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List Rules Vote up your favorite dramatic series that are about politics and politicians.

The very best political drama shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest political drama shows also includes pictures from the shows, when available. Popular political drama TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining political drama show of all time is. Don't let your favorite political drama television programs fall to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of political drama television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator, and premiere date, when available.

The West Wing and House of Cards are included on this list along with many more political dramas. These are without a doubt the best political dramas on TV. Many feature the best fictional politicians to ever grace the small screen, along with other notable characters. Political TV dramas often have intense storylines, win countless awards, and are among the top-rated TV shows in any genre. 

What is the best political drama show of all time? What are the greatest political drama shows? And, most importantly, what do YOU think are the best political TV shows? Political television shows are as popular as ever and they aren't going away any time soon, so be sure to check out the names of political drama shows and series on this list and upvote the best of the best!

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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe Allison Janney

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill Robin Wright

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Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Madam Secretary Téa Leoni, Tim Daly Patina Miller

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield Katie Lowes

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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
The Good Wife Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth Josh Charles

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys Holly Taylor

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin Rupert Friend

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick Sonja Sohn

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Borgen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Borgen Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen Emil Poulsen

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage Kit Harington

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Veep is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky Tony Hale

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Boss is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Boss Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen Hannah Ware

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24 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub Carlos Bernard

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell Jamie Bamber

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Commander in Chief is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Commander in Chief Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland Harry Lennix

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham Vincent Piazza

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams Meghan Markle

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Political Animals is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Political Animals Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino James Wolk

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The Thick of It is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
The Thick of It Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan Chris Addison

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State of Affairs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
State of Affairs Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard Adam Kaufman

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Yes Minister is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Yes Minister Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne Derek Fowlds

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Alpha House is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Alpha House John Goodman, Clark Johnson Matt Malloy

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Spin City is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Spin City Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen Heather Locklear

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BrainDead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
BrainDead Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Beth Malone Jan Maxwell

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Deutschland 83 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Deutschland 83 Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader Ulrich Noethen

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The Final Cut is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
The Final Cut Ian Richardson, Diane Fletcher Paul Freeman

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The Royals Joan Collins, Andrew Bicknell Merritt Patterson

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Babylon is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Babylon Nick Blood, Andrew Brooke Bertie Carvel

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Battleground is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows

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Jack & Bobby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Jack & Bobby Christine Lahti, Matt Long Logan Lerman

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Party Animals is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Party Animals Matt Smith, Andrea Riseborough Colin Salmon