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'The Good Wife': Shows to watch if you already miss the Julianna Margulies-led series

"The Good Wife" ended on Sunday, May 8, and if you're worried about where to get another TV fix that's equal parts legal theatrics, female empowerment and personal melodrama, fear not.

You have plenty of other options to help fill the void. Take a look at our picks of what to watch now that the cast of the "The Good Wife," which had seven seasons on CBS, has taken its final bow.

(For reruns, Amazon Prime has the first six seasons streaming.)

'Law & Order'

Half police procedural and half legal drama, the
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Half police procedural and half legal drama, the Dick Wolf show perfected the "ripped from the headlines" storyline. (Caution: Once you hear its theme song, it will stay there.) Like "The Good Wife," it featured a great ensemble cast; with "Law & Order," the many great character actors included Sam Waterston, Angie Harmon and Fred Dalton Thompson (law) and Jerry Orbach, S. Epatha Merkerson and Jesse L. Martin (order). Thanks to its 20 seasons, it's in endless syndication.

'Law & Order: SVU'

If part of the reason you love
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If part of the reason you love "The Good Wife" is the strong female lead, "Law & Order: SVU" should be on your binge list. The "Law & Order" franchise show, which focuses on sexually based crimes, has been going strong since 1999 and even though die-hard fans cried a bit when Christopher Meloni (Elliot Stabler) left after season 12, Mariska Hargitay has served as co-lead Olivia Benson from the beginning. Watch on NBC; Hulu has all 17 seasons.

'The Practice'

David E. Kelley fans (you know who you
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David E. Kelley fans (you know who you are) had all they could ask for in the legal comedy led by Dylan McDermott. The Emmy Award-winning show centered around a Boston law firm and its team of defense attorneys. James Spader showed up toward the end of the show's run, helping to ease the transition to the spinoff, "Boston Legal," he co-starred in with William Shatner. Streaming options: seasons 1-3 on Hulu, 1-2 on Amazon Prime.

'Boston Legal'

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"Boston Legal" follows the exploits of Alan Shore (James Spader) from "The Practice" at the legal firm of Crane, Poole & Schmidt -- Crane played by William Shatner, Schmidt by Candice Bergen. Another David E. Kelley-created series, the comedy was high throughout its 2004 to 2008 run.

'Scandal'

Like Alicia Florrick, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is
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Like Alicia Florrick, Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) is a lawyer. Both are articulate, spend multiple seasons navigating love triangles and know their way around a political scandal. Shonda Rhimes' "Scandal" navigates D.C. rather than Chicago, and, you might imagine, steers into far soapier territory. On ABC; first four seasons on Netflix.

'How to Get Away With Murder'

Strong female lead, check. Strong ensemble cast, check.
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Strong female lead, check. Strong ensemble cast, check. From there, the Shonda Rhimes show that started in 2014 takes a twisted turn away from "The Good Wife," thanks to multiple murders linked to the core characters. Seasons 1 and 2 on Amazon Prime.

'Suits'

So Alicia Florrick's an actual attorney, and Mike
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So Alicia Florrick's an actual attorney, and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) didn't even finish college -- let's not split hairs, OK? Ross doesn't. The USA Network series, which premiered in 2011, focuses on the faux-torney and his law firm's senior partner, Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht), as they try cases while maintaining Ross' secret. First four seasons on Amazon Prime

'Cold Justice'

Executive producer Dick Wolf tackles the unscripted world
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Executive producer Dick Wolf tackles the unscripted world with TNT's "Cold Justice," which follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler (right) and former Las Vegas crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they attempt to solve cold cases around the country, mostly in small towns. Premiering in 2013, a spinoff, "Cold Justice: Sex Crimes" followed in summer 2015. On TNT.

'Damages'

Patty Hewes' (Glenn Close) moral compass is calibrated
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Patty Hewes' (Glenn Close) moral compass is calibrated much differently than "Saint" Alicia's, but Hewes, like Florrick, gets results. Each of the FX series' five seasons covers a different case that Hewes and her protege, Ellen Parsons (Rose Byrne), take on. All five seasons on Hulu; season 1 on Amazon Prime and Netflix.

'JAG'

Before there was
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Before there was "NCIS," there was "JAG" (or, Judge Advocate General), which ran from 1995 to 2005. Set in Washington, D.C., the Navy-based cases offer departures from your typical courtroom storylines. Streaming: season 1 on Amazon Prime.

'Ally McBeal'

On David E. Kelley's
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On David E. Kelley's "Ally McBeal," the titular character's career as attorney at a law firm is just a side dish to her romantic and personal endeavors. Fans of "The Good Wife" who like a solid female lead (here, played by Calista Flockhart) and strong character development -- plus a good dose of comedy -- will want to check this one out. Just be prepared for that dancing baby. (Yes, "Ally McBeal" delves into the surreal.) All five seasons on Hulu; first season available on Netflix.

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