Suits stars Patrick J. Adams (second from left) as a college dropout who pretends to have graduated from Harvard Law School in order to work in a prestigious law firm in New York City.
The courtroom drama never seems to get old and, in recent decades, it has reincarnated itself on television as the police procedural, quirky office comedy and Machiavellian drama.
The most successful legal drama of them all was Law & Order (1990-2010), which stuck closely to its winning formula of showing New York City police officers investigating a crime in the first half of the show, followed by the prosecution of the case by the district attorney’s office and courts in the second.
It ended after 20 seasons, making it the longest-running crime series and the second longest-running primetime drama on American television, after The Simpsons. Law & Order often illustrates cases borrowed from real life and has a rotating ensemble cast that included Sam Waterston and S. Epatha Merkerson.