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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 2018 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 Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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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 The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont. It is based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
IsabelBaker added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts criminal ...more

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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 Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave Supernatural is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. It was first broadcast on September 13, 2005, on The WB and subsequently became part of successor The CW's ...more

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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 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
bojanthebest added Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright House of Cards is an American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel ...more

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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 Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are ...more

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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 American Horror Story is an American horror television series created and produced by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Described as an anthology series, each season is conceived as a self-contained ...more

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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 The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
draga added Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård Vikings is an Irish-Canadian historical drama television series written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History. It premiered on 3 March 2013 in the United States and ...more

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
RondaBandy added Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
nicolas.verret added Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey After a violent shipwreck, billionaire playboy Oliver Queen was missing and presumed dead for five years before being discovered alive on a remote island in the Pacific. When he returns home to ...more

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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 Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle Suits is a USA Network legal drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The first episode debuted on June 23, ...more

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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 The Americans is an American television period drama series created and produced by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg. The series premiered in the United States on January 30, 2013, on the cable ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The Flash Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker The Flash is an American television series developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, airing on The CW. It is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen / ...more

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Gotham Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's ...more

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn Elementary is an American crime drama series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. The series was created by Robert Doherty and stars Jonny ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Mr. Robot Raim Malek, Portia Doubleday, Christian Slater Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more

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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 Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
cfletcher4956 added NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Fargo Joey King, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman Fargo is an American black comedy–crime drama television series created and written by Noah Hawley. The show is inspired by the 1996 film of the same name written and directed by the Coen ...more

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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 The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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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 Hawaii Five-0 is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968–80 television series. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
LanaYoshii added True Detective Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology crime drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent crimes.

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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 The 100 is an American post-apocalyptic drama television series that premiered on The CW during the 2013–14 American television season. The series is based on a book of the same name, the first ...more

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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 Marvel's Daredevil, or simply Daredevil, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel ...more

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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
jeff-cosenza added Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
lonjagger added Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes Scandal is an American political thriller television series starring Kerry Washington. Created by Shonda Rhimes, it debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012. Kerry Washington's character, Olivia Pope, is ...more

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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 Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States and Canada and on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. The series is filmed on location in New York ...more

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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 Better Call Saul is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a spin-off of Breaking Bad, which was also created by Gilligan. Set in 2002, Better Call ...more

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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 How to Get Away with Murder is an American television series that premiered on ABC on September 25, 2014. The series was created by Peter Nowalk, produced by Shonda Rhimes and distributed by ABC ...more

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
JenniferM.Collins added Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more

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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a young pediatric surgeon ...more

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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 Scorpion is an American drama television series loosely based on the life of self-proclaimed genius and computer expert Walter O'Brien. In the series, O'Brien and his genius friends help each ...more

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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 Ray Donovan is an American television crime drama series created by Ann Biderman for Showtime. The twelve-episode first season premiered on June 30, 2013. The pilot episode broke records of ...more

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Rakibul Hoque added Supergirl Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh Supergirl is an American superhero action-adventure drama television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg (the latter two having previously created Arrow and The ...more

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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 iZombie is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright for The CW, and is a loose adaptation of the comic book series of the same name created by Chris ...more

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The Last Ship is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Ferry73 added The Last Ship Travis Van Winkle, Jocko Sims, Eric Dane The Last Ship is an American post-apocalyptic drama television series, based on a novel of the same name by William Brinkley. In May 2013, the cable network TNT placed a 10-episode order for the ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
AnnaMarieNewcomer added Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more

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Chicago PD is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Chicago PD Jason Beghe, Jon Seda, Sophia Bush Chicago P.D. is an American police procedural television drama series created by Dick Wolf and Matt Olmstead as a spin-off from Chicago Fire. The series originally premiered on NBC as a ...more

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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Fear the Walking Dead Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Elizabeth Rodriguez Fear the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, and a prequel to The Walking Dead. A dysfunctional, ...more

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
carlybobarly added This Is Us Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more

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SEAL Team is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
SEAL Team David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot, Jessica Paré SEAL Team (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series created by Ben Cavell. The drama follows the lives of elite Navy SEALs Jason Hayes (David Boreanaz) and Clay Spenser (Max Thieriot) as they ...more

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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows
Narcos Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American crime drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord ...more