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The Best Legal TV Shows

Updated October 12, 2020 8.5k votes 2.8k voters 219.2k views110 items

List RulesVote up the best TV shows that follow lawyers and other members of the legal system.

Lawyers! Judges! Criminals! Verdicts! These are the very best legal TV shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest lawyer shows includes courtroom dramas and legal comedy shows. Popular legal TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate (ha! debate, like courtrooms and stuff) about which is the most entertaining lawyer show of all time. Don't let your favorite legal television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot.

What is the best legal show of all time? Law & Order: SVU? Regular Law & Order? Night Court? Cast your votes here.

What is your favorite lawyer show? This list of television shows about lawyers, and the law, is a great reference point if you're looking for a new show to binge on. Serial law dramas and procedural courtroom series about attorneys and their love issues are all here.

These legal TV shows (or best law TV shows) will make you want to quit your job and go out and buy a gavel for funsies!

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  • 1
    Law & Order: Special Victims U is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni

    Premiered1999

    NetworkNBC

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  • 2
    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
    88
    29

    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    NetworkA&E, CBS

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  • 3
    Scandal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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    Scandal

    Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick

    Premiered2012

    NetworkABC

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  • 4
    Quantico is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
    92
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    Quantico

    Priyanka Chopra, Josh Hopkins

    Premiered2015

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  • 5
    Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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    54

    Blue Bloods

    Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan

    Premiered2010

    NetworkCBS

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  • 6
    NCIS is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
    66
    26

    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2003

    NetworkCBS

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  • 7
    Castle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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    37

    Castle

    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic

    Premiered2009

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • 8
    Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
    81
    40

    Law & Order: Criminal Intent

    Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Premiered2001

    NetworkUSA Network, MyNetworkTV, NBC

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  • 9
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
    42
    16

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

    Premiered2000

    NetworkCBS

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  • 10
    Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
    35
    25

    Chicago P.D.

    Jason Beghe, Jon Seda

    Premiered2014

    NetworkNBC

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  • 11
    NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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    23

    NCIS: Los Angeles

    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah

    Premiered2009

    NetworkCBS

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  • 12
    The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
    661
    132

    The Good Wife

    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth

    Premiered2009

    NetworkCBS

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  • 13
    Suits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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    Suits

    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams

    Premiered2011

    NetworkUSA Network

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  • 14
    Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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    114

    Boston Legal

    James Spader, William Shatner

    Premiered2004

    NetworkABC, American Broadcasting Company

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  • 15
    Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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    53

    Law & Order

    Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin

    Premiered1990

    NetworkNBC

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  • 16
    CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
    27
    20

    CSI: NY

    Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo

    Premiered2004

    NetworkCTV Television Network, CBS

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  • 17
    Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
    146
    54

    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

    NetworkAMC

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  • 18
    The Practice is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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    92

    The Practice

    Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams

    Premiered1997

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • 19
    CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
    25
    21

    CSI: Miami

    David Caruso, Emily Procter

    Premiered2002

    NetworkA&E, CBS

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  • 20
    Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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    70

    Ally McBeal

    Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann

    Premiered1997

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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  • 21
    The Mysteries of Laura is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
    22
    21

    The Mysteries of Laura

    Debra Messing, Laz Alonso

    Premiered2014

    NetworkNBC

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  • 22
    Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
    70
    25

    Perry Mason

    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale

    Premiered1957

    NetworkCBS

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  • 23
    Damages is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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    61

    Damages

    Glenn Close, Rose Byrne

    Premiered2007

    NetworkFX, Audience Network

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  • 24
    Franklin & Bash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
    82
    38

    Franklin & Bash

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer

    Premiered2011

    NetworkTNT

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    L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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    28

    L.A. Law

    Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry

    Premiered1986

    NetworkNBC

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