The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time TV Programs
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The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

List Criteria: American/British shows only; fantasy/sci-fi's included; live action only; mini-series included

The greatest TV dramas of all time are the ones that make you feel connected to characters you will never meet in real life to the point where you obsess about their exploits as much as your own. These top TV dramas rank high among the best TV shows of recent memory with many touting characters on the list of best TV characters ever.

Many of these greatest TV drama series, like Lost and the Sopranos, have already come to a close (earning them places on the list of the best TV series finales), while others like Mad Men and Breaking Bad are on the verge of closing up TV shop and leaving us to inevitably wonder about the lives of the surviving characters and what could have happened with the characters that get killed off (I've got even odds on Walter White buying a ticket to the meth lab in the sky in the Breaking Bad finale).

What is the best drama series in TV history? Tough question to answer considering many of the best TV series are dramas (and a lot of them are good!) Use this list of the greatest TV dramas ever to cast your vote for the top drama series and, if your favorite drama series isn't on the list, make sure to add it so other real people can get caught up in the fictional lives of your favorite TV drama characters.

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    Emilia Clarke, Lena Headey, Natalie Dormer

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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito

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    Steve Buscemi, Jamie Lynn Sigler, James Gandolfini

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    Idris Elba, Bobby Brown, Method Man

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Morgan Freeman, Rod Serling, John McGiver

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    Michael Fassbender, Tom Hardy, David Schwimmer

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    Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn

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    Olivia Wilde, Jennifer Morrison, Hugh Laurie

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    Eric Roberts, Tom Baker, Paul McGann

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    Paul Giamatti, Shirley MacLaine, Maggie Smith

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    Steve Buscemi, Michael Shannon, Gretchen Mol

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    Christina Hendricks, Summer Glau, Morena Baccarin

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    Mary-Louise Parker, Rob Lowe, Martin Sheen

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    Christopher Meloni, Edie Falco, J.K. Simmons

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    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Ron Perlman

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    Heather Graham, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn

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    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei

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    Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks

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    Elisabeth Shue, Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger

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    Alan Alda, David Ogden Stiers, Jamie Farr

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