Looking for a new law series to binge that isn’t created by Dick Wolf? Have you already binged your way through Law & Order, SVU, and Criminal Intent? Good news, there are countless shows out there that are focused around legal roles. Maybe you’re a law student looking for something to watch while you study for the bar or maybe you’re a lawyer looking for a new show to mutter “That’s not how it’s done!” while you watch.
Whether you’re a fan or a professional, here are ten of the best shows for law enthusiasts that you can binge tonight.
Better Call Saul (2015 – )
5 Seasons, 51 Episodes on Amazon Prime [IMDb 8.7/10]Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando
If you loved Breaking Bad, then you’ll love this spin-off series. Six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) became the attorney of Walter White, he was a small-time attorney known as Jimmy McGill. He was a champion of low-income clients and an underdog among his peers. The series follows Jimmy as he works with the private eye Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Rake (2010 – 2018)
5 Seasons, 45 Episodes on Amazon Prime [IMDb 8.6/10]Cast: Richard Roxburgh, Matt Day, Kate Box, Caroline Brazier
Set in Australia, this series revolves around the Sydney criminal-defense barrister Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh). He works on cases that most barristers would never touch because his clients are typically guilty of the heinous crimes they are being tried for. The character is largely based on a real-life barrister and author, Charles Waterstreet. While the series focuses heavily on the legal cases he’s handling, it also focuses on his own self-destructive personality which includes addiction and a myriad of problems with the women in his life.
Suits (2011 – 2019)
9 Seasons, 134 Episodes on Hulu [IMDb 8.5/10]Cast: Gabriel Macht, Rick Hoffman, Sarah Rafferty, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
Set at fictional New York City law firm the series follows Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams), a talented college dropout, as he begins work as a law associate for Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) despite never attending law school. While the show focuses on the cases that Harvey and Mike work on together, the series became best known for the interpersonal relationships between the characters. The series finale was hailed as one of the most satisfying series finales in television history. Which is pretty steep praise.
Billions (2016 – )
5 Seasons, 51 Episodes on Showtime [IMDb 8.4/10]Cast: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, Malin Åkerman
A “ripped from the headlines” series, Billions was inspired by the real-life investigations undertaken by Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2009 to 2017. The series focuses on hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis) as he accumulates wealth and power in the financial world. His aggressive and illegal tactics lead the United States Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) to attempt to prosecute him. The series has a large ensemble cast, helping to interweave dynamic stories about law enforcement and private enterprise.
The Good Wife (2009 – 2016)
7 Seasons, 158 Episodes on Hulu [IMDb 8.3/10]Cast: Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi
Alicia Florrick (Julianna Marguiles) has been a good wife to her husband (Chris Noth). When political corruption and a sex scandal lands her husband in jail, she returns to her career as a defense attorney, moving past the persona of a humiliated wife. The series has received critical acclaim for its storylines and was considered one of the best drama series on TV.
Silk (2011 – 2014)
3 Seasons, 18 Episodes on Amazon Prime and Hulu [IMDb 8/10]Cast: Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones, Neil Stuke, Theo Barklem-Biggs
The series is set around a group of barristers from a set of criminal law chambers in London. The story mostly follows the rivalry between Martha Costello (Maxine Peake) and Clive Reader (Rupert Penry-Jones). While it was mostly a courtroom drama, the creator wanted to also focus on the human drama behind the scenes, inspired by his own experiences as a former barrister.
American Crime Story (2016 – )
2 Seasons, 19 Episodes on Netflix [IMDb 8/10]Cast: Varies
Created by American Horror Story’s Ryan Murphy, the anthology series has so far covered two groundbreaking cases in American legal history. The first season covered the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, while the second covered the assassination of Gianni Versace. It’s a spectacular series filled with familiar faces. The upcoming season is set to cover the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.
The Practice (1997– 2004)
8 Seasons, 205 Episodes on Amazon Prime [IMDb 7.7/10]Cast: Steve Harris, Camryn Manheim, Michael Badalucco, Dylan McDermott
Bobby Donnell (Dylan McDermott) is a passionate lawyer and head of a struggling Boston law firm, whose instincts tell him that the most important cases aren’t about the money. The series revolves around Bobby, his receptionist Rebecca Washington (Lisa Gay Hamilton), and the junior attorneys with the law firm. This series led to the equally popular spin-off Boston Legal.
Bull (2016 – )
4 Seasons, 87 Episodes on Hulu [IMDb 7/10] Cast: Michael Weatherly, Freddy Rodriguez, Geneva Carr
The series follows the employees at Trial Analysis Corporation, a jury consulting firm headed by Dr. Jason Bull (Michael Weatherly), who is a psychologist and trial science expert. Bull uses his skills and those of his team not only to select the right jurors for his clients, but also to help his clients’ lawyers decide which type of argument will win over jurors best. The series is inspired by television personality Dr. Phil who worked for a trial consulting firm.
Ally McBeal (1997 – 2002)
5 Seasons, 112 Episodes on Amazon Prime [IMDb 6.8/10]Cast: Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski, Vonda Shepard
The series begins with Ally McBeal (Calista Flockhart) joining the firm co-owned by her law school classmate Richard Fish (Greg Germann) after leaving her previous job due to sexual harassment. Although the series is largely focused on the weekly court cases, the main plot of the first three seasons is centered around Ally working alongside her ex-boyfriend Billy Thomas (Gil Bellows) and his wife, and fellow lawyer, Georgia (Courtney Thorne-Smith). The series started off strong, but the last season, unfortunately, earned it a cancellation from Fox.
If this list didn’t help you find something to binge tonight, at least Annalise Keating and her students are there for us. Did you see that series finale?
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