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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    the people's #1
    Breaking Bad

    2008 More
    93
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    most listed &ranked high on reranks
    Game of Thrones

    2011 More
    87
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    The Sopranos

    1999 More
    85
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    The Walking Dead

    2010 More
    71
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    The Wire

    2002 More
    68
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    often listed
    The X-Files

    1993 More
    66
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    1997 More
    66
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    Six Feet Under

    2001 More
    65
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    often listed
    Mad Men

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    62
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    Lost

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    62
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    controversial &ranked low on reranks
    Dexter

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    61
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    1959 More
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    Sons of Anarchy

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    57
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    Boardwalk Empire

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    Deadwood

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    53
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    The Tudors

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    ER

    1994 More
    52
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    Battlestar Galactica

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    52
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    2000 More
    50
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    Oz

    1997 More
    50
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    Supernatural

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    The Shield

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    48
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    The West Wing

    1999 More
    48
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    Downton Abbey

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    Rome

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    Doctor Who

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    True Blood

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    Twin Peaks

    1990 More
    44
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    Justified

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    Fringe

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    41
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    Hill Street Blues

    1981 More
    41
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    NYPD Blue

    1993 More
    39
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    Sherlock

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    39
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    Castle

    2009 More
    38
    added by: SafeWordApple
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    House of Cards

    1990 More
    36
    added by: gschwayze
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    Prison Break

    2005 More
    36
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    Ally McBeal

    1997 More
    35
    added by: KarynLake
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    Pretty Little Liars

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    added by: KarynLake
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    90210

    2008 More
    34
    added by: KarynLake
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Homicide: Life on the Street

    1993 More
    32
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    Xena: Warrior Princess

    1995 More
    32
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    Carnivàle

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    Criminal Minds

    2005 More
    31
    added by: bojanthebest
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