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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
Law & Order

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1,054 415
Alexandra Cabot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

3
878 425
Casey Novak is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

4
711 437
Ben Matlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Matlock

5
543 429
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Perry Mason

6
650 375
Professor Annalise Keating is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Arlene Schulman added How to Get Away with Murder

7
594 460
Harvey Specter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
qwno added Suits

8
496 511
Alan Shore is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Boston Legal

9
648 501
Marshall Eriksen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
How I Met Your Mother

10
478 354
Will Truman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Will & Grace

11
459 272
Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The Addams Family

12
348 384
Denny Crane is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Boston Legal

13
509 404
Saul Goodman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Breaking Bad

14
420 320
Alicia Florrick is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The Good Wife

15
417 276
Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The Cosby Show

16
293 247
Sarah MacKenzie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History

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261 319
Jessica Pearson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
kosior.aleksandra added Suits

18
217 363
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Ally, Ally McBeal

19
249 240
Harmon Rabb is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History

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176 208
Claire Kincaid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Jim Marshall added

21
212 273
Christine Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Night Court

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295 304
Dan Fielding is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Dan Fielding Night Court

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238 245
Jane Bingum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Drop Dead Diva

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209 214
Diane Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Elliot May added The Good Wife

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190 262
Bobby Donnell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The Practice