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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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    Jennifer Morrison, Jamie Chung, Ginnifer Goodwin

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    added by AriqFakhri Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Molly Quinn

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    added by LeneMadsen Jon Voight, Liev Schreiber, Elliott Gould

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    Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

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    Kate Mara, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

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    Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

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    ranked low on reranks Robin Tunney, Amanda Righetti, Simon Baker

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    added by averagej123 Gillian Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Dancy

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

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

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    ranked low on reranks & added by john1111 Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor

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