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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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Suits is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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
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
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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
johannacri05 added Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short
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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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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) 7 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
matt-robinson added Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn
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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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
sang added 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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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added 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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Castle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan
Castle is an American 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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Franklin & Bash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Mpuku Mota added 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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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added 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 investigations ...more
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Ally McBeal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Law & Order: Criminal Intent is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Kathryn Erbe, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jamey Sheridan
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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Damages is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Perry Mason is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday
Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, ...more
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Fairly Legal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads
This show is an American drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It is filmed primarily at ...more
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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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Silk is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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JAG is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
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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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Legal TV Shows
Jemily_Demily added 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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Quantico is listed (or ranked) 25 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