81,311 votes 6,469 voters 140,416 views 86 items tags f p @

The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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.

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

The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows TV Programs
  • 85 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • 2 See list ranked by
Z
G Options
B Comments
& Embed
2rerank list
  1. 1
    + 2007
    - 1047

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

    ;
  2. 2
    + 1636
    - 1145


    Lauren Cohan, Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden

    ;
  3. 3
    + 965
    - 749

    added by IsabelBaker
    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

    ;
  4. 4
    + 729
    - 512

    added by LeneMadsen
    Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Taylor Schilling

    ;
  5. 5
    + 1114
    - 1111


    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

    ;
  6. 6
    + 946
    - 1035


    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

    ;
  7. 7
    + 666
    - 808


    Sharon Stone, Mariska Hargitay, Ann-Margret

    ;
  8. 8
    + 1256
    - 1275

    added by AriqFakhri
    Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn

    ;
  9. 9
    + 749
    - 784


    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

    ;
  10. 10
    + 535
    - 704

    often listed & added by IsabelBaker
    Paul Giamatti, Maggie Smith, Shirley MacLaine Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

    ;
  11. 11
    + 544
    - 545


    Kevin Spacey, Kate Mara, Robin Wright

    ;
  12. 12
    + 808
    - 852


    Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

    ;
  13. 13
    + 690
    - 607

    added by bojanthebest
    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rachel Nichols, A. J. Cook

    ;
  14. 14
    + 648
    - 874

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Jennifer Morrison, Jamie Chung, Ginnifer Goodwin

    ;
  15. 15
    + 749
    - 891


    Sarah Shahi, Taraji P. Henson, Jim Caviezel

    ;
  16. 16
    + 552
    - 835

    often listed
    Julianna Margulies, Alan Cumming, Christine Baranski Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

    ;
  17. 17
    + 228
    - 223

    added by RondaBandy
    Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish

    ;
  18. 18
    + 360
    - 273

    ranked low on reranks & added by LanaYoshii
    James Spader, Megan Boone, Parminder Nagra

    ;
  19. 19
    + 496
    - 439

    added by nicolas.verret
    Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, Stephen Amell

    ;
  20. 20
    + 556
    - 782

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, Bree Turner Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

    ;
  21. 21
    + 587
    - 651

    added by john1111
    Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor

    ;
  22. 22
    + 555
    - 660


    Gina Torres, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

    ;
  23. 23
    + 462
    - 514


    Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Jonny Lee Miller

    ;
  24. 24
    + 549
    - 826

    added by cfletcher4956
    LL Cool J, Daniela Ruah, Chris O'Donnell

    ;
  25. 25
    + 284
    - 423

    added by premesh
    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

    ;
  26. 26
    + 287
    - 297


    Chloe Bennet, Ming-Na Wen, Clark Gregg

    ; buy at  
  27. 27
    + 475
    - 596


    Tom Baker, Eric Roberts, Jon Pertwee

    ;
  28. 28
    + 506
    - 738


    Grace Park, Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan

    ;
  29. 29
    + 264
    - 301

    added by LanaYoshii
    Rachel McAdams, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell

    ;
  30. 30
    + 395
    - 562

    added by lonjagger
    Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Khandi Alexander

    ;
  31. 31
    + 495
    - 752


    Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

    ;
  32. 32
    + 438
    - 712


    Elisabeth Shue, Marg Helgenberger, Ted Danson

    ;
  33. 33
    + 162
    - 204


    Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman

    ;
  34. 34
    + 282
    - 320

    ranked low on reranks & added by draga
    Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Alexander Ludwig Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

    ;
  35. 35
    + 362
    - 619

    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Tom Selleck, Bridget Moynahan, Jennifer Esposito Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

    ;
  36. 36
    + 184
    - 238

    added by LanaYoshii
    Vera Farmiga, Nicola Peltz, Freddie Highmore

    ;
  37. 37
    + 272
    - 387


    Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Donnie Wahlberg

    ;
  38. 38
    + 158
    - 164


    Jada Pinkett Smith, Benjamin McKenzie, Donal Logue

    ;
  39. 39
    + 281
    - 479

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

    ;
  40. 40
    + 105
    - 90


    Danielle Panabaker, Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    ;
  41. 41
    + 169
    - 175

    ranked low on reranks
    Viola Davis, Karla Souza, Aja Naomi King

    ;
  42. 42
    + 200
    - 402

    often listed & added by LeneMadsen
    Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight, Elliott Gould

    ;
  43. 43
    + 95
    - 91

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

    ;
  44. 44
    + 191
    - 316

    added by clinton bruce
    Dylan O'Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Colton Haynes Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

    ;
  45. 45
    + 70
    - 98


    Mr. Robot Raim Malek, Portia Doubleday, Christian Slater

  46. 46
    + 161
    - 193

    added by AnnaMarieNewcomer
    Katherine Heigl, Sandra Oh, Sara Ramirez

    ; watch now
  47. 47
    + 123
    - 167

    added by LanaYoshii
    Katharine McPhee, Robert Patrick, Elyes Gabel

    ;
  48. 48
    + 81
    - 98


    Fear the Walking Dead Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Elizabeth Rodriguez

  49. 49
    + 116
    - 184


    Sophia Bush, Elias Koteas, Archie Kao

    ;
  50. 50
    + 55
    - 65

    added by LanaYoshii
    Bob Odenkirk, Michael McKean, Jonathan Banks

    ;
87 +

Something missing? Add it!

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