The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time TV Programs

The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

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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. 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.

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

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  1. 1
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    the people's #1
    Breaking Bad

    2008 More
    92
  2. 2
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Game of Thrones

    2011 More
    86
  3. 3
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Sopranos

    1999 More
    84
  4. 4
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    ranked low on reranks
    The Walking Dead

    2010 More
    69
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Wire

    2002 More
    67
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    1993 More
    67
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    ranked low on reranks
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    1997 More
    65
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Six Feet Under

    2001 More
    63
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    2001 More
    61
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    ranked high on reranks &controversial
    Lost

    2004 More
    61
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Mad Men

    2007 More
    60
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Dexter

    2006 More
    59
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    The Twilight Zone

    1959 More
    59
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    often listed
    House

    2004 More
    56
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    Sons of Anarchy

    2008 More
    55
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    2002 More
    54
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    Castle

    2009 More
    52
    added by: SafeWordApple
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    1994 More
    51
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    2010 More
    51
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    Deadwood

    2004 More
    51
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    2001 More
    51
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Battlestar Galactica

    2004 More
    51
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    The Tudors

    2007 More
    50
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    ranked high on reranks
    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

    2000 More
    49
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    Oz

    1997 More
    48
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    Supernatural

    2005 More
    48
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    1966 More
    48
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    often listed
    The Shield

    2002 More
    46
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    1999 More
    46
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    1978 More
    46
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    often listed
    Rome

    2005 More
    46
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    ranked low on reranks
    Doctor Who

    1963 More
    44
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    Twin Peaks

    1990 More
    42
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    42
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    True Blood

    2008 More
    41
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    often listed
    Justified

    2010 More
    41
  38. 38
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    Hill Street Blues

    1981 More
    39
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    ranked high on reranks
    NYPD Blue

    1993 More
    38
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    Sherlock

    2010 More
    38
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Prison Break

    2005 More
    36
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    1990 More
    36
    added by: gschwayze
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    ranked high on reranks
    Ally McBeal

    1997 More
    35
    added by: KarynLake
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    ranked low on reranks
    Pretty Little Liars

    2010 More
    34
    added by: KarynLake
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    90210

    2008 More
    33
    added by: KarynLake
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Homicide: Life on the Street

    1993 More
    32
  47. 47
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    often listed &controversial
    Carnivàle

    2003 More
    32
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Xena: Warrior Princess

    1995 More
    31
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    2003 More
    31
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    Criminal Minds

    2005 More
    31
    added by: bojanthebest
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