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TV Shows Lawyers Might Enjoy (That Aren’t About Law)

  • Scandal: A heightened, campy, surreal show about a fixer, politics, and the White House that has essentially no basis in reality
  • Mad Men: A serious, dramatic prestige series about advertising, a profession all about the art of persuasion
  • Game of Thrones: A fantasy-based medieval show about strategy and cunning

After a long day at work, one of the best possible ways to unwind is to throw yourself on the couch and turn on your favorite show.

Just for a change of pace, though, you might not want to dive headfirst into a legal drama — just like a chef doesn’t necessarily want to cook right when they get home, a lawyer might not want to watch lawyers work on their screens. Luckily, there are plenty of TV shows that will be relatable to lawyer but aren’t explicitly about the legal profession.


If you’ve watched the pilot episode of Scandal, you might remember one odd detail: the characters immediately identify themselves as lawyers, but in the show that follows, they spend very little time in court rooms. Set in a heightened, violent, high-stakes version of Washington, D.C. that hopefully doesn’t exist anywhere in reality, Shonda Rhimes’s camp masterpiece focuses on Olivia Pope, a beautiful Washington fixer played to perfection by star Kerry Washington. Olivia manages to fight terrorists, deal with her insanely complicated family issues, save her friends from peril, and even have an affair with the President of the United States — all while donning crisp white suits, glass of red wine in hand. Surrounded by a group of professional fixers as well as chiefs of staff, questionable politicians, and a permanently exasperated district attorney (The West Wing’s Joshua Malina), Olivia may not always have the moral high ground, but you’ll usually find yourself rooting for her and wondering how she’ll possibly get herself, her team, or either of her conniving, terrorist parents out of the show’s latest mess.

Mad Men

Matthew Weiner’s masterpiece Mad Men ran for seven seasons on AMC, propelling lead actor Jon Hamm to stardom and setting a new standard for prestige dramas. Telling the story of the men and women working at midtown Manhattan firm Sterling Cooper (which would later expand to include Draper and Pryce) in the 60s, Mad Men was filled with personal drama and strife among the ins and outs of an advertising powerhouse.

Truly, any viewer can find something to enjoy in Mad Men, but for lawyers, the process of pitching an ad campaign will likely ring extremely true — to launch a successful campaign, an executive must pitch their case, successfully argue their strategy to the rest of the firm and the client, and prove that their idea is the best one possible for the product’s continued success. How can you relate?

Though nobody on Mad Men is a lawyer, the connection between ad agencies and law firms cannot be overlooked, and plenty of lawyers will likely relate closely to many of the themes throughout Mad Men while still taking a much-needed break from their own work.

Game of Thrones

If you haven’t seen an episode of HBO’s massive hit Game of Thrones just yet, you’ve been missing out, but luckily, you can binge on this masterpiece whenever you have time. With everything from dragons to direwolves to ice zombies, in Thrones’ mythical setting of Westeros, seven kingdoms are united by one throne — the Iron Throne, to be exact, and with several worthy candidates, it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be standing atop the pack by the time the show ends. Though a medieval fantasy show might not seem like the most relatable fit for a lawyer, the characters on Thrones spend their time scheming and strategizing to make sure that they’re in the best possible position to score the throne out from under one of their many long-held rivals. Whether you’re a Stark, Lannister, Targaryen, or Greyjoy at heart, you’ll figure out who to root for and be able to fully enjoy the complicated strategies and schemes, though the intricacies are even higher stakes than your latest case.