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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. 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
Suits is a USA Network legal drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The first episode debuted on June 23, ...more
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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen
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 Practice is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle
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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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina
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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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles
The Good Wife is an American television legal and political drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. The series was created by Robert King and Michelle King. It stars Julianna ...more
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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more
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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
pranavjoy added Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more
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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper
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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719 433
Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
pranavjoy added Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn
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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578 418
L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins
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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700 357
Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
sang added Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes
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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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday
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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710 508
Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski
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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529 466
Franklin & Bash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
KrystynaBalaban added Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer, Reed Diamond
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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436 431
Harry's Law is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Kathy Bates, Nate Corddry, Christopher McDonald
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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Bones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Kingsx01 added Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin
Bones is an American procedural comedy-drama television series that premiered on Fox in the United States on September 13, 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic ...more
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500 379
JAG is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
David James Elliott, Catherine Bell, Patrick Labyorteaux
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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Damages is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan
Damages is an American legal thriller television series created by the writing and production trio of Daniel Zelman and brothers Glenn and Todd A. Kessler. It premiered on July 24, 2007 on FX ...more
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The Good Fight is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
WildStudio added Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie
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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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
LindaPoirierMcCue added Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll
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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349 141
Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan
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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293 316
The Guardian is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
HillaryElizabethKrahmer added Simon Baker, Alan Rosenberg, Raphael Sbarge
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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680 434
Drop Dead Diva is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Brandy Norwood, April Bowlby, Margaret Cho
Drop Dead Diva is an American legal comedy-drama/fantasy television series that aired on Lifetime from July 12, 2009 to June 22, 2014. The series was created by Josh Berman and produced by Sony ...more
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Silk is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones, Neil Stuke
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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287 204
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
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