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The Best Serial Drama TV Shows

Updated November 24, 2020 2.1k votes 432 voters 16.7k views85 items

List RulesVote up your favorite dramas that unfold their complex stories episode-by-episode.

It's no secret America loves drama. Which shows that include over-the-top scenarios and intense characters are the best of the best? Popular serial drama TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining serial drama show of all time is. Don't let your favorite serial drama television programs in history get to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. 

Featuring shows like Breaking Bad, Dexter, The West Wing, and more, this list will provide some great recommendations for drama programs! 

This list answers the questions, "What is the best serial drama show of all time?" and "What are the greatest serial drama shows?"

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    Lucifer
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    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

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    Gypsy
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    Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup

    Premiered2017

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    Breaking Bad
    91
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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

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    Caprica
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    Caprica

    Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales

    Premiered2010

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    Better Call Saul
    23
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    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

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    Dexter
    67
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

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    Battlestar Galactica
    27
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

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    The Sopranos
    27
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    James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco

    Premiered1999

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  • 9
    Game of Thrones
    35
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Premiered2001

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    Deadwood
    16
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    Deadwood

    Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane

    Premiered2004

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    Boardwalk Empire
    13
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    Boardwalk Empire

    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham

    Premiered2010

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    Prison Break
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    Prison Break

    Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller

    Premiered2005

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    The Crown
    10
    13

    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

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    Mad Men
    12
    17

    Mad Men

    Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss

    Premiered2007

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  • 16
    Oz
    10
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    Oz

    Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons

    Premiered1997

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    Homeland
    12
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    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Premiered2011

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    The Walking Dead
    14
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

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    Luther
    10
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    Luther

    Idris Elba, Warren Brown

    Premiered2010

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    Six Feet Under
    9
    16

    Six Feet Under

    Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall

    Premiered2001

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    Downton Abbey
    7
    13

    Downton Abbey

    Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan

    Premiered2010

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    The Shield
    18
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    Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent

    Premiered2002

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    Eastbound & Down
    7
    14

    Eastbound & Down

    Danny McBride, Steve Little

    Premiered2009

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    The Good Wife
    8
    15

    The Good Wife

    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth

    Premiered2009

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    True Detective
    7
    15

    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

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