My Alternate Emmy for Best Drama Series Winners

by jmpatison003 | created - 03 Jan 2013 | updated - 02 Jul 2013 | Public

This list contains my alternate choices for the Emmy Award for Best Drama Series from 1970-2012. Some of the choices are personal favorites of mine, while others are series that time has shown to have been unfairly passed over. I also included 5-11 alternate nominees depending on the strength of the year (I do this almost exclusively for the 2000s). For nominees: * indicates nominee and ** indicates winner. Some other information has also been included. Enjoy!

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1. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )

50 min | Drama, Romance

8.6
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Porter, Margaret Tyzack, Nyree Dawn Porter, June Barry

Votes: 763

Year: 1970 Network: NET Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Series Developer: Donald Wilson Series Creator: John Galsworthy Season #: 1 Main Cast: Kenneth More, Eric Porter, Susan Hampshire, Nyree Dawn Porter, and numerous others Episode Submissions: Nominees: *Ironside (NBC): Mannix (CBS); **Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC); *The Mod Squad (ABC); *The Name of the Game (NBC)

2. The Bold Ones: The Senator (1970–1971)

60 min | Drama

8.0
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Hays Stowe is a new senator who comes to Washington DC with his wife Erin and daughter Norma. He arrives full of optimism that being on the side of justice can help him change things for ... See full summary »

Stars: Hal Holbrook, Michael Tolan, Kate Hawley, Sharon Acker

Votes: 51

Year: 1971 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creator: S.S. Schweitzer Season #: 1 Main Cast: Hal Holbrook, Sharon Acker, Cindy Eilbacher, and Michael Tolan Episode Submissions: A Clear and Present Danger; To Taste of Death but Once; The Day the Lion Died; Power Play; A Continual Roar of Musketry, Parts I & II; George Washington Is a Liar; A Single Blow of the Sword Nominees: *The First Churchills (PBS); *Ironside (NBC); Mannix (CBS); *Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC); Medical Center (CBS)

3. Columbo (1971–2003)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 21,512

Year: 1972 Network: CBS Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Series Creators: Richard Levinson and William Link Season #: 1 Main Cast: Peter Falk Episode Submissions: Murder by the Book; Death Lends a Hand; Dead Weight; Suitable for Framing; Lady in Waiting; Short Fuse Nominees: **Elizabeth R (The Lion's Cub; The Marriage Game; Shadow in the Sun; Horrible Conspiracies; The Enterprise of England; Sweet England's Pride) (PBS); *Mannix (CBS); *Marcus Welby, M.D. (ABC); Medical Center (CBS); *The Six Wives of Henry VIII (Catherine of Aragon; Anne Boleyn; Jane Seymour; Catherine Howard; Catherine Parr) (CBS)

4. The Waltons (1971–1981)

TV-G | 60 min | Drama, Family, Romance

7.6
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The life and trials of a 1930s and 1940s Virginia mountain family through financial depression and World War II.

Stars: Jon Walmsley, Mary Beth McDonough, Eric Scott, Judy Norton

Votes: 4,305

Year: 1973 Network: CBS Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creator: Earl Hamner Season #: 1 Main Cast: Richard Thomas, Ralph Waite, Michael Learned, Ellen Corby, Will Geer, Jon Walmsley, Judy Norton Taylor, Mary Elizabeth McDonough, Eric Scott, David W. Harper, and Kami Cotler Episode Submissions: Nominees: *Cannon (CBS); *Columbo (Étude in Black; The Greenhouse Jungle; The Most Crucial Game; Dagger of the Mind; Requiem for a Falling Star; A Stitch in Crime) (NBC); *Hawaii Five-O (CBS); *Kung Fu (ABC); Medical Center (CBS)

5. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

Stars: Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh, Angela Baddeley

Votes: 2,200

Year: 1974 Network: PBS Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creators: Jean Marsh, Eileen Atkins, John Hawkesworth, and John Whitney Series Developer: Alfred Shaughnessy Season #: 1 and 2 (mostly 2) Main Cast: Jean Marsh, Pauline Collins, Gordon Jackson, Angela Baddeley, Rachel Gurney, David Langton, Evin Crowley, Patsy Smart, George Innes, Brian Osborne, Nicola Pagett, Susan Porrett, Christopher Beeny, Maggie Wells, Simon Williams, Jenifer Armitage, Ian Ogilvy, Joan Benham, Jenny Tomasin, John Alderton, Raymond Huntley, Donald Burton, Jane Carr, and Dorothy Frere Episode Submissions: Nominees: *Kojak (CBS); *Police Story (NBC); *The Streets of San Francisco (ABC); Toma (ABC); *The Waltons (CBS)

6. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

Stars: Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh, Angela Baddeley

Votes: 2,200

Year: 1975 Network: PBS Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Developer: Alfred Shaughnessy Series Creators: Jean Marsh, Eileen Atkins, John Hawkesworth, and John Whitney Series Developer: Alfred Shaughnessy Season #: 3 Main Cast: Jean Marsh, Gordon Jackson, Angela Baddeley, David Langton, Jenny Tomasin, Christopher Beeny, Meg Wynn Owen, Simon Williams, Raymond Huntley, Jacqueline Tong, Anthony Ainley, Lesley-Anne Down, Celia Bannerman, Tony Bateman, Joan Benham, Anthony Dawes, Elisabeth Day, John Flint, Helen Lindsay, John Quayle, Patsy Smart, Leonard Trolley, Richard Vernon, and Valerie White Episode Submissions: Nominees: Columbo (An Exercise in Fatality; Negative Reaction; By Dawn's Early Light; Troubled Waters; Playback; A Deadly State of Mind) (ABC); *Kojak (CBS); *Police Story (NBC); The Streets of San Francisco (ABC); *The Waltons (CBS)

7. Columbo (1971–2003)

100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.2
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Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 21,512

Year: 1976 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Series Creators: Richard Levinson and William Link Season #: 5 Main Cast: Peter Falk Episode Submissions: Forgotten Lady; A Case of Immunity; Identity Crisis; A Matter of Honor; Now You See Him...; Last Salute to the Commodore Nominees: *Baretta (ABC); Petrocelli (NBC); **Police Story (NBC); *The Streets of San Francisco (ABC); Upstairs, Downstairs (PBS)

8. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)

60 min | Drama

8.4
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The trials of the British aristocratic Bellamy family and their household staff.

Stars: Gordon Jackson, David Langton, Jean Marsh, Angela Baddeley

Votes: 2,200

Year: 1977 Network: PBS Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creators: Jean Marsh, Eileen Atkins, John Hawkesworth, and John Whitney Series Developer: Alfred Shaughnessy Season #: 5 Main Cast: Jean Marsh, Gordon Jackson, Angela Baddeley, Jacqueline Tong, Christopher Beeny, David Langton, Jenny Tomasin, Lesley-Anne Down, Simon Williams, Gareth Hunt, Hannah Gordon, Karen Dotrice, Joan Benham, Anne Yarker, Anthony Andrews, Madeleine Cannon, Raymond Huntley, Jonathan Seely, Celia Bannerman, Shirley Cain, Ursula Howells, and John Quayle Episode Submissions: Nominees: *Baretta (ABC); *Family (ABC); Little House on the Prairie (NBC); *Police Story (NBC); The Rockford Files (NBC)

9. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.1
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The cases of an easy going ex-convict turned private investigator.

Stars: James Garner, Noah Beery Jr., Joe Santos, Luis Delgado

Votes: 5,381

Year: 1978 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creators: Roy Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell Season #: 4 Main Cast: James Garner, Noah Beery, Jr., Joe Santos, Stuart Margolin, and Gretchen Corbett Episode Submissions: Nominees: *Columbo (Try and Catch Me; Murder Under Glass; Make Me a Perfect Murder; How to Dial a Murder; The Conspirators) (NBC); *Family (ABC); I, Claudius (PBS); Little House on the Prairie (NBC); *Lou Grant (CBS)

10. Lou Grant (1977–1982)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

7.3
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The trials of a former television station manager, turned newspaper city editor, and his journalist staff.

Stars: Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Mason Adams, Jack Bannon

Votes: 1,279

Year: 1979 Network: CBS Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creators: Allan Burns, James L. Brooks, and Gene Reynolds Season #: 2 Main Cast: Edward Asner, Robert Walden, Linda Kelsey, Mason Adams, Jack Bannon, Daryl Anderson, and Nancy Marchand Episode Submissions: Nominees: Battlestar Galactica (ABC); Family (ABC); Little House on the Prairie (CBS); *The Paper Chase (CBS); *The Rockford Files (NBC)

11. Dallas (1978–1991)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, Romance

7.0
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The soapy, backstabbing machinations of Dallas oil magnate J.R. Ewing and his family.

Stars: Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray

Votes: 9,382

Year: 1980 Network: CBS Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Series Creator: David Jacobs Season #: 3 Main Cast: Barbara Bel Geddes, Jim Davis, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, Larry Hagman, Steve Kanaly, Ken Kercheval, Victoria Principal, and Charlene Tilton Episode Submissions: Nominees: The Duchess of Duke Street (PBS); *Family (ABC); **Lou Grant (CBS); Little House on the Prairie (NBC); *The Rockford Files (NBC)

12. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

8.2
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The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Votes: 5,586

Year: 1981 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creators: Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll Season #: 1 Main Cast: Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Michael Conrad, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James B. Sikking, Joe Spano, Barbara Bosson, Taurean Blacque, Kiel Martin, René Enríquez, Betty Thomas, Ed Marinaro, and Charles Haid Episode Submissions: Nominees: *Dallas (CBS); Hart to Hart (ABC); *Lou Grant (CBS); Magnum, P.I. (Skin Deep; Never Again...Never Again; Missing in Action; Lest We Forget; Thicker Than Blood; J. "Digger" Doyle) (NBC); *Quincy, M.E. (NBC); *The White Shadow (CBS)

13. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

8.2
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The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Votes: 5,586

Year: 1982 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creators: Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll Season #: 2 Main Cast: Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Michael Conrad, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James B. Sikking, Joe Spano, Barbara Bosson, Taurean Blacque, Kiel Martin, René Enríquez, Betty Thomas, Ed Marinaro, and Charles Haid Episode Submissions: Nominees: Dallas (CBS); *Dynasty (ABC); *Fame (NBC); *Lou Grant (CBS); *Magnum, P.I. (CBS)

14. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

8.2
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The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Votes: 5,586

Year: 1983 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creators: Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll Season #: 3 Main Cast: Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Michael Conrad, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James B. Sikking, Joe Spano, Barbara Bosson, Taurean Blacque, Kiel Martin, René Enríquez, Betty Thomas, Ed Marinaro, and Charles Haid Episode Submissions: Nominees: *Cagney & Lacey (CBS); *Fame (NBC); Knots Landing (CBS); *Magnum, P.I. (CBS); *St. Elsewhere (NBC)

15. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama

8.2
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The lives and work of the staff of an inner city police precinct.

