Greatest Television Show Dramas

These shows make you angry, laugh, and even cry. Sometimes these shows leave you under a blanket to the very end.

The Top Ten

1 Breaking Bad Breaking Bad Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, 2013.

Arguably the television ever made. The Wire is a close second. Bryan Cranston's performance is the best I've seen on any television program. Great story, characters and suspense. Simply magnificent. - afex

Really? This or The Wire or Sopranos is not first? That's a joke of a list. Six Feet Under should be higher as well. - djc20

Best show ever. No question. Heisenberg for president.

Best T.V. show ever - BenFerris

V 1 Comment
2 Lost Lost Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 episodes.

This show is insanely addictive. Each character has their own interesting background. The island contains so many unexpected mysteries yet to be discovered. I would definitely recommend this show, it should be #1.

Most epic show of all time! Amazing cast, insane twists you would never expect and lovable characters who all have an amazing story. This show is a must watch! 11 should be on top

3 House House

Witty and smart using a Brit to play an American in a reworking of the Sherlock Holmes character. The fact they can keep an obnoxious and unlikeable character fresh season after season says so much about the writers, directors and Hugh Laurie. In real life this "doctor" would have been fired. - mgenet

If your life's no more important than anyone else's, sign your donor card and kill yourself.

One of the greatest T.V. shows ever... Driven by its content and powerful acting performances...

Watch this show in night,after a day of hardships you faced and believe me when I say it,after watching this show,that 1 hour of show will be the happiest and most energetic 1 hour of each day of your life. This show will make you happy,sad,philosophical,anxious,etc in same 1 hour. That opening theme will play even in your last memory,at your deathbed and before every single sleep. Stop wasting time and just try this beautiful piece of art. LOVE YOU FOREVER House M.D.

V 2 Comments
4 The Sopranos The Sopranos The Sopranos is an American crime drama television series created by David Chase. The story revolves around fictional New Jersey-based, Italian American mobster Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). The series portrays the difficulties that he faces as he tries to balance his home life and his criminal organization. more.

The only show even close to the Sopranos is Breaking Bad! Nothing else compares!

5 Dexter
6 The Wire The Wire The Wire is an American crime drama television series set and produced in Baltimore, Maryland. Created and primarily written by author and former police reporter David Simon, the series was broadcast by the cable network HBO in the United States.
7 One Tree Hill One Tree Hill

Absoulte Fave show of all time it's not like all the others and thats what makes it so good! - xxxAshleyxxx

Most heartwarming show I have ever seen :D

8 The O.C

californai, should i say more
- Homestarmy

9 Prison Break Prison Break Prison Break is an American television serial drama created by Paul Scheuring, that was broadcast on Fox for four seasons, from 2005 to 2009. The series revolves around two brothers.

Good show, I really only watch Star Trek but I like this show.

10 Grey's Anatomy Grey's Anatomy Grey's Anatomy is an American medical drama television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns, residents and attending physicians, as they evolve into seasoned doctors while trying more.

This show should be #1. It has a lot of drama and we get to see each character develop and overcome their problems. The most amazing and unexpected events occur. We also get to see the relationships formed and the doctor-patient interactions. Best medical drama yet.

The Contenders

11 Mad Men Mad Men

An absolutely perfect show in every way

12 Gilmore Girls Gilmore Girls
13 The Walking Dead The Walking Dead The Walking Dead is an American horror drama television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series of the same name by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie Adlard . Andrew Lincoln plays the show's lead character, sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes, who awakens from a coma discovering more.
14 Game of Thrones Game of Thrones Game of Thrones is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss. It is an adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire, George R. R. Martin's series of fantasy novels, the first of which is titled A Game of Thrones.
15 Pretty Little Liars Pretty Little Liars Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery thriller television series developed by I. Marlene King and is loosely based on the novel series of the same name written by Sara Shepard.

Best show I have ever watched. people think its for only teen girls just because the characters are in high school. that isn't true, because its not the age of the characters that matters, it's the amazing mysterious story line.

Best show I have ever seen! You literally cannot stop watching!

Should be number 1

16 The West Wing The West Wing 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 primarily in the West Wing of the White House, where the Oval Office and offices of presidential senior staff more.
17 EastEnders EastEnders EastEnders is a British soap opera; the first episode was broadcast in the United Kingdom on BBC One on 19 February 1985. EastEnders storylines examine the domestic and professional lives of the people who live and work in the fictional London Borough of Walford in the East End of London.

Eastenders should be first what is house anyways I mean I have a house should I be at the top of the list
Eastenders always has something to wonder about

18 24 24
19 Heroes
20 Smallville Smallville


Superman is greater than he is in the motion pictures, beside this the show has great romances and many superb songs included - MatrixGuy

21 Hollyoaks
22 Six Feet Under Six Feet Under

Simply the best. Great mix of drama and off-beat comedy. It'd be ranked so much higher if more people knew about it.

23 Home & Away
24 Gossip Girl Gossip Girl Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar.
25 NYPD Blue
26 Friday Night Lights
27 Neighbours
28 Homeland Homeland Homeland is an American spy thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Prisoners of War, which was created by Gideon Raff.
29 Boardwalk Empire

Takes place in the 1920's when Alchohol was forbidden and states real people such as Al Capone

30 Kojak
31 Holby City
32 Dawson's Creek
33 Sons of Anarchy Sons of Anarchy Sons of Anarchy is an American crime drama television series created by Kurt Sutter that aired from 2008 to 2014.
34 Supernatural Supernatural This haunting series follows the thrilling yet terrifying journeys of Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who face an increasingly sinister landscape as they hunt monsters. After losing their mother to a supernatural force, the brothers were raised by their father as soldiers who track mysterious more.

How is this show this far down on the list?! It's fantastic!

Not even close to breaking bad but should be higher.

35 Castle Castle Castle is an American crime-comedy-drama television series, which aired on ABC for a total of eight seasons from March 9, 2009 to May 16, 2016. The series is produced jointly by Beacon Pictures and ABC Studios.
36 Emmerdale
37 Felicity
38 Lou Grant
39 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Buffy the Vampire Slayer Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series created by Joss Whedon under his production tag, Mutant Enemy Productions with later co-executive producers being Jane Espenson, David Fury, David Greenwalt, Doug Petrie, Marti Noxon, and David Solomon. The series premiered on March 10, 1997, more.
40 Casualty Casualty
41 ER

Really good worth a watch once seen you will want to keep watching

42 Firefly Firefly Firefly is an American space Western drama television series which ran from 2002–2003, created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label.
43 Passions

pretty weird, but lots of drama. - biscuits

44 Sherlock (UK)
46 Vampire Diaries

The acting done in this show is amazing

The best..
Especially Damon Salvator is great and sexy...
Also Stefan and Ellena are really good...

47 Doctor Who Doctor Who The Doctor a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasterborous, he travels around in his time machine called The TARDIS which stands for time and relative dimensions in space. The show was first broadcast on 23rd November 1963 one day after JFK was assassinated! The show has since more.

Doctor Who is this low down?

.. Thanks Moffat

Aaron Sorkin and J. J Abrams can kiss Steven Moffat's ass.

48 The X-Files The X-Files The X-Files is an American science fiction drama television series created by Chris Carter. The original television series aired from September 10, 1993, to May 19, 2002, on Fox.

Sorry Forgot it laugh out loud, its one of my top 5 -notaaronpaul

49 Doctors
50 Beverly Hills, 90210 Beverly Hills, 90210 Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American drama television series that ran for ten seasons—originally airing from October 4, 1990, to May 17, 2000, on Fox, and was produced by Spelling Television in the United States—and subsequently on numerous networks around the world.
PSearch List

Related Lists

Top Ten Greatest Episodes of Television Drama Shows Best Medical Dramas On Television Best Casts in a Television Drama Top Ten Television Period Dramas Top 10 Most Underrated Television Shows

List Stats

400 votes
112 listings
11 years, 150 days old

Top Remixes (10)

1. The Sopranos
2. The Wire
3. The West Wing
1. Prison Break
2. Breaking Bad
3. Game of Thrones
1. EastEnders
2. Hollyoaks
3. Home & Away

View All 10

Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.