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The Best Emmy Winning Dramatic Series

Updated January 21, 2020 3.7k votes 461 voters 5.1k views41 items

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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    The Sopranos

    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco
    Years Won: 2004, 2007
    The Sopranos (HBO, 1999) is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase....  more
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    70
    64

    ER

    Anthony Edwards, George Clooney
    Year Won: 1996
    ER is an American medical drama television series created by novelist Michael Crichton that...  more
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    153
    81

    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul
    Years Won: 2013, 2014
    Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by...  more
  • 4
    17
    7

    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey
    Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David...  more
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    69
    64

    24

    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub
    Year Won: 2006
    24 (Fox, 2001) is an American drama television series created by Joel Surnow and Robert...  more
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    74
    84

    The West Wing

    Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe
    Years Won: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
    The West Wing (NBC, 1999) is an American serial political drama television series created by...  more
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    81
    86

    Law & Order

    Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin
    Year Won: 1997
    Law & Order (NBC, 1990) is an American police procedural legal drama series created by Dick...  more
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    57
    69

    Hill Street Blues

    Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren
    Years Won: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984
    Hill Street Blues is an American serial police drama that was first aired on NBC in 1981 and...  more
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    55
    61

    The Fugitive

    William Conrad, Richard Anderson
    Year Won: 1966
    This film is an American drama series created by Roy Huggins and produced by QM Productions...  more
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    52
    57

    The Rockford Files

    James Garner, Noah Beery Jr.
    Year Won: 1978
    The Rockford Files is an American television drama series starring James Garner that aired on...  more
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    75
    100

    Mad Men

    Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss
    Years Won: 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011
    Mad Men (AMC, 2007) is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner....  more
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    58
    88

    Lost

    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin
    Year Won: 2005
    Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J....  more
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    39
    57

    Northern Exposure

    Rob Morrow, Janine Turner
    Year Won: 1992
    Northern Exposure is an American television series that ran on CBS from 1990 to 1995, with a...  more
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    43
    56

    Mission: Impossible

    Peter Graves, Barbara Bain
    Years Won; 1967, 1968
    Mission: Impossible is an American television series that was created and initially produced...  more
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    39
    57

    Gunsmoke

    James Arness, Milburn Stone
    Year Won: 1958
    Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman...  more
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    38
    70

    The Waltons

    Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough
    Year Won: 1973
    The Waltons is an American television series created by Earl Hamner, Jr., based on his book...  more
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    18
    37

    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Years Won: 2017

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,...  more
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    45
    66

    NYPD Blue

    Dennis Franz, Gordon Clapp
    Year Won: 1995
    NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City, exploring the internal...  more
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    38
    79

    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin
    Year Won: 2012
    Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard...  more
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    29
    56

    L.A. Law

    Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry
    Years Won: 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991
    L.A. Law is an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC from...  more
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    7
    5

    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Year Won: 2019

    Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan...  more
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    26
    51

    The Practice

    Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams
    Years Won: 1998, 1999
    The Practice is an American legal drama and comedy-drama created by David E. Kelley centering...  more
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    25
    55

    Picket Fences

    Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt
    Years Won: 1993, 1994
    Picket Fences is an American television drama about the residents of the town of Rome,...  more
  • 24
    15
    54

    thirtysomething

    Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper
    Year Won: 1988
    Thirtysomething is an American television drama created by Edward Zwick and Marshall...  more
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    16
    50

    Lou Grant

    Edward Asner, Robert Walden
    Years Won: 1979, 1980
    Lou Grant is an American television drama series starring Ed Asner in the title role as a...  more