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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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2,106 515
The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney
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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2,569 518
House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright
House of Cards is a 2013 American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the ...more

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1,197 330
Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
PeterDeWitt added Téa Leoni, Tim Daly, Patina Miller
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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1,175 512
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short
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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448 78
Designated Survivor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
ThisIsForDS added Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto
On the night of the State of the Union address, an incident claims the lives of the President and all members of his Cabinet except for U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom ...more

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637 246
The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles
The Good Wife is an American television legal and political drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. The series was created by Robert King and Michelle King. It stars Julianna ...more

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662 322
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend
Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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339 125
Veep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale
Veep is an HBO television comedy series, starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, set in the office of Selina Meyer, a fictional Vice President, and subsequent President, of the United States. The series ...more

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277 158
The Americans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
100Colleges.com added Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández
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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362 169
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke
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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362 156
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn
The Wire is an American drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was ...more

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409 183
Borgen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Emil Poulsen
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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270 132
24 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
brucejoel99 added Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard
24 is an American television series produced for the Fox network created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit agent Jack Bauer. Each ...more

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276 176
Boss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware
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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218 79
Suits is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Juana Morales added Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle
Suits is a USA Network legal drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The first episode debuted on June 23, ...more

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211 170
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber
Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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227 170
Commander in Chief is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland, Harry Lennix
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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106 39
The Thick of It is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan, Chris Addison
The Thick of It is a British comedy television series that satirises the inner workings of modern British government. It was first broadcast for two short series on BBC Four in 2005, initially ...more

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170 109
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza
Boardwalk Empire is an American period drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the ...more

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70 25
Yes Minister is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
James Francis Sengor added Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds
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121 74
Political Animals is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk
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

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78 55
Alpha House is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy
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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45 4
The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Rishi Agrawal added Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr.
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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91 87
Spin City is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
akshayrajkore added Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear
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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51 7
The Crown is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Rishi Agrawal added Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby
The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more