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, Anna Gunn

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    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

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    Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

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    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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    Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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    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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    Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald

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    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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    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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