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The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever

Updated October 13, 2020 59.6k votes 18.5k voters 1.1m views101 items

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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 and win in the court of opinion. 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 courtroom dramas? What are your favorite law shows? Vote them up on this legal drama shows list to determine the best law shows that have ever aired on television.

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  • 1
    Suits is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Suits

    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams

    Premiered2011

    NetworkUSA Network

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  • 2
    The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    767

    The Good Wife

    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth

    Premiered2009

    NetworkCBS

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  • 3
    How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
    2,550
    896

    How to Get Away with Murder

    Viola Davis, Billy Brown

    Premiered2014

    NetworkABC

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  • 4
    Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
    2,416
    1,207

    Boston Legal

    James Spader, William Shatner

    Premiered2004

    NetworkABC, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 5
    The Good Fight is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    156

    The Good Fight

    Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo

    Premiered2017

    NetworkCBS All Access

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  • 6
    Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Law & Order

    Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin

    Premiered1990

    NetworkNBC

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  • 7
    Bones is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Bones

    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz

    Premiered2005

    NetworkFox

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  • 8
    The Practice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    The Practice

    Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams

    Premiered1997

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • 9
    Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    181

    Law & Order: Criminal Intent

    Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Premiered2001

    NetworkUSA Network, MyNetworkTV, NBC

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  • 10
    Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Blue Bloods

    Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan

    Premiered2010

    NetworkCBS

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  • 11
    Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

    NetworkAMC

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    Law & Order: Special Victims U is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni

    Premiered1999

    NetworkNBC

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  • 13
    Damages is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    439

    Damages

    Glenn Close, Rose Byrne

    Premiered2007

    NetworkFX, Audience Network

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  • 14
    L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    L.A. Law

    Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry

    Premiered1986

    NetworkNBC

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  • 15
    Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Ally McBeal

    Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann

    Premiered1997

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • 16
    Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    460

    Perry Mason

    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale

    Premiered1957

    NetworkCBS

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  • 17
    Night Court is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Night Court

    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

    Premiered1984

    NetworkNBC

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  • 18
    JAG is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    JAG

    David James Elliott, Catherine Bell

    Premiered1995

    NetworkCBS, NBC

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  • 19
    Matlock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
    469
    377

    Matlock

    Andy Griffith, Linda Purl

    Premiered1986

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company, NBC

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  • 20
    Silk is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Silk

    Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones

    Premiered2011

    NetworkBBC One, ABC1

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  • 21
    Drop Dead Diva is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Drop Dead Diva

    Brooke Elliott, Margaret Cho

    Premiered2009

    NetworkLifetime Television

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  • 22
    Bull is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Bull

    Michael Weatherly, Freddy Rodriguez
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  • 23
    Franklin & Bash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    474

    Franklin & Bash

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer

    Premiered2011

    NetworkTNT

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  • 24
    Judging Amy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Judging Amy

    Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly

    Premiered1999

    NetworkCBS

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  • 25
    Harry's Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
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    Harry's Law

    Kathy Bates, Nate Corddry

    Premiered2011

    NetworkNBC

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