As you can probably imagine, a bond agency sees quite a bit of the justice system. Although we are not lawyers and we do not offer legal advice, we do think that it’s incredibly important to know your rights. If you’ve been following along with our blog for any amount of time then you have probably seen that we also think it’s important to not speak to anyone about the details of your case other than your lawyer.
One quick note: we do happily offer free bond advice to ensure that our clients get the help that they need. In short, no matter what your specific situation looks like, we’d be glad to speak with you to help get you pointed in the right direction at the very least. We pride ourselves on being the most helpful bail bond company on the island of Oahu and we want you to know that you can count on us.
Back to the topic at hand; if you have been arrested, in addition to speaking with us you’ll probably also be speaking with a lawyer. One of the best things about the legal system in the United States is that if you can’t afford a lawyer, a public defender will be appointed to you. Generally speaking, public defenders are incredibly competent and their goal is to help you to the absolute best of their abilities. We are fortunate to live in a place that is filled with great attorneys, and that got us thinking. That’s why in today’s post we’ll be highlighting some of the most famous TV lawyers of all time.
Which TV Lawyer Is Your Favorite?
An attorney at Cage and Fish, Ally McBeal is among the most well known television lawyers thanks to her exceptionally good portrayal by Calista Flockhart. The show, named after its main character, ran for five seasons and wonderfully combined elements of both interpersonal drama and exciting legal scenes. The show also featured great performances from Jane Krakowski, Portia de Rossi, Robert Downey Jr., James Marsden, Christina Ricci, Hayden Panettiere, and others. The first four seasons garnered awards at both the Emmys and the Golden Globes and its critical acclaim means that it is one show that’s likely to stand the test of time.
Matlock stars Andy Griffith as criminal defense lawyer Ben Matlock and it aired for nine seasons total. Although in retrospect, the legal action in the show is a bit over the top, the show is a great example of how to make courtroom action tense and exciting. As Wikipedia notes, the show often portrays “Matlock identifying the perpetrators and then confronting them in dramatic courtroom scenes.” When people say that they don’t make shows like this anymore it’s because this one is the gold standard of legal drama. “A renowned, folksy and popular though cantankerous attorney,” Ben Matlock has come to be known as one of the greatest television lawyers of all time.
Also known as Gene Takovic and Jimmy McGill (in addition to many other aliases), Saul Goodman first captivated audiences thanks to Bob Odenkirk’s performance in Breaking Bad. As viewers of this show and its prequel Better Call Saul are likely to already know, Saul Goodman is more infamous than famous thanks to his less-than-ethical behavior and his ability to manipulate those around him. Is he a decent guy who got caught up in a bad thing or a natural conman who found a home as a lawyer (and later as the manager of a Cinnabon)? We’ll leave that up to you to decide.
The Characters of Boston Legal
Whether it’s Lori Colson, Shirley Schmidt, Paul Lewiston, Denise Bauer, Sara Holt, Garrett Wells, Claire Simms, Jeffrey Coho, Carl Sack, or any of the other lawyers on Boston Legal, the fact remains that it was a groundbreaking show that was full of great characters and performances. Speaking of performances, actors William Shatner, Candice Bergen, James Spader, Monica Potter, Julie Bowen, John Larroquette, and others were frequently recognized for bringing their characters to life. A spinoff of The Practice, Boston Legal is full of everything you could hope to find in a show about attorneys.
Wikipedia notes that Perry Mason “received the first Silver Gavel Award presented for television drama by the American Bar Association.” Named after its main character, the show ran for nine total season with 271 episodes. A criminal defense lawyer in the L.A. area, Perry Mason was known for bringing in dramatic information during cases in which “some detail [is] uncovered or remark made inside or outside the courtroom [that] gives Mason the clue he needs to enter into the line of questioning that causes the surprise perpetrator, whether on the stand or not, to break down and confess to the crime and admit to the appalling truth of their motive.” If that sounds fascinating it’s because it is! There’s a reason this show is among the most popular of all time.
Stay Tuned for More
We’ve really only scratched the surface of memorable television lawyers, so be sure to stay tuned for part two of our series where we’ll share a few of the more…let’s say eclectic…attorneys on television.
Of course we are not lawyers ourselves, but what we are is the best source if you need a bail bond on Oahu. No matter the situation, we can help. Contact us today because we’ll be there for you!