65 Favorite Drama Series

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1. Black Mirror (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

Votes: 355,387

2. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,595,222

3. House of Cards (1990)

TV-14 | 226 min | Drama

The schemes of a ruthlessly ambitious British politician who will stop at nothing to get to the top.

Stars: Ian Richardson, Susannah Harker, Miles Anderson, Alphonsia Emmanuel

Votes: 12,629

4. To Play the King (1993)

218 min | Drama

Francis Urquhart, the unscrupulous but cunning Conservative Prime Minister, has his survival threatened by a liberal monarch and an upcoming General Election.

Stars: Ian Richardson, Michael Kitchen, Kitty Aldridge, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 3,734

5. The Final Cut (1995)

206 min | Drama

Francis Urquhart is too experienced a politician not to know that everything must end, even his long career as British prime minister. In order to secure his retirement and establish ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Richardson, Diane Fletcher, Paul Freeman, Isla Blair

Votes: 3,163

6. Camelot (2011)

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

When King Uther dies and Britain faces chaos, Merlin presents an unknown named Arthur as the new king by birthright, as the late king's son, against the ambitious desires of his half-sister, Morgan.

Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamsin Egerton, Peter Mooney

Votes: 22,215

7. Feud: Bette and Joan (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Biography, Drama

Planned anthology series centering on famous feuds, including Bette Davis and Joan Crawford that is discontinued at the moment.

Stars: Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Judy Davis, Jackie Hoffman

Votes: 14,757

8. Merlí (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 58 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

TV series about a high school philosophy teacher, Merlí, who teaches in an original way, and about the students of his class, including his own son, and the relationship, friendship, love, and problems among the students of the class.

Stars: Francesc Orella, Pere Ponce, Carlos Cuevas, Marta Marco

Votes: 5,404

9. Political Animals (2012)

TV-14 | 360 min | Drama

A divorced, former First Lady, is currently serving as the Secretary of State. She deals with State Department issues, while trying to keep her family together.

Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino, James Wolk, Sebastian Stan

Votes: 5,707

10. The Tudors (2007–2010)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy, James Frain

Votes: 63,841

11. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

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: 147,471

12. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

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

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

Votes: 57,353

13. The Whole Truth (2010)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Legal drama about the prosecution's and the defense team's take on each criminal case.

Stars: Rob Morrow, Maura Tierney, Eamonn Walker, Anthony Ruivivar

Votes: 647

14. Entourage (2004–2011)

TV-MA | 28 min | Comedy, Drama

Film star Vince Chase navigates the vapid terrain of Los Angeles with a close circle of friends and his trusty agent.

Stars: Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara

Votes: 153,271

15. A Little Princess (1973– )

25 min | Drama

A young girl is relegated to servitude at a boarding school when her father goes missing and is presumed dead.

Stars: Deborah Makepeace, Lesley Dunlop, Ruth Dunning, Alison Glennie

Votes: 70

16. War & Peace (2016)

TV-14 | 379 min | Drama, History, Romance

As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.

Stars: Paul Dano, James Norton, Lily James, Adrian Edmondson

Votes: 18,154

17. The Count of Monte Cristo (1998)

400 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Edmond Dantes is unjustly sent to prison for 18 years. He escapes to reclaim his fiancée Mercedes and revenge against his nemesis, Mondego.

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Ornella Muti, Jean Rochefort, Pierre Arditi

Votes: 5,679

18. Queer as Folk (1999–2000)

TV-MA | 48 min | Drama

A groundbreaking gay adult drama which chronicles the lives of Stuart and Vince, as well as 15-year-old Nathan, who is in love with Stuart.

Stars: Aidan Gillen, Craig Kelly, Charlie Hunnam, Denise Black

Votes: 5,354

19. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

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

Votes: 262,395

20. Oz (1997–2003)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A series chronicling the daily activities of an unusual prison facility and its criminal inhabitants.

Stars: Ernie Hudson, J.K. Simmons, Lee Tergesen, Dean Winters

Votes: 83,006

21. QB VII (1974)

390 min | Drama, Mystery

A physician (Sir Anthony Hopkins) sues a novelist (Ben Gazzara) for publishing statements implicating the doctor in Nazi war crimes.

Stars: Ben Gazzara, Anthony Hopkins, Leslie Caron, Dan O'Herlihy

Votes: 577

22. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History

A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 143,899

23. The Pillars of the Earth (2010)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.

Stars: Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 27,029

24. Men of a Certain Age (2009–2011)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

A group of college buddies in the throes of middle age keep their friendship going long after they've graduated.

Stars: Ray Romano, Scott Bakula, Andre Braugher, LisaGay Hamilton

Votes: 3,917

25. The Shield (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 47 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Follows the lives and cases of a dirty Los Angeles Police Department cop and the unit under his command.

Stars: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Michael Jace

Votes: 67,061

26. Twin Peaks (1990–1991)

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

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: 158,498

27. Generation War (2013)

TV-MA | 270 min | Action, Drama, History

57 Metascore

Five friends go out to war and promise each other to be back for Christmas.

Stars: Volker Bruch, Tom Schilling, Katharina Schüttler, Miriam Stein

Votes: 22,472 | Gross: $0.09M

28. Caesar (2002 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 240 min | Biography, Drama, History

Twenty-year-old Julius Caeser flees Rome for his life during the reign of Sulla, but through skill and ambition rises four decades later to become Rome's supreme dictator.

Director: Uli Edel | Stars: Jeremy Sisto, Richard Harris, Christopher Walken, Valeria Golino

Votes: 2,424

29. Carlos (2010)

Not Rated | 334 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

The story of Venezuelan revolutionary Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the 1975 OPEC meeting.