Stars: Daniel J. Travanti, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James Sikking

Votes: 5,586

Year: 1984 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creators: Steven Bochco and Michael Kozoll Season #: 4 Main Cast: Daniel J. Travanti, Veronica Hamel, Michael Conrad, Michael Warren, Bruce Weitz, James B. Sikking, Joe Spano, Barbara Bosson, Taurean Blacque, Kiel Martin, René Enríquez, Betty Thomas, Ed Marinaro, and Charles Haid Episode Submissions: Nominees: *Cagney & Lacey (CBS); *Fame (Syndicated); Knots Landing (CBS); *Magnum, P.I. (CBS); *St. Elsewhere (NBC)

16. St. Elsewhere (1982–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

7.9
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The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital.

Stars: Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel, David Morse

Votes: 2,738

Year: 1985 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Series Creators: Joshua Brand and John Falsey Series Developers: Mark Tinker and John Masius Season #: 3 Main Cast: Ed Flanders, William Daniels, Norman Lloyd, Ed Begley, Jr., Ellen Bry, Stephen Furst, Mark Harmon, Terence Knox, Eric Laneuville, Howie Mandel, David Morse, Christina Pickles, Cynthia Sikes, and Denzel Washington Episode Submissions: Nominees: **Cagney & Lacey (CBS); *Hill Street Blues (NBC); Magnum, P.I. (CBS); *Miami Vice (NBC); *Murder, She Wrote (CBS)

17. Moonlighting (1985–1989)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

7.6
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The quirky cases of a former model and a smart aleck detective who manage a private detective agency.

Stars: Cybill Shepherd, Bruce Willis, Allyce Beasley, Curtis Armstrong

Votes: 14,685

Year: 1986 Network: ABC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Series Creators: Glenn Gordon Caron Season #: 1 Main Cast: Bruce Willis, Cybill Shepherd, and Allyce Beasley Episode Submissions: Nominees: **Cagney & Lacey (CBS); *Hill Street Blues (NBC); Magnum, P.I. (CBS); *Murder, She Wrote (CBS); *St. Elsewhere (NBC)

18. L.A. Law (1986–1994)

46 min | Drama

7.0
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The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm.

Stars: Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Michael Tucker

Votes: 3,333

Year: 1987 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Series Creators: Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher Season #: 1 Main Cast: Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Michele Greene, Jimmy Smits, Michael Tucker, Susan Ruttan, and Richard Dysart Episode Submissions: Nominees: Hill Street Blues (NBC); Matlock (NBC); *Moonlighting (ABC); *Murder, She Wrote (CBS); *St. Elsewhere (NBC)

19. St. Elsewhere (1982–1988)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

7.9
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The lives and work of the staff of St. Eligius Hospital, an old and disrespected Boston teaching hospital.

Stars: Ed Begley Jr., William Daniels, Howie Mandel, David Morse

Votes: 2,738

Year: 1988 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Series Creators: Joshua Brand and John Falsey Series Developers: Mark Tinker and John Masius Season #: 6 Main Cast: Ed Flanders, William Daniels, Norman Lloyd, Bonnie Bartlett, Ed Begley, Jr., Ronny Cox, Stephen Furst, Bruce Greenwood, Eric Laneuville, Sagan Lewis, Howie Mandel, David Morse, France Nguyen, Cindy Pickett, Christina Pickles, Jennifer Savidge, and Denzel Washington Episode Submissions: Nominees: *Beauty and the Beast (CBS); In the Heat of the Night Pilot, Parts I & II; Fate; Blind Spot, Parts I & II; ...And Then You Die) (NBC); *L.A. Law (NBC); Matlock (NBC); **thirtysomething (ABC)

20. L.A. Law (1986–1994)

46 min | Drama

7.0
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The lives and work of the staff of a major Los Angeles law firm.

Stars: Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Michael Tucker

Votes: 3,333

Year: 1989 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creators: Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher Season #: 3 Main Cast: Harry Hamlin, Susan Dey, Corbin Bernsen, Jill Eikenberry, Alan Rachins, Michele Greene, Jimmy Smits, Michael Tucker, Susan Ruttan, Blair Underwood, Larry Drake, and Richard Dysart Episode Submissions: Nominees: *China Beach (ABC); Midnight Caller (NBC); Star Trek: The Next Generation (Elementary, Dear Data; Unnatural Selection; A Matter of Honor; The Measure of a Man; Q Who; The Emissary; Peak Performance) (Syndicated); Tanner '88 (HBO); *thirtysomething (ABC); *Wiseguy (NBC)

21. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

TV-14 | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.9
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An idiosyncratic FBI agent investigates the murder of a young woman in the even more idiosyncratic town of Twin Peaks.

