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The Best 1990s Legal TV Shows

Updated December 20, 2019 1.0k votes 255 voters 18.1k views25 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.

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

    Fred Dalton Thompson, Alana De La Garza
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Philip Winchester, Melissa Sagemiller
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    The Practice

    Jason Kravits, Jessica Capshaw
    The Practice is an American legal drama and comedy-drama created by David E. Kelley centering...  more

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    Carol Huston, Kene Holliday
    Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of...  more

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    Scott Lawrence, Karri Turner
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    L.A. Law

    Harry Hamlin, Michael Tucker
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    Walker, Texas Ranger

    Noble Willingham, Clarence Gilyard
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    John Finnegan, Mike Lally
    Columbo is an American television series starring Peter Falk as a detective with the Los...  more

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    Night Court

    Florence Halop, Harry Anderson
    Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984,...  more

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    Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay
    Cops (Fox, 1988) is an American documentary-reality legal series and one of the...  more

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    Ally McBeal

    Peter MacNicol, Courtney Thorne-Smith
    Ally McBeal is an American legal comedy-drama television series, originally aired on Fox from...  more

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    Cold Case Files

    Danny Pino, Anthony Green
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    Judging Amy

    Karle Warren, Richard T. Jones
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    The West Wing

    Janeane Garofalo, Alan Alda
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    Nash Bridges

    Don Johnson, Cheech Marin
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    Homicide: Life on the Street

    Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson
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    Reasonable Doubts

    Mark Harmon, Marlee Matlin
    Reasonable Doubts is a police drama broadcast in the United States by NBC that ran from 1991...  more
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    Jake and the Fatman

    William Conrad, Joe Penny
    Jake and the Fatman is a television drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman"...  more

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    Sweet Justice

    Melissa Gilbert, Marlee Matlin
    Sweet Justice is an American legal drama television series starring Cicely Tyson and Melissa...  more
  • 21

    Cold Squad

    Sharon Alexander, Allan Lysell
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  • 22

    Murder One

    Michael Hayden, Jason Gedrick
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    Family Law

    Tony Danza, Salli Richardson
    Family Law is a television drama starring Kathleen Quinlan as divorced lawyer Lynn Holt, who...  more
  • 24

    Equal Justice

    George DiCenzo, Debrah Farentino
    Equal Justice was a television legal drama broadcast in the United States by ABC from March...  more
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    Michael Hayes

    David Caruso, Ruben Santiago-Hudson
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