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The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs 

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Updated May 18, 2020 3.1k votes 1k voters 79.2k views 49 items

If there's one thing in society most people have had even a passing association with, it's drugs. TV shows about drugs are all about the sale, manufacture, trafficking, and use of illegal substances, but as most people know, drugs are all around us. That's what makes TV shows about drugs so interesting; they examine the nature of those illegal substances we all know too well, but in a way that either comes off as entertaining, informative, or just downright frightening. While there are plenty of great drug movies, what do you think are the best shows about drugs?

TV shows about drugs can be found throughout all the various genre of television. Some of the best TV shows like AMC's Breaking Bad tell the story of a dying man and his desire to provide for his family. Thanks to his background in chemistry, he goes into the meth manufacturing business and becomes a terrifying criminal mastermind. Other drug TV shows like Showtime's Weeds tells the tale of a suburban mom who starts out selling pot to the parents in her community, but quickly finds herself embroiled in an international drug ring. Whether you're into comedy, drama, or action/adventure, there are plenty of good shows about drugs, addiction, and abuse to enjoy. 

For more recommendations on TV series about drugs, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows you think are missing!

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn

Premiered: 2008

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Snowfall is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Emily Rios

Premiered: 2017

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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook

Premiered: 2015

Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the exploits of Colombian drug kingpin Pablo ...more

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Queen of the South is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Alice Braga, Justina Machado, Hemky Madera
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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

Premiered: 2002

The Wire (HBO, 2002) is an American crime drama television series created and written by David Simon. The series features the Baltimore drug scene, as seen through the eyes of drug dealers and ...more

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Weeds is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Mary-Louise Parker, Hunter Parrish, Alexander Gould

Premiered: 2005

Weeds (Showtime, 2005) is an American dark comedy-drama television series created by Jenji Kohan. A suburban widow (Mary-Louise Parker) starts selling marijuana to support her family, but soon ...more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

Premiered: 2008

Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt Sutter. As vice president of an outlaw motorcycle club involved with all sorts of illegal activity, ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

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El Chapo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Marco de la O, Humberto Busto, Alejandro Aguilar
El Chapo (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime television series directed by Ernesto Contreras and José Manuel Cravioto. A look at the life of notorious drug kingpin, El Chapo (Marco de la ...more
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How to Sell Drugs Online... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Maximilian Mundt, Anna Lena Klenke, Danilo Kamperidis

Premiered: 2019

How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast) (Netflix, 2019) is a German coming-of-age comedy-drama web television series co-created by Philipp Käßbohrer and Matthias Murmann. Inspired by a true ...more
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Drugs, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Mike Secher, Alex Cameron Dimez, Derrick Hesselein

Premiered: 2010

Drugs, Inc. is an American documentary television series on the National Geographic Channel that explores global narcotics production and trafficking. The series features drug dealers, ...more
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Limitless is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Jake McDorman, Jennifer Carpenter, Hill Harper

Premiered: 2015

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Skins is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie

Premiered: 2007

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House is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Premiered: 2004

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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

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Oz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

Premiered: 1997

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Californication is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Evan Handler

Premiered: 2007

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Patrick Melrose is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Benedict Cumberbatch, Holliday Grainger, Jennifer Jason Leigh
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Nurse Jackie is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Edie Falco, Merritt Wever, Paul Schulze

Premiered: 2009

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Intervention is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan

Premiered: 2005

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Dope is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
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Premiered: 2017

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Trailer Park Boys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith

Premiered: 2001

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Hamilton's Pharmacopeia ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
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Hamilton's Pharmacopeia (Viceland, 2016) is a documentary series. Host Hamilton Morris explores the history, chemistry, and societal impacts of the world's most extraordinary drugs.
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Hightown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Monica Raymund, James Badge Dale, Riley Voelkel

Premiered: 2020

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Maniac is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
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