Stars: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook

Votes: 135,940

Year: 1990 Network: ABC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Series Creators: David Lynch and Mark Frost Season #: 1 Main Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sherilyn Fenn, Warren Front, Peggy Lipton, James Marshall, Everett McGill, Jack Nance, Ray Wise, Joan Chen, and Piper Laurie Episode Submissions: Pilot; Traces to Nowhere; Zen, or the Skill to Catch a Killer; Rest in Pain; The One-Armed Man; Cooper's Dreams; Realization Time; The Last Evening Nominees: *China Beach (ABC); **L.A. Law (NBC); *Quantum Leap (NBC); Road to Avonlea (Disney); Star Trek: The Next Generation (The Survivors; The Enemy; The Defector; Déjà Q; Yesterday's Enterprise; Sins of the Father; Sarek; The Best of Both Worlds, Part I) (Syndicated)

22. Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.1
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Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time, "leaping" into the body of a different person, in a different time period each week.

Stars: Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt, Dennis Wolfberg

Votes: 21,891

Year: 1991 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Series Creator: Donald Bellisario Season #: 3 Main Cast: Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell Episode Submissions: N/A Nominees: **L.A. Law (NBC); Law & Order (NBC); *Northern Exposure (CBS); Road to Avonlea (Disney); Star Trek: The Next Generation (The Best of Both Worlds, Part II; Brothers; Remember Me; Reunion; First Contact; The Nth Degree; The Drumhead; The Mind's Eye) (Syndicated)

23. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

8.6
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Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton

Votes: 75,546

Year: 1992 Network: Syndicated Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Series Creator: Gene Roddenberry Season #: 5 Main Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Gates McFadden, and Marina Sirtis Episode Submissions: Unification, Parts I & II; Cause and Effect; The First Duty; The Perfect Mate; I, Borg; The Next Phase; The Inner Light Nominees: *I'll Fly Away (NBC); *Law & Order (NBC); **Northern Exposure (CBS); *Quantum Leap (NBC); Road to Avonlea (Disney)

24. Law & Order (1990–2010)

TV-14 | 45 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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Follows a crime, usually adapted from current headlines, from two separate vantage points, the police investigation and the prosecution in court.

Stars: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina, S. Epatha Merkerson

Votes: 27,002

Year: 1993 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No (won award in 1997) Series Creator: Dick Wolf Season #: 3 Main Cast: Michael Moriarty, Paul Sorvino, Jerry Orbach, Chris Noth, Dann Florek, Richard Brooks, Steven Hill, and Carolyn McCormick Episode Submissions: Nominees: Homicide: Life on the Street (Gone for Goode; Ghost of a Chance; Son of a Gun; Three Men and Adena; A Dog and Pony Show; And the Rockets Red Glare; Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; Night of the Dead Living) (NBC); *I'll Fly Away (NBC); *Northern Exposure (CBS); **Picket Fences (CBS); Road to Avonlea (Disney); Star Trek: The Next Generation (Relics; Chain of Command, Parts I & II; Ship in a Bottle; Tapestry; Frame of Mind; Second Chances; Timescape) (Syndicated)

25. Picket Fences (1992–1996)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Family

7.8
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An aging Sheriff tries to keep the peace in a small town plagued by bizarre and violent crimes.

Stars: Kathy Baker, Tom Skerritt, Lauren Holly, Costas Mandylor

Votes: 3,286

Year: 1994 Network: CBS Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creator: David E. Kelley Season #: 2 Main Cast: Tom Skerritt, Kathy Baker, Costas Mandylor, Lauren Holly, Holly Marie Combs, Justin Shenkarow, Adam Wylie, Fyvush Finkel, Ray Walston, and Leigh Taylor-Young Episode Submissions: Nominees: Homicide: Life on the Street (Bop Gun; See No Evil; Black and Blue; A Many-Splendored Thing) (NBC); *Law & Order (NBC); *Northern Exposure (CBS); *NYPD Blue (ABC); *Star Trek: The Next Generation (Interface; Attached; Inheritance; Parallels; The Pegasus; Lower Decks; Emergence; All Good Things...) (Syndicated); The X-Files (Pilot; Deep Throat; Squeeze; Ice; E.B.E.; Darkness Falls; Roland; The Erlenmeyer Flask) (Fox)

26. ER (1994–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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The lives, loves and losses of the doctors and nurses of Chicago's County General Hospital.

