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The best lawyers in TV history have made amateur litigators out of us all. (Admit it, you’ve raised an objection or two in Jack McCoy (Law and Order) fashion.) The greatest lawyers on TV have also skewed our sense of justice. (Didn’t we all want Saul Goodman (Breaking Bad) to escape to his waiting Cinnabon?) Finally, these famous TV lawyers have given us all the false hope that there’s a league of imminently competent, attractive and successful attorneys who spend half of their professional lives on pro bono cases.

In the hierarchy of great TV lawyers, there are those who always – or nearly always – get their man. These lawyers likely inspired other fictional barristers to take their LSATs. Perry Mason and Lawrence Preston (The Defenders) instilled a sense of admiration in our justice system. The bad guys always lose, the good guys always go free, and all it takes is one shrewd attorney on the case. Then, TV went Technicolor.

In the current TV landscape, good lawyers lose as often as they win, or use whatever leverage they have – jury tampering, judge blackmailing, witness murdering – to secure the verdict that most benefits their clients. These antics are amid the intrigues of soap-opera-esque sexcapades in and out of chambers.

Though the best sitcom TV lawyers rarely enjoy the same high-stakes games as the best drama TV lawyers, they still bring their work home with them, often in the form of mounting a case against an ill-equipped spouse, who suddenly finds him/herself on trial for eating the last slice of cheesecake. Upvote the top famous fictional lawyers below and keep them in mind next time you need to lawyer up.
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Jack McCoy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Jack McCoy Law & Order

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1,010 368
Alexandra Cabot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Alexandra Cabot Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

3
839 379
Casey Novak is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Casey Novak Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

4
661 397
Ben Matlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Ben Matlock Matlock

5
608 334
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Arlene Schulman added Professor Annalise Keating How to Get Away with Murder

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476 409
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Perry Mason Perry Mason

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468 313
Will Truman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Will Truman Will & Grace

8
626 457
Marshall Eriksen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Marshall Eriksen How I Met Your Mother

9
511 433
Harvey Specter is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
qwno added Harvey Specter Suits

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435 492
Alan Shore is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Alan Shore Boston Legal

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439 247
Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Gomez Addams The Addams Family

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312 358
Denny Crane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Denny Crane Boston Legal

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384 303
Alicia Florrick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Alicia Florrick The Good Wife

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402 251
Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Clair Huxtable The Cosby Show

The Creepiest Characters in TV History

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449 388
Saul Goodman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Saul Goodman Breaking Bad

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277 237
Sarah MacKenzie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History

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202 341
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Ally McBeal Ally, Ally McBeal

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230 306
Jessica Pearson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
kosior.aleksandra added Jessica Pearson Suits

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161 196
Claire Kincaid is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Jim Marshall added Claire Kincaid

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231 232
Harmon Rabb is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History

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281 291
Dan Fielding is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Dan Fielding Night Court

The Best TV Shows Based on Movies

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198 262
Christine Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Christine Sullivan Night Court

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227 232
Jane Bingum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Jane Bingum Drop Dead Diva

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228 344
Lionel Hutz is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Lionel Hutz The Simpsons

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190 206
Greg Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Greg Montgomery Dharma & Greg

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183 202
Diane Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Elliot May added Diane Lockhart The Good Wife

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171 257
Bobby Donnell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Bobby Donnell The Practice

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220 267
Will Gardner is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Will Gardner The Good Wife

The Most Beloved Grumps in TV History

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169 271
Shirley Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
erectiondog added Shirley Schmidt Boston Legal -  

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115 269
Arnie Becker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Arnie Becker L.A. Law

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141 278
Jared Franklin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Jared Franklin Franklin & Bash

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7 6
Dan Fielding is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Dan Fielding Night Court

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143 254
Jackie Chiles is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Jackie Chiles Seinfeld

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141 300
Jeff Winger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Jeff Winger Community

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117 254
Peter Bash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Peter Bash Franklin & Bash

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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117 269
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
carlybobarly added John Cage Ally McBeal

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150 215
Barry Zuckerkorn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Barry Zuckerkorn Arrested Development

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133 261
Ted Buckland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Ted Buckland Scrubs

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144 206
Maxine Shaw is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Maxine Shaw Living Single

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94 181
Harriet Korn is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
AllyCrane added Harriet Korn Harry's Law

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131 196
Oliver Babish is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Oliver Babish The West Wing

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95 204
Victor Sifuentes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Victor Sifuentes L.A. Law

The Greatest Perpetually Single Women in TV History

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126 221
Sandy Cohen is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Sandy Cohen The O.C.

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137 250
Elsbeth Tascioni is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Elsbeth Tascioni The Good Wife

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102 194
Julia Braverman-Graham is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History

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71 199
Helen Gamble is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Helen Gamble The Practice

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62 200
Hamilton Burger is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
erectiondog added Hamilton Burger Perry Mason

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2 0
Arthur Branch is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Kathy Tiffany added Arthur Branch Law & Order

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83 192
Asst. Dist. Atty. Catherine Ch... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History

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92 217
Harvey Birdman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Harvey Birdman Birdman