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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
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    • Actors: Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer, Sean Bean, Peter Dinklage, + more
    • Premiered: 2011
    • Number of Seasons: 3
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    • Actors: Lauren Cohan, Andrew Lincoln, Laurie Holden, Christian Serratos, Sarah Wayne Callies, + more
    • Premiered: 2010
    • Number of Seasons: 3
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    Sherlock
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    • Actors: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott, Rupert Graves, Mark Gatiss, + more
    • Premiered: 2010
    • Number of Seasons: 3
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    NCIS
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    • Actors: Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Lauren Holly, + more
    • Premiered: 2003
    • Number of Seasons: 10
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    • Actors: Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Taryn Manning, + more
    • Premiered: 2013
    • Number of Seasons: 1
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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    • Actors: Sharon Stone, Mariska Hargitay, Ann-Margret, Melissa Joan Hart, Ice-T, + more
    • Premiered: 1999
    • Number of Seasons: 13
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    • Actors: Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Nazanin Boniadi, + more
    • Premiered: 2011
    • Number of Seasons: 3
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    • Actors: Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Susan Sullivan, + more
    • Premiered: 2009
    • Number of Seasons: 4
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    • Actors: Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alona Tal, + more
    • Premiered: 2005
    • Number of Seasons: 8
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    • Actors: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rachel Nichols, A. J. Cook, Shemar Moore, Paget Brewster, + more
    • Premiered: 2005
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    • Actors: Kevin Spacey, Kate Mara, Robin Wright, Sandrine Holt, Constance Zimmer, + more
    • Premiered: 2013
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    • Actors: Jennifer Morrison, Jamie Chung, Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parrilla, Emilie de Ravin, + more
    • Premiered: 2011
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    American Horror Story
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    • Actors: Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, + more
    • Premiered: 2011
    • Number of Seasons: 2
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    • Actors: James Spader, Megan Boone, Parminder Nagra, Harry Lennix, Annet Mahendru, + more
    • Premiered: 2013
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    • Actors: Sarah Shahi, Taraji P. Henson, Jim Caviezel, Amy Acker, Michael Emerson, + more
    • Premiered: 2011
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    • Actors: Julianna Margulies, Alan Cumming, Christine Baranski, Archie Panjabi, Matthew Goode, + more
    • Premiered: 2009
    • Number of Seasons: 3
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    • Actors: Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, Stephen Amell, John Barrowman, Emily Bett Rickards, + more
    • Premiered: 2012
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    • Actors: Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor, Ryan O'Neal, Michaela Conlin, + more
    • Premiered: 2005
    • Number of Seasons: 9
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    • Actors: Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, Bree Turner, David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, + more
    • Premiered: 2011
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    • Actors: Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish, Grant O'Rourke, Tobias Menzies, + more
    • Premiered: 2014
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