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The Best TV Dramas of 2013

Updated November 5, 2019 10.2k votes 975 voters 29.9k views49 items

List RulesOnly 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. When you're done voting, check out the newest dramas of 2019.

  • 1

    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul
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  • 2

    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey
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  • 3

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal
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  • 4

    House of Cards

    Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright
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  • 5


    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
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  • 6

    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal
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  • 7


    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin
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  • 8


    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams
    Suits (USA, 2011) is an American legal drama created by Aaron Korsh. On the run from a drug...  more

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  • 9

    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson
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  • 10

    Sleepy Hollow

    Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie
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  • 11

    Boardwalk Empire

    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham
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  • 12

    Mad Men

    Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss
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  • 13


    Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick
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  • 14


    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu
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  • 15


    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell
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  • 16


    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter
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  • 17

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott
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  • 18

    Once Upon a Time

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison
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  • 19


    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman
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  • 20


    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick
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  • 21


    Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters
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  • 22

    The Newsroom

    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer
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  • 23


    Aden Young, Abigail Spencer
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  • 24

    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant
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  • 25

    Chicago Fire

    Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney
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