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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
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Actors: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

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

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
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Sherlock


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Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

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#3 on The Best Shows Currently on the Air

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

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 10

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#2 on The Best Current CBS Shows

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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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Orange Is the New Black


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Actors: Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

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

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 13

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#27 on The Best Shows Currently on the Air

#11 on The Best TV Shows Streaming On Hulu

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
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Homeland


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Actors: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

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#24 on The Best Shows Currently on the Air

#15 on What Shows Do You Most Want on Netflix Streaming?

#22 on The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

#10 on The Best of Premium Cable TV Series

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


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Actors: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

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