Whether humorous or serious, legal process TV shows have always had a small place on television. Today, more and more shows include lawyers and their courtroom fights, usually as they try to do whats right for their client and put the bad guy behind bars. TV shows about lawyers range far back, and will no doubt continue to run on television for a long time.
Perry Mason featured Dick Van Dyke as the skillful attorney Perry Mason. Luckily for Mr. Mason, his clients were always innocent, and he did everything in his power to prove their innocence so they could walk free. At the last moment in the show, suddenly the real culprit was revealed, and all was well. Even today, you may still be able to find Perry Mason on a channel playing reruns.
Matlock was slightly similar to Perry Mason, this time featuring Andy Griffith as the intrepid Ben Matlock. Not only was Matlock a lawyer, but he also took the time to seek out ways to prove his clients innocence (which they always were) and could occasionally find himself in a bit of trouble with the real antagonist of the show. Matlock is another show you might be able to find reruns of on TV.
JAG stands for Judge Advocate General; this television show featured attorneys and cases, but was centered in the military world. JAG ran for ten seasons before finally falling off the air. The military intrigue and courtroom drama kept many people glued to their television sets for this show. Because the cases were military-based, it provided an interesting change from the typical lawyer television show.
Currently you can enjoy lawyers, court battles, and the legal process on most shows that feature policemen and detectives, such as C.S.I. and Law & Order. Both of these shows focus mostly on solving cases, but they also contain lawyers and occasional meetings in the courtroom.
But remember, these TV shows are all sensationalized works of fiction, and most attorneys do not act in such fashions and courtrooms are not always filled with excitement. The real legal process is usually much more mundane.