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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.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Sense8 Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf SkarsgÄrd

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The Flash Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Gotham Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Fargo Joey King, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Hawaii Five-0 Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Mr. Robot Raim Malek, Portia Doubleday, Christian Slater

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Blue Bloods Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Daredevil Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The 100 Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
How to Get Away With Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Ray Donovan Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

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Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Scorpion Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Supergirl Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Fear the Walking Dead Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Elizabeth Rodriguez

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Chicago PD is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Chicago PD Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

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The Last Ship is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The Last Ship Travis Van Winkle, Jocko Sims, Eric Dane

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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
iZombie Rose McIver

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Sleepy Hollow Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

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The Strain is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The Strain Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand