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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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Suits is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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) 2 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
johannacri05 added Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes Scandal is an American political thriller television series starring Kerry Washington. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012. Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, is ...more

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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
matt-robinson added Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks Better Call Saul is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a spin-off of Breaking Bad, which was also created by Gilligan. Set in 2002, Better Call ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Damages is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Franklin & Bash is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Mpuku Mota 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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan Castle is an American crime drama television series, which premiered on ABC on March 9, 2009. The series is produced jointly by Beacon Pictures and ABC Studios. Created by Andrew W. Marlowe, it ...more

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Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette 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 criminal ...more

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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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JAG is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Fairly Legal is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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) 21 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is an American crime drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. ...more

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Shark is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Silk is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Harry's Law is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Conviction is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Crossing Jordan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Crossing Jordan Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer, Ravi Kapoor Crossing Jordan is an American television crime/drama series that aired on NBC from September 24, 2001 to May 16, 2007. It stars Jill Hennessy as Jordan Cavanaugh, M.D., a crime-solving forensic ...more

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The Guardian is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Judging Amy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Quantico is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Quantico Josh Hopkins, Priyanka Chopra, Jake McLaughlin

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Law & Order: Trial by Jury is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added CSI: NY Gary Sinise, Carmine Giovinazzo, Hill Harper 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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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa 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 PD is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Chicago PD Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush Chicago P.D. is an American police procedural television drama series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead as a spin-off from Chicago Fire. The series originally premiered on NBC as a ...more

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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added CSI: Miami David Caruso, Emily Procter, Adam Rodriguez 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 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The pilot ...more

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The Mysteries of Laura is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
The Mysteries of Laura 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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Eli Stone is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Rake is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Rake Greg Kinnear, Joanne Baron, David Harbour Rake is an American comedy-drama television series that is an adaptation of the Australian series of the same name, both of which are created by Peter Duncan. Duncan served as series producer ...more

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Murder One is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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: UK is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Reasonable Doubts is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Reasonable Doubts Mark Harmon, Marlee Matlin, Leslie Jordan Reasonable Doubts is a police drama broadcast in the United States by NBC that ran from 1991 to 1993.

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Raising the Bar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Medium is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Jake and the Fatman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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The New Adventures of Perry Ma... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
The New Adventures of Perry Mason Harry Guardino, Dane Clark, Monte Markham The New Perry Mason is a 1970s TV series that was a revival of the long-running hit television series of the 1950s and '60s about Erle Stanley Gardner's brilliant defense attorney. While several ...more

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Family Law is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Family Law Tony Danza, Salli Richardson, Kathleen Quinlan Family Law is a television drama starring Kathleen Quinlan as divorced lawyer Lynn Holt, who attempted to start her own law firm after her husband left both her and their law practice, taking ...more

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The Verdict is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
The Verdict Jeffrey Archer, Honor Blackman, Stan Collymore The Verdict was a controversial 2007 BBC television programme produced by RDF Media in which twelve celebrities formed the jury in the trial of a fictional rape case. The programme was filmed ...more