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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 Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 episodes. Lost is a drama series containing elements of ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
MarySSpiegel added Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven seasons, and focuses on the fictional lives of ...more

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
NYPD Blue Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City, exploring the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically intertwined several plots involving an ensemble cast. The ...more

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
The Fugitive William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen The Fugitive is an American drama series created by Roy Huggins and produced by QM Productions and United Artists Television that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1967. David Janssen stars as Richard Kimble, a physician who is falsely convicted of his ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
MarySSpiegel added Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes Scandal is an American political thriller television series starring Kerry Washington. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012. Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, is partially based on former George H.W. Bush ...more

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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 Desperate Housewives is an American television comedy-drama-mystery series created by Marc Cherry and produced by ABC Studios and Cherry Productions. It aired Sundays at 9 P.M. Eastern/8 P.M. Central, on ABC from October 3, 2004, until May 13, ...more

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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 Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal-defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, Viacom Productions, and Paramount ...more

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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 Boston Legal is an American legal dramedy created by David E. Kelley and produced in association with 20th Century Fox Television for ABC. The series aired from October 3, 2004, to December 8, 2008. Boston Legal is a spin-off of long-running ...more

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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
The Practice Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle The Practice is an American legal drama and comedy-drama created by David E. Kelley centering on the partners and associates at a Boston law firm. Running for eight seasons on ABC from 1997 to 2004, the show won the Emmy in 1998 and 1999 for ...more

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The Love Boat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
The Love Boat Gavin MacLeod, Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange The Love Boat is an American television series set on a cruise ship, which aired on the ABC Television Network from September 24, 1977, until February 27, 1987. The show revolves around the ship's captain and a handful of its crew, with several ...more

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The Lone Ranger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
The Lone Ranger Jay Silverheels, Clayton Moore, John Hart The Lone Ranger is the central character of an American animated television series that ran 26 episodes on CBS from September 10, 1966, to September 6, 1969. The series was produced by Herb Klynn and Jules Engel of Format Films, Hollywood, and ...more

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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Dynasty John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989. The series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, revolved around the Carringtons, a fictional ...more

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
The Outer Limits Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual The Outer Limits is a US-Canadian television series that originally aired on Showtime, the Sci Fi Channel and in syndication between 1995 and 2002. The series is a revival of the original The Outer Limits series that aired from 1963 to 1965. ...more

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Roots is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Roots LeVar Burton, Olivia Cole, Robert Reed This award-winning six-part historical epic was one of the first examples of the miniseries format and one of the highest-rated television programs in broadcasting history. Based on the best-selling novel by author Alex Haley, Roots chronicles ...more

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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 Marcus Welby, M.D. was an American medical drama television program that aired on ABC from September 23, 1969 to July 29, 1976. It starred Robert Young as a family practitioner with a kind bedside manner and James Brolin as the younger doctor ...more

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Fantasy Island is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Fantasy Island Ricardo Montalban, Hervé Villechaize, Christopher Hewett Fantasy Island is an American television series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company network from 1977 to 1984. A revival of the series originally aired on the same network during the 1998–99 season. ...more

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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 North and South is the title of three American television miniseries broadcast on the ABC network in 1985, 1986, and 1994. Set before, during, and immediately after the American Civil War, they are based on the 1980s trilogy of novels North and ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced by Moore and David Eick as a re-imagining of the ...more

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick Twin Peaks is an American television serial drama created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. It follows an investigation headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer. Its pilot episode was first broadcast ...more

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Maverick is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Maverick Jack Kelly, James Garner, Roger Moore Maverick is an American Western television series with comedic overtones created by Roy Huggins. The show ran from September 22, 1957 to July 8, 1962 on ABC and stars James Garner as Bret Maverick, an adroitly articulate cardsharp. Eight ...more

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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann Revenge is an American primetime television series that airs on ABC, starring Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp, which debuted on September 21, 2011. During its first season it aired on Wednesday nights at 10 pm Eastern/9 pm Central time, and ...more

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Spenser: For Hire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Spenser: For Hire Avery Brooks, Robert Urich, Richard Jaeckel Spenser: For Hire is a mystery television series based on Robert B. Parker's Spenser novels. The series, developed for TV by John Wilder, differs from the novels, mostly in its lesser degree of detail. Like many TV detective series, the show is ...more

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China Beach is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
China Beach Dana Delany, Michael Boatman, Robert Picardo China Beach is an American dramatic television series set at an evacuation hospital during the Vietnam War. The title refers to My Khe beach in the city of Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, which was nicknamed "China Beach" in English by ...more

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Hart to Hart is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Hart to Hart Robert Wagner, Stefanie Powers, Lionel Stander Hart to Hart is an American television series, starring Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers as Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who moonlight as amateur detectives, much in the style of Nick and Nora Charles of the Thin Man series of ...more

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My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
My So-Called Life Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz, Claire Danes My So-Called Life is an American teen drama television series created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. It originally aired on ABC from August 25, 1994, to January 26, 1995, and was distributed by The ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
Black Dragon added Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård Vikings is an Irish-Canadian historical drama television series written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History. It premiered on 3 March 2013 in the United States and Canada. Filmed in Ireland, it is an Ireland/Canada ...more

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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 Baretta is an American detective television series which ran on ABC from 1975 to 1978. The show was a milder version of a successful 1973–74 ABC series, Toma, starring Tony Musante as chameleon-like, real-life New Jersey police officer David ...more

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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 The Commish is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC in the United States from 1991 to 1996. The series focuses on the work and home life of a suburban police commissioner in upstate New York. ...more

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The Courtship of Eddie's Fathe... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
The Courtship of Eddie's Father Bill Bixby, Brandon Cruz, Miyoshi Umeki The Courtship of Eddie's Father is an American television sitcom based on the 1963 movie of the same name, which was based on the book written by Mark Toby. It tells the story of a widower, Tom Corbett, who is a magazine publisher, and his son, ...more

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T. J. Hooker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best ABC Dramas of All Time
T. J. Hooker William Shatner, Heather Locklear, Adrian Zmed T. J. Hooker is an American police drama television program starring William Shatner in the title role as a 15-year veteran police sergeant. The series premiered as a mid-season replacement on March 13, 1982, on ABC and ran on the network until ...more

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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 Thirtysomething is an American television drama created by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz for ABC. The series follows a group of baby boomers in their late thirties as they go about their daily lives. It tells of Hope and Michael ...more