This article discusses 10 series like the Disney MCU series She-Hulk you must watch.
Marvel Studios has been pumping out shows for the past two years now, and fans couldn’t be happier. The newest addition to the superhero family is Jennifer Walters aka She-Hulk. When Tatiana Maslany was cast for the role, it seemed to be a match made in heaven. She is wonderful as Walters and has shown her comedic side with the character. There have been many legal dramas in the past that have a certain sense of humour, and it’s almost always dry sarcasm. She-Hulk tries to emulate that while still being a superhero show. We pay special attention to how Walters balances being a superhero and a woman in the workplace, and how both come into play with her identity. Sometimes characters in legal dramas can get wrapped up in their work and we see that in the series.
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When Netflix took on the rights to The Defenders team it felt like a different side of Marvel that we used to see with Blade and the X-Men. When Daredevil came out, it was dark, gritty, and extremely violent. A more adult take on the hero. Of course, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) is a lawyer and is linked to Jennifer Walters in the comics. He will also appear in She-Hulk so it’s a necessity to watch his series to get to know a different side of him. Like Walters, Murdock has his sense of humour and applies it when he’s a hero and in court. We haven’t seen much of Walters yet, but it seems that she has some fire in her to make some good comebacks.
Jessica Jones (2015)
It’s all about that girl power. Much like Jennifer Walters, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) has to constantly prove themselves in their line of work. The women’s issues that are addressed in Jessica Jones make this series an essential viewing. Haunted by a traumatic past, Jones uses her gifts as a private eye to find her tormentor before he can harm anyone else in Hell’s Kitchen. There are many layers to her character and at times, it’s a bit difficult to watch. The more these shows highlight women’s issues through superheroes the more awareness they can bring to audiences everywhere. Between Jones and Walters, they’ve accomplished this in two different tones that benefit the superhero medium. They’re not just heroes because of their powers, and that’s important to show.
Will & Grace (1998)
She-Hulk has an entirely different formula than any other Disney Plus Marvel show. It’s a sitcom first and then a show about a hero who just got their powers. Will & Grace made this list because of the structure of the show. Even though the show heavily focused on the LGBTQ community and their journey through Will (Eric McCormack) and Jack (Sean Hayes), they also had their careers and struggles at work because of it. The sitcom always dealt with tough subjects through the use of humour, there was a balance between discussing important issues and still dropping a laugh. Will is also a lawyer and there were many episodes where his life would conflict with his work, similar to Jennifer Walters. It’s an identity issue that they both have to work through.
Ally McBeal (1997)
The reason why Ally McBeal went on for five seasons is because of how quirky and relatable Calista Flockhart was as the title character. Much like Jennifer Walters who has a spunky personality and a quick wit. McBeal was a lawyer who had fun with her friends. She tried to balance her work life and her social life, but somehow always fumbled. It’s a very fun show that takes the legal aspect lightly but still manages to dive into the life of a young woman early on in her career. It’s on the same wavelength as Walters because of how she is navigating her career.
Boston Legal (2004)
The cast of Boston Legal is enough to make anyone watch this legal dramedy. It had William Shatner, Betty White, James Spader, Julie Bowen, and Candice Bergen. There is no way to get a cast like that again for a series. This show had a fine balance between serious legal matters and banter between the lawyers, which is always fun to watch. What She-Hulk does well is create that fun work environment at the law firm for Walters. She has a space where she can fully be herself as Walters first and not just She-Hulk. She knows she’s a good lawyer and she constantly strives to prove herself to her colleagues.
Suits is probably one of the best (if not the best) legal dramas to come out in recent years. It went on for nine seasons and it never got dull or repetitive. The story was centred on Harvey Spector (Gabriel Macht) who had a dark past and each season something would be revealed. Spector recruited Michael Ross (Patrick J. Adams) who never completed the bar but became a lawyer anyway. The entire series was closing cases and dealing with people from their past that would creep up on them. Even though this was more of a drama, the dry humour from Macht, Adams and the rest of the cast really made this show one of the best on television. The legal jargon wasn’t overwhelming and it was easy to follow. If you want something a bit more heavy-handed to get your lawyer fix after She-Hulk then this is it.
Night Court (1984)
Going back all the way to 1984, Night Court was a fun watch for everyone. This show also went on for nine seasons and had Dan (John Laroquette) holding down the courtroom with Judge Harry T. Stone (Harry Anderson), Christine Sullivan (Markie Post), and Mac (Charlie Robinson). The cast worked together well and the trials they would show made for some good television. The four of them together had great chemistry and would carry the show for all those seasons. There will be a revival of the show in 2023 with a brand new cast with some lineage to the original characters. There were fun trials because of how progressive Judge Harry T. Stone was. Similar to Walters who has to contend with superheroes in her world.
How To Get Away With Murder (2014)
When Viola Davis brought her magic to the television screen, it was a blessing. Annalise Keating is one of the best on-screen lawyers and it’s because of the way she operated on her own account. Even though the storylines were a bit unconventional, the drama brought in the viewership. A Shondaland production that brought inclusion to the legal field with the Keating Five. Having five students fight for their attention of Keating by doing some of the dirtiest work is what makes this show so interesting. It is a bit on the darker side more so than comedic, but the way the legal issues are written to get away with murder was incredible.
Bull is an American legal drama concerning investment bankers. Sure, it doesn’t sound that interesting, but there was a market for it. The series follows the employees at Trial Analysis Corporation, a jury consulting firm headed by Dr. Jason Bull. He is a psychologist and trial, science expert. He uses his skills and those of his team to not only select the right jurors but also which type of argument will win the juror’s over for his clients. The premise makes for a show filled with deceit and smooth-talking, which lawyers are known for. There are different ways to approach clients and that’s exactly what this shows.
Better Call Saul (2015)
With Better Call Saul coming to an end this year, it had to make the list. The Breaking Bad spin-off, prequel, and sequel has been one of the best shows on AMC. The series follows the transformation of Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk)- a former con artist who is trying to become a respectable lawyer- into the personality of the flamboyant criminal lawyer Saul Goodman, over the six-year period prior to the events of Breaking Bad. It has some of the best writing for legal dramas and an all-star cast that carried the show to its final conclusion. There will always be legal dramas that just become special because of the dynamic between characters. And that’s why it lasted as long as it did.
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