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The Greatest TV Shows About Drugs

Updated November 18, 2020 5.1k votes 1.3k voters 97.2k views53 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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