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The Best Political Drama TV Shows

Updated October 16, 2020 17.1k votes 6.8k voters 359.1k views48 items

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

The 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, creator, 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    The West Wing

    Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe

    Premiered1999

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    House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    House of Cards

    Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright

    Premiered2013

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    Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Madam Secretary

    Téa Leoni, Tim Daly

    Premiered2014

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    Scandal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Scandal

    Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick

    Premiered2012

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    The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    The Good Wife

    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth

    Premiered2009

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    Homeland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Homeland

    Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin

    Premiered2011

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    The Wire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    The Wire

    Dominic West, Lance Reddick

    Premiered2002

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  • 8
    Veep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Veep

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky

    Premiered2012

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    Borgen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Borgen

    Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen

    Premiered2010

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  • 10
    Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

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  • 11
    The Americans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    The Americans

    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys

    Premiered2013

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    Designated Survivor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Designated Survivor

    Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone
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    24 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Premiered2001

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    The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    The Newsroom

    Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer

    Premiered2012

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    Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Boardwalk Empire

    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham

    Premiered2010

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    Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

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    Boss is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Boss

    Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen

    Premiered2011

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    Commander in Chief is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Commander in Chief

    Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland

    Premiered2005

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    The Crown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

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    Suits is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Suits

    Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams

    Premiered2011

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    Alpha House is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Alpha House

    John Goodman, Clark Johnson

    Premiered2013

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    The Thick of It is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    The Thick of It

    Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan

    Premiered2005

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    Yes Minister is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Yes Minister

    Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne

    Premiered1980

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    Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

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    Spin City is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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    Spin City

    Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen

    Premiered1996

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