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The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows 

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Updated November 22, 2018 252 votes 69 voters 3.9k views 24 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite Legal Series that aired in the 2000s

These are the best 2000s legal TV shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best 2000s legal TV shows found drama in a variety of legal cases as well as through their main characters' personal lives. Some great 2000s legal series followed the story from the lawyer's point of view while others gave the judge's perspective. A few of these good 2000s legal TV shows even focused on hardboiled police work to tell their stories.

What are some of the shows that appear on this best 2000s legal TV series list? Boston Legal was full of lawful drama, but this great series also found a lot of comedy in the chemistry of its lead actors William Shatner and James Spader. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is another good legal show that aired in the 2000s.

David E. Kelley's addictive drama The Practice had viewers on the edge of their seats in the 2000s. Other good shows that are featured on this top 2000s legal TV shows list include Cold Case, The Good Wife and Judge Judy.

Which 2000s legal show do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give your favorites a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 17

Number of Episodes: 395

Network: CBS

NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts investigations ...more

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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 101

Network: ABC, American Broadcasting Company

Boston Legal is an American legal dramedy created by David E. Kelley and produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. The series aired from October 3, 2004, to December 8, ...more

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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 21

Number of Episodes: 474

Network: NBC

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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White Collar is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 56

Network: USA Network

White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin. After being captured by the FBI, a renowned con artist (Matt Bomer) reluctantly partners up with an ...more

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Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino, John Finn

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 156

Network: CBS

Cold Case is an American police procedural television series which ran on CBS from September 28, 2003 to May 2, 2010. The series revolved around a fictionalized Philadelphia Police Department ...more

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 20

Number of Episodes: 456

Network: NBC

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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Judge Judy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Judy Sheindlin, Petri Hawkins-Byrd, Jerry Bishop

Premiered: 1996

Number of Seasons: 17

Judge Judy is an American arbitration-based reality court show presided over by retired Manhattan Family Court Judge Judith Sheindlin. The show features Sheindlin adjudicating real-life small ...more
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The Closer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 109

Network: TNT

The Closer is an American television police procedural, starring Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Leigh Johnson, a Los Angeles Police Department Deputy Chief. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and ...more

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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 168

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: CBS

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Good Wife (CBS, 2009) is an American television legal and political drama created by Robert King and Michelle King. Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. ...more

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The People's Court is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Davy Jones, Ed Koch, Harvey Levin

Premiered: 1981

Number of Seasons: 28

The People's Court is an American arbitration-based reality court show currently presided over by retired Florida State Circuit Court Judge Marilyn Milian. Milian, the show's longest-reigning ...more
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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 112

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: FX

The Shield is an American drama television series starring Michael Chiklis that premiered on March 12, 2002, on FX, in the United States, and concluded on November 25, 2008, after seven seasons. ...more

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Harvey Birdman, Attorney... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Stephen Colbert, Paget Brewster, Gary Cole

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: Adult Swim

Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law is an American animated television series comedy created by Michael Ouweleen and Erik Richter for Adult Swim. The show revolves around the activity of the Sebben ...more

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Cops is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay, Wayne Anderson

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 24

Number of Episodes: 749

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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Head Cases is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Rachael Leigh Cook, Krista Allen, Chris O'Donnell

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Head Cases is an American primetime comedy-drama television program, best known as the first show cancelled for the 2005–2006 season. It was broadcast by FOX and premiered on September 14, 2005. ...more
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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 257

Network: CBS

NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more

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Law & Order: UK is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Bradley Walsh, Robert Glenister, Harriet Walter

Premiered: 2009

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: ITV, UTV, STV, ITV, ITV HD

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Eli Stone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Jonny Lee Miller, Natasha Henstridge, Loretta Devine

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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Damages is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: FX, Audience Network

Damages is an American legal thriller television series created by the writing and production trio of Daniel Zelman and brothers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler. It premiered on July 24, 2007 on FX ...more

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 227

Network: CBS, NBC

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Law & Order: Trial b... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Bebe Neuwirth, Amy Carlson, Kirk Acevedo

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: truTV, NBC

Law & Order: Trial by Jury is an American television drama about criminal trials set in New York City. It was the third spin-off from the long-running Law & Order. The show's almost ...more

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Judging Amy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly, Karle Warren

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 138

Network: CBS

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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Judge John Deed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
Judge John Deed Martin Shaw, Jenny Seagrove, Barbara Thorn

Premiered: 2001

Number of Episodes: 29

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, Channel 4, BBC One, BBC HD

Judge John Deed is a British legal drama television series produced by the BBC in association with One-Eyed Dog for BBC One. It was created by G.F. Newman and stars Martin Shaw as Sir John Deed, ...more

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