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The Best Legal TV Shows 

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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Legal TV series.

Lawyers! Judges! Criminals! Verdicts! These are the very best legal 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... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Premiered: 1999

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more
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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
johannacri05 added Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short

Premiered: 2012

Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more
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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more
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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
sang added Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

Premiered: 2010

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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Law & Order: Crimina... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan

Premiered: 2001

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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

Premiered: 2009

Castle (ABC, 2009) is an American crime-comedy-drama television series created by Andrew W. Marlowe. A homicide detective (Stana Katic) reluctantly works with a best-selling mystery novelist ...more
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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

Premiered: 2003

NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts investigations ...more
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CSI: Crime Scene Investi... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

Premiered: 2000

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS, 2000) is an American crime drama television series created by Anthony E. Zuiker. The series follows Las Vegas CSIs working for the Las Vegas Police ...more
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Quantico is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Priyanka Chopra, Josh Hopkins, Jake McLaughlin

Premiered: 2015

Quantico (ABC, 2015) is an American television drama thriller series created by Joshua Safran. A bright FBI recruit (Priyanka Chopra) who joins the agency after graduating from the FBI Academy ...more
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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

Premiered: 2009

NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more
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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

Premiered: 2014

Chicago P.D. (NBC, 2014) is an American police procedural drama television series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead. The show follows the Chicago Police Department uniformed cops who patrol ...more
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Suits is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

Premiered: 2011

Suits (USA, 2011) is an American legal drama created by Aaron Korsh. On the run from a drug deal gone bad, brilliant college dropout Mike Ross, finds himself working with Harvey Specter, one of ...more
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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

Premiered: 2009

The Good Wife (CBS, 2009) is an American television legal and political drama created by Robert King and Michelle King. Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. ...more
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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

Premiered: 2004

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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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper

Premiered: 2004

CSI: NY is an American police procedural television series that ran on CBS from September 22, 2004 to February 22, 2013 for a total of nine seasons and 197 original episodes. The show follows ...more
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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle

Premiered: 1997

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) 17 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

Premiered: 1990

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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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez

Premiered: 2002

CSI: Miami is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2002, to April 8, 2012, on CBS. It is the first spin-off of the orignal series. The pilot episode was ...more
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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
matt-robinson added Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

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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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski

Premiered: 1997

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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The Mysteries of Laura ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Debra Messing, Laz Alonso, Josh Lucas
The Mysteries of Laura is an American police procedural comedy-drama television series that premiered on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. It was developed by Jeff Rake, who also serves as an ...more
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Damages is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan

Premiered: 2007

Damages (FX, 2007) is an American legal thriller television series created by Daniel Zelman, Glenn Kessler, and Todd A. Kessler. A law school graduate (Rose Byrne) becomes the ...more
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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Raymond Burr, Barbara Hale, William Hopper

Premiered: 1957

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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Franklin & Bash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Mpuku Mota added Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer, Reed Diamond

Premiered: 2011

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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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins

Premiered: 1986

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