Top Ten Best Written Adult TV Drama Series

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

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
4 The West Wing
5 Hill Street Blues
6 The Twilight Zone
7 Boardwalk Empire
8 NYPD Blue
9 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.
10 Moonlighting

The Contenders

12 Law & Order
13 The Newsroom
14 Six Feet Under
15 Lou Grant
16 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.
17 Justified
18 Get Shorty
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