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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 shows about the law that have ever aired on television.
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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Boston Legal 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) 2 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
The Practice 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) 3 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Law & Order 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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Suits is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Suits 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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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
The Good Wife 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
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 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 How to Get Away with Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her ...more

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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Perry Mason 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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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
pranavjoy added Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn Better Call Saul (A&E, 2015) is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of ...more

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
L.A. Law 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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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Matlock Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal-defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove ...more

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
sang added Blue Bloods 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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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Ally McBeal 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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Franklin & Bash is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
KrystynaBalaban added Franklin & Bash 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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Harry's Law is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Harry's Law 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 bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin Bones is an American crime 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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JAG is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
JAG 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
Damages 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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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
LindaPoirierMcCue added Night Court 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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The Guardian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
HillaryElizabethKrahmer added The Guardian 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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Drop Dead Diva is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Drop Dead Diva 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) 22 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Silk 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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Shark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Shark James Woods, Danielle Panabaker, Sophina Brown Shark is an American legal drama created by Ian Biederman that originally aired on CBS from September 21, 2006 to May 20, 2008. The series stars James Woods.

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan Law & Order: Criminal Intent 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 ...more

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Reckless is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Maggy added Reckless Cam Gigandet, Georgina Haig, Adam Rodríguez Reckless is an American legal drama television series directed by Catherine Hardwicke and written by Dana Stevens. The series stars Anna Wood, Cam Gigandet, Adam Rodríguez, Shawn Hatosy, ...more

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Jake and the Fatman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Jake and the Fatman William Conrad, Joe Penny, Alan Campbell Jake and the Fatman is a television crime drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman" McCabe and Joe Penny as investigator Jake Styles. The series ran on CBS for five ...more

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Judging Amy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
ieva.narbutaite added Judging Amy 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

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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
The Defenders Jim Belushi, Alona Tal, Jerry O'Connell The Defenders is a 2010 American legal comedy-drama that was ordered to series by CBS for the 2010–11 television season. The series originally ran from September 22, 2010 to March 11, 2011. Set ...more

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Murder One is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Murder One Brittany Murphy, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson Murder One is an American legal drama television series that first aired on the ABC network in the United States in 1995. The series was created by Steven Bochco, Charles H. Eglee, and Channing ...more

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Law & Order: Trial by Jury is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Law & Order: Trial by Jury Bebe Neuwirth, Amy Carlson, Kirk Acevedo Law & Order: Trial by Jury is an American television drama about criminal trials set in New York City. It was the third spin-off from the long-running Law & Order. The show's almost ...more

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Raising the Bar is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Raising the Bar Autumn Reeser, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Melissa Sagemiller Raising the Bar is an American legal drama, which ran on TNT network from September 1, 2008 to December 24, 2009.

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Fairly Legal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Fairly Legal Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams Fairly Legal is a television series which aired on USA Network from January 20, 2011, to June 15, 2012. The series starred Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco, Virginia Williams, Baron Vaughn, and Ryan ...more

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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
The Defenders Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall The Defenders is an American courtroom drama series that ran on CBS from 1961–1965. It starred E. G. Marshall and Robert Reed as father-and-son defense attorneys who specialized in legally ...more

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Law & Order: UK is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Law & Order: UK Bradley Walsh, Robert Glenister, Harriet Walter Law & Order: UK is a British police procedural and legal television programme, adapted from the American series Law & Order. The programme is financed by the production companies Kudos ...more

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Medium is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Medium Patricia Arquette, Miguel Sandoval, Jake Weber Medium is an American television drama series that premiered on NBC on January 3, 2005, ending its run on that network on June 1, 2009. The series then moved to CBS on September 25, 2009, airing ...more

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The Firm is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Namal Vithane added The Firm Josh Lucas, Callum Keith Rennie, Molly Parker http://www.yidio.com/show/the-firm

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LanaYoshii added The Grinder Rob Lowe, Fred Savage, Mary Elizabeth Ellis The Grinder (Fox, 2015) is an American single-camera legal comedy television series created by Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel. After his long-running TV series ends, actor Dean Sanderson, Jr. (Rob ...more

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Conviction is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Conviction Hayley Atwell, Eddie Cahill, Shawn Ashmore Conviction (ABC, 2016) is an American legal drama television series. Former First Daughter Hayes Morrison (Hayley Atwell) is blackmailed into heading the Conviction Integrity Unit, a department ...more

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Law & Order: LA is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Law & Order: LA Corey Stoll, Rachel Ticotin, Alfred Molina Law & Order: LA, originally titled Law & Order: Los Angeles, is an American police procedural and legal drama television series set in Los Angeles, where it was produced. Created and ...more

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Eli Stone is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Eli Stone Jonny Lee Miller, Natasha Henstridge, Loretta Devine San Francisco lawyer Eli Stone begins to see things, which leads him to discover a brain aneurysm. But his visions lead him to accept cases with little monetary gain but a lot of moral

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Women's Murder Club is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Women's Murder Club Angie Harmon, Laura Harris, Paula Newsome Women's Murder Club is an American police procedural and legal drama, which aired on ABC from October 12, 2007, to May 13, 2008. The series is set in San Francisco, California, and is based on ...more

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Canterbury's Law is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Canterbury's Law Julianna Margulies, Ben Shenkman, Keith Robinson Canterbury's Law is an American legal drama, which ran from March 10, 2008 to April 18, 2008 as a mid-season replacement on Fox. The show was created by Dave Erickson and executive produced by ...more

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Philly is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Philly Kim Delaney, Tom Everett Scott, Rick Hoffman Philly is an American television series created by Steven Bochco that focused on criminal defense attorney Kathleen Maguire. It lasted a full season and was canceled due to low ratings. The ...more

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The Deep End is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Rebecca Parisi added The Deep End Billy Zane, Clancy Brown, Nicole Ari Parker The Deep End is an American television series created by David Hemingson and produced by 20th Century Fox Television for the ABC television network. Starring Mehcad Brooks, Matt Long, Tina ...more

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The Jury is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
The Jury Gerard Butler, Mark Strong, Sarah Louise Young The Jury is a British television serial broadcast in 2002. The series was the first ever to be allowed to film inside the historic Old Bailey courthouse.

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The Jury is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
The Jury Cote de Pablo, Anna Friel, Patrice O'Neal The Jury is an American legal drama television series that was broadcast by the Fox Network in 2004. Each week, in the same New York City courtroom, a new 12-person jury deliberates over a ...more

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Judd, for the Defense is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Judd, for the Defense Carl Betz^! Stephen Young^! Walter Brooke Judd, for the Defense is an American legal drama originally broadcast on the ABC network on Friday nights from September 8, 1967, to September 19, 1969.

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Invasion is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
StevenKershaw added Invasion William Fichtner, Eddie Cibrian, Kari Matchett Invasion is an American science fiction television series that aired on ABC for one season beginning in September 21, 2005. Somewhat similar to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the show told the ...more

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Civil Wars is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Civil Wars Mariel Hemingway, Debi Mazar, Alan Rosenberg Civil Wars is an American legal drama that aired on ABC from November 20, 1991 to March 2, 1993. The series was produced by Steven Bochco, known for his work on NYPD Blue, L.A. Law and Hill ...more

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Judge John Deed is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever
Judge John Deed Martin Shaw, Jenny Seagrove, Barbara Thorn Judge John Deed is a British legal drama television series produced by the BBC in association with One-Eyed Dog for BBC One. It was created by G.F. Newman and stars Martin Shaw as Sir John Deed, ...more