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List Rules Only serial dramas - no procedurals

Drama television shows often get a lot of attention from viewers and critics because they have a bit of everything. There is suspense,romance, bits of comedy, and tons of other elements that keep viewers coming back for more, counting the days until a new episode airs. Dramas are also usually the shows that get the most attention during award season because they attract the best actors and top writers in the television industry. These shows stand the test of time because they tell human stories that are relatable to people all over the world.

This list features the best dramatic shows that aired during 2013. Shows like Breaking Bad and Dexter had their final seasons, which garnered a lot of critical and media attention. Amazing, underrated shows like The Good Wife and Justified had their best seasons yet during 2013, while other dramas like Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey continued to grab headlines. New shows like Elementary, The Blacklist, and Nashville grabbed the attention of millions of viewers to become the biggest hits of 2013.

What are the best drama shows of 2013? This list features shows from cable, network TV, and online streaming that had their top critical seasons in 2013.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington

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297 124
Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

3
243 146
The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

4
145 111
House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright

5
141 105
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
LauraWhellum added Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beave

6
125 121
Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Downton Abbey Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

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127 112
The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

8
96 137
Elementary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn

9
106 122
NCIS is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
ChangesDownClub added NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

10
96 100
Justified is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Justified Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

11
110 94
Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

12
96 108
Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

13
112 124
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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88 102
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

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97 106
The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
The Good Wife Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

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96 117
Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Sleepy Hollow Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

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82 102
Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

18
76 58
True Detective is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Elise Hennigan added True Detective Vince Vaughn, Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams

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95 82
Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
ManningFranks added Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla - 3

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110 117
Dexter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Dexter Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas

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74 37
Vikings is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
cmrising8 added Vikings Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård

22
75 114
Grimm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Umberhaven added Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

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91 111
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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98 95
Suits is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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88 111
Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

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77 93
Revenge is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann

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38 26
Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
PhoenixRainbowSky added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

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51 88
The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Umberhaven added The Newsroom Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

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29 23
American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
PhoenixRainbowSky added American Horror Story Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett

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50 97
Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Parenthood Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard

31
56 104
Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

32
60 72
Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Hannibal Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas

33
34 82
Haven is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
MercyCasanova added Haven Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour - Small New England town full of troubles, and only a few people to try and deal with them while keeping it quiet from visitors.  

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39 93
Masters of Sex is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Masters of Sex Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan, Caitlin FitzGerald

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47 109
Nashville is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Nashville Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Hayden Panettiere

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3 7
Jericho is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
cmrising8 added Jericho Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters, Jessica Raine

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1 5
Treme is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
Treme Khandi Alexander, Rob Brown, Kim Dickens

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8 8
Arrow is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
JaysonCrawford1 added Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey

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14 23
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
PhoenixRainbowSky added Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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1 5
Rectify is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
thatgiantdoodie added Rectify Aden Young, Abigail Spencer, J. Smith-Cameron

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5 13
The Bridge is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
liplip added The Bridge Sofia Helin, Rafael Pettersson, Dag Malmberg

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5 17
Shameless is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Dramas of 2013
JaimeCassidy added Shameless US Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky - An alcoholic man lives in a perpetual stupor while his six children with whom he lives cope as best they can. In the Season 3 premiere, Fiona adapts to living with Jimmy; Frank awakens in a strange place; and Lip gets sentenced ...