10 Shows Like 'The Good Fight' to Watch Next

The law, let alone the world, can be so absurd, and Robert and Michelle King never shied away from that.
by Allison Bowsher — 

From left to right: Audra McDonald and Christine Baranski in 'The Good Fight'


One of the best gifts fans can receive when a beloved show ends is a spin-off, which is exactly what happened when Julianna Margulies and co. said their goodbyes after seven seasons of The Good Wife (Metascore: 81) in 2016. Less than a year later, The Good Fight (Metascore: 80) premiered, allowing Christine Baranski to reprise her role as hotshot lawyer Diane Lockhart.

Like The Good Wife, The Good Fight also begins with its own fictional scandal — in this case, a massive financial Ponzi scheme that decimates Diane's savings and ruins the reputation of Diane's goddaughter and newly graduated lawyer Maia Rindell (Rose Leslie). The series opens with Maia and Diane (who has been forced out of retirement) joining Lucca Quinn (Cush Jumbo) at her prestigious new law firm, where they stand out as two white women in a mostly all-Black office.  

Anchored by Baranski and Audra McDonald, who joined the cast in Season 2 and has been nominated twice for Critic's Choice Television Awards for her lawyer character Liz Reddick, showrunners Robert and Michelle King crafted a world where the realistic meets the absurd. 

Over six seasons and a move from CBS to Paramount+, The Good Fight has pushed the boundaries of TV dramedy with storylines taking place almost in real time. The #MeToo movement, Trump's presidency, the alt-right, fake news, the globalization of the Black Lives Matter movement, and more have been covered with thoughtfulness, introspection, and at times, even humor on The Good Fight. And it also boasts a who's who of talented guest and recurring stars that include Mandy Patinkin, Phylicia Rashad, John Slattery, John Larroquette, Jane Lynch, Wanda Sykes, Andre Braugher, and many more.

If you're already feeling the void left by The Good Fight streaming its series finale, here, Metacritic highlights 10 similar shows to watch, ranked by Metascore.


Bob Odenkirk in 'Better Call Saul'


Better Call Saul

Metascore: 86
Best for: Fans of the more R-rated leaning scenes of The Good Fight
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 6

Like The Good Fight, Better Call Saul proves that a spin-off can be on par with its impressive predecessor. The Breaking Bad origin series explains how public defender Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) became Saul Goodman, legal counsel to some of New Mexico's most notorious criminals. Also like The Good Fight, Better Call Saul is a left-of-center legal drama that goes beyond the courtroom and takes an often R-rated look at the lives of those who practice law. Better Call Saul just has a lot more drugs. 

"It's terrific. How you respond to it, though, may depend on your mindset as you come into the show. Don't lower your expectations; dismiss them altogether." — Gail Pennington, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


The cast of 'Dear White People'


Dear White People

Metascore: 84
Best for:Viewers who enjoy the social and political discussions on The Good Fight
Where to watch: 

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While The Good Fight is one of the few spin-offs to reach a similar height of critical and commercial success as its predecessor, Dear White People is one of the few titles to make the transition from movie to scripted series successfully. Also, like The Good FightDear White People expertly tackles subject matter that has been largely avoided or addressed with mixed results on television, including racism, police brutality, homosexuality in the Black community; interracial dating; and colorism and HBCUs. The series follows a group of Black students attending a predominately Black college, with Logan Browning anchoring the series as Samantha White, a politically and socially minded film major who also hosts her own campus radio show called Dear White People.

"Making the jump from 2014 movie to TV show, the Netflix show passes the test of juggling relevance and entertainment with flying colors." — Brian Lowry, CNN


From left to right: Mike Colter, Katja Herbers, and Aasif Mandvi in 'Evil'



Metascore: 82
Best for: Horror fans who want a drama with demons.
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Seasons: 3 (so far)

The Good Fight creators the Kings show off their aptitude for darkness in Evil, a series that pulls viewers in and will likely keep them up all night. Evil follows Dr. Kristen Bouchard (Katja Herbers), a forensic scientist hired by David (Mike Colter), a Catholic priest in training, and Ben (Aasif Mandvi), a technical expert who helps David in his role as an assessor. David and Ben recruit Kristen to help them study events and people to determine whether their actions are the result of miracles, demons, or clinical insanity. Initially airing on CBS, the horror series took on a bigger air of entertaining absurdity when it moved to Paramount+ in Season 3, with the latest episodes stretching the bounds of the thriller genre. Evil also stars Andrea Martin, who appears in several seasons of The Good Fight.

"Dynamite entertainment. ... So gorgeously twisted I can only conclude it was Heaven-sent." — Matt Roush, TV Guide Entertainment


The cast of 'Veep'



Metascore: 82
Best for: Fans of hilarious and foul-mouthed leaders
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Seasons: 7

Both The Good Fight and Veep use satire to explore their worlds, which are heavily influenced by current events. While The Good Fight focuses more on the industry of law and the politics that come with running an elite firm, Veep takes on the politics more directly, including all the deals, scheming, handshaking, phone throwing, and creative cursing that come with it. The critically acclaimed shows also share several actors, including Gary Cole and Matt Walsh.

