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The Best David E. Kelley Shows and TV Series

Updated November 25, 2018 1k votes 368 voters 20.8k views21 items

What shows did David E. Kelley create? The television mogul is the master behind some of the best legal dramas of all time and has served as writer, producer, and director on some amazing, critically acclaimed series. Which David E. Kelley program is the best of the best? With hits like Ally McBeal, Snoops, and Boston Legal, it's hard to decide. Vote up the best David E. Kelley programs below! 

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    Boston Legal

    James Spader, John Larroquette

    PremieredOctober 3, 2004


    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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    The Practice

    Michael Badalucco, Steve Harris

    PremieredMarch 4, 1997

    GenresCrime drama

    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 2004,...  more

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    Ally McBeal

    Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann

    PremieredSeptember 8, 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 the...  more

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    Picket Fences

    Tom Skerritt, Kathy Baker

    PremieredSeptember 18, 1992


    Picket Fences is an American television drama about the residents of the town of Rome, Wisconsin, created and produced by David E. Kelley. The show initially ran from September 18, 1992, to June 26,...  more
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    Boston Public

    Loretta Devine, Anthony Heald


    GenresTeen drama, Drama

    Boston Public is an American drama television series created by David E. Kelley and broadcast on Fox. Set in Boston, the series centers on Winslow High School, a fictional public high school in the...  more
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    Chicago Hope

    Adam Arkin, Héctor Elizondo

    PremieredSeptember 18, 1994

    GenresDrama, Medical

    Chicago Hope is an American medical drama television series, created by David E. Kelley. It ran on CBS from September 18, 1994, to May 4, 2000. The series is set in a fictional private charity...  more

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    Harry's Law

    Kathy Bates, Nate Corddry


    GenresDrama, Comedy-drama, Legal drama

    Harry's Law is an American legal comedy-drama television series created by David E. Kelley, which ran from January 17, 2011, to May 27, 2012. On May 12, 2011, NBC renewed the show for a second...  more

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    The Law Firm

    Kelly Chang Rickert, Anika Harvey


    GenresLegal, Reality television

    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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    L.A. Law

    Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins

    PremieredSeptember 15, 1986


    L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained many of...  more

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    Doogie Howser, M.D.

    Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella

    PremieredSeptember 18, 1989

    GenresSitcom, Comedy drama

    Doogie Howser, M.D. is an American comedy-drama television series that ran for four seasons on ABC from September 19, 1989 to July 28, 1993, totaling 97 episodes. Created by Steven Bochco and David...  more

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  • 11

    Big Little Lies

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

    PremieredFebruary 19, 2017


    Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. While Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) take...  more

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    The Crazy Ones

    Robin Williams, Sarah Michelle Gellar

    PremieredSeptember 26, 2013


    The Crazy Ones is an American sitcom created by David E. Kelley that starred Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar. The single-camera series aired on CBS from September 26, 2013 to April 17, 2014....  more
  • 13


    Billy Bob Thornton, Tania Raymonde

    PremieredOctober 14, 2016

    GenresCrime drama, Drama

    Goliath (formerly known as Trial) is a 2016 legal drama web television series by Amazon Studios. Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton), a formerly brilliant and personable lawyer, left his successful...  more


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  • 14

    Mr. Mercedes

    Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway

    PremieredAugust 9, 2017

    GenresMystery, Thriller

    Mr. Mercedes (Audience, 2017) is an American mystery thriller television series developed by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Stephen King. Still haunted by the unsolved case of "Mr. Mercedes,"...  more
  • 15


    Emmy Rossum, Gina Gershon


    GenresCrime Fiction, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    Snoops is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC. The series, which aired from September 26, 1999 to December 19, 1999, was created by David E. Kelley. Snoops came about during...  more
  • 16

    Monday Mornings

    Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina

    PremieredFebruary 4, 2013

    GenresDrama, Medical

    Monday Mornings is an American medical drama television series that ran on TNT from February 4 to April 8, 2013 and aired Mondays after Dallas. It is based on a novel of the same name by Sanjay...  more
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  • 18

    Girls Club

    Chyler Leigh, Gretchen Mol



    Girls Club is an American television series created by David E. Kelley that was shown on Fox in the United States in October 2002. It is often compared to Ally McBeal, another series created by...  more
  • 19

    The Wedding Bells

    Sherri Shepherd, Missi Pyle


    GenresDrama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    The Wedding Bells is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on Fox from March 7 to April 6, 2007. The series was greenlighted after the network became interested in a series centered...  more
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    Eva, ganz mein Fall

    Lara-Joy Körner, Siegfried Rauch


    GenresComedy-drama, Legal drama

    Eva, ganz mein Fall is a German legal comedy-drama series which aired on the ZDF network from 2002 to 2005. The series was produced by Rita Nasser and directed by Stefan Bartmann. The series stars...  more
  • 21

    Wonder Woman

    Candace Kita, Pedro Pascal


    GenresAction/Adventure, Drama, Action, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    David E. Kelley’s take has incorporated the superhero’s signature lasso, cuffs, and plane in the script, but it is a serious, non-campy take on the DC Comics character. THE SERIES The plot is...  more

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