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The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

The best dramatic shows of all time took us back in time, allowed us to visit faraway lands, and most of all, pulled at our heart strings as we watched our favorite characters deal with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. While some of the best drama 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 Terra Nova and American Horror Story while those looking for courtroom dramas could choose from the likes of The Good Wife and The Defenders.

There were plenty of shows for the ladies as well with the likes of Desperate Housewives returning for its final season and new shows like Hart of Dixie airing. Not to leave the gory shows out of the picture, there were several options for those liking bloods and guts with Dexter and True Blood making the list.

Of course there were also plenty of new shows, including remakes of old shows like a reboot of the Charlie's Angels franchise and the return of Hawaii Five-0, as well as plenty of old favorites who returned for another seasons like the NCIS and CSI franchises.

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 of 2011 is sure to keep you crying, cheering or simply entertained.

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    Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Donnie Wahlberg

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    ranked low on reranks & added by alexanderperkski Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell

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    added by IsabelBaker Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    added by RondaBandy Bill Paterson, Caitriona Balfe, Graham McTavish

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    Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks

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    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman

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    Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Jon Hamm

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Claire Coffee, Bitsie Tulloch, David Giuntoli

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    Claire Danes, Morena Baccarin, Damian Lewis

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    added by clash1977 Common, Anson Mount, Tom Noonan

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    Cote de Pablo, Pauley Perrette, Mark Harmon

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    Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

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

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    added by john1111 Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor

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    added by LennyDiWilliams Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Amber Valletta

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    Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

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    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    added by averagej123 Gillian Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Dancy

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    new! & added by AnnaMarieNewcomer Crisis Gillian Anderson, Rachael Taylor, Dermot Mulroney

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    ranked low on reranks Gina Torres, Meghan Markle, Gabriel Macht

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    Grace Park, Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan

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

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

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    Jennifer Morrison, Jamie Chung, Ginnifer Goodwin

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    Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins

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    added by LeneMadsen Jon Voight, Liev Schreiber, Elliott Gould

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    Julianna Margulies, Alan Cumming, Archie Panjabi

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    Kate Mara, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

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    added by LanaYoshii Katharine McPhee, Robert Patrick, Elyes Gabel

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    added by AnnaMarieNewcomer Katherine Heigl, Sara Ramirez, Sandra Oh

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    added by draga Katheryn Winnick, Gabriel Byrne, Alexander Ludwig

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    ranked low on reranks & added by nicolas.verret Katie Cassidy, Stephen Amell, Willa Holland

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    added by premesh Keri Russell, Noah Emmerich, John McIntire

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    added by lonjagger Kerry Washington, Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young

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    Kevin Bacon, Maggie Grace, Jessica Stroup

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    Kristin Kreuk, Nicole Gale Anderson, Shantel VanSanten

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

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    added by LeneMadsen Laura Prepon, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning

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    Lauren Cohan, Norman Reedus, Andrew Lincoln

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Lauren Graham, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen

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    added by wiabux Lili Simmons, Ulrich Thomsen, Antony Starr

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    added by Ferry73 Liv Tyler, Christopher Eccleston, Amy Brenneman

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    Lucy Liu, Natalie Dormer, Vinnie Jones

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    added by AnnaMarieNewcomer Maggie Q, Dylan McDermott, Elisabeth Röhm

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    added by LanaYoshii Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn

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    Ming-Na Wen, Clark Gregg, Chloe Bennet

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    Moon Bloodgood, Sarah Carter, Noah Wyle

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    Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham

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