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The Best Political Drama TV Shows 

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List Rules Vote up your favorite dramatic series that are about politics and politicians.

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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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly

Premiered: 2013

House of Cards (Netflix, 2013) is an American political drama television series developed by Beau Willimon, and an adaptation of the BBC mini-series based on the novel by Michael Dobbs. ...more

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The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney

Premiered: 1999

The West Wing is an American serial political drama television series created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast on NBC from September 22, 1999, to May 14, 2006. The series is set ...more

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Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
PeterDeWitt added Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller

Premiered: 2014

Madam Secretary is an American political drama television series created by Barbara Hall and executive produced by Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman. It stars Téa Leoni as Elizabeth ...more
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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short

Premiered: 2012

Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more

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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

Premiered: 2009

The Good Wife (CBS, 2009) is an American television legal and political drama created by Robert King and Michelle King. Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

Premiered: 2011

Homeland (Showtime, 2011) is an American political drama thriller series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The ...more

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The Wire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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Borgen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Emil Poulsen

Premiered: 2010

Borgen is a Danish one-hour political drama television series. It tells the story of charismatic politician Birgitte Nyborg who unexpectedly becomes the first female Prime Minister of Denmark. ...more
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Veep is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

Premiered: 2012

Veep (HBO, 2012) is an American political satire comedy television series created by Armando Iannucci, based on the British sitcom The Thick of It. Vice President Selina Meyer (Julia ...more

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
100Colleges.com added Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández

Premiered: 2013

The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more

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24 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
brucejoel99 added Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard

Premiered: 2001

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Commander in Chief is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland, Harry Lennix

Premiered: 2005

Commander in Chief is an American drama television series that focused on the fictional administration and family of Mackenzie Allen, the first female President of the United States, who ascends ...more

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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

Premiered: 2010

Boardwalk Empire (HBO, 2010) is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter, based on the non-fiction book by Nelson Johnson. During the 1920s Prohibition era, a ...more

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Boss is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware

Premiered: 2011

Boss is an American political drama television serial created by Farhad Safinia. The series stars Kelsey Grammer as Tom Kane, the mayor of Chicago, who has recently been diagnosed with dementia ...more

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Designated Survivor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
ThisIsForDS added Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto
Designated Survivor (ABC, 2016; Netflix, 2019) is an American political conspiracy drama television series. On the night of the State of the Union address, an incident claims the lives of the ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Juana Morales added Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

Premiered: 2011

Suits (USA, 2011) is an American legal drama created by Aaron Korsh. On the run from a drug deal gone bad, brilliant college dropout Mike Ross, finds himself working with Harvey Specter, one of ...more

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Alpha House is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy

Premiered: 2013

Alpha House is an American political satire television series produced by Amazon Studios. The show stars John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos as four Republican U.S. ...more

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The Thick of It is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan, Chris Addison

Premiered: 2005

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Spin City is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
akshayrajkore added Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear

Premiered: 1996

Spin City is an American television sitcom that aired from September 17, 1996, until April 30, 2002, on ABC. Created by Gary David Goldberg and Bill Lawrence, the show was based on a fictional ...more

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The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Rishi Agrawal added Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.

Premiered: 2012

The Newsroom is an American television political drama series created and principally written by Aaron Sorkin that premiered on HBO on June 24, 2012, and concluded on December 14, 2014, ...more

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State of Affairs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
PeterDeWitt added Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, Adam Kaufman

Premiered: 2014

State of Affairs is an American espionage thriller series created by Alexi Hawley, which premiered on NBC on November 17, 2014, during the 2014–15 American television season. The series stars ...more
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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Rishi Agrawal added Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Premiered: 2016

The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter Morgan. A young Queen Elizabeth II's (Claire Foy) political rivalries and romances guide the events ...more

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Political Animals is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk

Premiered: 2012

Political Animals was a six-episode American miniseries created by Greg Berlanti. The series aired in the United States on USA Network from July 15 through August 19, 2012. Sigourney Weaver ...more