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Best TV Dramas of All-Time

Inspired by a friends list of 'Best TV Dramas of All-Time' list.

The only criteria are non-sitcom and non-reality or news show, and had to be more than just a short-run miniseries. Basically 1-hour drama or sci-fi. Series with multiple seasons with stronger performances get higher weighting.

Notes to incorporate:

The Shield
The West Wing
Friday Night Lights
Battlestar Gallactica (the new one)
Twin Peaks

Since then I would add (without knowing what to subtract) Game of Thrones and Hannibal. Sit-coms and comedies seemed like a totally different discussion, so I stuck to this. Mr. Robot is definitely approaching this list, but doesn't yet have enough of a track record 8 episodes in. For example, Season 1 of House of Cards was really good, while 2 and 3 were far less so, to the point that they ruined its chances of making the list. Or the first season of Lost, which was really good, and then a steady decline thereafter. It is also harder now with the short-run series' being more prevalent, like Fargo which, though returning is a totally different story with different characters, and True Detective same thing (man, I watched all of Season 2 and boy was it horrible; I started watching more for the car-crash aspect). Not sure if one-season runs of these things should count or not; I just tended to not include in this exercise.

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