Entertainment 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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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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
British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One

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127 72
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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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
Showtime

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186 235
Justified is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

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121 152
The Americans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

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127 156
House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
Netflix

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142 139
Shameless 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
USA Network

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

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Penny Dreadful 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

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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Hell on Wheels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
ABC Family

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40 39
Preacher is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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Banshee is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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Humans is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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Continuum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
Showcase

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36 74
Haven is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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The Knick is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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Outsiders is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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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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27 68
Rectify is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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Manhattan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now
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