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The Best Legal TV Shows

Updated November 9, 2020 7.3k votes 2.9k voters 225.5k views91 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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  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit1
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni

    Premiered1999

    NetworkNBC

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  • Scandal2
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    Scandal

    Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick

    Premiered2012

    NetworkABC

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  • Law & Order: Criminal Intent3
    81
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    Law & Order: Criminal Intent

    Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Premiered2001

    NetworkUSA Network, MyNetworkTV, NBC

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    #48 of 74 The Best Shows You Watched After School in the 2000s#19 of 95 The Best Serial Cop Dramas of All Time

  • Suits4
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    Suits

    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams

    Premiered2011

    NetworkUSA Network

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  • The Good Wife5
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    The Good Wife

    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth

    Premiered2009

    NetworkCBS

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  • Boston Legal6
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    Boston Legal

    James Spader, William Shatner

    Premiered2004

    NetworkABC, American Broadcasting Company

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  • Law & Order7
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    Law & Order

    Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin

    Premiered1990

    NetworkNBC

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  • Better Call Saul8
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    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

    NetworkAMC

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  • The Practice9
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    The Practice

    Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams

    Premiered1997

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company

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  • Ally McBeal10
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    Ally McBeal

    Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann

    Premiered1997

    NetworkFox Broadcasting Company

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    #46 of 97 The Best Dramedy TV Series#230 of 266 The Best Cult TV Shows of All Time

  • Perry Mason11
    73
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    Perry Mason

    Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale

    Premiered1957

    NetworkCBS

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  • Damages12
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    Damages

    Glenn Close, Rose Byrne

    Premiered2007

    NetworkFX, Audience Network

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  • Franklin & Bash13
    85
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    Franklin & Bash

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer

    Premiered2011

    NetworkTNT

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  • Matlock14
    71
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    Matlock

    Andy Griffith, Linda Purl

    Premiered1986

    NetworkAmerican Broadcasting Company, NBC

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    #17 of 44 The Best ABC Dramas of All Time#155 of 191 The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked

  • L.A. Law15
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    L.A. Law

    Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry

    Premiered1986

    NetworkNBC

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    #153 of 201 The TV Shows with the Best Writing#423 of 508 The Best TV Theme Songs of All Time

  • The Good Fight16
    40
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    The Good Fight

    Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo

    Premiered2017

    NetworkCBS All Access

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  • Fairly Legal17
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    Fairly Legal

    Sarah Shahi, Michael Trucco

    Premiered2011

    NetworkUSA Network

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    #15 of 49 The Best USA Network Original Series#36 of 80 The Best Legal Drama TV Shows Ever

  • Harry's Law18
    58
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    Harry's Law

    Kathy Bates, Nate Corddry

    Premiered2011

    NetworkNBC

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  • JAG19
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    JAG

    David James Elliott, Catherine Bell

    Premiered1995

    NetworkCBS, NBC

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  • Night Court20
    48
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    Night Court

    Harry Anderson, John Larroquette

    Premiered1984

    NetworkNBC

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  • Silk21
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    Silk

    Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones

    Premiered2011

    NetworkBBC One, ABC1

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  • Judging Amy22
    48
    27

    Judging Amy

    Amy Brenneman, Tyne Daly

    Premiered1999

    NetworkCBS

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    #607 of 640 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch#23 of 24 The Best 2000s Legal TV Shows

  • The Guardian23
    45
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    The Guardian

    Simon Baker, Alan Rosenberg

    Premiered2001

    NetworkCBS

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  • Goliath24
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    Goliath

    Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt

    Premiered2016

    NetworkAmazon Video

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  • Conviction25
    32
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    Conviction

    Hayley Atwell, Eddie Cahill

    Premiered2016

    NetworkABC

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