Top 10 Best Drama TV Shows of All Time

When it comes to television, there are more programs than can be accurately counted, particularly when it comes to all the various TV shows in existence. This large abundance of shows can make it hard to figure out which one in particular are the best to watch, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the titles in question.

With that in mind, we’ve put together this quick article briefly listing and summarizing what we consider to be ten of the top drama TV shows of all time. While this list is by no means the most comprehensive, we hope that you find it interesting (while also bearing in mind that, like all Top 10 lists, it is fairly subjective).

Top 10 Best Drama TV Shows

10. The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead

There’s more to this horror show than zombies and gore; it also offers incredible characters and complex relationships that keep us all coming back for more. Furthermore, the plot lines are complex and thought-provoking.

9. ER


This medical drama TV show ran from 1994 to 2009 and won over 23 Emmy Awards during its tenure. It depicts the everyday events and struggles within an emergency room, and is considered by many people to be the best and longest-running prime-time medical dramas of all time.

8. The West Wing

The West Wing

This show is considered one of the best political drama shows ever created. Originally aired on NBC, it ran from 1999 to 2006 and still remains incredibly popular even now.

7. Justified


This crime drama show ran for five years, from 2010 to 2015, and focuses on the exploits of a United States Marshal named Raylan Givens, who is more or less the epitome of “cowboy cop” (complete with the hat!).

6. Law & Order

Law & Order

This show, which focuses on the criminal justice system, is very likely the most prolific show of its type ever created. It spanned over twenty years and spawned four different spin-off titles, and to this day is considered an exceptionally well-done representation of the criminal justice system and its complexity.

5. X-Files


This science fiction/horror/mystery drama follows the adventures of two FBI agents who investigates unexplained or strange occurrences (ranging from alien abductions to chupacabra to artificial intelligence programs that gain full sentience). Originally running for nine seasons (and returning briefly for a more modern tenth season), this show remains one of the most popular TV drama show of all time.

4. House


This medical drama ran for eight seasons (between 2004 and 2012) and focuses on the exploits of an unconventional doctor named Gregory House and his team of diagnosticians.

3. Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones

When it comes to the best drama TV show, this fantasy drama show undoubtedly makes the list. It not only offers extensive world-building and incredibly intricate plot lines, but also complex multifaceted characters.

2. The Twilight Zone

The Twilight Zone

Originally running for five years (from October of 1959 to June of 1964), this anthology television show (which dabbled in a wide range of genres, from science fiction to fantasy to horror) makes our list for the way it not only offers a wide range of thought provoking and intriguing episodes (each one with its on internal storyline and themes), but also for the way these stories hold up over time and continue to entertain us even now in the 21st century.

1. Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

This crime drama originally began airing in the year 2008 and ran until September of 2013. One of the most popular crime drama shows in recent memory, it focuses on the criminal exploits of Walter White, a former chemistry teacher turned meth kingpin, and Jesse Pinkman, one of Walter’s former students who partners with him in his expanding drug operation. This show is popular for not just the complex and compelling plot lines but also for the depth of the characters and their relationships to one another.