The Best TV Dramas of 2013 TV Programs

The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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List Criteria: Only serial dramas - no procedurals

Drama television shows often get a lot of attention from viewers and critics because they have a bit of everything. There is suspense,romance, bits of comedy, and tons of other elements that keep viewers coming back for more, counting the days until a new episode airs. Dramas are also usually the shows that get the most attention during award season because they attract the best actors and top writers in the television industry. These shows stand the test of time because they tell human stories that are relatable to people all over the world.

 

This list features the best dramatic shows that aired during 2013. Shows like Breaking Bad and Dexter had their final seasons, which garnered a lot of critical and media attention. Amazing, underrated shows like The Good Wife and Justified had their best seasons yet during 2013, while other dramas like Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey continued to grab headlines. New shows like Elementary, The Blacklist, and Nashville grabbed the attention of millions of viewers to become the biggest hits of 2013.

 

What are the best drama shows of 2013? This list features shows from cable, network TV, and online streaming that had their top critical seasons in 2013.


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    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Bob Odenkirk

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    Gina Torres, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty

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    Katherine Heigl, Sandra Oh, Sara Ramirez

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Andrew Scott

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    Olivia Munn, Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer

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    Emma Roberts, Jessica Lange, Connie Britton

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    Lauren Graham, Monica Potter, Erika Christensen

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    Gillian Anderson, Laurence Fishburne, Mads Mikkelsen

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    Ashley Scott, Darby Stanchfield, Gerald McRaney

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    John Goodman, David Morse, Kim Dickens

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    Katie Cassidy, Willa Holland, Stephen Amell

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    Tom Baker, Eric Roberts, Jon Pertwee

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    Emmy Rossum, Amy Smart, William H. Macy An alcoholic man lives in a perpetual stupor while his six children with whom he lives cope as best they can. In the Season 3 premiere, Fiona adapts to living with Jimmy; Frank awakens in a strange

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