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The Best TV Dramas of 2013

Updated November 5, 2019 10.2k votes 974 voters 29.8k 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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  • Breaking Bad1
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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

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

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  • Game of Thrones2
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

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

    Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David...  more

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  • The Walking Dead3
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

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

    The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series...  more

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  • House of Cards4
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    House of Cards

    Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

    Genres (Tv)Political drama, Political thriller

    House of Cards (Netflix, 2013) is an American political drama television series developed by...  more

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  • Supernatural5
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    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

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

    Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric...  more

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  • Sons of Anarchy6
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    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Neo-western

    Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt...  more

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  • Homeland7
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    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Genres (Tv)Suspense, Drama, Thriller

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

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  • Suits8
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    Suits

    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams

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

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

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  • Person of Interest9
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    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

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  • Sleepy Hollow10
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    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

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  • Boardwalk Empire11
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    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

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  • Mad Men12
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    Mad Men

    Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss

    Genres (Tv)Period drama, Serial drama

    Mad Men (AMC, 2007) is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner....  more

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  • Scandal13
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    Scandal

    Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick

    Genres (Tv)Procedural drama, Political drama, Drama

    Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda...  more

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  • Elementary14
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    Elementary

    Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery

    Elementary (CBS, 2012) is an American procedural drama series created by Robert Doherty, based...  more

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  • Grimm15
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    Grimm

    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Fantasy

    Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by...  more

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  • Dexter16
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

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

    Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos...  more

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  • American Horror Story17
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    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

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  • Once Upon a Time18
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    Once Upon a Time

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison

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

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  • Sherlock19
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    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

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  • Vikings20
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    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

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  • Jericho21
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    Jericho

    Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Drama, Adventure film, Action

    Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama series that centers on the residents of...  more

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  • The Newsroom22
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    The Newsroom

    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Newsroom is an American television political drama series created and principally written...  more

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  • Rectify23
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    Rectify

    Aden Young, Abigail Spencer

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Rectify is an American television drama series created by Ray McKinnon, and is the first...  more
  • Doctor Who24
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more

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  • Chicago Fire25
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    Chicago Fire

    Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by...  more

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