The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows TV Programs
Ultimate List
52  reranks 40,578 votes 3,558 voters 65,826 views more info

The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows

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.

Check out more lists like the most loved tv shows of all time, the top premium cable series, and the best of the best sci-fi shows
List is ranked by a combination of each item's votes & positioning in reranks
  • 52 ReRanks
    • Women
    • Men
    • Age
    • Region
  • See list ranked by
</> Rerank List
Score
  1. 59
    Up 26
    Down 25

    ranked low on reranks
    Under the Dome

    2013 More
    27
  2. 30
    Up 239
    Down 318
    1963 More
    47
  3. 10
    Up 441
    Down 496
    2008 More
    65
  4. 49
    Up 160
    Down 320
    2004 More
    35
  5. 54
    Up 19
    Down 44
    2011 More
    29
    added by: clash1977
  6. 62
    Up 14
    Down 35
    2013 More
    25
    added by: wiabux
  7. 44
    Up 139
    Down 354

    often listed
    Parenthood

    2010 More
    38
  8. 22
    Up 278
    Down 430

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mad Men

    2007 More
    59
  9. 21
    Up 240
    Down 339
    2010 More
    60
    added by: IsabelBaker
  10. 12
    Up 365
    Down 443
    2009 More
    65
    added by: cfletcher4956
  11. 33
    Up 159
    Down 282
    2006 More
    45
    added by: tvranker98
  12. 53
    Up 22
    Down 51
    2011 More
    29
    added by: clinton bruce
  13. 2
    Up 888
    Down 650
    2010 More
    92
  14. 58
    Up 72
    Down 146
    2012 More
    28
    added by: averagej123
  15. 38
    Up 143
    Down 142

    ranked low on reranks
    Arrow

    2012 More
    43
    added by: nicolas.verret
  16. 50
    Up 58
    Down 119
    2011 More
    32
  17. 45
    Up 81
    Down 145
    2013 More
    37
    added by: LeneMadsen
  18. 24
    Up 273
    Down 312
    2005 More
    57
    added by: john1111
  19. 9
    Up 462
    Down 530
    2010 More
    66
  20. 67
    Up 29
    Down 139
    2011 More
    20
  21. 11
    Up 335
    Down 447
    2011 More
    65
  22. 20
    Up 303
    Down 474

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Good Wife

    2009 More
    60
  23. 19
    Up 269
    Down 271

    ranked low on reranks
    The Mentalist

    2008 More
    60
  24. 39
    Up 80
    Down 155

    often listed
    The Newsroom

    1996 More
    43
    added by: Watcherone
    The best dialogue and editing of all shows on this list
  25. 25
    Up 275
    Down 329
    2011 More
    57
  26. 34
    Up 226
    Down 342
    2011 More
    44
    added by: LennyDiWilliams
  27. 43
    Up 122
    Down 243
    2012 More
    39
    added by: JenniferM.Collins
  28. 28
    Up 197
    Down 195

    ranked low on reranks
    Elementary

    2012 More
    53
  29. 65
    Up 54
    Down 215

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Treme

    2010 More
    23
  30. 17
    Up 397
    Down 465
    2011 More
    63
  31. 40
    Up 169
    Down 250
    2012 More
    43
    added by: lonjagger
  32. 42
    Up 104
    Down 120
    2013 More
    40
    added by: LeneMadsen
  33. 60
    Up 53
    Down 120
    2013 More
    27
    added by: draga
  34. 29
    Up 163
    Down 230
    2013 More
    49
  35. 27
    Up 273
    Down 414
    2000 More
    53
  36. 15
    Up 279
    Down 254
    2005 More
    63
    added by: bojanthebest
  37. 26
    Up 252
    Down 360
    2007 More
    54
    added by: cfletcher4956
  38. 46
    Up 35
    Down 51
    2013 More
    36
    added by: averagej123
  39. 23
    Up 334
    Down 404
    2010 More
    59
  40. 13
    Up 314
    Down 399
    2005 More
    64
  41. 37
    Up 172
    Down 259
    2009 More
    43
    added by: Micha FDY
  42. 36
    Up 100
    Down 151
    1961 More
    44
    added by: premesh
  43. 48
    Up 131
    Down 332
    2011 More
    35
  44. 8
    Up 441
    Down 551
    2010 More
    69
  45. 52
    Up 33
    Down 26
    2013 More
    30
  46. 55
    Up 91
    Down 195
    2011 More
    29
  47. 51
    Up 31
    Down 85

    Broadchurch

    March 4, 2013 More
    30
    added by: nicolas.verret
  48. 57
    Up 24
    Down 65
    2010 More
    28
    added by: wiabux
  49. 5
    Up 938
    Down 823
    2009 More
    79
    added by: AriqFakhri
  50. 1
    Up 1145
    Down 634

    the people's #1 &most listed
    Game of Thrones

    2011 More
    100
  51. 68 +

    Something missing? Add it!

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS + 17 MORE

items 1 - 50 of 67

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

viewers of this list also saw

more popular lists