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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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940 439
Jack McCoy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Law & Order

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1,041 396
Alexandra Cabot is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

3
865 406
Casey Novak is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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693 422
Ben Matlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Matlock

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518 423
Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Perry Mason

6
634 358
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
563 447
Harvey Specter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
qwno added Suits

8
641 484
Marshall Eriksen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
How I Met Your Mother

9
468 501
Alan Shore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Boston Legal

10
472 341
Will Truman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Will & Grace

11
456 265
Gomez Addams is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The Addams Family

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407 313
Alicia Florrick is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The Good Wife

13
328 376
Denny Crane is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Boston Legal

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482 399
Saul Goodman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Breaking Bad

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413 268
Clair Huxtable is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The Cosby Show

16
291 243
Sarah MacKenzie is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History

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212 354
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Ally, Ally McBeal

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248 315
Jessica Pearson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
kosior.aleksandra added Suits

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243 238
Harmon Rabb is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History

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172 206
Claire Kincaid is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Jim Marshall added

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210 270
Christine Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Night Court

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291 301
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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233 242
Jane Bingum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Drop Dead Diva

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201 210
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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183 260
Bobby Donnell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The Practice

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239 356
Lionel Hutz is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The Simpsons

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234 273
Will Gardner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The Good Wife

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195 216
Greg Montgomery is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Dharma & Greg

29
18 12
Dan Fielding is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Dan Fielding Night Court

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179 276
Shirley Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
erectiondog added Boston Legal -  

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124 275
Arnie Becker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
L.A. Law

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154 261
Jackie Chiles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Seinfeld

33
143 286
Jared Franklin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Franklin & Bash

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142 308
Jeff Winger is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Community

35
120 263
Peter Bash is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Franklin & Bash

36
125 275
John Cage is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
carlybobarly added Ally McBeal

37
157 221
Barry Zuckerkorn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Arrested Development

38
148 214
Maxine Shaw is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Maxine Shaw Living Single

39
136 271
Ted Buckland is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Scrubs

40
98 188
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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103 210
Victor Sifuentes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
L.A. Law

42
135 203
Oliver Babish is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The West Wing

43
146 257
Elsbeth Tascioni is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The Good Wife

44
129 229
Sandy Cohen is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The O.C.

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13 6
Abbie Carmichael is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Kathy Tiffany added Law & Order

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76 204
Hamilton Burger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
erectiondog added Perry Mason

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104 201
Julia Braverman-Graham is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History

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10 4
ben stone - law & order is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Kathy Tiffany added ben stone - law & order

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76 210
Helen Gamble is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
The Practice

50
10 5
Arthur Branch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Lawyer Characters in TV History
Kathy Tiffany added Arthur Branch Law & Order