Top Ten Best Written Adult TV Drama Series

Billyv
I made this list based on series of which I've seen all or most episodes. There are several highly acclaimed shows I haven't seen so please add any you believe are deserving.

The Top Ten

1 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. ...read more.

A toss-up for #1 between this and Breaking Bad.

Never watched it but I have heard of it. - DynastiNoble

2 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.

In terms of overall execution (acting, directing etc) I would choose Breaking Bad any day. However, since we're talking about writing alone, then I gotta give it to the Wire. The dialogue, the themes, the complex plot- everything about this show's writing is fantastic. You can analyze this show in so many different ways which is a testament to the genius of David Simin and his team of writers. - afex

Well, yes, the list topic is writing. However, the casting and acting in The Wire is also superb. - Billyv

Amazing show. I liked this one better than Sopranos. - Mcgillacuddy

It's close between the two for me. I'm captivated by all the elements of The Wire, but I give The Sopranos the writing edge for creativity and as art, as many of The Wire's characters and situations are directly based on real people and events - Billyv

3 Mad Men Mad Men

Incredible T.V.

4 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 ...read more.
5 Oz
6 Hill Street Blues
7 The Shield
8 The Twilight Zone The Twilight Zone
9 Dexter Dexter
10 Boardwalk Empire

The Newcomers

? Daredevil Daredevil
? 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. ...read more.

The Contenders

11 NYPD Blue
12 American Horror Story American Horror Story
13 True Blood
14 Moonlighting
15 NCIS NCIS
16 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.
17 Hannibal (2013)
18 Justified
19 Law & Order Law & Order
20 The Newsroom
21 Six Feet Under Six Feet Under
22 Lou Grant
23 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.
24 Get Shorty
25 Gotham Gotham
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