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The Best TV Dramas of 2013

Updated November 5, 2019 12.2k votes 970 voters 29.6k 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.

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  • 1
    Game of Thrones
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    94

    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Genres (Tv)Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action

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  • 2
    Breaking Bad
    602
    75

    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller, Neo-western, Tragedy

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  • 3
    Sleepy Hollow
    192
    68

    Sleepy Hollow

    Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror, Action, Procedural

    Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 2013) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Alex... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    House of Cards
    290
    65

    House of Cards

    Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

    Genres (Tv)Political drama, Political thriller

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  • 5
    The Walking Dead
    142
    86

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Genres (Tv)Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama

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  • 6
    Dexter
    219
    68

    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Dark comedy, Police procedural

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  • 7
    The Blacklist
    254
    224

    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action, Thriller, Mystery

    The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Supernatural
    84
    62

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery

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  • 9
    Sons of Anarchy
    220
    188

    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Neo-western

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  • 10
    Downton Abbey
    253
    244

    Downton Abbey

    Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan

    Genres (Tv)Period drama

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  • 11
    Justified
    192
    199

    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Neo-Western

    Justified (FX, 2010) is an American crime drama television series developed by Graham Yost,... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Homeland
    224
    247

    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Genres (Tv)Suspense, Drama, Thriller

    Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    NCIS
    214
    243

    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Thriller

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  • 14
    The Good Wife
    196
    211

    The Good Wife

    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Legal drama

    The Good Wife (CBS, 2009) is an American television legal and political drama created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Sherlock
    76
    17

    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Mystery

    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Vikings
    45
    23

    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama, Action-adventure

    Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A... more on Wikipedia

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  • 17
    Suits
    198
    189

    Suits

    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy-drama, Legal drama

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  • 18
    Person of Interest
    194
    215

    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action, Sci-fi

    Person of Interest (CBS, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Once Upon a Time
    189
    165

    Once Upon a Time

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery, Fairy tale, Comedy-drama, Fantasy

    3

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  • 20
    Boardwalk Empire
    176
    203

    Boardwalk Empire

    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham

    Genres (Tv)Period drama, Crime drama

    Boardwalk Empire (HBO, 2010) is an American period crime drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Scandal
    187
    221

    Scandal

    Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick

    Genres (Tv)Procedural drama, Political drama, Drama

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  • 22
    Mad Men
    164
    203

    Mad Men

    Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss

    Genres (Tv)Period drama, Serial drama

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  • 23
    Revenge
    156
    185

    Revenge

    Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Psychological thriller, Mystery, Serial drama

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  • 24
    American Horror Story
    57
    46

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Grey's Anatomy
    179
    221

    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers

    Genres (Tv)Soap opera, Comedy, Medical drama

    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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