Stars: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies, Eriq La Salle

Votes: 42,549

Year: 1995 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No (won award in 1996) Series Creator: Michael Crichton Season #: 1 Main Cast: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies, and Eriq La Salle Episode Submissions: Hit and Run; Into That Good Night; Blizzard; The Gift; Happy New Year; Love's Labor Lost; Motherhood; Everything Old Is New Again Nominees: *Chicago Hope (Pilot; Over the Rainbow; Shut Down; Heartbreak; The Quarantine; Love and Hope; Small Sacrifices; Internal Affairs) (CBS); Homicide: Life on the Street (NBC); *Law & Order (Coma; White Rabbit; Competence; Virtue; House Counsel; Progeny; Rage; Seed) (NBC); My So-Called Life (ABC); **NYPD Blue (Dead and Gone; Simone Says; In the Butt, Bob; Vishy-Vashy Vinnie; A Murder with Teeth in It; Bombs Away; Dirty Socks; The Bookie and Kooky Cookie) (ABC); Party of Five (Fox); The X-Files (Fox)

27. Homicide: Life on the Street (1993–1999)

TV-14 | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

8.6
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A police homicide investigation unit investigates violent crimes in the city of Baltimore.

Stars: Richard Belzer, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto, Kyle Secor

Votes: 9,607

Year: 1996 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Series Creator: Paul Attanasio Season #: 4 Main Cast: Richard Belzer, Andre Braugher, Reed Diamond, Isabella Hofmann, Clark Johnson, Yaphet Kotto, Melissa Leo, and Kyle Secor Episode Submissions: Nominees: Murder One (ABC); **ER (And Baby Makes Two; Hell and High Water; A Miracle Happens Here; It's Not Easy Being Greene; The Right Thing; The Healers; A Shift in the Night; Fevers of Unknown Origin) (NBC); *Law & Order (Bitter Fruits; Savages; Hot Pursuit; Angel; Charm City, Part I; Encore; Pro Se; Aftershock) (NBC); Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (The Way of the Warrior; The Visitor; Rejoined; The Sword of Kahless; Homefront; Accession; Hard Time; Shattered Mirror) (Syndicated); *The X-Files (Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose; The List; Oubliette; Nisei; Piper Maru; Apocrypha; Pusher; Jose Chung's From Outer Space) (Fox)

28. The X-Files (1993– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

8.7
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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.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 166,968

Year: 1997 Network: Fox Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Series Creator: Chris Carter Season #: 4 Main Cast: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson Episode Submissions: Musings of a Cigarette-Smoking Man; Paper Hearts; Memento Mori; Kaddish; Tempo Fugit; Small Potatoes; Gethsemane Nominees: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Welcome to the Hellmouth; The Harvest; Witch; Never Kill a Boy on the First Date; Angel; Nightmares; Out of Mind, Out of Sight; Prophecy Girl) (The WB); *Chicago Hope (A Time to Kill; A Day in the Life; The Day of the Rope; Mother, May I?; The Son Also Rises; Positive I.D.'s; Lamb to the Slaughter; Hope Against Hope) (CBS); *ER (Last Call; Fear of Flying; Night Shift; Faith; Tribes; You Bet Your Life; Random Acts; One More for the Road) (NBC); EZ Streets (CBS); Homicide: Life on the Street (NBC); **Law & Order (Causa Mortis; I.D.; Corruption; Menace; Mad Dog; Double Down; We Like Mike; Terminal) (NBC)

29. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

8.2
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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.

Stars: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head

Votes: 110,247

Year: 1998 Network: The WB Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Series Creator: Joss Whedon Season #: 2 Main Cast: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Anthony Stewart Head, James Marsters, Kristine Sutherland, Juliet Landau, Robia LaMorte, and Seth Green Episode Submissions: When She Was Bad; School Hard; Lie to Me; Surprise; Innocence; Passion; Becoming, Parts I & II Nominees: *Chicago Hope (CBS); Homicide: Life on the Street (NBC); *NYPD Blue (CBS); **The Practice (Betrayal; The Blessing; Hide and Seek; Line of Duty; Burden of Proof; Tree in the Forest; Rhyme and Reason; N/A) (ABC); *The X-Files (Redux, Part II; The Post-Modern Prometheus; Bad Blood; The Red and the Black; The Pine Bluff Variant; The End) (Fox)

30. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state and ends up seeking professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 219,537

Year: 1999 Network: HBO Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No (won award in 2004 and 2007) Series Creator: David Chase Season #: 1 Main Cast: James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Drea de Matteo, Nancy Marchand, John Ventimiglia, Katherine Narducci, Vincent Curatola, Sharon Angela, and Maureen Van Zandt Episode Submissions: Pilot (The Sopranos); Meadowlands; College; Down Neck; The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti; Boca; Nobody Knows Anything; I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano Nominees: Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The Wish; Amends; Helpless; Consequences; Doppelgangland; Earshot; Graduation Day, Parts I & II) (The WB); *ER (Stuck on You; Hazed and Confused; Good Luck, Ruth Johnson; Choosing Joi; The Storm, Parts I & II; Responsible Parties) (NBC); Felicity (The WB); Homicide: Life on the Street (NBC); **The Practice (The Defenders; Trench Work; One of Those Days; Love and Honor; End Games; Happily Ever After; Crossfire; Closet Justice) (ABC); The X-Files (Fox)

31. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

8.8
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Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer

