Courtroom dramas can be a gripping tale of facts, lies, and deceit all mixed up into one. A legal, procedural drama can be both thought-provoking and satisfying. A good series will keep you guessing till the very end and leave you speechless when the final scene plays out. Here are some of the best lawyer shows on Netflix that you can binge-watch this weekend. Grab some beer.
1. Better Call Saul
If you haven’t watched Breaking Bad (how could you), you need to watch it first. Saul Goodman’s character was introduced in the series that gave a villain for the ages. He is a witty and sleazy lawyer with a weird sense of humor.
A prequel to the Breaking Bad series, Saul Goodman mostly represents the bad guys, and helps them navigate the tricky lines of law and order.
Daredevil takes a darker tone than Marvel movies and even other Marvel Netflix series. Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer by the day and a vigilante with enhanced senses by the night. Most cases are solved by hand to hand combat in the dark alleys of Hell's Kitchen because, well, superhero!
The action sequences are something you are going to savor for a long time to come. They just don’t make it like that anymore. It’s a gritty tale with complicated characters leading to other Marvel shows crossovers like Luke Cage and The Defenders. That’s Netflix’s way of saying we got our own superhero team.
A fast-paced show with a number of twists, How to Get Away With Murder sees Viola Davis and her students get involved in a murder mystery. In fact, a lot of people die and you will quickly realize it is a Game of Thrones for the modern world. Every season, important characters dying in unexpected ways and situations.
The whole show revolves around a defense attorney and her students trying to get away with… murder. They become the suspects. Needless to say, the show and its cast were nominated for and won multiple awards including Oscar and Tonys.
O.J. Simpsons’ murder trial is considered to be trial of the century by many. The trial itself was covered widely by the media, and talked about by the people at all levels. A car chase and a trial that was so public and much publicized.
The People vs. O.J. Simpson shows us what happened behind the scenes, the anger in a society that was divided by race, people with their own agendas, and some excellent performances from big screen actors like John Travolta and Cuba Gooding Jr. A must watch even if you are not into legal docudramas.
Blue Bloods is all about police procedures and the law and order side of it. The action is realistic and the acting is excellent. The story revolves around the Reagans, a family with generations of cops who love what they do and are exceedingly good at it.
No, it's not nepotism but sheer talent and love for what they do that motivates them to join the service. Each family member handling a different aspect of the law, Blue Bloods is a crime drama that has all the ingredients of a crime drama. Tom Selleck is brilliant and suave as always. No wonder, it's got an amazing IMDb rating.
NCIS is a government agency that is tasked with solving crimes that happen in the Navy and Marine Corps. Not something you come across everyday. With 15 seasons, I think the showrunners didn’t know just where to stop. Still, NCIS makes for a compelling law and order drama series that remains popular even today. Especially, overseas in the France and Australia.
Part of the success can be attributed to JAG, another popular lawyer show and of which, NCIS is a spin-off. That means carryover audience but you still need to deliver the goods, and NCIS does. NCIS is slower in the beginning and picks up pace in around Season 3 and 4, so be prepared.
Scandal is loosely based on the life of Judy Smith, a real-life Washington D.C. fixer who frequently represented high profile politicians and athletes like Monica Lewinsky and Kobe Bryant. The show revolves around Olivia Pope, and her job is to help these high profile people when they are involved in a scandal. Sounds familiar?
Somehow, these people with larger than life images always find themselves in the midst of a storm. We all have our secrets, don't we? Given the nature and theme of the show, it's surprising how the showmakers were able to include funny scenes and get away with it. Scandal shows how the government is favoring the rich, and busy protecting its own agendas rather than working for the greater good. Add it to your watching list right now.
Lawyer shows and courtroom dramas can be slow but gritty and suspenseful at the same time. It all depends on the theme and how it was carried out. Several good shows didn't make the list because they are currently not available on Netflix. For now, enjoy the ones that are.
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