Drama The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now  

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List Rules Serial dramas only, no procedurals

The best dramas on cable right now are those serious, captivating dramatic television shows of 2016-2017 that we just cannot miss. While network television drama shows are great too, cable shows are perhaps better with fewer restrictions on what can be said, shown and done, making the shows appear more real and definitely more appealing to watch. These are not just the best dramas on cable, they are also arguably the best current dramatic TV shows on anywhere right now.

While few years ago AMC was an unlikely choice to break out with original drama series, in the recent past it has earned great praise for its work. With headlining shows like Breaking BadMad Men, and The Walking Dead, AMC has quickly become a favorite among cable channels. Movie channels like HBO and Showtime are no different with top series like Game of ThronesBoardwalk Empire, True BloodHomeland, and Dexter keeping viewers on the edges of their seats each week.

That's not to say other networks are not holding their own among original cable drama series. Shows like Doctor WhoLeverage, JustifiedCastleAmerican Horror Story, and Bates Motel are easily among the favorite drama shows on cable right now.

There is little doubt that many of these best cable dramas are not just the best in their category but also the best TV shows in recent memory. Have a favorite drama series on cable TV that you just can't miss? Vote for your selections below!

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

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buzzy added Outlander Starz

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
LanaYoshii added Sherlock British Broadcasting Corporation

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
Doctor Who British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
ghostdragon added Vikings History

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
Homeland Showtime

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
House of Cards Netflix

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
ChrissyBaker added Shameless Showtime

The Best Current Procedural Dramas

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
Suits USA Network

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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
CrimsonJohnson added Penny Dreadful

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

The Worst TV Series Finales Ever

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
LanaYoshii added True Detective HBO

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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
ConstanceWarner added Hell on Wheels AMC

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
carlybobarly added Westworld

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
ghostdragon added Mr Robot

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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
ghostdragon added Orphan Black BBC America, Space

The Best Current Sitcoms

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
ghostdragon added Better Call Saul

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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
LanaYoshii added Preacher

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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
Pretty Little Liars ABC Family

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Banshee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
ghostdragon added Banshee

8 TV Actors Who Turned Out Just Like Their Characters

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Humans is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
ghostdragon added Humans

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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
ghostdragon added Peaky Blinders BBC Two

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Haven is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
LanaYoshii added Haven

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Continuum is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
Continuum Showcase

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Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
LanaYoshii added Outsiders

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The Knick is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
ghostdragon added The Knick Cinemax

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Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

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Rectify is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
ghostdragon added Rectify Sundance Channel

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Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
LanaYoshii added Manhattan WGN