Votes: 50,175

Year: 2000 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creator: Aaron Sorkin Season #: 1 Main Cast: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, John Spencer, Richard Schiff, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Moira Kelly, Dulé Hill, and Janel Moloney Episode Submissions: Pilot; The Crackpots and These Women; In Excelsis Deo; Take This Sabbath Day; Celestial Navigation; The White House Pro-Am; Let Bartlet Be Bartlet; What Kind of Day Has It Been Nominees: Angel (City Of; In the Dark; I Will Remember You; Somnambulist; Hero; Five by Five; Sanctuary; To Shanshu in L.A.) (The WB); Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Fear, Itself; The Initiative; Hush; This Year's Girl; Who Are You; New Moon Rising; The Yoko Factor; Restless) (The WB); Once and Again (ABC); *The Sopranos (Toodle *beep* Big Girls Don't Cry; The Happy Wanderer; D-Girl; From Where to Eternity; The Knight in White Satin Armor; Funhouse) (HBO); Third Watch (NBC)

32. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

8.8
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Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer

Votes: 50,175

Year: 2001 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creator: Aaron Sorkin Season #: 2 Main Cast: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, John Spencer, Richard Schiff, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Dulé Hill, and Janel Moloney Episode Submissions: In the Shadow of Two Gunmen, Parts I & II; Shibboleth; Galileo; Noël; The War at Home; 17 People; Two Cathedrals Nominees: Angel (Are You Now or Have You Ever Been; Untouched; Darla; The Trial; Reunion; Redefinition; Reprise; Epiphany) (The WB); Buffy the Vampire Slayer (No Place Like Home; Fool for Love; Into the Woods; Crush; The Body; Forever; The Weight of the World; The Gift) (The WB); CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS); Gilmore Girls (The WB); *The Sopranos (Proshai, Livushka; Employee of the Month; University; Second Opinion; The Telltale Moozadell; Pine Barrens; Amour Fou; Army of One) (HBO)

33. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

8.8
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Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer

Votes: 50,175

Year: 2002 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creator: Aaron Sorkin Season #: 3 Main Cast: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, John Spencer, Richard Schiff, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Dulé Hill, Janel Moloney, and Stockard Channing Episode Submissions: The Women of Qumar; Bartlet for America; The Two Bartlets; Night Five; Hartsfield's Landing; Dead Irish Writers; We Killed Yamamoto; Posse Comitatus Nominees: Angel (That Vision Thing; Quickening; Lullaby; Waiting in the Wings; Loyalty; Sleep Tight; Forgiving; Benediction) (The WB); Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Bargaining, Part I; After Life; Once More, with Feeling; Dead Things; Normal Again; Villains; Two to Go; Grave) (UPN); The Shield (FX); *Six Feet Under (The Room; Life's Too Short; A Private Life; In the Game; Driving Mr. Mossback; The Invisible Woman; Back to the Garden; Someone Else's Eyes) (HBO); *24 (Fox)

34. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

8.8
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Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer

Votes: 50,175

Year: 2003 Network: NBC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creator: Aaron Sorkin Season #: 4 Main Cast: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, John Spencer, Richard Schiff, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Dulé Hill, Janel Moloney, Joshua Malina, and Stockard Channing Episode Submission: 20 Hours in America, Parts I & II; Holy Night; Inauguration, Part I; Inauguration: Over There; Evidence of Things Not Seen; Life on Mars; Commencement; Twenty Five Nominees: Boomtown (NBC); Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Selfless; Conversations with Dead People; Storyteller; Lies My Parents Told Me; Touched; Chosen) (UPN); Firefly (Serenity; Our Mrs. Reynolds; Jaynestown; Out of Gas; Ariel; The Message; Heart of Gold; Objects in Space) (Fox); *Six Feet Under (You Never Know; Nobody Sleeps; Making Love Work; Tears; Bones and Desire; The Opening; Everyone Leaves; Death Works Overtime; Twilight) (HBO); *The Sopranos (No Show; The Weight; Everybody Hurt; Watching Too Much Television; Whoever Did This; The Strong, Silent Type; Eloise; Whitecaps) (HBO); The Wire (HBO)

35. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

9.2
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New Jersey mob boss, Tony Soprano, deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life, which affects his mental state and ends up seeking professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 219,537

Year: 2004 Network: HBO Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creator: David Chase Season #: 5 Main Cast: James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Drea de Matteo, David Proval, Aida Turturro, Steven R. Schirripa, John Ventimiglia, Robert Funaro, Katherine Narducci, Vincent Curatola, Steve Buscemi, Frank Vincent, Dan Grimaldi, Patsy Parisi, Joseph R. Gannascoli, Toni Kalem, Ray Abruzzo, Sharon Angela, Max Casella, Carl Capotorto, Arthur Nascarella, and Maureen Van Zandt Episode Submissions: Where's Johnny?; All Happy Families...; Irregular Around the Margins; Unidentified Black Males; Cold Cuts; Long Term Parking Nominees: Angel (Lineage; You're Welcome; Smile Time; A Hole in the World; Underneath You; Not Fade Away) (The WB); Deadwood (HBO); The Shield (FX); The Shield (FX); *The West Wing (7A WF 83429; Constituency of One; Abu el Banat; An Khe; Full Disclosure; The Supremes) (NBC); The Wire (HBO)

36. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.7
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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.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis

Votes: 131,272

Year: 2005 Network: Sci-Fi Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Series Developer: Ronald D. Moore Series Creator: Glen A. Larson Season #: 1 Main Cast: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas, Tahmoh Penikett, Kandyse McClure, Paul Campbell, and Alessandro Juliani Episode Submissions: 33; Water; Act of Contrition; The Hand of God; Kobol's Last Gleaming, Parts I & II Nominees: *Deadwood (A Lie Agreed Upon, Parts I & II; Complications; Childish Things; The Whores Can Come; Boy-the-Earth-Talked-To) (HBO); **Lost (Pilot, Parts I & II; Walkabout; ...In Translation; Do No Harm; Exodus, Part I) (Fox); The Shield (FX); Veronica Mars (UPN); *The West Wing (The Birnam Wood; Liftoff; King Corn; Impact Winter; In God We Trust; 2162 Votes) (NBC); The Wire (HBO)

37. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.7
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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.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis

Votes: 131,272

Year: 2006 Network: Sci-Fi Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Series Developer: Ronald D. Moore Series Creator: Glen A. Larson Series Creator(s): Ronald D. Moore and Glen A. Larson Season #: 2 Main Cast: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas, Tahmoh Penikett, Nicki Clyne, Kandyse McClure, Paul Campbell, and Alessandro Juliani Episode Submissions: Home, Part II; Pegasus; Resurrection Ship, Part II; Downloaded; Lay Down Your Burdens, Parts I & II Nominees: Doctor Who (School Reunion; The Girl in the Fireplace; The Impossible Planet; Love & Monsters; Army of Ghosts; Doomsday) (BBC America); *Grey's Anatomy (Bring the Pain; Into You Like a Train; Thanks for the Memories; Break on Through; It's the End of the World; (As We Know It)) (ABC); *The Sopranos (Members Only; Join the Club; Fleshy Part of the Thigh; Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni; Request; Live Free or Die; The Ride) (HBO); Rome (The Stolen Eagle; Stealing from Saturn; Pharsalus; Caesarion; Triumph; Kalends of February) (HBO); *The West Wing (Here Today; The Cold; Election Day, Part II; Requiem; Two Weeks Out; Tomorrow) (NBC)

38. Doctor Who (2005– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

8.7
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The further adventures of the time travelling alien adventurer known as the Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender, and his/her companions.

Stars: Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

Votes: 166,572

Year: 2007 Network: BBC America Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Series Developer: Russell T. Davies Series Creators: Sydney Newman, C.E. Webber, and Donald Wilson Season #: 3 Main Cast: David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, John Barrowman, and Catherine Tate Episode Submissions: Gridlock; 42; Human Nature; The Family of Blood; Blink; Utopia Nominees: Battlestar Galactica (Occupation; Precipice; Exodus, Parts I & II; Crossroads, Parts I & II) (Sci-Fi); *Grey's Anatomy (Time Has Come Today; From a Whisper to a Scream; Six Days, Parts I & II; The Other Side of This Life, Parts I & II) (ABC); **The Sopranos (Soprano Home Movies; Stage 5; Kennedy & Heidi; The Second Coming; The Blue Comet; Made in America) (HBO); The Shield (FX); The Wire (HBO)

39. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.3
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Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 217,884

Year: 2008 Network: HBO Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Series Creator: David Simon Season #: 5 Main Cast: Dominic West, John Doman, Seth Gilliam, Corey Parker Robinson, Deirdre Lovejoy, Clarke Peters, Wendell Pierce, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Aiden Gillen, Reg E. Cathey, Domenick Lombardozzi, Jamie Hector, Andre Royo, Michael K. William, Tristan Wilds, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Jermaine Crawford, Isiah Whitlock, Jr., Michael Kostroff, Neal Huff, Clark Johnson, Thomas McCarthy, and Michelle Paress Episode Submissions: Nominees: Battlestar Galactica (He That Believeth in Me; Six of One; Faith; Guess What's Coming to Dinner?; The Hub; Revelations) (Sci-Fi); *Damages (Pilot (Get Me a Lawyer); Jesus, Mary and Joe Cocker; Sort of Like a Family; I Hate These People; There's No "We" Anymore; Because I Know Patty) (FX); *Dexter (Waiting to Exhale; An Inconvenient Lie; The Dark Defender; Resistance Is Futile; Left Turn Ahead; The British Invasion); (Showtime); Doctor Who (Silence in the Library; Forest of the Dead; Midnight; Turn Left; The Stolen Earth; Journey's End) (BBC America); **Mad Men (Smoke Gets in Your Eyes; 5G; The Hobo Code; Long Weekend; Nixon vs. Kennedy; The Wheel) (AMC)

40. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.7
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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.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis

