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The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever 

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What are the best lawyer shows? Here, the very best legal drama shows on television are ranked from best to worst, and await your votes, too! Popular legal drama TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining legal drama show of all time is. Don't let your favorite legal drama television programs fall to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of legal drama television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator, and premiere date, and even pictures, when available.

Below you'll find attorney TV shows and courtroom shows like Conviction, Law & Order, Damages, and many more. Lawyer TV shows and good law TV shows are popular among television fans for their high stakes, inside look at the legal system, and strong characters audiences love - even if they occasionally fall into familiar cliches. Whether you've been to law school yourself or are just interested in the world of the justice system, these law firm TV shows are sure to be ones you'll enjoy.

What is the best legal drama show of all time? What are the greatest legal drama shows? What are your favorite law shows? Vote them up on this court TV shows list to determine the best law shows that have ever aired on television.

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

Premiered: 2011

Suits (USA, 2011) is an American legal drama created by Aaron Korsh. On the run from a drug deal gone bad, brilliant college dropout Mike Ross, finds himself working with Harvey Specter, one of ...more

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All the Top Suits Characters, Ranked by Fans #34 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #48 of 200 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

Premiered: 2009

The Good Wife (CBS, 2009) is an American television legal and political drama created by Robert King and Michelle King. Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. ...more

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The Best Seasons of The Good Wife #142 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #102 of 200 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

Premiered: 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 Best Seasons of Boston Legal #206 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #19 of 90 The Best Dramedy TV Series

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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
pranavjoy added Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Premiered: 2014

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five ...more

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The Best Characters On 'How To Get Away With Murder' #103 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #266 of 334 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

Premiered: 1990

Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in ...more

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All The Detectives From 'Law & Order,' Ranked #135 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle

Premiered: 1997

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 ...more

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#283 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch #313 of 334 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #6 of 44 The Best Serial Legal Dramas of All Time

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
sang added Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

Premiered: 2010

Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States and Canada and on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. The series is filmed on location in New York ...more

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The Best Seasons of 'Blue Bloods' #302 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #35 of 92 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more

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The Best Law & Order SVU Guest Stars #64 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watchlisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

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The Good Fight is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
WildStudio added The Good Fight Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie

Premiered: 2017

The Good Fight (CBS All Access, 2017) is a legal and political drama television series, a spin-off of the 2009 series The Good Wife. A year after the finale of The Good Wife, an enormous ...more

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#128 of 298 The Best Female-Led TV Shows #15 of 44 The Best Serial Legal Dramas of All Time #39 of 110 The Best Legal TV Shows

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
pranavjoy added Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of lawyer, Jimmy ...more

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All of the Breaking Bad Easter Eggs in Better Call Saul #14 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #11 of 92 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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Damages is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan

Premiered: 2007

Damages (FX, 2007) is an American legal thriller television series created by Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, and Todd A. Kessler. A law school graduate (Rose Byrne) becomes the ...more

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Bones is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Kingsx01 added Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

Premiered: 2005

Bones (Fox, 2005) is an American procedural comedy-drama television series created by Hart Hanson. Forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and cocky ...more

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The Best Seasons of 'Bones' #79 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #87 of 200 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins

Premiered: 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 ...more

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#151 of 200 The TV Shows with the Best Writing #381 of 507 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Timelisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

Premiered: 1957

Perry Mason is an American legal drama series originally broadcast on CBS television from September 21, 1957, to May 22, 1966. The title character, portrayed by Raymond Burr, is a fictional Los ...more

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The Best Perry Mason Actors #126 of 507 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Timelisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski

Premiered: 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 ...more

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#312 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #72 of 200 The TV Shows with the Best Writing #39 of 90 The Best Dramedy TV Series

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Law & Order: Crimina... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

Premiered: 2001

This show is an American police procedural television drama series set in New York City, where it was also primarily produced. Created and produced by Dick Wolf and René Balcer, the ...more

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#160 of 334 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Years #25 of 43 The Best TV Shows That Lasted 10+ Seasonslisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday

Premiered: 1986

Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, ...more

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#188 of 395 The Best TV Shows to Rewatch #150 of 311 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Timelisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

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Silk is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Silk Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones, Neil Stuke

Premiered: 2011

Silk was a British television drama series produced by the BBC which was broadcast over three series on BBC One between 22 February 2011 and 31 March 2014. Created by Peter Moffat, the series ...more

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#29 of 110 The Best Legal TV Shows #23 of 45 The Best British Dramas On Hulu

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Drop Dead Diva is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Brooke Elliott, Margaret Cho, April Bowlby

Premiered: 2009

Drop Dead Diva (Lifetime, 2009) is a legal comedy-drama fantasy television series created by Josh Berman. Jane (Brooke Elliott), is a plus-size lawyer whose body is inhabited by the soul of a ...more

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#241 of 535 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #133 of 298 The Best Female-Led TV Shows #631 of 1,320 The Best Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

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JAG is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux

Premiered: 1995

JAG is an American legal drama television show with a distinct U.S. Navy theme, created by Donald P. Bellisario, and produced by Belisarius Productions in association with Paramount Network ...more

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#562 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #214 of 334 The Best TV Shows of The Last 20 Yearslisted on Longest Running US Drama Shows

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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
LindaPoirierMcCue added Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll

Premiered: 1984

Night Court is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984, to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan court, presided over by the young, ...more

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#337 of 643 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #84 of 507 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Timelisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Franklin & Bash is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
KrystynaBalaban added Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer, Reed Diamond

Premiered: 2011

Franklin & Bash is an American comedy-drama television series created by Kevin Falls and Bill Chais. The series stars Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as unconventional lawyers and ...more

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#66 of 90 The Best Dramedy TV Series #199 of 535 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #20 of 44 The Best Serial Legal Dramas of All Time

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Harry's Law is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Kathy Bates, Nate Corddry, Christopher McDonald

Premiered: 2011

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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#71 of 90 The Best Dramedy TV Series #297 of 535 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time #22 of 44 The Best Serial Legal Dramas of All Time

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The Guardian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
HillaryElizabethKrahmer added Simon Baker, Alan Rosenberg, Raphael Sbarge

Premiered: 2001

The Guardian is an American drama series which aired on CBS from September 25, 2001 to May 4, 2004. In the United States, as of 2012, it is being broadcast in re-runs on the Sleuth Channel and ...more
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Judging Amy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
ieva.narbutaite added Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly, Karle Warren

Premiered: 1999

Judging Amy is an American television drama that was telecast from September 19, 1999, through May 3, 2005, on CBS-TV. This TV series starred Amy Brenneman and Tyne Daly. Its main character is a ...more

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