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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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Conviction is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Harry's Law is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Quantico is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Priyanka Chopra, Josh Hopkins, Jake McLaughlin
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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The Good Fight is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Rose Leslie
The Good Fight (CBS All Access, 2017) is a legal and political drama television series, a spin-off of the 2009 series The Good Wife. A year after the finale of The Good Wife, an enormous ...more
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The Guardian is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Chicago P.D. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush
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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Crossing Jordan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jill Hennessy, Miguel Ferrer, Ravi Kapoor
Crossing Jordan is an American television drama series that aired on NBC from September 24, 2001 to May 16, 2007. It stars Jill Hennessy as Jordan Cavanaugh, M.D., a forensic pathologist ...more
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Night Court is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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CSI: NY is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added 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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Shark is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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CSI: Miami is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added 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 the orignal series. The pilot episode was ...more
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Law & Order: Trial by Jury is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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The Mysteries of Laura is listed (or ranked) 39 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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Murder One is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Eli Stone is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Jake and the Fatman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
William Conrad, Joe Penny, Alan Campbell
Jake and the Fatman is a television drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman" McCabe and Joe Penny as investigator Jake Styles. The series ran on CBS for five seasons ...more
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Pearson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Gina Torres, Isabel Arraiza, Eli Goree
Pearson (USA Network, 2019) is an American political drama television series created by Aaron Korsh and Daniel Arkin and a spin-off of the show Suits. The show follows powerhouse lawyer Jessica ...more
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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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) 45 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Rake is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Medium is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Goliath is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby
Goliath (formerly known as Trial) is a 2016 legal drama web television series by Amazon Studios. Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton), a formerly brilliant and personable lawyer, left his ...more
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Raising the Bar is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Philly is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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