Reality TV The Best Courtroom Shows  

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It makes sense that television loves the courtroom. It's a natural setting for drama, with real-life stakes and gripping interactions. But which of these shows is the very best is a matter of opinion. Some good courtroom reality shows focus on specific areas of the law, while other popular court TV shows address a variety of subjects. Many of the most entertaining courtroom shows have been airing for decades – perhaps paving the way for the future reality entertainment boom.

What series will you find on this list of the best courtroom shows? When it comes to entertaining courtroom drama, it doesn't get much better than The People's Court. First premiering in 1981 with original judge Joseph Wapner, this hit series handles small claims cases between neighbors, family members, and strangers. Divorce Court is another good courtroom series that airs on television. Presided over by Judy Sheindlin, Judge Judy boasts the longest lasting individual production life of any court show. Other good programs featured on this roundup of the top courtroom shows include Judge Mathis, Kids Court, and Moral Court.

Which court show deserves the top spot on this list? That's up to you to decide. Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them towards number one, and add any notable series that are missing.

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Judge Judy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Judy Judy Sheindlin, Petri Hawkins-Byrd, Jerry Bishop 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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Judge Mathis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Mathis Greg Mathis Judge Mathis is a long-running syndicated arbitration-based reality court show presided over by retired Superior Court Judge of Michigan's 36th District Court, Greg Mathis. The syndicated series ...more

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The People's Court is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
The People's Court Davy Jones, Ed Koch, Harvey Levin 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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Judge Faith is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Faith Faith Jenkins

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Divorce Court is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Divorce Court Susan Olsen, Lynn Toler, Mablean Ephriam Divorce Court is an American nontraditional court show that revolves around settling the disputes of couples going through divorces. The current edition of Divorce Court premiered in September ...more

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Lauren Lake's Paternity Court is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows

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Judge Hatchett is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Hatchett Glenda Hatchett Judge Hatchett is an American arbitration-based reality court show, produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. The series premiered on September 4, 2000 and ran for nine seasons until ...more

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Hot Bench is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Hot Bench Sonia Montejano, Tanya Acker, Larry Bakman

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Judge Alex is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Alex Alex Ferrer Judge Alex is an American arbitration-based reality court show, presided over by retired police officer, lawyer, and Florida Judge Alex Ferrer. The series premiered September 12, 2005, and airs ...more

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Judge Karen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Karen Karen Mills-Francis Judge Karen is an American arbitration-based reality court show that aired in first-run syndication and debuted on September 8, 2008 in 48 of the top 50 U.S. markets. As with other court shows, ...more

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Lauren Lake's Paternity Court is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Malak Dbg added Lauren Lake's Paternity Court Lauren Lake Lauren Lake's Paternity Court is a syndicated nontraditional court show/tabloid talk show hybrid, bringing family lawyer and legal analyst Lauren Lake as she hears and rules on paternity cases ...more

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Judge Joe Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Joe Brown Joe Brown, Holly Evans, Sonia Montejano

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America's Court with Judge Ros... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
America's Court With Judge Ross Kevin A. Ross America's Court with Judge Ross is a nationally syndicated, nontraditional/dramatized court show that premiered in several major U.S. media markets on September 20, 2010. The Emmy-nominated ...more

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Judge Jeanine Pirro is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Jeanine Pirro Jeanine Pirro Judge Jeanine Pirro is an American arbitration-based reality court show, presided over by retired Westchester County, New York, District Attorney Jeanine Pirro. The series debuted on The CW on ...more

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The Blame Game is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Malak Dbg added The Blame Game

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Family Court with Judge Penny is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Malak Dbg added Family Court with Judge Penny Family Court with Judge Penny is an American arbitration-based reality court show, presided over by former judge and lawyer Penny Brown Reynolds. The half-hour program, which aired in first-run ...more

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Kids Court is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Kids Court Paul Provenza Kids Court is a children's television/nontraditional court show aired by Nickelodeon. First airing on September 10, 1988 and ending in 1989, it was hosted by actor Paul Provenza. It was created ...more

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The Family Court is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Malak Dbg added The Family Court Qi Yuwu, Ann Kok, Yao Wenlong The Family Court is a Singaporean Chinese drama which was telecasted on Singapore's free-to-air channel, MediaCorp Channel 8. It made its debut on 1 September 2010 and ended on 1 October 2010. ...more

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Last Shot with Judge Gunn is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Last Shot with Judge Gunn Mary Ann Gunn, Lisa Dennis, Michael McHenry Last Shot with Judge Gunn is an American reality-based nontraditional court show that debuted in syndication on September 26, 2011. The series is presented by Mary Ann Gunn and distributed by ...more

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Judgment: The Court Martial of... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Malak Dbg added Judgment: The Court Martial of Lt. William Calley Judgment: The Court Martial of Lieutenant William Calley is a 1975 drama film written by Henry Denker and directed by Lee Bernhardi and Stanley Kramer.

