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The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series

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List RulesVote 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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  • 1
    The Sopranos
    143
    66

    The Sopranos

    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco

    Premiered1999

    Years Won: 2004, 2007
  • 2
    Lost
    143
    88

    Lost

    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin

    Premiered2004

    Year Won: 2005
  • 3
    Breaking Bad
    154
    80

    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

    Years Won: 2013, 2014
  • 4
    ER
    71
    64

    ER

    Anthony Edwards, George Clooney

    Premiered1994

    Year Won: 1996
  • 5
    24
    69
    67

    24

    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Premiered2001

    Year Won: 2006
  • 6
    The West Wing
    74
    85

    The West Wing

    Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe

    Premiered1999

    Years Won: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • 7
    Law & Order
    80
    88

    Law & Order

    Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin

    Premiered1990

    Year Won: 1997
  • 8
    Game of Thrones
    12
    5

    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

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  • 9
    Hill Street Blues
    58
    71

    Hill Street Blues

    Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren

    Premiered1981

    Years Won: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
  • 10
    The Fugitive
    56
    63

    The Fugitive

    William Conrad, Richard Anderson

    Premiered1963

    Year Won: 1966
  • 11
    The Rockford Files
    53
    59

    The Rockford Files

    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr.

    Premiered1974

    Year Won: 1978
  • 12
    Mad Men
    77
    104

    Mad Men

    Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss

    Premiered2007

    Years Won: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
  • 13
    Lou Grant
    39
    52

    Lou Grant

    Edward Asner, Robert Walden

    Premiered1977

    Years Won: 1979, 1980
  • 14
    Mission: Impossible
    45
    57

    Mission: Impossible

    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain

    Premiered1966

    Years Won; 1967, 1968
  • 15
    Northern Exposure
    40
    58

    Northern Exposure

    Rob Morrow, Janine Turner

    Premiered1990

    Year Won: 1992
  • 16
    Gunsmoke
    41
    59

    Gunsmoke

    James Arness, Milburn Stone

    Premiered1955

    Year Won: 1958
  • 17
    NYPD Blue
    47
    68

    NYPD Blue

    Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp

    Premiered1993

    Year Won: 1995
  • 18
    The Handmaid's Tale
    19
    37

    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

    Years Won: 2017

  • 19
    The Waltons
    38
    72

    The Waltons

    Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough

    Premiered1972

    Year Won: 1973
  • 20
    L.A. Law
    30
    58

    L.A. Law

    Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry

    Premiered1986

    Years Won: 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991
  • 21
    Upstairs, Downstairs
    25
    52

    Upstairs, Downstairs

    Gordon Jackson, David Langton

    Premiered1971

    Years Won: 1974, 1975, 1977
  • 22
    Homeland
    37
    80

    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Premiered2011

    Year Won: 2012
  • 23
    The Practice
    25
    53

    The Practice

    Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams

    Premiered1997

    Years Won: 1998, 1999
  • 24
    Better Call Saul
    4
    5

    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

    Year Won: 2019

  • 25
    Picket Fences
    27
    57

    Picket Fences

    Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt

    Premiered1992

    Years Won: 1993, 1994