Best TV The Best Political Drama TV Shows  

Reference
Originally by
17.3k votes 5.9k voters 325.6k views 39 items

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!

1
2,035 486
The West Wing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
The West Wing 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

2
2,498 489
House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright House of Cards is an 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 novel ...more

3
1,135 313
Madam Secretary is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
PeterDeWitt added Madam Secretary 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

4
1,132 499
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Scandal 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

5
378 62
Designated Survivor is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
ThisIsForDS added Designated Survivor Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto On the night of the State of the Union address, an explosion claims the lives of the President and all members of his Cabinet except for U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Tom ...more

6
613 239
The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
The Good Wife 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

7
642 311
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Homeland 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

8
320 109
Veep is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Veep 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

9
262 150
The Americans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
DaveIanNaranjo added The Americans 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

10
352 149
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in and around Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the ...more

11
339 155
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Game of Thrones 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

12
398 176
Borgen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Borgen 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

13
259 123
24 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
brucejoel99 added 24 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

14
273 170
Boss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Boss 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

15
204 70
Suits is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Juana Morales added Suits 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

16
224 162
Commander in Chief is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Commander in Chief 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

17
201 165
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Battlestar Galactica 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

18
98 34
The Thick of It is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added The Thick of It 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

19
168 104
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza Boardwalk Empire is an American period crime 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

20
120 70
Political Animals is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Political Animals 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

21
63 22
Yes Minister is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
James Francis Sengor added Yes Minister Paul Eddington, Nigel Hawthorne, Derek Fowlds Yes, Minister is a TV program

22
75 53
Alpha House is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Alpha House 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

23
89 85
Spin City is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
akshayrajkore added Spin City 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

24
131 132
State of Affairs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
PeterDeWitt added State of Affairs Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, Adam Kaufman 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

25
33 3
The Newsroom is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Rishi Agrawal added The Newsroom 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

26
38 25
BrainDead is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added BrainDead Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Beth Malone, Jan Maxwell BrainDead (CBS, 2016) is an American political satire science fiction comedy-drama television series created by Robert and Michelle King. Documentary filmmaker Laurel Healy (Mary Elizabeth ...more

27
40 6
The Crown is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Rishi Agrawal added The Crown 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

28
32 36
Deutschland 83 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Deutschland 83 Jonas Nay, Maria Schrader, Ulrich Noethen Deutschland 83 is an eight-episode German television series starring Jonas Nay as a 24-year-old native of East Germany who in 1983 is sent to the West as an undercover spy for the HVA, the ...more

29
69 80
The Final Cut is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
The Final Cut Ian Richardson, Diane Fletcher, Paul Freeman The Final Cut is a 1995 BBC television serial, the third part of the House of Cards trilogy. Directed by Mike Vardy, the serial, based on Michael Dobbs's 1995 novel of the same name, was adapted ...more

30
5 6
Ranker Video
Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

31
14 3
The Man in the High Castle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Rishi Agrawal added The Man in the High Castle Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Video, 2015) is an American dystopian alternative history television series created by Frank Spotnitz, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. In an alternative ...more

32
6 2
Tyrant is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Rishi Agrawal added Tyrant Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan, Ashraf Barhom Tyrant is an American drama television series created by director and writer Gideon Raff and developed by Howard Gordon and Craig Wright. The first season of Tyrant consisting of 10 episodes ...more

33
23 50
Ranker Video
LanaYoshii added The Royals Joan Collins, Andrew Bicknell, Merritt Patterson The Royals (E!, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Mark Schwahn. Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) is the matriarch of a fictional contemporary British royal family who must ...more

34
17 58
Battleground is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Alfred Jones added Battleground Jay Hayden, Teri Reeves, Jack DeSena Battleground (Hulu, 2012) is a mockumentary comedy-drama web series created by J. D. Walsh. Led by campaign manager Chris "Tak" Davis (Jay Hayden), a team battles against corrupt ...more

35
4 6
Versailles is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Rishi Agrawal added Versailles George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan Versailles (Canal+, 2015) is a television series created by Simon Mirren and David Wolstencroft. In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV (George Blagden), decides to build ...more

36
14 48
Party Animals is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
SandraKicklighter added Party Animals Matt Smith, Andrea Riseborough, Colin Salmon Party Animals is a British television drama series screened on BBC Two in 2007. It was produced by World Productions, the makers of No Angels and This Life. Party Animals tells the story of ...more

37
40 87
Jack & Bobby is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Jack & Bobby Christine Lahti, Matt Long, Logan Lerman Jack & Bobby is an American television series that aired on The WB network from September 12, 2004 to May 11, 2005. It starred Christine Lahti, Logan Lerman, Matt Long, Jessica Paré, ...more

38
0 3
Karadayı is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
όμορφοκορίτσι added karadayi Çetin Tekindor, Leyla Tuğutlu, Kenan İmirzalıoğlu Karadayı is a Turkish television drama series produced by Ay Yapım, broadcast on ATV, and directed by Uluç Bayraktar. It originally aired on 8 October 2012 in Turkey. The title ...more

39
7 32
Babylon is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Babylon Nick Blood, Andrew Brooke, Bertie Carvel Babylon is a British comedy-drama television series co-created by Danny Boyle, Robert Jones, Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain for Channel 4, produced by Nightjack Ltd. The show is set in London, and ...more