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.

Bryan cranston was the salt of the show it made it taste good

the shield and the wire is ending
the sopranos has been off the air for a year
mad men has been renewed for a second season THEN

a new show with an interesting plot is coming out and I deccided to watch it on premere night best decision ever I never missed an episode until the finale and the day after that finale aired I said well back to game of thrones and the walking dead

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

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 House is an American television medical drama that originally ran on the Fox network for eight seasons, from November 16, 2004 to May 21, 2012. 

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

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

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

House md is and will always be the best show ever. Dr. Gregory House is God.

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.

At least the best show of all time is in the top 5

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

5 Dexter
6 One Tree Hill One Tree Hill One Tree Hill is an American television drama series created by Mark Schwahn, which premiered on September 23, 2003, on The WB.

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

7 The O.C

californai, should i say more
- Homestarmy

"Welcome to the O.C. B*tch! " - ParasN2000

8 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.

9 Gilmore Girls Gilmore Girls Gilmore Girls is an American comedy-drama television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel. The show debuted on October 5, 2000 on The WB and became a flagship series for the network. Gilmore Girls originally ran for seven seasons, with the final season more.
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 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.
12 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.
13 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

14 Mad Men Mad Men Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate Television.

An absolutely perfect show in every way

15 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

16 24 24 24 is an American action drama television series produced for the Fox network, created by Joel Surnow and Robert Cochran, and starring Kiefer Sutherland as counter-terrorist agent Jack Bauer.
17 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.
18 The Shield

This is THE best T.V. show to air

19 Oz
20 Smallville Smallville Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.


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 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.
23 Heroes
24 Home & Away
25 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.
26 NYPD Blue
27 Friday Night Lights
28 Neighbours
29 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.
30 True Blood
31 Boardwalk Empire

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

32 Hannibal (2013)
33 Kojak
34 Holby City
35 Dawson's Creek
36 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.
37 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.

38 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.
39 Emmerdale
40 American Horror Story American Horror Story American Horror Story is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.
41 Felicity
42 Lou Grant
43 Casualty Casualty
44 Star Trek: The Next Generation Star Trek: The Next Generation Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series in the Star Trek franchise created by Gene Roddenberry that ran between 1987 and 1994. Roddenberry, Maurice Hurley, Rick Berman, and Michael Piller served as executive producers at different times throughout its production. more.
45 ER

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

46 Sherlock (UK)
47 Passions

pretty weird, but lots of drama. - biscuits

48 Gotham Gotham Gotham is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller and based on characters published by DC Comics and appearing in the Batman franchise, primarily those of James Gordon and Bruce Wayne.
49 NCIS NCIS NCIS is an American action police procedural television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service.
50 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...

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Top Remixes (11)

1. Prison Break
2. Breaking Bad
3. Game of Thrones
1. EastEnders
2. Hollyoaks
3. Home & Away
1. The Sopranos
2. Breaking Bad
3. Mad Men

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