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The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

Updated May 5, 2021 175.4k votes 18.7k voters 317.5k views322 items

List RulesVote up the best American and British dramas, whether they're straight dramatic series or a subgenre like fantasy, period pieces, or horror.

The best dramas of all time are the ones that make you feel connected to characters you will never meet in real life to the point where you obsess about their exploits as much as your own. Thanks to their gripping storylines the best TV dramas rank high among the best TV shows of recent memory with many touting characters on the list of best TV characters ever.

Many of these greatest TV drama series, like Lost and The Sopranos, have already come to a close (earning them places on the list of the best TV series finales), while others like Mad Men and Breaking Bad are on the verge of closing up TV shop and leaving us to inevitably wonder about the lives of the surviving characters and what could have happened with the characters that get killed off (I've got even odds on Walter White buying a ticket to the meth lab in the sky in the Breaking Bad finale). Medical TV shows, crime shows, and more grace this list of excellent TV dramas. 

What is the best drama series in TV history? Tough question to answer considering many of the best TV series are dramas (and a lot of them are good!) Use this list of the greatest drama TV shows ever to cast your vote for the top drama series so other real people can get caught up in the fictional lives of your favorite TV drama characters.

 

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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

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    The Sopranos

    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco

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    The Wire

    Dominic West, Lance Reddick

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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

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    The Americans

    Keri Russell

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    Mad Men

    Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss

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    Deadwood

    Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane

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    Band of Brothers

    Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis

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    M*A*S*H

    Alan Alda, Wayne Rogers

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    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

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  • 11
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    House

    Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps

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    The West Wing

    Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe

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    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

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    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

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    Fargo

    Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton

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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

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    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

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    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

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    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

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    Star Trek: The Original Series

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

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    Lost

    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin

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    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

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    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

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    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

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    Downton Abbey

    Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan

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