Stars: Edgar Ramírez, Alexander Scheer, Fadi Abi Samra, Lamia Ahmed

Votes: 12,176 | Gross: $0.15M

30. Archangel (2005 TV Movie)

133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A British college professor, working in Russia, investigates certain mysteries surrounding the life and death of Joseph Stalin.

Director: Jon Jones | Stars: Daniel Craig, Yekaterina Rednikova, Gabriel Macht, Lev Prygunov

Votes: 4,931

31. Holocaust (1978)

Not Rated | 475 min | Drama, History, Romance

The saga of a Jewish family's struggle to survive the horror of Nazi Germany's systematic marginalization and extermination of their community.

Stars: Joseph Bottoms, Tovah Feldshuh, Rosemary Harris, Tony Haygarth

Votes: 4,218

32. Napoléon (2002)

380 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

The year is 1816, and Napoleon, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl Betsy his life story. His meteoric rise to military prominence ... See full summary »

Stars: Christian Clavier, Isabella Rossellini, Gérard Depardieu, John Malkovich

Votes: 3,890

33. Houdini (2014)

TV-14 | 174 min | Biography, Drama

Follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin.

Stars: Adrien Brody, Kristen Connolly, Evan Jones, Tim Pigott-Smith

Votes: 10,569

34. Roots (1977)

TV-14 | 588 min | Biography, Drama, History

A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Robert Reed, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 15,221

35. Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006–2007)

44 min | Comedy, Drama

A behind-the-scenes look at a fictional sketch-comedy television show.

Stars: Matthew Perry, Amanda Peet, Bradley Whitford, Steven Weber

Votes: 22,349

36. Providence (1999–2002)

60 min | Drama, Romance

Successful Hollywood plastic surgeon Sydney Hansen returns home to Providence, Rhode Island to try to keep her dysfunctional family together with the help of her mother's friendly ghost. She also finds work with the local free clinic.

Stars: Melina Kanakaredes, Mike Farrell, Paula Cale, Seth Peterson

Votes: 1,610

37. Ally McBeal (1997–2002)

TV-PG | 45 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Follows the personal and professional life of lawyer Ally.

Stars: Calista Flockhart, Greg Germann, Jane Krakowski, Vonda Shepard

Votes: 28,294

38. Le miroir de l'eau (2004– )

90 min

Three generations live on the family vineyard. The eldest daughter was found dead, and they want answers. The whole story is yet to be revealed.

Stars: Line Renaud, Cristiana Réali, Clémentine Célarié, Jean-Claude Adelin

Votes: 60

39. Les misérables (2000– )

90 min | Drama, History

The scene is set during the French Restoration at the beginning of the 19th century. Jean Valjean, a galley slave who was sent to prison for stealing food, is now released after serving ... See full summary »

Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Christian Clavier, John Malkovich, Virginie Ledoyen

Votes: 3,985

40. Wentworth (2013– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Crime, Drama

Bea Smith is locked up while awaiting trial for the attempted murder of her husband and must learn how life works in prison.

Stars: Kate Atkinson, Robbie Magasiva, Katrina Milosevic, Jacqueline Brennan

Votes: 15,204

41. The Night Manager (2016– )

TV-14 | 358 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The night manager of a Cairo hotel is recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer's inner circle.

Stars: Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Debicki, Olivia Colman

Votes: 61,662

42. Julia (1968–1971)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy

Julia Baker is a young African-American woman working as a nurse. She is also a widow (her husband died in Vietnam) trying to raise a young son alone.

Stars: Diahann Carroll, Lloyd Nolan, Marc Copage, Michael Link

Votes: 410

43. Equador (2008– )

Drama, History, Romance

It is 1905 and Luis Bernardo Valenca, a thirty-seven-year-old bachelor and owner of a small shipping company, is reveling in Lisbon's luxurious high society. But his life is turned upside ... See full summary »

Stars: Filipe Duarte, Maria João Bastos, Marco D'Almeida, José Wallenstein

Votes: 253

44. United States of Tara (2009–2011)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A woman struggles to find a balance between her dissociative identity disorder and raising a dysfunctional family.

Stars: Toni Collette, John Corbett, Rosemarie DeWitt, Keir Gilchrist

Votes: 20,660

45. Trust Me (2009)

60 min | Drama

A look at the private and professional lives of employees at the Chicago advertising agency Rothman, Greene & Moore.

Stars: Eric McCormack, Tom Cavanagh, Monica Potter, Sarah Clarke

Votes: 1,033

46. Gilmore Girls (2000–2007)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

A dramedy centering around the relationship between a thirtysomething single mother and her teen daughter living in Stars Hollow, Connecticut.

Stars: Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Keiko Agena, Scott Patterson

Votes: 89,015

47. Golden Boy (2013)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Walter Clark is destined to be the youngest police commissioner in the history of the NYPD. This is the story of how it came to be. It begins 7 years before he became commissioner, when he ... See full summary »

Stars: Theo James, Kevin Alejandro, Bonnie Somerville, Holt McCallany

Votes: 3,651

48. Rescue Me (2004–2011)

TV-MA | 42 min | Drama, Comedy

Tommy Gavin deals with the fears of his job as a firefighter and seeing his ex-wife dating other men.

Stars: Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Steven Pasquale, Andrea Roth

Votes: 24,106

49. Titanic (2012)

TV-PG | 190 min | Drama

The world's largest ship, the Titanic, meets with disaster when it strikes an iceberg on its maiden voyage.

Stars: Peter McDonald, Steven Waddington, Glen Blackhall, Ruth Bradley

Votes: 2,916

50. Lou Grant (1977–1982)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

7.2