Legal Brief for August, 2017

T.V. And The Law

The legal world has been a common element in television series going back to the early days of the medium.  The number of series based on lawyers and legal issues is almost too numerous to mention in fact.  Some have proven to be top rated shows and others have quietly disappeared after a few episodes or a season.  Personal favourites will of course depend on your age and generation.  However, all of us are likely to find at least one series in the following top 10 list that was compiled by a panel of nine lawyers, two academics and one t.v. critic in 2009 for the American Bar Association.  The list begins with the 10th most highly rated series, and moving down the list to the panel's number one rated show (with the years the series was on the air in brackets).


Night Court (1984 - 1992)


Damages (2007 - 2012)


Boston Legal (2004 - 2008)


Rumpole of the Bailey (1978 - 1992)


Ally McBeal (1997 - 2002)


The Practice (1997 - 2004)


Law & Order (1990 - 2010)


The Defenders (1961 - 1965)


Perry Mason (1957 - 1966)


L.A. Law (1986 - 1984)

It was a given that all of the series took liberties with the way they portrayed court room scenes or the day to day practice of law.  However, in the name of entertainment there have certainly been some exciting shows to hit the small screen over the years.

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