Votes: 131,272

Year: 2009 Network: Sci-Fi Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: No Series Developer: Ronald D. Moore Series Creator: Glen A. Larson Season #: 4.5 Main Cast: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer, Grace Park, Michael Hogan, Aaron Douglas, Tahmoh Penikett, Michael Trucco, Nicki Clyne, Kandyse McClure, and Alessandro Juliani Episode Submissions: Sometimes a Great Notion; A Disquiet Follows My Soul; Blood on the Scales; No Exit; Someone to Watch Over Me; Daybreak, Part II Nominees: *Breaking Bad (Grilled; Peekaboo; Better Call Saul; 4 Days Out; Phoenix; ABQ) (AMC); *Damages (I Lied, Too; Burn It, Shred It, I Don't Care; Hey! Mr. Pibb!; London, Of Course; Look What He Dug Up This Time; Trust Me) (FX); *Dexter (The Lion Sleeps Tonight; Easy as Pie; About Last Night; Go Your Own Way; I Had a Dream; Do You Take Dexter Morgan?) (Showtime); *Lost (The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham; LaFleur; The Variable; Follow the Leader; The Incident) (Fox); **Mad Men (Flight 1; Three Sundays; A Night to Remember; Six Months Leave; The Jet Set; Meditations in an Emergency) (AMC)

41. Mad Men (2007–2015)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

8.6
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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.

Stars: Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones

Votes: 161,252

Year: 2010 Network: AMC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; Yes Series Creator: Matthew Weiner Season #: 3 Main Cast: Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery, Rich Sommer, Michael Gladis, Robert Morse, Christina Hendricks, Aaron Staton, Bryan Batt, Jared S. Gilmore, Kiernan Shipka, Alexa Alemanni, Jared Harris, and Patrick Cavanaugh Episode Submissions: My Old Kentucky Home; Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency; Seven Twenty Three; The Gypsy and the Hobo; The Grown-Ups; Shut the Door. Have a Seat Nominees: *Breaking Bad (No Más; Sunset; One Minute; Fly; Half Measures; Full Measure) (AMC); *Dexter (Dex Takes a Holiday; Dirty Harry; Road Kill; Hungry Man; Hello, Dexter Morgan; The Getaway) (Showtime); Doctor Who (The Time of Angels; Flesh and Bone; Amy's Choice; Vincent and the Doctor; The Pandorica Opens; The Big Bang) (BBC America); *Friday Night Lights (101 Network (DirecTV)/NBC); *Lost (Dr. Linus; Ab Aeterno; Happily Ever After; The Candidate; The End)

42. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

8.7
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A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 127,881

Year: 2011 Network: PBS Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Series Creator: Julian Fellowes Season #: 1 Main Cast: Hugh Bonneville, Jessica Brown Findlay, Laura Carmichael, Jim Carter, Brendan Coyle, Michelle Dockery, Siobhan Finneran, Joanne Froggatt, Thomas Howes, Rob James-Collier, Rose Leslie, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Sophie McShera, Lesley Nicol, Maggie Smith, Dan Stevens, and Penelope Wilton Episode Submissions: Episode One; Episode Two; Episode Three; Episode Four; Episode Six; Episode Seven Nominees: *Boardwalk Empire (Boardwalk Empire; Anastasia; Nights in Ballygran; Family Limitation; Paris Green; Return to Normalcy) (HBO); *Friday Night Lights (Fracture; Gut Check; Don't Go; The March; Texas Whatever; Always) (DirecTV/NBC); Justified (FX); *Game of Thrones (Winter Is Coming; The Kingsroad; A Golden Crown; You Win or You Die; Baelor; Fire and Blood) (HBO); **Mad Men (The Chrysanthemum and the Sword; Waldorf Stories; The Suitcase; The Beautiful Girls; Blowing Smoke) (AMC); Terriers (FX); The Walking Dead (Days Gone Bye; Guys; Tell It to the Frogs; Vatos; Wildfire; TS-19) (AMC)

43. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.5
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A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,042,931

Year: 2012 Network: AMC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: Yes; No Series Creator: Vince Gilligan Season #: 4 Main Cast: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Giancarlo Esposito, Bob Odenkirk, and Jonathan Banks Episode Submissions: Box Cutter; Problem Dog; Salud; Crawl Space; End Times; Face Off Nominees: *Boardwalk Empire (21; Ourselves Alone; Peg of Old; Two Boats and a Lifeguard; Under God's Power She Flourishes; To the Lost) (HBO); Boss (Starz); *Downton Abbey (Episode 1; Episode 2; Episode 5; Episode 6; Episode 7; Episode 8) *Game of Thrones (What Is Dead May Never Die; Garden of Bones; The Old Gods and the New; A Man Without Honor; Blackwater; Valar Morghulis) (HBO); **Homeland (Pilot; Grace; The Good Soldier; The Weekend; Marine One) (Showtime); *Mad Men (Signal 30; Far Away Places; At the Codfish Ball; The Other Woman; Commissions and Fees; The Phantom) (AMC)

44. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

9.5
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A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,042,931

Year: 2013 Network: AMC Nominated for Award, and if so, Won?: TBA Series Creator: Vince Gilligan Season #: 5.0 Main Cast: Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul, Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, R.J. Mitte, Bob Odenkirk, and Jonathan Banks Episode Submissions: Nominees: The Americans (FX); Downton Abbey (Episode One + 5 others) (PBS); Game of Thrones (HBO); Homeland (Showtime); House of Cards (Netflix); Justified (Decoy + 5 others) (FX); Mad Men (AMC); The Newsroom (HBO); Parenthood (NBC); Southland (Chaos + 5 others) (TNT); The Walking Dead (AMC)