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List of the best ABC dramas of all time, ranked by fans who viewed them live or as reruns. This list includes everything from "Matlock" and "The Outer Limits" to "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives. Which were the greatest drama shows ever to air on ABC? Since its acceptance into homes around the world in the 1950s, TV has been a vital part in molding character and asserting social influence. We have watched everything from Elvis performing like to a space shuttle launching into orbit; television is deeply ingrained into our social lexicon.

At first, there were only three stations - ABC, CBS, and NBC. This list focuses on only drama series that have aired on the American Broadcasting Corporation, aka ABC. The transmission of moving images through television has allowed the public to live vicariously through stories of imagination and also seem themselves reflected in stories more based in reality. From cartoons to talk shows programs, daytime dramas to primetime sitcoms, TV gives us a myriad of programs from which to be endlessly entertained and informed. Which is the best ABC drama of all time? n help you find the top shows you’re looking for.

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
The Fugitive William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
NYPD Blue Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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Desperate Housewives is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Desperate Housewives Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross

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Matlock is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Matlock Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday

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Boston Legal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Boston Legal James Spader, William Shatner, Candice Bergen

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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Dynasty John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins

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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
The Practice Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle

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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
The Love Boat Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange

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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
The Lone Ranger Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart

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Fantasy Island is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Fantasy Island Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
The Outer Limits Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual

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Marcus Welby, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Marcus Welby, M.D. Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo

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Roots is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed

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North and South is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
North and South Elizabeth Taylor, Kirstie Alley, Johnny Cash

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Maverick Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

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My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
My So-Called Life Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes

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China Beach is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
China Beach Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo

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Spenser: For Hire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Spenser: For Hire Avery Brooks, Robert Urich, Richard Jaeckel

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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Hart to Hart Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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Baretta is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Baretta Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Michael D. Roberts

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The Commish is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
The Commish Michael Chiklis, Theresa Saldana, Kaj-Erik Eriksen

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T. J. Hooker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
T. J. Hooker William Shatner, Heather Locklear, Adrian Zmed

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The Courtship of Eddie's Fathe... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
The Courtship of Eddie's Father Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz, Miyoshi Umeki

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thirtysomething is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
thirtysomething Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris