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TV Shows & Series: Best Drama TV Shows/Series

In film and television, drama is a genre of narrative fiction (or semi-fiction) intended to be more serious than humorous in tone. Drama of this kind is usually qualified with additional terms that specify its particular subgenre, such as "police crime drama", "political drama", "legal drama", "historical period drama", "domestic drama", or "comedy-drama". These terms tend to indicate a particular setting or subject-matter, or else they qualify the otherwise serious tone of a drama with elements that encourage a broader range of moods. All forms of cinema or television that involve fictional stories are forms of drama in the broader sense if their storytelling is achieved by means of actors who represent (mimesis) characters. In this broader sense, drama is a mode distinct from novels, short stories, and narrative poetry or songs. In the modern era before the birth of cinema or television, "drama" within theatre was a type of play that was neither a comedy nor a tragedy. It is this narrower sense that the film and television industries, along with film studies, adopted. "Radio drama" has been used in both senses—originally transmitted in a live performance, it has also been used to describe the more high-brow and serious end of the dramatic output of radio. ()

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Game of Thrones(2011-)

4.1/5 (with 2,777 votes)

Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros. Friction between the houses leads to full-scale war. All while a very ancient evil awakens in the farthest north. Amidst the war, a neglected military order of misfits, the Night's Watch, is all that stands between the realms of men and icy horrors beyond.

The Walking Dead(2010-)

TV-MA
| 42min per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 2,049 votes)

Sheriff's deputy Rick Grimes awakens from a coma to find a post-apocalyptic world dominated by flesh-eating zombies. He sets out to find his family and encounters many other survivors along the way.

Breaking Bad(2008-2013)

TV-MA
| 45min per episode | Drama
4.2/5 (with 1,597 votes)

When Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given a prognosis of only two years left to live. He becomes filled with a sense of fearlessness and an unrelenting desire to secure his family's financial future at any cost as he enters the dangerous world of drugs and crime.

The Flash(2014-)

TV-PG
| 44min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.4/5 (with 1,298 votes)

After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only "meta-human" who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion -- and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won't be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become...The Flash.

Arrow(2012-)

TV-14
| 42min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery, Action & Adventure
2.9/5 (with 1,193 votes)

Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Stranger Things(2016-)

TV-14
| 50min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.2/5 (with 1,091 votes)

When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces, and one strange little girl.

Supernatural(2005-)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.7/5 (with 877 votes)

When they were boys, Sam and Dean Winchester lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. Subsequently, their father raised them to be soldiers. He taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America ... and he taught them how to kill it. Now, the Winchester brothers crisscross the country in their '67 Chevy Impala, battling every kind of supernatural threat they encounter along the way.

Sherlock(2010-)

TV-14
| 1h 30min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.2/5 (with 834 votes)

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Vikings(2013-)

TV-14
| 44min per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama
3.7/5 (with 803 votes)

Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok, the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless warrior, Ragnar embodies the Norse traditions of devotion to the gods. Legend has it that he was a direct descendant of Odin, the god of war and warriors.

The 100(2014-)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.3/5 (with 727 votes)

Based on the books by Kass Morgan, this show takes place 100 years in the future, when the Earth has been abandoned due to radioactivity. The last surviving humans live on an ark orbiting the planet — but the ark won't last forever. So the repressive regime picks 100 expendable juvenile delinquents to send down to Earth to see if the planet is still habitable.

Mr. Robot(2015-)

TV-MA
| 43min per episode | Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 713 votes)

A contemporary and culturally resonant drama about a young programmer, Elliot, who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them. He wields his skills as a weapon to protect the people that he cares about. Elliot will find himself in the intersection between a cybersecurity firm he works for and the underworld organizations that are recruiting him to bring down corporate America.

Doctor Who(2005-)

TV-PG
| 1h 20min per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 700 votes)

The Doctor is a Time Lord: a 900 year old alien with 2 hearts, part of a gifted civilization who mastered time travel. The Doctor saves planets for a living – more of a hobby actually, and the Doctor's very, very good at it.

Dexter(2006-2013)

TV-MA
| 50min per episode | Crime, Drama, Mystery
4.0/5 (with 646 votes)

Dexter is an American television drama series. The series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for 'Miami Metro Police Department' who also leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have slipped through the cracks of justice.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.(2013-)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure
3.4/5 (with 623 votes)

Agent Phil Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division) puts together a team of agents to investigate the new, the strange and the unknown around the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.

Lost(2004-2010)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery
3.9/5 (with 614 votes)

Stripped of everything, the survivors of a horrific plane crash must work together to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets.

