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The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012  

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List Rules Best dramas that were released on premium cable or network TV in 2012

The best dramatic TV shows of 2012 are those fine television series which kept us wondering what was going to happen next and yearning for more. These shows captivated audiences and wooed critics with dramatic plot lines, stellar acting and enough twists and turns to rival a top roller coaster. Plain and simple, these 2012 top drama shows were arguably some of the best TV shows of recent memory.

Similar to with the best dramatic TV shows of 2011, two networks dominated in the drama category during the year, AMC and HBO. With two nominations each, AMC and HBO nabbed four of the six nominations for Outstanding Drama Series at the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. PBS, for "Downton Abbey," and Showtime, for "Homeland," took the other two.

AMC continued to lead the pack among basic cable stations with the highly praised series such as "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad." HBO on the other hand, a pay channel in most cable plans, is right up there too with perennial favorites such as "Game of Thrones," "True Blood" and "Boardwalk Empire."

These fantastic dramatic shows are just a handful of the great drama shows on during 2012. Is your favorite missing? A specific show too high or too low? Simply want to start the list over and make it again your way? Do all of that and more below with the best TV dramas of 2012.

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1
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
2
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke
3
House is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
AmberCoheyChase added Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard
4
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies
5
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend
6
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs
7
Suits is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
8
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
9
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser
10
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
11
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza
12
Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern
13
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole
14
Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Olivia Peterman added Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior
15
Revenge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann
16
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla
17
The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles
18
The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.
19
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy
20
True Blood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell
21
Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
22
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short
23
Justified is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter
24
Castle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan
25
Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Dramatic TV Shows of 2012
Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard