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The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs 

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Updated January 10, 2020 2.9k votes 999 voters 70k views 47 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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: AMC

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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

Network: FX

Snowfall (FX, 2017) is an American crime drama television series created by John Singleton, Eric Amadio and Dave Andron. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, the series revolves around the first crack ...more

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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
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 Pablo Escobar, as well ...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
Queen of the South (USA, 2016) is an American television drama series adapted from the successful telenovela La Reina del Sur on sister network Telemundo and the book of the same name by Spanish ...more

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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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 60

Network: BBC Four, HBO

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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

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 102

Network: Showtime

Weeds is an American dark comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and produced by Tilted Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. The central character is Nancy Botwin, a widowed ...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

Number of Seasons: 7

Network: FX

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El Chapo is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: Showtime

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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

Network: Netflix

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

Network: National Geographic Channel

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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House is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Hugh Laurie, Omar Epps, Robert Sean Leonard

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 177

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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Skins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Kaya Scodelario, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Dempsie

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 55

Network: E4

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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

Number of Seasons: 7

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Patrick Melrose is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Benedict Cumberbatch, Holliday Grainger, Jennifer Jason Leigh
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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

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 84

Network: Showtime

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Oz is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 56

Network: HBO

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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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 56

Network: Showtime, The Movie Network, Movie Central

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Maniac is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Sonoya Mizuno
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Intervention is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
Jeff VanVonderen, Candy Finnigan

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 12

Number of Episodes: 194

Network: 5*, A&E

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Dope is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
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Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: Netflix

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Sintonia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
MC JottaPĂȘ, Christian Malheiros, Bruna Mascarenhas

Premiered: 2019

Network: Netflix

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Hamilton's Pharmacopeia ... is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Trailer Park Boys is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs
John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, Mike Smith

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 57

Network: Showcase

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