The long-running American police procedural TV Series ‘Law & Order’ is at the forefront of the list of legal dramas. Season 21 of the series is set to premiere on February 24 of 2022. After twenty long seasons the popularity of ‘Law & Order’, created by Dick Wolf, is still at the top. The cases that the show deals with are often inspired by real cases.
The episodes are divided into two halves. The first part or half of an hour deals with the investigation of a murder crime by New York City Police as well as the apprehension of suspects. The second part of the episode deals with the defendant’s prosecution by Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
The main cast members of ‘Law & Order’ throughout these twenty seasons have been George Dzundza, Chris Noth, Dann Florek, Michael Moriarty, Richard Brooks, Steven Hill, Paul Sorvino, Jerry Orbach, Carolyn McCormick, S. Epatha Merkerson, etc. The first season was released on NBC long back in the 90s on September 13, 1990. The show has received numerous nominations and awards including Primetime Emmy Awards, Edgar Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards, etc.
There are a few days before the airing of the Law & Order Season 21. Before that, if you want to charge up your urge of enjoying legal dramas, there are some more TV Series out there for you to check out.
Must Watch Series Like ‘Law & Order Season 21’:
Number of Seasons: 4
This TV show too is created by Dick Wolf, though with Craig Turk this time. The American crime series deals with the workings of the FBI’s New York criminal division. It uphelds the unit’s intellect, technical expertise through Special Agent Maggie Bell, her partner Omar Adam, Special Agent in Charge Jubal Valentine, Kristen Chazal, etc.
The cast of ‘FBI‘ includes Missy Peregrym, Jeremy Sisto, Zeeko Zaki, Ebonee Noel, Connie Nielsen, Sela Ward, Alan de la Garza, John Boyd, etc. The series premiered on September 25, 2018, on CBS.
The Good Wife-TVLine
Number of Seasons: 7
Created by Robert King and Michelle King, the American legal drama centers on the wife of an Attorney who herself has a career in law. After a scandal about public s*x and political corruption regarding her husband, Alicia Florrick rejoins the career of law.
Her husband Peter, the former Cook County, Illinois State’s Attorney turns into jail due to a political corruption and s*x related scandal. To provide for the two children his wife Alicia then, who had been a housewife for thirty years, now is returnig to the workplace as a litigator.
Julianna Margulies plays the role of Alicia Florrick. Other cast members are Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega, Josh Charles, Christiana Baranski, Alan Cumming, Zach Grenier, Matthew Goode, Cush Jumbo, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, etc. The show ran on CBS from September 22, 2009, to May 8, 2016.
Number of Seasons: 1
This American period drama is created by Erle Stanley Gardner. The TV Series is set in 1932 when all the America except Los Angeles is being strangled by the Great Depression.
Perry Mason is a down-and-out private investigator who is struggling with his divorce and the trauma of the Great War. But when he gets hired for the trial of a sensational kidnapping of a child, his investigation results in huge consequences that will involve everyone around Mason, local leaders along with Mason himself. The series in one sentence deals with the origin story of the famous attorney Perry Mason.
Matthew Rhys stars in the role of Perry Mason. Other cast members include Juliet Rylance, Chris Chalk, Shea Whigham, Tatiana Maslany, John Lithgow, Eric Lange, Justin Krik, Diarra Kilpatrick, Katherine Waterston, etc. The series premiered on HBO on June 21, 2020.
Boston Legal-Showbiz Cheat Sheet
Number of Seasons: 5
American legal comedy created by David E. Kelley is the spin-off to the long-running series of Kelley’s The Practice. The show focuses on Alan Shore who is a former character of ‘The Practice’ and his co-workers in the Boston Office of blue-chip law firm- Crane, Poole & Schmidt’s litigation department. Alan is the best friend of Denny Crane, the founding partner and he is also regarded as the best lawyer.
James Spader plays the role of Alan Shore with other cast members including William Shatner, Rhona Mitra, Lake Bell as other characters of ‘The Practice’. The show ran on ABC from October 3, 2004, to December 8, 2008.
Number of Seasons: 6
This investigative true crime TV Series centers prosecutor Kelly Siegler of Harris County, Texas with a team of investigators. They reopen murder cases that are not solved and try to solve them with the assistance and consent of local law enforcement. The series premiered on September 3, 2013.