"Line for outrageous line, Veep is still a wickedly funny gut-buster." — Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly


The cast of 'The Gilded Age'


The Gilded Age

Metascore: 68
Best for: Downton Abbey and Baranski enthusiasts
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Seasons: 1 (so far)

Scandals, power plays, classism, and racism are subjects that drive many storylines in The Good Fight. These issues also inform the characters in Julian Fellowes' latest series The Gilded Age, which also gives viewers more Baranski. New York in 1882 may look a little different from present-day Chicago, but the struggles are largely the same. Baranski stars as Agnes van Rhijn, a widowed socialite who wants to maintain the old-money feel of New York. Agnes' life is thrown into a spiral with the arrival of her headstrong niece Marian (Louisa Jacobson) and her friend Peggy (Denée Benton), as well as Agnes' new neighbors with new money, Bertha (Carrie Coon) and George Russell (Morgan Spector). Come for the gossip, stay for the performances. 

"Baranski is a goddess of acerbic condescension, but that can only go so far, and Coon's quest to become as big a snob as her neighbors doesn't exactly qualify as inspirational. Still, it sparkles and is highly watchable." — Tom Long, The Detroit News


The cast of 'How to Get Away With Murder'


How To Get Away With Murder

Metascore: 68
Best for: Fans of legal dramas and whodunit thrillers
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 6

Viola Davis took home an Emmy, two SAG Awards, and several more nominations for her role as Annalise Keating, a lawyer and law professor embroiled in multiple murders along with a group of her students in this Shondaland drama. Over six seasons, the story is told using multiple flashes forwards and backward, imploring the audience to uncover the truth along with the characters. Like The Good Fight, How to Get Away With Murder explores the legal justice system and the pressure that comes with working inside and outside the confines of the law. There's an awful lot of lying under oath on How to Get Away With Murder!

"In the moments when Annalise is plotting strategy with her underlings, or pulling one shady trick after another in open court, are a treat because Davis is there to carry it all...." — Alan Sepinwall, HitFix


The cast of 'Law & Order: Special Victims Unit'


Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Metascore: 66
Best for: Drama fans who like long-term relationships
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Seasons: 24 (so far)

Another title in the "successful spin-off" category is Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, which is currently in its 24th season (these are their many stories). The fan-favorite series follows Captain Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and the rest of the detectives in her titular squad as they help victims of sexual assault. Like The Good Fight, Law & Order: SVU has storylines that often spill over into the courtroom. Both shows are headed by strong female characters you would want representing you in court or protecting you from perpetrators on the street. The shows also share several actors, including Danny Pino and Raúl Esparza.

"If the crimes that drive Law & Order have the cops who solve them and the lawyers who prosecute them shaking their heads, the sex crimes dealt with by Special Victims will have the cops — and viewers — holding onto their stomachs." — Michele Greppi, New York Post


From left to right: Gabriel Macht and Patrick J. Adams in 'Suits'



Metascore: 65
Best for: Fans of legal dramas that focus on firms
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Seasons: 9

A big part of The Good Fight's appeal is that the lives of those working in the fictional law firm are just as interesting as the cases they're trying. The same can be said for Suits. The series opens with Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) scoring a position at a New York law firm after Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), the city's best closer, takes notice of his talents. Harvey hires Mike even though Mike hasn't attended law school or passed the bar. As members of the firm work together to hide Mike's secret, the series expands to include the romantic lives of those who work at the firm, including Mike's relationship with paralegal Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle, aka the Duchess of Sussex). Like Diane and Maia in early seasons of The Good Fight, Harvey also takes on a mentor role with Mike, whose secret threatens the pair for several seasons and eventually catches up with them.

"What's appealing here is that they, and the show, manage to create something close to real drama, including stretches where there is not a gag in sight." — Nancy DeWolf Smith, The Wall Street Journal


From left to right: Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston in 'The Morning Show'

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The Morning Show

Metascore: 61
Best for: Fans of pretty people and bad behavior
Where to watch:

Seasons: 2 (so far)

Swap The Good Fight's law firm for a national morning show but keep the scandal, power plays, and bad behavior, and you've got The Morning Show. Starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon as morning show co-anchors who consistently make terrible decisions, the show pulls back the curtain on the broadcast world and how scandals are handled in the public eye. Both shows are heavily influenced by real-world events, with The Morning Show writing about sexual misconduct in the first season and the COVID-19 pandemic in its second season. The sophomore season also introduces Marguiles as another anchor and a love interest for Witherspoon.

"The Morning Show favors soap opera over self-importance, making this newsroom a fun place to visit, especially if you like your headlines over the top." — Matt Roush, TV Guide Magazine


Michelle Dockery in 'Anatomy of a Scandal'


Anatomy of a Scandal

Metascore: 52
Best for: Fans of high-end soapy dramas
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1

Based on Sarah Vaughan's 2018 novel of the same title, Anatomy of a Scandal stars Michelle Dockery, Sienna Miller, Naomi Scott, and Rupert Friend and deals with important and serious subject matter — specifically sexual assault, consent, and abuse of power. Set in the U.K., fans of legal dramas get a different look at trial when the prime minister (played by Friend) gets accused of rape. But the story doesn't only look at the legal side of things, instead also flashing back in time with core characters to show how privilege, wealth, and class status all lent themselves to certain behaviors being swept under the rug. Hitmaker David E. Kelley produces the limited series that centers this one case.

"The thing that's frustrating about Anatomy of a Scandal is that it's ostensibly about serious issues like sexual violence, entitlement, and grey areas of the law, but it's actually just a stupidly breezy thriller." — Meghan O'Keefe, Decider