The art of getting away with it: 5 things we learned from TV's boldest courtroom blaggers

"Don't play the odds, play the man." We look at the life lessons in TV's greatest legal dramas.

Whether it’s the slick charm of Harvey Specter in Suits or the shocking revelations of The People vs OJ Simpson, we love visiting TV courtrooms.

BT TV Store has a bumper collection of our favourite legal drama box sets this month and to celebrate, here are five life lessons we learned from some of TV’s boldest courtroom blaggers.

1. "Don't play the odds, play the man"

Harvey Spector’s most memorable line in Suits is frequently used by fans because not only does it sound really cool, but it also makes total sense.

If you’re fighting a legal case that looks like a total loss, there’s no point playing it straight and trying to convince the judge and jury that all the facts they can see in front of them aren’t true. Instead, play the man.

Find weaknesses in your opponent, a skeleton in their closet and undermine their case by undermining them. Everyone has secrets and lies in their past – it’s far easier to dig them out than argue about actual evidence.

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2. Dress to Impress

"People respond to how you dress; so like it or not this is what you have to do,” Harvey informed Mike Ross in episode one of Suits.

You’ll always have an advantage in life if you look the part as people will presume you know exactly what you’re talking about and trust you more.

One of our favourite parts of legal dramas is drooling over the gorgeous outfits.

Whether it’s the finest tailored cuts in Suits or the power outfits and armour of Annalise Keating in How To Get Away with Murder, our favourite characters always look cooler than an ice cream in the Arctic.

3. "Sometimes good guys gotta do bad things to make bad guys pay"

Harvey Spector’s motto feels like it could have come out of the mouth of OJ Simpson’s lawyer Johnnie Cochran.

Cochran was willing to do whatever it takes to clear OJ’s name, bending the rules and manipulating the jury in any way he could.

He believed in OJ’s innocence and sometimes he believed it was worth playing dirty to make sure (what he considered) justice was done.

4. Trust nobody but yourself

This was a message that Viola Davis’s imposing Annalise Keating installed in us in How To Get Away with Murder. The professor frequently warned her students that the only way to get ahead and get away with it was to look out for numer one.

Back-stabbers and saboteurs lie around every corner, so if you want to get that promotion and win, the only person you can really trust is you.

If you want to be a ruthless winner like Annalise, don’t even tell your inner circle your most valuable secrets.

5. Sometimes justice won't be done.

Sometimes you will lose in life, but don’t beat yourself up about it. OJ Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark admitted that watching The People vs OJ Simpson actually taught her the key lesson that the case was a lost cause.

“There was really no chance [of winning]," she said. "I mean, here's the thing: Because he was who he was, so famous and black, even if they had not used race as an issue, even if they had just gone after evidence the way that the defense usually does — 'oh, this could've gone wrong and that could've gone wrong' — I think that would've still done it.

“So if anything it makes me aware of just how impossible the odds really were, even more than I realized then. And I knew then! But it's just that much more obvious to me now."



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