TV The Best Serial Drama TV Shows  

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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Serial Drama TV series.

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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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
lloydc added Gypsy Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson - Gypsy is a television drama series created by Lisa Rubin for Netflix. Naomi Watts plays a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas - Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
jackcompton88 added Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn - 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 West Wing is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
The West Wing Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney - 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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Game of Thrones 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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The Sopranos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
The Sopranos James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco - 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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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies - The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend - 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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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn - Better Call Saul (A&E, 2015) is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of ...more

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Friday Night Lights is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden - Friday Night Lights is an American drama television series about a high school football team in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas. It was developed by Peter Berg, and executive produced by ...more

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Luther Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley - Luther is a British crime drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered ...more

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Six Feet Under is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Six Feet Under Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy - Six Feet Under is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. It premiered on the premium cable network HBO in the United States on June 3, 2001, and ended on August ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky - Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more

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24 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
24 Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard - 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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Alias is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Alias Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly - Alias is an American spy-action television series created by J. J. Abrams, which was broadcast on ABC for five seasons, from September 30, 2001, to May 22, 2006. It stars Jennifer Garner as ...more

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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
How to Get Away with Murder Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch - How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Scandal Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short - Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more

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Eastbound & Down is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Eastbound & Down Danny McBride, Steve Little, Katy Mixon - Eastbound & Down is an American sports comedy television series that was broadcast on HBO, starring Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, a former professional baseball pitcher, who after an up and ...more

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Lucifer Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro - Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior - Sons of Anarchy is an American crime drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in ...more

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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
The Good Wife Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles - The Good Wife is an American television legal and political drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. The series was created by Robert King and Michelle King. It stars Julianna ...more

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Oz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Oz Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen - Oz is an American television drama series created by Tom Fontana, who also wrote or co-wrote all of the series' 56 episodes. It was the first one-hour dramatic television series to be produced ...more

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern - Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and Ireland on ...more

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Twin Peaks

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The Shield is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
The Shield Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins - The Shield is an American drama television series starring Michael Chiklis that premiered on March 12, 2002, on FX, in the United States, and concluded on November 25, 2008, after seven seasons. ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber - Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell - True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza - Boardwalk Empire is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the ...more

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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser - 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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Deadwood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Deadwood Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker - Deadwood is an American western television series created, produced, and largely written by David Milch and aired on the premium cable network HBO from March 21, 2004, to August 27, 2006, ...more

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
The Crown Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby - The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more

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Brothers & Sisters is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Brothers & Sisters Sally Field, Emily VanCamp, Rob Lowe - Brothers & Sisters is an American television drama series that centers on the Walker family and their lives in Los Angeles and Pasadena, California. The series premiered on ABC on September ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
True Detective Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan - True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology crime drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent crimes.

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright - House of Cards is an American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel ...more

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The Riches is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
The Riches Eddie Izzard, Minnie Driver, Shannon Woodward - The Riches is an American television series which was originally broadcast from March 15, 2007, to April 30, 2008, on FX. The series starred Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver.

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Caprica is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Caprica Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson - Caprica is an American science fiction drama television series. A spin-off prequel of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica taking place 58 years before the cataclysmic destruction of the ...more

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Mistresses is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Mistresses Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes - Mistresses is an American mystery drama television series based on the 2008–10 U.K. series of the same name, about the lives of four female friends and their involvement in an array of illicit ...more

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K-Ville is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
K-Ville Anthony Anderson, Cole Hauser, Blake Shields - K-Ville is an American television drama created and executive produced by Jonathan Lisco, centering on policing New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Deran Sarafian directed the pilot. On May 15, ...more

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Kings is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Serial Drama TV Shows
Kings Ian McShane, Christopher Egan, Susanna Thompson - Kings is an American television drama series which aired on NBC. The series' narrative is loosely based on the Biblical story of King David, but set in a kingdom that culturally and ...more