IMDb's 50 Greatest Dramas

A list of 50 dramas based on the ratings of IMDb users.
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1.
The Wire (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement. (59 mins.)
 
2.
The Sopranos (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life. (55 mins.)
 
3.
Breaking Bad (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future. (49 mins.)
 
4.
Dexter (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Dexter Morgan is a Forensics Expert, a loyal brother, boyfriend, and friend. That's what he seems to be, but that's not what he really is. Dexter Morgan is a Serial Killer that hunts the bad. (53 mins.)
 
5.
Oz (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants. (55 mins.)
Director: Gregory Dark
 
6.
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth. (44 mins.)
 
7.
Homicide: Life on the Street (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore. (60 mins.)
 
8.
House M.D. (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
An antisocial maverick doctor who specializes in diagnostic medicine does whatever it takes to solve puzzling cases that come his way using his crack team of doctors and his wits. (44 mins.)
 
9.
Mad Men (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper. (47 mins.)
 
10.
The X-Files (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts. (45 mins.)
 
11.
The Shield (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
The lives and cases of a dirty LAPD cop and the police unit under his command. (47 mins.)
 
12.
Supernatural (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters" fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth. (44 mins.)
 
13.
The West Wing (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House. (44 mins.)
 
14.
24 (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster. (44 mins.)
 
15.
Fringe (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
An FBI agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena. (46 mins.)
 
16.
Prison Break (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
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. (44 mins.)
 
17.
Skins (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and happiness despite questionable parenting and teachers who more want to be friends (and lovers) rather than authority figures. (46 mins.)
 
18.
Lights Out (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A former heavyweight boxing champion struggles to find his identity after retiring from the ring. (60 mins.)
 
19.
Southland (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
The lives of Police Officers working for the Los Angeles Police Department. (42 mins.)
 
20.
Veronica Mars (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After her best friend is murdered and her father is removed as county sheriff, Veronica Mars dedicates her life to cracking the toughest mysteries in the affluent town of Neptune. (44 mins.)
 
21.
Lost (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island. (44 mins.)
 
22.
Stargate SG-1 (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore the recently discovered Stargates. (44 mins.)
 
23.
Angel (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption. (44 mins.)
 
24.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young woman is forced to fulfill her destiny of fighting vampires and demons with the help of her friends all the while struggling to live a normal teenage life of heart break and drama. (44 mins.)
 
25.
The Defenders (1961 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A Father-Son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day. (60 mins.)
 
26.
Perry Mason (1957 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The cases of a master criminal defense attorney, handling the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent. (60 mins.)
 
27.
Sports Night (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Casey McCall and Dan Rydell are sports anchors and best friends. At "Sports Night", their nightly cable program... (30 mins.)
 
28.
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A behind-the-scenes look at a fictional sketch-comedy TV show. (60 mins.)
 
29.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
This show introduces the Special Victims Unit, a new elite squad of NYPD detectives who investigate sexually related crimes. (60 mins.)
 
30.
Bones (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan, and cocky FBI special agent Seeley Booth build a team to investigate murders - and quite often, there isn't more to examine than rotten flesh or mere bones. (40 mins.)
 
31.
Criminal Minds (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The cases of the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), an elite group of profilers who analyze the nation's most dangerous serial killers and individual heinous crimes in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again. (42 mins.)
 
32.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An elite team of police forensic evidence investigation experts work their cases in Las Vegas. (60 mins.)
 
33.
Harry's Law (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A group of misfit lawyers form an unconventional firm. (43 mins.)
 
34.
Lie to Me (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
About Cal Lightman, the world's leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to expose the truth behind the lies. (43 mins.)
 
35.
The Good Wife (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Alicia has been a good wife to her husband, a former state's attorney. After a very humiliating sex and corruption scandal, he is behind bars. She must now provide for her family and returns to work as a litigator in a law firm. (43 mins.)
 
36.
True Blood (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse encounters a strange new supernatural world when she meets the mysterious Bill, a southern Louisiana gentleman and vampire. (55 mins.)
 
37.
Hill Street Blues (1981 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct. (60 mins.)
 
38.
Third Watch (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The exploits of a group of men and women who serve the City of New York as police officers, firemen, and paramedics in the fictional 55th Precinct. (44 mins.)
 
39.
Nurse Jackie (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A drug-addicted nurse struggles to find a balance between the demands of her frenetic job at a New York City hospital and an array of personal dramas. (27 mins.)
 
40.
The Vampire Diaries (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A teenage girl is torn between two vampire brothers. (43 mins.)
 
41.
The 4400 (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
As the reappearance of 4,400 missing persons on a single day confounds the global community, federal agents on the case slowly discover the ways in which the victims have been changed. (43 mins.)
 
42.
Law & Order (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court. (45 mins.)
 
43.
ER (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital. (44 mins.)
 
44.
Eureka (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The best minds in the US are tucked away in a remote town where they build futuristic inventions for the government's benefit. (60 mins.)
 
45.
NCIS (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The cases of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service's Washington DC Major Case Response Team, led by Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs. (60 mins.)
 
46.
Desperate Housewives (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor. (45 mins.)
 
47.
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The third "Law and Order" series involves the criminal justice system from the criminal's point of view. (60 mins.)
 
48.
NYPD Blue (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
NYPD Detectives of Manhattan's fictional 15th precinct investigate criminal cases. (45 mins.)
 
49.
St. Elsewhere (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital. (60 mins.)
 
50.
The Practice (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
We follow the exploits and cases of defense attorneys of a Boston law firm. Bobby Donnell is the senior defense attorney and founder of the firm. (60 mins.)