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List Rules Vote up the best shows that won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series

Each year, the big prize at the Primetime Emmys goes to the best drama series on television - the award for Outstanding Drama Series. This list of the best Emmy winning dramatic series has all the best drama Emmy winners, ranked as the best of the best by TV fanatics (just like you!) Whether you were a fan of these great television dramas who won Emmys while they were first airing, or you found them later on Netflix, now you can vote on and rerank this list to help determine which TV show drama that won an Emmy is the absolute best.

These Emmy nominees didn't just have the honor of being nominated - they won the top drama award in all of television. Though all of these TV dramas are good, which are the best Hollywood has churned out? From recent hits like Breaking Bad and Homeland, to classic TV dramas like Gunsmoke and L.A. Law, where do the drama series you think are the greatest rank among the Emmy best drama winners?

This list of all Emmy winning dramatic series includes top TV dramas like Mad Men, 24, Lost, The Sopranos, The West Wing, The Practice, and Northern Exposure. Upvote the Emmy winning dramas you think are the all time best below!
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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn - Years Won: 2013, 2014

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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco - Years Won: 2004, 2007

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Law & Order Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina - Year Won: 1997

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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser - Years Won: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Fugitive William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen - Year Won: 1966

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia - Year Won: 2005

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ER is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
ER Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies - Year Won: 1996

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24 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard - Year Won: 2006

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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney - Years Won: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Hill Street Blues Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz - Years Won: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984

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The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Rockford Files James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos - Year Won: 1978

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend - Year Won: 2012

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Mission: Impossible Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris - Years Won; 1967, 1968

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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake - Year Won: 1958

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Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Northern Exposure Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin - Year Won: 1992

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
NYPD Blue Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel - Year Won: 1995

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The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Waltons Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott - Year Won: 1973

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Picket Fences is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Picket Fences Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly - Years Won: 1993, 1994

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
L.A. Law Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins - Years Won: 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991

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The Practice is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Practice Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle - Years Won: 1998, 1999

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Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Cagney & Lacey Tyne Daly, Al Waxman, John Karlen - Years Won: 1985, 1986

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Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Lou Grant Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams - Years Won: 1979, 1980

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Marcus Welby, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Marcus Welby, M.D. Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo - Year Won: 1970

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Police Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Police Story David Cassidy, Lloyd Bridges, Cleavon Little - Year Won: 1976

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Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Upstairs, Downstairs Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh - Years Won: 1974, 1975, 1977

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thirtysomething is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
thirtysomething Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris - Year Won: 1988

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The United States Steel Hour is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The United States Steel Hour James Dean, Helen Hayes, Cliff Robertson - Years Won: 1954, 1955

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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Defenders Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall - Years Won: 1962, 1963, 1964

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Hallmark Hall of Fame is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Hallmark Hall of Fame: Macbeth Peter Ustinov, Mare Winningham, Trevor Howard - Year Won: 1961

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Westinghouse Studio One is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Studio One Betty Furness^! Paul Branson^! Paul Brenson - Year Won: 1952

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Pulitzer Prize Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse Year Won: 1951

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The Alcoa Hour is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Alcoa Hour Jessica Tandy, Sal Mineo, Patrick O'Neal - Year Won: 1959

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NET Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
NET Playhouse Jon Voight, Frank Langella, Jack Palance - Year Won: 1969

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Robert Montgomery Presents is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Robert Montgomery Presents James Dean, Cliff Robertson, Robert Montgomery. Thomas Mitchell - Year Won: 1953

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Elizabeth R is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Elizabeth R Glenda Jackson, Robert Hardy, John Shrapnel - Year Won: 1972

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The Bold Ones: The Senator is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Bold Ones: The Senator Hal Holbrook, Michael Tolan, Sharon Acker - Year Won: 1971

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Playhouse 90 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Playhouse 90 Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter - Years Won: 1958, 1959, 1960

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Producers' Showcase is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Producers' Showcase John Wayne, Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall - Year Won: 1956