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The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows

Updated November 22, 2018 353 votes 75 voters 4.9k views24 items

List RulesVote 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
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    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2003

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    Judge Judy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Judge Judy

    Judy Sheindlin, Petri Hawkins-Byrd

    Premiered1996

    Judge Judy is an American arbitration-based reality court show presided over by retired... more on Wikipedia

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    The Shield is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    The Shield

    Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent

    Premiered2002

    The Shield (FX, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created by Shawn Ryan. Led... more on Wikipedia
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    The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    The Good Wife

    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth

    Premiered2009

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    White Collar is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    White Collar

    Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay

    Premiered2009

    White Collar (USA, 2009) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jeff Eastin.... more on Wikipedia
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    Law & Order: Special Victims U is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni

    Premiered1999

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime... more on Wikipedia
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    Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Law & Order

    Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin

    Premiered1990

    Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by... more on Wikipedia

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    Cold Case is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Cold Case

    Kathryn Morris, Danny Pino

    Premiered2003

    Cold Case is an American police procedural television series which ran on CBS from September... more on Wikipedia
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    The Closer is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    The Closer

    Kyra Sedgwick, J.K. Simmons

    Premiered2005

    The Closer is an American television police procedural, starring Kyra Sedgwick as Brenda Leigh... more on Wikipedia
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    NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    NCIS: Los Angeles

    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah

    Premiered2009

    NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama... more on Wikipedia
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    Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Ally McBeal

    Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann

    Premiered1997

    Ally McBeal is an American legal comedy-drama television series, originally aired on Fox from... more on Wikipedia

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    Harvey Birdman, Attorney at La is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law

    Stephen Colbert, Paget Brewster

    Premiered2000

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    Damages is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Damages

    Glenn Close, Rose Byrne

    Premiered2007

    Damages (FX, 2007) is an American legal thriller television series created by Daniel Zelman,... more on Wikipedia

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    Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Boston Legal

    James Spader, William Shatner

    Premiered2004

    Boston Legal is an American legal dramedy created by David E. Kelley and produced in... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Head Cases is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Head Cases

    Rachael Leigh Cook, Krista Allen

    Premiered2005

    Head Cases is an American primetime comedy-drama television program, best known as the first... more on Wikipedia
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    JAG is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    JAG

    David James Elliott, Catherine Bell

    Premiered1995

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    The People's Court is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    The People's Court

    Davy Jones, Ed Koch

    Premiered1981

    The People's Court is an American arbitration-based reality court show currently presided over... more on Wikipedia

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    Eli Stone is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Eli Stone

    Jonny Lee Miller, Natasha Henstridge

    Premiered2008

    San Francisco lawyer Eli Stone begins to see things, which leads him to discover a brain... more on Wikipedia

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    The Practice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    The Practice

    Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams

    Premiered1997

    The Practice is an American legal drama and comedy-drama created by David E. Kelley centering... more on Wikipedia

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    Law & Order: UK is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Law & Order: UK

    Bradley Walsh, Robert Glenister

    Premiered2009

    Law & Order: UK is a British police procedural and legal television programme, adapted from... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Judging Amy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Judging Amy

    Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly

    Premiered1999

    Judging Amy is an American television drama that was telecast from September 19, 1999, through... more on Wikipedia
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    Cops is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Cops

    Andrew Fincher, Joe Guay

    Premiered1988

    Cops (Fox, 1988) is an American documentary-reality legal series and one of the... more on Wikipedia

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    Judge John Deed is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Judge John Deed

    Martin Shaw, Jenny Seagrove

    Premiered2001

    Judge John Deed is a British legal drama television series produced by the BBC in association... more on Wikipedia

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    Law & Order: Trial by Jury is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows
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    Law & Order: Trial by Jury

    Bebe Neuwirth, Amy Carlson

    Premiered2005

    Law & Order: Trial by Jury is an American television drama about criminal trials set in New... more on Wikipedia

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