While some of the best drama TV shows are long gone (we'll never forget you, Breaking Bad), others like Outlander 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 Stranger Things and American Horror Story while those looking for courtroom dramas could choose from the likes of Better Call Saul and Killing Eve.
Old favorites like NCIS continue to hold strong on network TV, but the best dramatic television shows also include Netflix series such as Ozark, along with cable favorites including Better Call Saul.
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 current dramatic series is sure to keep you crying, cheering, or simply entertained.
Check out more lists like the most loved tv shows of all time, the top premium cable series, and the best sci-fi shows. Or, check out the best new and returning drama TV shows in 2020.
Genres (Tv): Action, Thriller, DramaJack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and... more
Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period dramaStranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series... more
Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Action, Thriller, MysteryThe Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon... more
The Good DoctorFreddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas
Genres (Tv): Medical, DramaThe Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013... more
Genres (Tv): Crime drama, ThrillerOzark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial... more
Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, DramaThe Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series... more
Genres (Tv): Action, Drama, Period DramaPeaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight,... more
Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian fictionThe Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,... more
Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, ComedyBetter Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan... more
Genres (Tv): Historical dramaThe Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter... more
Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, SupernaturalAmerican Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by... more
Genres (Tv): DramaManifest (NBC, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Matthew... more
Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, DramaThe Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg... more
Genres (Tv): Historical drama, Adventure, Romance, FantasyOutlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore,... more
Genres (Tv): DramaSEAL Team (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series created by Ben Cavell. The drama follows the... more
Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, DramaDoctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,... more
Genres (Tv): Drama, Spy thrillerKilling Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe... more
Genres (Tv): Comedy, Family dramaThis Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a... more
Genres (Tv): Medical dramaThe Resident (Fox, 2017) is an American medical drama television series created by Amy Holden... more
Genres (Tv): Drama, HorrorFear of the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television... more
9-1-1Angela Bassett, Connie Britton
Genres (Tv): Drama9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and... more
Genres (Tv): Drama, AnthologyThe Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series developed by Derek Simonds,... more
Roswell, New MexicoJeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons
Genres (Tv): Drama, Romance, Sci-fiRoswell, New Mexico (The CW, 2019) is an American television drama series developed by Carina... more
Genres (Tv): DramaBillions (Showtime, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Brian Koppelman,... more
Genres (Tv): Procedural dramaF.B.I. (CBS, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Dick Wolf. The inner... more