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The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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The best dramatic shows of all time took us back in time, allowed us to visit far away 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 shows on TV have been off for years (Mad Men, we're looking at you) others like Breaking Bad, Fringe, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones kept us interested, toyed with our emotions and certainly kept our DVRs busy as we followed along with the dramatic story lines.

As with previous years, many of the best, most acclaimed and Emmy Award-winning drama series from 2011 came 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. Regardless of network, these series got us interested and kept us hooked to all the action throughout the year.

The best drama series of all timeprovided 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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    Doctor Who

    1963 More
    50
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    2008 More
    63
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    CSI: NY

    2004 More
    32
  4. 49
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    often listed &controversial
    Parenthood

    2010 More
    36
  5. 18
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    Mad Men

    2007 More
    60
  6. 16
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    Downton Abbey

    2010 More
    61
    added by: IsabelBaker
  7. 8
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    often listed
    NCIS: Los Angeles

    2009 More
    66
    added by: cfletcher4956
  8. 41
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    Psych

    2006 More
    44
    added by: tvranker98
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    The Walking Dead

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    92
  10. 48
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    Revolution

    2012 More
    36
    added by: averagej123
  11. 31
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    added by: nicolas.verret
  12. 53
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    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Falling Skies

    2011 More
    32
  13. 34
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    Ray Donovan

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    added by: LeneMadsen
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    Bones

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    added by: john1111
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    2010 More
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    about to drop off
    A Gifted Man

    2011 More
    15
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    The Sopranos

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    27
  18. 15
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    Once Upon a Time

    2011 More
    61
  19. 21
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    The Good Wife

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  20. 23
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    The Newsroom

    1996 More
    44
    added by: Watcherone
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    Suits

    2011 More
    52
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    Revenge

    2011 More
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    added by: LennyDiWilliams
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    Chicago Fire

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    added by: JenniferM.Collins
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    Treme

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    American Horror Story

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  28. 43
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    Scandal

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    44
    added by: lonjagger
  29. 35
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    2013 More
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    added by: LeneMadsen
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    Vikings

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    19
    added by: draga
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    House of Cards

    2013 More
    46
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  33. 14
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    2005 More
    61
    added by: bojanthebest
  34. 26
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    Burn Notice

    2007 More
    53
    added by: cfletcher4956
  35. 24
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    controversial
    Hawaii Five-0

    2010 More
    58
  36. 13
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    Supernatural

    2005 More
    62
  37. 46
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    White Collar

    2009 More
    42
    added by: Micha FDY
  38. 44
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    The Americans

    1961 More
    43
    added by: premesh
  39. 52
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    Boardwalk Empire

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  41. 50
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    2011 More
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  42. 29
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    Broadchurch

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    51
    added by: nicolas.verret
  43. 47
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    ranked high on reranks
    The Bridge

    2010 More
    37
    added by: wiabux
  44. 5
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    controversial
    Castle

    2009 More
    74
    added by: AriqFakhri
  45. 1
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    most listed
    Game of Thrones

    2011 More
    100
  46. 55
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    added by: bosshog
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    the people's #1
    NCIS

    2003 More
    89
  48. 19
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    Grimm

    2011 More
    60
  49. 17
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    1999 More
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  50. 39
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    niche appeal
    Southland

    2009 More
    45
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