Lawyers and legal dramas have always made for great TV. Who doesn’t love to watch the scheming characters, intense courtroom drama and stories that shake the halls of power? To celebrate the launch of the Amazon Original Series Goliath, we’ve compiled our six favorite legal-minded shows, all available at no additional cost to your Prime membership.
Goliath has only been available on Prime Video for two weeks, and it’s already garnered 9,600 5-star reviews from Amazon customers. If you haven’t tuned in yet to the story of Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton), a washed-out lawyer who’s taking on the giant firm he helped build, you might want to clear your weekend plans. William Hurt is at his most menacing as McBride’s rival in this gripping story from Emmy-winning producers David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro (of Boston Legal and The Practice fame).
One Amazon reviewer says:
I would give it 10 out of 5 stars if Amazon had that option.
The Good Wife
After her cheating husband resigns from his State’s Attorney position due to a sex scandal, Alicia Florrick rejoins the law firm she left to focus on her family. She has to survive in-house competition, complicated murder cases, feelings she still has for her ex, and a yearning for her new boss. So, yes, Alicia is busy.
Entertainment Weekly called it:
One of the most inspired shows on television.
Mike Ross is a street hustler with a genius for law. His new boss Harvey needs a bright young associate. It should all go really well unless someone finds out that Mike never graduated from college, let alone Harvard Law.
One Amazon reviewer says:
This remarkably engaging show has brought a sense of smarts and sophistication to the proceedings – and trust me, I haven't used the word sophistication to describe a basic cable TV show in some time.
Simon Baker plays Nick Fallin, an attorney who works on tidy corporate cases until he’s busted on a drug charge. Nick’s conviction requires him to do 1,500 hours of community legal service, which complicates his relationship with Burton Fallin, his father and boss, and creates a whole new world for him to work through.
The Washington Post says:
The character and the show sneak up on you in clever, unexpected ways and prove a gratifying surprise.
The Escape Artist
David Tennant (aka Doctor Who from 2005-2015) plays a hot-shot barrister who has never lost a case and specializes in getting people out of particularly thorny legal tangles. I wonder if that will become a problem when he takes a client who may be a serial killer.
TV Guide Magazine says:
Who the real animal is here remains to be seen, with surprising and mostly satisfying fallout in this taut legal thriller.
This is Dickens, so you’d better believe there are orphans involved. These particular orphans are swept up as potential heirs in an interminable dispute over conflicting wills. Spend some time with the conniving, merciless lawyer Tulkinghorn, who becomes a puzzle all his own.
The Wall Street Journal says:
Perhaps the most glorious Masterpiece Theater of all time.