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Updated by Jen Mozen on Jul 11, 2016
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Best TV Drama Series

Love these TV shows for their great writing, character development, sharp dialogue and engaging plots.

Breaking Bad (TV Series 2008– )

Created by Vince Gilligan. With Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris. Informed he has terminal cancer, an underachieving chemistry genius turned high school chemistry teacher turns to using his expertise in chemistry to provide a legacy for his family... by producing the world's highest quality crystal meth.

The Wire (TV Series 2002–2008)

Created by David Simon. With Dominic West, John Doman, Deirdre Lovejoy, Wendell Pierce. Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers, and law enforcement.

Downton Abbey (TV Series 2010)

Created by Julian Fellowes. With Hugh Bonneville, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Michelle Dockery. Beginning in the years leading up to World War I, the drama centers on the Crawley family and their servants.

Doctor Who (TV Series 2005– )

With David Tennant, Billie Piper, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan. The further adventures of the time traveling alien adventurer and his companions.


The Good Wife

The Good Wife

Grey's Anatomy

Grey's Anatomy
Sons of Anarchy

Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards " Storyline Sons of Anarchy, aka SAMCRO, is a motorcycle club that operates both illegal and legal businesses in the small town of Charming. They combine gun-running and a garage, plus involvement in porn film.

The West Wing (TV Series 1999–2006)

Created by Aaron Sorkin. With Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer. Inside the lives of staffers in the west wing of the White House.

Friday Night Lights (TV Series 2006– )

With Kyle Chandler, Connie Britton, Aimee Teegarden, Taylor Kitsch. The trials and tribulations of small town Texas football players, their friends, family, and coaching staff.

Alias (TV Series 2001–2006)

Created by J.J. Abrams. With Jennifer Garner, Ron Rifkin, Carl Lumbly, Kevin Weisman. Sydney Bristow is an international spy recruited out of college and trained for espionage and self-defense.

In Plain Sight (TV Series 2008– )

Created by David Maples. With Mary McCormack, Frederick Weller, Paul Ben-Victor, Nichole Hiltz. U.S. Marshall Mary Shannon must hunt down witnesses for federal cases in the witness protection program while also raising a rather dysfunctional family and her own personal life.

Damages (TV Series 2007– )

Created by Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman. With Glenn Close, Rose Byrne, Tate Donovan, Zachary Booth. Bright and sharp law school graduate Ellen Parsons becomes the protégée of the successful and hard-hitting high stakes litigator Patricia Hewes. But nothing is what it seems.

The Sopranos (1999-2007)

Won 5 Golden Globes. Another 86 wins & 217 nominations. See more awards " Storyline An innovative look at the life of fictional Mafia Capo Tony Soprano, this serial is presented largely first person, but additional perspective is conveyed by the intimate conversations Tony has with his psychotherapist.