55. L.A. LAW 

Created by Steven Bochco & Terry Louise Fisher  

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Aired: NBC, 1986-1994

Over its eight seasons, L.A. Law racked up 15 Emmys in various categories (including two as outstanding drama). For every legal show that soared to the top of the ratings in the last two decades, you can refer back to L.A. Law, in no small measure for the way it brought lawyers out of the realm of caricature (they were neither crusaders nor crooks, strictly) and made their lives (in the courtroom and the bedroom) the stuff of high melodrama and cheeky wit, all while pointing to the social issues of the day. The show’s unstoppable writing force was a former lawyer himself, David E. Kelley, who, with William Finkelstein, another ex-lawyer, wrote many of the series’ episodes. For executive producer Steven Bochco the show bridged his acclaimed run as a hit-maker, coming after Hill Street Blues and before NYPD Blue.

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