The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012 TV Programs

The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

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List Criteria: Best dramas that were released on premium cable or network TV in 2012

The best dramatic TV shows of 2012 are those fine television series which kept us wondering what was going to happen next and yearning for more. These shows captivated audiences and wooed critics with dramatic plot lines, stellar acting and enough twists and turns to rival a top roller coaster. Plain and simple, these 2012 top drama shows were arguably some of the best TV shows of recent memory.

Similar to with the best dramatic TV shows of 2011, two networks dominated in the drama category during the year, AMC and HBO. With two nominations each, AMC and HBO nabbed four of the six nominations for Outstanding Drama Series at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. PBS, for "Downton Abbey," and Showtime, for "Homeland," took the other two.

AMC continued to lead the pack among basic cable stations with the highly praised series such as "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad." HBO on the other hand, a pay channel in most cable plans, is right up there too with perennial favorites such as "Game of Thrones," "True Blood" and "Boardwalk Empire."

These fantastic dramatic shows are just a handful of the great drama shows on during 2012. Is your favorite missing? A specific show too high or too low? Simply want to start the list over and make it again your way? Do all of that and more below with the best TV dramas of 2012.

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    Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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    Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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    Homeland is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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    Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Suits is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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    Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

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    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

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    Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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    Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

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    Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

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    Fringe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    Revenge is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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    Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

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    Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

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    The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    The Good Wife Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

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    Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

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    House is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

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    House Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

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    The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    The Newsroom Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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    True Blood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

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    The Killing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

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    The Killing Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell

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    Naber is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

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    The Borgias is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    The Borgias Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger

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    Treme is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Treme Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens

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    Girls is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

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    Girls Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Jemima Kirke

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    Awake is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Awake Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Steve Harris

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    Damages is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Damages Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan

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    Warehouse 13 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

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    Warehouse 13 Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek

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    Lost Girl is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

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    Lost Girl Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer

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    Boss is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Boss Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware

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    Smash is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Smash Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee

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    Bunheads is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Bunheads Sutton Foster, Kaitlyn Jenkins, Julia Goldani Telles

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    Alphas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

    Alphas David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie

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    Enlightened is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

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    Enlightened Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Sarah Burns

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    Rupert Penry-Jones, Philip Davis, Steve Pemberton

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    Dance Moms is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012

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    Dance Moms

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    The Man LL Cool J, Melinda Clarke, Mía Maestro

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