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

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

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

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

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

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Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Gomez Addams The Addams Family

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Harvey Specter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
qwno added Harvey Specter Suits

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Alan Shore is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Alan Shore Boston Legal

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Alicia Florrick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Alicia Florrick The Good Wife

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Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Clair Huxtable The Cosby Show

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Denny Crane is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Denny Crane Boston Legal

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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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Dan Fielding is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Dan Fielding Night Court

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Sarah MacKenzie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History

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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Ally McBeal Ally, Ally McBeal

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Harmon Rabb is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History

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Jane Bingum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Jane Bingum Drop Dead Diva

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Christine Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Christine Sullivan Night Court

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Claire Kincaid is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
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Jessica Pearson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
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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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Bobby Donnell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Bobby Donnell The Practice

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Greg Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Greg Montgomery Dharma & Greg

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Diane Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Elliot May added Diane Lockhart The Good Wife

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

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Jared Franklin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Jared Franklin Franklin & Bash

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Shirley Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
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Arnie Becker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Arnie Becker L.A. Law

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Jeff Winger is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Jeff Winger Community

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

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Peter Bash is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Peter Bash Franklin & Bash

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John Cage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
carlybobarly added John Cage Ally McBeal

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Ted Buckland is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Ted Buckland Scrubs

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Maxine Shaw is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Maxine Shaw Living Single

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Barry Zuckerkorn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Barry Zuckerkorn Arrested Development

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Oliver Babish is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Oliver Babish The West Wing

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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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Victor Sifuentes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Victor Sifuentes L.A. Law

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Sandy Cohen is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Sandy Cohen The O.C.

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Elsbeth Tascioni is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Elsbeth Tascioni The Good Wife

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Julia Braverman-Graham is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History

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Helen Gamble is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Helen Gamble The Practice

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Hamilton Burger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
erectiondog added Hamilton Burger Perry Mason

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Asst. Dist. Atty. Catherine Ch... is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History

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Harvey Birdman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Harvey Birdman Birdman

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Eugene Young is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
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Richard Fish is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
KevinJohnson added Richard Fish Ally McBeal