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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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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

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2,273 387
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

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934 240
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

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978 426
Scandal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Scandal Kerry Washington, Darby Stanchfield, Katie Lowes

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536 196
The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
The Good Wife Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles

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554 265
Homeland is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend

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223 118
The Americans is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
DaveIanNaranjo added The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Holly Taylor

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370 156
Borgen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Borgen Sidse Babett Knudsen, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, Emil Poulsen

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270 113
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

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314 132
The Wire is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
The Wire Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn

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226 74
Veep is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Veep Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky, Tony Hale

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179 16
Designated Survivor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
ThisIsForDS added Designated Survivor

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221 108
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

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254 155
Boss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Boss Kelsey Grammer, Connie Nielsen, Hannah Ware

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200 144
Commander in Chief is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Commander in Chief Geena Davis, Donald Sutherland, Harry Lennix

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157 53
Suits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Juana Morales added Suits Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

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183 153
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

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157 97
Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Boardwalk Empire Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

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80 27
The Thick of It is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added The Thick of It Peter Capaldi, Joanna Scanlan, Chris Addison

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107 62
Political Animals is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Political Animals Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk

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51 15
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

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83 82
Spin City is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
akshayrajkore added Spin City Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear

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127 120
State of Affairs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
PeterDeWitt added State of Affairs Katherine Heigl, Alfre Woodard, Adam Kaufman

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61 50
Alpha House is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Alpha House John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy

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34 19
BrainDead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added BrainDead Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Beth Malone, Jan Maxwell

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45 11
Designated Survivor is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
ThisIsForDS added Designated Survivor

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63 77
The Final Cut is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
The Final Cut Ian Richardson^! Diane Fletcher^! Paul Freeman

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26 29
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

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Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

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LanaYoshii added The Royals Joan Collins, Andrew Bicknell, Merritt Patterson

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15 54
Battleground is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Alfred Jones added Battleground Jay Hayden, Teri Reeves, Jack DeSena

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13 43
Party Animals is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
SandraKicklighter added Party Animals Matt Smith, Andrea Riseborough, Colin Salmon

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39 82
Jack & Bobby is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
Jack & Bobby Christine Lahti^! Matt Long^! Logan Lerman

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6 27
Babylon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Political Drama TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Babylon Nick Blood, Andrew Brooke, Bertie Carvel