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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 Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to ...more

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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 The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano, the show portrays the ...more

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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 Law & Order is an American police procedural and legal drama television series, created by Dick Wolf and part of the Law & Order franchise. It originally aired on NBC and, in ...more

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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 Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007 on the cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The ...more

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Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 5 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 Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and ran for 146 episodes on primetime into 1987. Chronicling the lives of the staff of a single police ...more

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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney Years Won: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006. The series is set ...more

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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 ER is an American medical drama television series created by novelist Michael Crichton that aired on NBC from September 19, 1994, to April 2, 2009. It was produced by Constant c Productions and ...more

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia Year Won: 2005 Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more

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24 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard Year Won: 2006 24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each ...more

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NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
NYPD Blue Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel Year Won: 1995 NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City, exploring the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically ...more

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Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Mission: Impossible Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris Years Won; 1967, 1968 Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced by Bruce Geller. It chronicles the missions of a team of secret government agents known as the ...more

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The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Fugitive William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen Year Won: 1966 The Fugitive is an American drama series created by Roy Huggins and produced by QM Productions and United Artists Television that aired on ABC from 1963 to 1967. David Janssen stars as Richard ...more

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The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Rockford Files James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos Year Won: 1978 The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on the NBC network between September 13, 1974, and January 10, 1980, and has remained in syndication to ...more

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Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Northern Exposure Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin Year Won: 1992 Northern Exposure is an American television series that ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, with a total of 110 episodes. It dealt with a New York City physician, Dr. Joel Fleischman, who is sent to ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Year Won: 2012 Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Gunsmoke James Arness, Milburn Stone, Amanda Blake Year Won: 1958 Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. The stories take place in and around Dodge City, Kansas, during ...more

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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 The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book Spencer's Mountain, and a 1963 film of the same name. The show is centered on a family in a rural ...more

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L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
L.A. Law Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins Years Won: 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991 L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained ...more

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Picket Fences is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Picket Fences Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly Years Won: 1993, 1994 Picket Fences is an American television drama about the residents of the town of Rome, Wisconsin, created and produced by David E. Kelley. The show initially ran from September 18, 1992, to June ...more

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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 The Practice is an American legal drama and comedy-drama created by David E. Kelley centering on the partners and associates at a Boston law firm. Running for eight seasons on ABC from 1997 to ...more

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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 Cagney & Lacey is an American television series that originally aired on the CBS television network for seven seasons from March 25, 1982 to May 16, 1988. A police procedural, the show stars ...more

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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 Lou Grant is an American television drama series starring Ed Asner in the title role as a newspaper editor. This drama series was a spinoff from a sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Aired from ...more

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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Handmaid's Tale Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Years Won: 2017

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more

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Marcus Welby, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Marcus Welby, M.D. Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo Year Won: 1970 Marcus Welby, M.D. was an American medical drama television program that aired on ABC from September 23, 1969 to July 29, 1976. It starred Robert Young as a family practitioner with a kind ...more

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thirtysomething is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
thirtysomething Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris Year Won: 1988 Thirtysomething is an American television drama created by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz for ABC. The series follows a group of baby boomers in their late thirties as they go about their ...more

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Police Story is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Police Story David Cassidy, Lloyd Bridges, Cleavon Little Year Won: 1976 Police Story is an anthology television crime drama that aired on NBC from 1973 through 1978. The show was the brainchild of author and former policeman Joseph Wambaugh and represented a major ...more

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Upstairs, Downstairs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Upstairs, Downstairs Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh Years Won: 1974, 1975, 1977 Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series originally produced by London Weekend Television and revived by the BBC. It ran on ITV in 68 episodes divided into five series from 1971 ...more

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Hallmark Hall of Fame is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Hallmark Hall of Fame: Macbeth Peter Ustinov, Mare Winningham, Trevor Howard Year Won: 1961 Hallmark Hall of Fame is an anthology program on American television, sponsored by Hallmark Cards, a Kansas City based greeting card company. The longest-running primetime series in the history ...more

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The United States Steel Hour is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The United States Steel Hour James Dean, Helen Hayes, Cliff Robertson Years Won: 1954, 1955 The United States Steel Hour is an anthology series which brought hour-long dramas to television from 1953 to 1963. The television series and the radio program that preceded it were both ...more

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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Defenders Dustin Hoffman, Robert Redford, Robert Duvall Years Won: 1962, 1963, 1964 The Defenders is an American courtroom drama series that ran on CBS from 1961–1965. It starred E. G. Marshall and Robert Reed as father-and-son defense attorneys who specialized in legally ...more

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The Alcoa Hour is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Alcoa Hour Jessica Tandy, Sal Mineo, Patrick O'Neal Year Won: 1959 The Alcoa Hour is an American anthology television series that was aired live on NBC from 1955 to 1957. The series was sponsored by Alcoa.

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Elizabeth R is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Elizabeth R Glenda Jackson, Robert Hardy, John Shrapnel Year Won: 1972 Elizabeth R is a BBC television drama serial of six 85-minute plays starring Glenda Jackson in the title role. It was first broadcast on BBC2 from February to March 1971, through the Australian ...more

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Westinghouse Studio One is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Studio One Betty Furness, Paul Branson, Paul Brenson Year Won: 1952 Studio One is an American radio–television anthology series, created in 1947 by Canadian director Fletcher Markle, who came to CBS from the CBC.

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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 Robert Montgomery Presents is an American dramatic television series which was produced by NBC from January 30, 1950 until June 24, 1957. The live show had several sponsors during its seven-year ...more

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Playhouse 90 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Playhouse 90 Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter Years Won: 1958, 1959, 1960 Playhouse 90 is an American television anthology series that aired on CBS from 1956 to 1960 for a total of 133 episodes. The show was produced at CBS Television City near the Los Angeles ...more

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Pulitzer Prize Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Pulitzer Prize Playhouse Year Won: 1951 The Pulitzer Prize Playhouse is an American television anthology drama series which offered adaptations of Pulitzer Prize winning plays, stories and novels. The distinguished journalist Elmer ...more

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The Bold Ones: The Senator is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
The Bold Ones: The Senator Hal Holbrook, Michael Tolan, Sharon Acker Year Won: 1971 The Bold Ones: The Senator is an American political television drama series that aired on NBC from 1970 through 1971, lasting for nine episodes. The series stars Hal Holbrook as Senator Hays ...more

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NET Playhouse is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
NET Playhouse Jon Voight, Frank Langella, Jack Palance Year Won: 1969 NET Playhouse was an American dramatic television anthology series produced by National Educational Television. NET subsequently merged with WNDT Newark, New Jersey to form WNET and was ...more

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Producers' Showcase is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Producers' Showcase John Wayne, Paul Newman, Lauren Bacall Year Won: 1956 Producers' Showcase is an American anthology television series that was telecast live during the 1950s in compatible color by NBC. With top talent, the 90-minute episodes, covering a wide ...more