One of the most satisfying TV experiences is settling down to a good legal drama. If the kind of action you like takes place in court or boardrooms full of legal eagles, check out this list of series on Netflix.
A gifted young college dropout is hired as a law associate by one of New York City’s top lawyers, even though he never attended law school. They solve tricky cases together while trying to keep the associate’s educational background a secret.
Creator: Aaron Korsh
Cast: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty, Gina Torres
Seasons: 9 (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
A young girl’s brutal murder changes the course of many lives: a public prosecutor, a lawyer looking to make it big and a suspect who claims to be innocent.
Creator: Alessandro Fabbri
Cast: Vittoria Puccini, Francesco Scianna, Camilla Filippi
Seasons: 1 (2019)
Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh) is a brilliant defence lawyer, former drug user and current gambling buff. This comedy-drama follows his life and career in Sydney, Australia, as he takes on complex cases to defend the guilty.
Creators: Peter Duncan, Richard Roxburgh, Charles Waterstreet
Cast: Richard Roxburgh, Adrienne Pickering, Matt Day, Russell Dykstra, Danielle Cormack
Seasons: 5 (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018)
Unbelievable is about the 2008–2011 Washington and Colorado serial rape cases. This miniseries is based on the Pulitzer winning article, ‘An Unbelievable Story of Rape’ written by Ken Armstrong and T Christian Miller. It follows the case of a young girl, who reports being raped by an intruder and is subsequently charged with lying about the incident. Two detectives investigate and find the truth.
Creators: Susannah Grant, Ayelet Waldman, Michael Chabon
Cast: Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, Kaitlyn Dever, Eric Lange, Elizabeth Marvel
Seasons: 1 (2019)
‘How to Get Away with Murder’
Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) is a revered criminal defence lawyer and law professor. She picks out the top law students from her class to become her associates, studying and learning on the job. A murder changes all their lives.
Creator: Peter Nowalk
Cast: Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch, Jack Falahee, Katie Findlay, Aja Naomi King
Seasons: 6 (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019)
This historical legal drama follows a long-drawn international case, in which 11 judges from various Allied nations have to determine the fates of Japanese War Criminals in the wake of World War II. The Indian judge is portrayed by Irrfan Khan, the only one to claim that the Japanese were not guilty.
Directors: Pieter Verhoeff, Rob W. King
Cast: Marcel Hensema, Jonathan Hyde, Paul Freeman, Stephen McHattie, Julian Wadham, Irrfan Khan, Michael Ironside
Seasons: 1 (2016)
‘The People v OJ Simpson’
This true-crime series revolves around the infamous OJ Simpson murder case. The football star was accused of killing his former wife. The show features the various sides of the story and the legendary ‘not guilty’ verdict.
Directors: Ryan Murphy, Anthony Hemingway, John Singleton
Cast: Sterling K Brown, Cuba Gooding Jr, Sarah Paulson, Nathan Lane, David Schwimmer, John Travolta, Selma Blair
Seasons: 1 (2016)
‘Better Call Saul’
A Breaking Bad prequel and spin-off, this series (pictured above) showcases the adventures of former con-artist Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) and how he turns his life around, becoming Saul Goodman, a criminal lawyer for drug traffickers.
Creators: Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould
Cast: Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, Michael Mando, Michael McKean, Giancarlo Esposito, Tony Dalton
Seasons: 5 (2015,2016, 2017, 2018, 2020)
After studying law in the United States, an ambitious young woman returns to her native Abu Dhabi to kick off her career. Instead of giving in to family pressure to join her father’s successful law firm, she starts her own practice.
Creators: William Finklestein, Walter Parkes
Cast: Mansoor Alfeeli, Khalifa al Bhri, Fatima Al Taei
Seasons: 1 (2018)
‘Pride and Prejudice’
In this Korean legal drama, a young woman joins a team of prosecutors to fight for the weak and needy.
Director: Kim Jin-min
Cast: Choi Jin-hyuk, Baek Jin-hee, Choi Min-soo, Lee Tae-hwan, Son Chang-min
Seasons: 1 (2014)