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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    Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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    Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


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

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    House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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    Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

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    The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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    Elementary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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    NCIS is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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    Justified is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Justified Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

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    Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

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    Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

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    Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


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

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    The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    The Good Wife Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

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    Homeland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Sleepy Hollow Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

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    Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

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    True Detective is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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    Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla 3

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    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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    Vikings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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    Grimm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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    Scandal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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    Suits is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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    Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

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    Revenge is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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

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    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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    Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Parenthood Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard

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    Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013


    Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

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    Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Hannibal Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

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    Haven is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Haven Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour Small New England town full of troubles, and only a few people to try and deal with them while keeping it quiet from visitors. 

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    Masters of Sex is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Masters of Sex Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald

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    Nashville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Nashville Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Hayden Panettiere

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    Jericho is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Jericho Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters, Jessica Raine

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    Treme is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Treme Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens

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    Arrow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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    Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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    Rectify is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Rectify Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron

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    The Bridge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    The Bridge Sofia Helin, Rafael Pettersson, Dag Malmberg

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    Shameless US is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013

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    Shameless US Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky 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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