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Texas Justice is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Texas Justice Larry Joe Doherty Texas Justice is a syndicated American arbitration-based reality court show. In the program, cases were run by former Houston attorney Larry Joe Doherty, and the program was recorded at the ...more

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Due Process is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Due Process Due Process is a legal television show on New Jersey Network. First started in 1996, Due Process has been continually broadcasting about New Jersey's legal community for 14 years. In its 15th ...more

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The Verdict is Yours is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
The Verdict is Yours David Ensor, Robert Rietty

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Moral Court is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Moral Court Larry Elder Moral Court is a nontraditional court show that is hosted by opinionated Larry Elder, and originally ran from 2000 to 2001. The program had the same concept as a legality court show however the ...more

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The Law Firm is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
The Law Firm Kelly Chang Rickert, Anika Harvey, Jason Adams The Law Firm is an American Reality competition that aired on NBC from July 28, 2005, until August 4, 2005. It features up-and-coming lawyers competing against each other while trying real court ...more

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Science Court is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Science Court Paula Poundstone, H. Jon Benjamin, Fred Stoller Science Court, is an edutainment, animation/nontraditional court show from Tom Snyder Productions, which was aired on ABC's One Saturday Morning block from 1997 to 2000. The cartoon was 'filmed' ...more

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Street Court is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Street Court Michael Mazzariello Street Court is a nontraditional court show syndicated for one season by Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina-based Litton Entertainment and hosted by Michael Mazzariello, also referred to as Judge ...more

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Judge Maria Lopez is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge Maria Lopez Maria Lopez Judge Maria Lopez is an American arbitration-based reality court show, presided over by Maria Lopez. On the show, guests themselves presented and argued small claims civil actions before the ...more

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Judge for Yourself is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge for Yourself Fred Allen, Dennis James, Bob Carroll Judge for Yourself, at first subtitled The Fred Allen Show, is a Mark Goodson and Bill Todman nontraditional court show/quiz show, with comedian Fred Allen as the emcee. It aired on NBC from ...more

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Judge David Young is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Judge David Young David Young, Tawya Young Judge David Young is an American arbitration-based reality court show. The series, which aired in first-run syndication, premiered on television stations across the United States and Canada on ...more

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Guy Court is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Guy Court Melanie Iglesias, Donnell Rawlings, Jeremy Redleaf

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Swift Justice with Jackie Glas... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Swift Justice with Jackie Glass Jackie Glass, Nancy Grace Swift Justice with Jackie Glass was an American arbitration-based reality court show that was first hosted by Nancy Grace, followed by former Nevada Eighth District Court/Clark County judge ...more

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Court of Current Issues is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Court of Current Issues Court of Current Issues is a nontraditional court show featuring public-affairs debates. The program aired live on Tuesday nights from 1948-1951 on the DuMont Television Network. Originally a ...more

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Sex Court is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Sex Court Julie Strain, Alexandra Silk

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Power of Attorney is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Power of Attorney Andrew Napolitano, Lynn Toler Power of Attorney is an American-syndicated nontraditional court show that differed from other judge shows in that each side was represented by prominent attorneys who cross-examined witnesses. ...more

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Public Atorni: Asunto o Areglo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
Public Atorni: Asunto o Areglo Persida Rueda-Acosta Public Atorni: Asunto o Areglo is an Philippine television court show broadcast by TV5 in the Philippines in which small claims court cases are heard, through Mediation. Its format is similar to ...more

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We the People With Gloria Allr... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Courtroom Shows
We the People With Gloria Allred Gloria Allred We the People With Gloria Allred is an American dramatized court show that debuted on September 12, 2011, and airs on syndication. The series is presented by famed celebrity lawyer/attorney ...more