The ins and outs of the legal system have always piqued the interest of many. But what is more impressive is the way attorneys present their arguments and keep on pressing the strings of the accused or their counterpart till they find a needle in a haystack or a loophole in the system to steer the outcome of the case in their client’s favour.
So, if you are not interested in playing hide and seek with Netflix to find the best pick for your legal drama series, we have got you covered. Here are the 11 best legal shows on Netflix you can start watching without any second thoughts.
Genre: Comedy, Legal drama
This Australian Tv-series is about a barrister, Cleaver Greene, who despite being famous as a wag, gambling addict loath, womaniser, junkie among many other things, knows his way around people and legal affairs. The series is well crafted and the funny character of Cleaver Greene who does not shy away in speaking his heart to anyone, always finds himself involved with lost cause cases, which will keep you hooked to the screen.
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Genre: Historical drama
Based on actual historical events, tv-series Tokyo Trial portrays the era of World War II. The show takes back to the time of spring 1946 when about 11 Allied nation judges convened in the war-torn hotel Imperial in Tokyo as a part of an international military tribunal to take into account the atrocities committed by Japanese war criminals during their crusade in Nanking, Pearl Harbor, Bataan and various other places in a bid of seeking justice amid the devastation and chaos.
When they see us
Genre: Legal drama, True Crime
Another limited series depicting real events of the famous ‘Central Park Five’ case in USA. It documents the lives of five friends who became victims of the administration ruthlessness and victimisation back in 1989 and were convicted on the false charges of assault and rape. The series covers the full view report of the case from long hard trials to protests around the country and also hardships they faced in jail, till they finally got acquitted.
Genre: Legal drama
The show offers a classic look into day-to-day operations of one of the prominent legal firms and its lawyers in New York. The twist in the story occurs when the firm’s most eminent lawyer and newly promoted senior partner Harvey Specter recruits a college drop-out Mike Ross as his associate and imposters him to be a Harvard law graduate.
The rookie Mike Ross with his photographic memory combined with Harvey’s talents and experiences goes on to solve most difficult cases. Nevertheless to keep glamour in check actors like Meghan Duchess of Sussex, Sarah Rafferty, Gina Torres and a few others have done a great job.
Better Call Saul
Genre: Crime, Dark comedy, Legal drama
The American television crime and legal drama series is a spin-off and prequel to one of the all-time famous series Breaking bad. This tv drama follows the story of a clever but deceitful con-man turned small-time struggling lawyer Jimmy McGill, in Albuquerque, who endures through unprecedented events to save criminals in the court of law and also in concealing his past, to become famous Saul Goodman in the cult classic.
How to get away with murder
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Romance, Legal drama
It is a full package series with thriller, drama, strong language, romance and whatnot. The suspense-driven and fast-paced legal show spin around hard-headed, confident and fussy high-profile criminal defence attorney cum law professor at Middleton University, Annalise Keating and her five ambitious students. They team together in solving challenging cases but soon find themself embroiled in a murder plot that rocks the entire University and changes the course of their lives.
How to fix a drug scandal
One of the latest in the list, this groundbreaking mini-documentary picturises another crack in the judicial system, forensics, DNA evidence and drug testing that generally exhibits to be immune to errors or prejudice.
The series demonstrates oversight of a chemist Sonja Farak, working at the state drug lab in Amherst, Massachusetts who under the addiction of drugs started meddling and stealing drug sample evidence collected by the police to quench her urge. The show also manifests how her conviction led to the overturning of thousands of drug-related cases where she testified.
The People vs OJ Simpson
Genre: True Crime, Drama, Biography
One of the most widely publicised events in American history during the mid-90s, The People v. O.J. Simpson is a tale about the legal battle following the charges of a double homicide on OJ Simpson, a former Football (rugby) player, broadcaster and an actor in Los Angeles. The show is brilliantly narrated with high point twists and acted by well-known actors like Cuba Gooding Jr., David Schwimmer and Sarah Paulson, among others.
Genre: Legal drama
If you want the taste of an epic Italian television thriller series, The Trial is highly recommended. The show has it all from the intriguing, mysterious story of murder to dazzling defence lawyer’s court arguments for keeping viewers on their toes.
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The Innocence files
Genre: Documentary, Crime, Drama
Let the accused narrate his anecdote, and you be the judge of their crime. This Netflix series is about real people who went to jail for years or even decades based on evidence that fell apart when it was put under the lens. The Depiction of the cases to the dark side of the system and plight of the those who suffered is so well placed in the series that it will make you wonder about the never-ending promises leaders make when they come asking for votes.
Genre: Action fiction, Superhero fiction, Legal drama
We are all well-aware with the maxim; justice delayed is justice denied. But do you think can felons get away from a man who plays a lawyer by the day and a vigilante with superhuman senses by night? The show covers the life-story of Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, who against all the odds takes on deeply rooted gangs of Hell’s Kitchen, NYC. Did we tell you he’s blind? Yeah.