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While some of the best drama TV shows are long gone (we'll never forget you, Breaking Bad), others like Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and even American Horror Story keep us interested, toy with our emotions, and certainly keep our DVRs busy as we follow along with the dramatic story lines.

Many of the best, most acclaimed series come from networks like CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX while others were only available from basic cable stations like AMC and FX. Even others were limited to those with the pay channels like HBO and Showtime or streaming providers like Netflix and Hulu - which make it easy to decide which shows to marathon. Regardless of network, these series get us interested and keep us hooked to all the action throughout the year.

The best drama shows of all time provided a bit of something for everyone. Sci-fi and horror lovers had plenty of options like The Strain and American Horror Story while those looking for courtroom dramas could choose from the likes of How to Get Away with Murder and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

Old favorites like Criminal Minds and NCIS continue to hold strong on network TV, but the best dramatic television shows also include Netflix series such as House of Cards and Daredevil, along with cable favorites including Homeland and True Detective.

So whether you're a fan of the warm and fuzzy dramas or the hard-hitting crime shows or any in between, one or another of the best dramatic series on TV in 2017 is sure to keep you crying, cheering, or simply entertained.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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2,247 1,759
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

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1,518 1,267
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
IsabelBaker added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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1,571 1,698
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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1,174 1,061
Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
LeneMadsen added Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

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1,282 1,238
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

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1,018 1,337
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

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1,214 1,543
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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876 967
House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

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1,119 1,008
Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
bojanthebest added Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

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1,037 1,353
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

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1,152 1,250
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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722 634
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
LanaYoshii added The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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670 604
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
draga added Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
nicolas.verret added Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
RondaBandy added Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

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807 1,017
Suits is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
premesh added The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Gotham Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue

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689 839
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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393 367
The Flash is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The Flash Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

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764 1,173
NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
cfletcher4956 added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Feniks added Sense8 Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Mr. Robot Raim Malek, Portia Doubleday, Christian Slater

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370 510
Fargo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Fargo Joey King, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman

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293 240
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
clash1977 added The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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706 1,039
Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Hawaii Five-0 Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
LanaYoshii added True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The 100 Eliza Taylor, Eli Goree, Thomas McDonell

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Daredevil Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
lonjagger added Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
jeff-cosenza added Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor

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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Blue Bloods Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Michael Mando, Jonathan Banks

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
How to Get Away With Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
JenniferM.Collins added Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

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Scorpion is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Scorpion Elyes Gabel, Katharine McPhee, Eddie Kaye Thomas

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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
LeneMadsen added Ray Donovan Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Alex Farias added iZombie Rose McIver

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Rakibul Hoque added Supergirl Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
clinton bruce added Teen Wolf Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Fear the Walking Dead Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Elizabeth Rodriguez

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The Last Ship is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Ferry73 added The Last Ship Travis Van Winkle, Jocko Sims, Eric Dane

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Chicago PD is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Chicago PD Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
AnnaMarieNewcomer added Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

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SEAL Team is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
SEAL Team David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Paré