Black Mirror(2011-)

TV-MA
| 55min per episode | Drama, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.1/5 (with 609 votes)

A contemporary British re-working of The Twilight Zone with stories that tap into the collective unease about our modern world.  Over the last ten years, technology has transformed almost every aspect of our lives before we've had time to stop and question it. In every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a smartphone - a black mirror of our 21st Century existence.

House of Cards(2013-2018)

TV-MA
| 50min per episode | Drama
4.1/5 (with 552 votes)

Set in present day Washington, D.C., House of Cards is the story of Frank Underwood, a ruthless and cunning politician, and his wife Claire who will stop at nothing to conquer everything. This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of greed, sex and corruption in modern D.C. House of Cards is an adaptation of a previous BBC miniseries of the same name, which is based on the novel by Michael Dobbs.

Better Call Saul(2015-)

TV-MA
| 45min per episode | Comedy, Crime, Drama
4.0/5 (with 549 votes)

Six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. We meet him when the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut. The series will track Jimmy's transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “criminal lawyer".

Prison Break(2005-2017)

TV-14
| 45min per episode | Action & Adventure, Crime, Drama
3.8/5 (with 547 votes)

Due to a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to death row and his only hope is his brother, who makes it his mission to deliberately get himself sent to the same prison in order to break the both of them out, from the inside out.

True Detective(2014-)

TV-MA
| 1h per episode | Drama
4.1/5 (with 546 votes)

An American anthology police detective series utilizing multiple timelines in which investigations seem to unearth personal and professional secrets of those involved, both within or outside the law.

Directed by Cary Fukunaga

Gotham(2014-)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Fantasy, Crime
3.4/5 (with 531 votes)

Before there was Batman, there was GOTHAM. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world's greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon's story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world's most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, Two-Face and The Joker?

American Horror Story(2011-)

TV-MA
| 43min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 514 votes)

An anthology horror drama series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a farmhouse in Roanoke and a cult.

House(2004-2012)

TV-14
| 44min per episode | Drama, Comedy, Mystery
4.1/5 (with 504 votes)

Dr. Gregory House, a drug-addicted, unconventional, misanthropic medical genius, leads a team of diagnosticians at the fictional Princeton–Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey.

Homeland(2011-)

TV-MA
| 55min per episode | Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime, War & Politics
3.7/5 (with 492 votes)

CIA officer Carrie Mathison is tops in her field despite being bipolar, which makes her volatile and unpredictable. With the help of her long-time mentor Saul Berenson, Carrie fearlessly risks everything, including her personal well-being and even sanity, at every turn.

Fargo(2014-)

TV-MA
| 43min per episode | Crime, Drama
4.2/5 (with 489 votes)

A close-knit anthology series dealing with stories involving malice, violence and murder based in and around Minnesota.

The X-Files(1993-2018)

TV-MA
| 45min per episode | Drama, Mystery, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.1/5 (with 476 votes)

The exploits of FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who investigate X-Files: marginalized, unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. Mulder believes in the existence of aliens and the paranormal while Scully, a skeptic, is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder's discoveries that debunk Mulder's work and thus return him to mainstream cases.

The Blacklist(2013-)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama, Crime, Mystery
3.5/5 (with 475 votes)

Raymond "Red" Reddington, one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, surrenders in person at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He claims that he and the FBI have the same interests: bringing down dangerous criminals and terrorists. In the last two decades, he's made a list of criminals and terrorists that matter the most but the FBI cannot find because it does not know they exist. Reddington calls this "The Blacklist". Reddington will co-operate, but insists that he will speak only to Elizabeth Keen, a rookie FBI profiler.

Firefly(2002-2003)

TV-14
| 1h 30min per episode | Drama, Action & Adventure, Science-Fiction & Fantasy
4.1/5 (with 470 votes)

Firefly is set in the year 2517, after the arrival of humans in a new star system and follows the adventures of the renegade crew of Serenity, a "Firefly-class" spaceship. The ensemble cast portrays the nine characters who live on Serenity.

Supergirl(2015-)

TV-PG
| 42min per episode | Action, Adventure, Drama, Science Fiction
2.9/5 (with 456 votes)

Twenty-four-year-old Kara Zor-El, who was taken in by the Danvers family when she was 13 after being sent away from Krypton, must learn to embrace her powers after previously hiding them. The Danvers teach her to be careful with her powers, until she has to reveal them during an unexpected disaster, setting her on her journey of heroism.

Grey's Anatomy(2005-)

TV-14
| 43min per episode | Drama
3.1/5 (with 456 votes)

Follows the personal and professional lives of a group of doctors at Seattle’s Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital.

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