Penny, Alan Campbell

Premiered: 1987

Jake and the Fatman is a television drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman" McCabe and Joe Penny as investigator Jake Styles. The series ran on CBS for five seasons ...more

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Shannon's Deal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
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Murder One is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Brittany Murphy, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson

Premiered: 1995

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Family Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Tony Danza, Salli Richardson, Kathleen Quinlan

Premiered: 1999

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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Cold Squad is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
Erica Cerra, Tahmoh Penikett, Sonja Bennett

Premiered: 1998

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Michael Hayes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
David Caruso, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Mary B. Ward

Premiered: 1997

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Equal Justice is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows
George DiCenzo, Debrah Farentino, Jane Kaczmarek

Premiered: 1990

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