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The Best Political Drama TV Shows

Updated November 10, 2020 17.4k votes 6.9k voters 360.5k views49 items

List RulesVote up your favorite dramatic series about politics and politicians that have aired on television.

These are very best political drama shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest political drama shows also includes pictures from the shows, when available. Popular political drama TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining political drama show of all time is. Don't let your favorite political drama television programs fall to the bottom of the list - be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of political drama television shows below includes information like the program's cast and premiere date, when available.

The West Wing and House of Cards are included on this list along with many more political dramas. These are without a doubt the best political dramas on TV. Many feature the best fictional politicians to ever grace the small screen, along with other notable characters. Political TV dramas often have intense storylines, win countless awards, and are among the top-rated TV shows in any genre. 

What is the best political drama show of all time? What are the greatest political drama shows? And, most importantly, what do YOU think are the best political TV shows? Political television shows are as popular as ever and they aren't going away any time soon, so be sure to check out the names of political drama shows and series on this list and upvote the best of the best!

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    The West Wing
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    The West Wing

    Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe

    Premiered1999

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    House of Cards
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    House of Cards

    Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

    Premiered2013

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  • 3
    Madam Secretary
    1,188
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    Madam Secretary

    Téa Leoni, Tim Daly

    Premiered2014

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  • 4
    Scandal
    1,003
    476

    Scandal

    Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick

    Premiered2012

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  • 5
    The Good Wife
    567
    253

    The Good Wife

    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth

    Premiered2009

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    Homeland
    596
    292

    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Premiered2011

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  • 7
    The Wire
    346
    158

    The Wire

    Dominic West, Lance Reddick

    Premiered2002

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  • 8
    Veep
    387
    161

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    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky

    Premiered2012

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  • 9
    Game of Thrones
    400
    209

    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

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  • 10
    Borgen
    355
    165

    Borgen

    Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

    Premiered2010

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  • 11
    The Americans
    286
    173

    The Americans

    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys

    Premiered2013

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  • 12
    Designated Survivor
    664
    134

    Designated Survivor

    Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone
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    24
    277
    137

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    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Premiered2001

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  • 14
    The Newsroom
    147
    17

    The Newsroom

    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer

    Premiered2012

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  • 15
    Boardwalk Empire
    141
    95

    Boardwalk Empire

    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham

    Premiered2010

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  • 16
    Boss
    204
    153

    Boss

    Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen

    Premiered2011

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  • 17
    Battlestar Galactica
    174
    141

    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

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  • 18
    The Crown
    110
    14

    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

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  • 19
    Commander in Chief
    181
    154

    Commander in Chief

    Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland

    Premiered2005

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  • 20
    Suits
    241
    100

    Suits

    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams

    Premiered2011

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  • 21
    Alpha House
    85
    55

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    John Goodman, Clark Johnson

    Premiered2013

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    The Thick of It
    116
    42

    The Thick of It

    Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan

    Premiered2005

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  • 23
    Yes Minister
    94
    30

    Yes Minister

    Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne

    Premiered1980

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    Spin City
    82
    73

    Spin City

    Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen

    Premiered1996

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  • 25
    Jack Ryan
    43
    8

    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

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