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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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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    Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

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    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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    Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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    Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger

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    Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens

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    Jason Isaacs, Laura Allen, Steve Harris

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    Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan

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    Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware

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    Debra Messing, Jack Davenport, Katharine McPhee

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