Emmys The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series  

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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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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco
Years Won: 2004, 2007 The Sopranos is an American drama television series created by David Chase. Revolving around the fictional New Jersey-based Italian-American Tony Soprano, the show portrays the difficulties he ...more

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157 75
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
Years Won: 2013, 2014 Breaking Bad is an American 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 September 29, ...more

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83 82
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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86 96
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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80 79
The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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62 68
Hill Street Blues is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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59 86
Lost is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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72 58
ER is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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

9
66 68
24 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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49 68
NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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59 58
The Fugitive is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
William Conrad, Richard Anderson, David Janssen
Year Won: 1966 This film 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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57 56
The Rockford Files is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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46 56
Mission: Impossible is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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39 59
Northern Exposure is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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38 57
Gunsmoke is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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42 78
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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39 79
The Waltons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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30 57
Picket Fences is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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31 62
L.A. Law is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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16 26
The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke
Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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30 57
The Practice is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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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24 63
Cagney & Lacey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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

24
18 52
Lou Grant is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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

25
17 55
Marcus Welby, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series
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