The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

109k votes 8.4k voters 172k views 77 items tags f p @

While some of the best drama TV shows are long gone (we'll never forget you, Breaking Bad), others like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and even American Horror Story keep us interested, toy with our emotions, and certainly keep our DVRs busy as we follow along with the dramatic story lines.

Many of the best, most acclaimed series come from networks like CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX while others were only available from basic cable stations like AMC and FX. Even others were limited to those with the pay channels like HBO and Showtime or streaming providers like Netflix and Hulu - which make it easy to decide which shows to marathon. Regardless of network, these series get us interested and keep us hooked to all the action throughout the year.

The best drama shows of all time provided a bit of something for everyone. Sci-fi and horror lovers had plenty of options like The Strain and American Horror Story while those looking for courtroom dramas could choose from the likes of How to Get Away with Murder and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Old favorites like Criminal Minds and NCIS continue to hold strong on network TV, but the best dramatic television shows also include Netflix series such as House of Cards and Daredevil, along with cable favorites including Homeland and True Detective.

So whether you're a fan of the warm and fuzzy dramas or the hard-hitting crime shows or any in between, one or another of the best dramatic series on TV in 2017 is sure to keep you crying, cheering, or simply entertained.

Check out more lists like the most loved tv shows of all time, the top premium cable series, and he best sci-fi shows

Collection Photo: user uploaded image
  • 97 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options B Comments & Embed 2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 2,650
    - 1,341

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

    ;
  2. 2
    + 2,084
    - 1,487


    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

    ;
  3. 3
    + 1,333
    - 1,055

    added by IsabelBaker
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

    ;
  4. 4
    + 1,469
    - 1,455


    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

    ;
  5. 5
    + 1,057
    - 854

    added by LeneMadsen
    Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

    ;
  6. 6
    + 943
    - 1,119


    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

    ;
  7. 7
    + 1,139
    - 1,339


    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

    ;
  8. 8
    + 1,104
    - 1,048


    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

    ;
  9. 9
    + 780
    - 788


    Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

    ;
  10. 10
    + 954
    - 1,177

    often listed
    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

    ;
  11. 11
    + 1,018
    - 846

    added by bojanthebest
    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

    ;
  12. 12
    + 1,067
    - 1,093


    Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

    ;
  13. 13
    + 640
    - 486

    ranked low on reranks & added by LanaYoshii
    James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

    ;
  14. 14
    + 744
    - 666

    added by nicolas.verret
    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

    ;
  15. 15
    + 382
    - 440

    added by RondaBandy
    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

    ;
  16. 16
    + 724
    - 1,009

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

    ;
  17. 17
    + 534
    - 484

    added by draga
    Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

    ;
  18. 18
    + 826
    - 853

    added by john1111
    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

    ;
  19. 19
    + 734
    - 880


    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

    ;
  20. 20
    + 311
    - 247


    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

    ;
  21. 21
    + 481
    - 471


    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

    ;
  22. 22
    + 416
    - 616

    often listed & added by premesh
    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

    ;
  23. 23
    + 349
    - 324


    Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue

    ;
  24. 24
    + 640
    - 714


    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

    ;
  25. 25
    + 709
    - 1,045

    added by cfletcher4956
    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

    ;
  26. 26
    + 309
    - 408


    Joey King, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman

    ;
  27. 27
    + 640
    - 784


    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

    ;
  28. 28
    + 219
    - 147

    ranked low on reranks & added by clash1977
    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

    ;
  29. 29
    + 657
    - 936


    Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

    ;
  30. 30
    + 629
    - 952


    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

    ;
  31. 31
    + 388
    - 473

    added by LanaYoshii
    Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

    ;
  32. 32
    + 520
    - 753

    added by lonjagger
    Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

    ;
  33. 33
    + 506
    - 792


    Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

    ;
  34. 34
    + 273
    - 241

    ranked low on reranks
    Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll

    ;
  35. 35
    + 217
    - 252


    Raim Malek, Portia Doubleday, Christian Slater

    ;
  36. 36
    + 295
    - 410

    added by LanaYoshii
    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

    ;
  37. 37
    + 200
    - 156

    ranked low on reranks & added by jeff-cosenza
    Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor

    ;
  38. 38
    + 330
    - 326


    Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

    ;
  39. 39
    + 424
    - 633

    added by JenniferM.Collins
    Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

    ;
  40. 40
    + 205
    - 214


    Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

    ;
  41. 41
    + 175
    - 217

    added by LanaYoshii
    Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks

    ;
  42. 42
    + 309
    - 566

    often listed & added by LeneMadsen
    Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

    ;
  43. 43
    + 162
    - 201


    Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

    ;
  44. 44
    + 100
    - 123

    added by Rakibul Hoque
    Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

    ;
  45. 45
    + 264
    - 321

    added by LanaYoshii
    Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas

    ;
  46. 46
    + 217
    - 258


    Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Elizabeth Rodriguez

    ;
  47. 47
    + 241
    - 324


    Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

    ;
  48. 48
    + 308
    - 488

    added by clinton bruce
    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

    ;
  49. 49
    + 316
    - 374

    added by AnnaMarieNewcomer
    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

    ;
  50. 50
    + 187
    - 284

    added by AnnaMarieNewcomer
    Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

    ;
78 +

Something missing? Add it!

L List Options 2 Rerank List B Comments & Embed z Share Next List >