The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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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 The Good Wife and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Old favorites like CSI 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 Game of Thrones 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 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

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    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


    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

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    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


    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

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    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


    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


    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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    Castle is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

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    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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    Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

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    House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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    Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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    The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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    Arrow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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    The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

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    Outlander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

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    Bones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin

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    Grimm is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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    Vikings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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    Suits is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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    NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

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    The Americans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

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    Elementary is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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    Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

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    Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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    Gotham is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue

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    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Joey King, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman

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    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads

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    Rizzoli and Isles is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Angie Harmon, Jordan Bridges, Bruce McGill

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    The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

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    Scandal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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    True Detective is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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    Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

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    The Flash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

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    The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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    Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

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    Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

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    How to Get Away With Murder is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

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    Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Daredevil Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll

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    Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Mr. Robot Raim Malek, Portia Doubleday, Christian Slater

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    Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

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    Agent Carter is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Agent Carter Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj

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    The 100 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

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    Chicago PD is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows


    Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

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    Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor

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    Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas

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    Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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    Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks

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