The Best TV Dramas in Modern Time

The Best TV Dramas in Modern Time

In my opinion, these are the best serial television shows of our era. For those of you who don't know, a "serial" television show is one that has a continuous plot throughout the series, typically unfolding over each season as either the main storyline or as half of the storyline (with different situations or cases happening each episode).

The Shield

Seasons: 7
Episodes: 89
Starring: Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, CCH Pounder, Kenny Johnson, David Rees Snell, Benito Martinez

The West Wing

Seasons: 7
Episodes: 156
Starring: Allison Janney, John Spencer, Bradley Whitford, Rob Lowe, Martin Sheen, Richard Schiff, Janel Moloney

The Sopranos

Seasons: 6
Episodes: 86
Starring: James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Lorraine Bracco, Michael Imperioli, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Steven Van Zandt

Law & Order: SVU

Seasons: 15 and Ongoing
Starring: Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Dann Florek, Richard Belzer, Ice-T, BD Wong, Tamara Tunie, Diane Neal

24

Seasons: 9
Episodes: 207
Starring: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert, Elisha Cuthbert

Mad Men

Seasons: 7 and Ongoing
Starring: John Hamm, Elizabeth Moss, John Slattery, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks

Dexter

Seasons: 8
Episodes: 96
Starring: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, Lauren Vélez

Justified

Seasons: 6 and Ongoing
Starring: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts, Walton Goggins, Natalie Zea

Criminal Minds

Seasons: 10 and Ongoing
Starring: Shemar Moore, Thomas Gibson, Kirsten Vangsness, A.J. Cook, Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Mandy Patinkin

The Americans

Seasons: 2 and Ongoing
Starring: Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Richard Thomas, Annet Mahendru

Burn Notice

Seasons: 7
Episodes: 111
Starring: Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar, Bruce Campbell, Sharon Gless, Coby Bell

Homeland

Seasons: 4 and Ongoing
Starring: Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Mandy Patinkin, Morena Baccarin, Rupert Friend

Sons Of Anarchy

Seasons: 7 and Ongoing
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Kim Coates, Maggie Siff, Ron Perlman, Theo Rossi, Tommy Flanagan

White Collar

Seasons: 5 and Ongoing
Starring: Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Willie Garson, Tiffani Thiessen, Sharif Atkins, Marsha Thomason

The Good Wife

Seasons: 6 and Ongoing
Starring: Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry, Archie Panjabi, Josh Charles, Christine Baranski, Alan Cumming, Chris Noth

The Newsroom

Seasons: 2 and Ongoing
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer, John Gallagher Jr., Sam Waterston, Olivia Munn, Thomas Sadoski, Dev Patel

The Killing

Seasons: 4
Episodes: 40
Starring: Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman, Billy Campbell, Brent Sexton, Kristin Lehman, Jamie Anne Allman

Rescue Me

Seasons: 7
Episodes: 93
Starring: Denis Leary, Michael Lombardi, Daniel Sunjata, Steven Pasquale, Andrea Roth, Callie Thorne, John Scurti

Californication

Seasons: 7
Episodes: 84
Starring: David Duchovny, Natascha McElhone, Madeleine Martin, Evan Handler, Pamela Adlon, Madeline Zima

The Bridge

Seasons: 2 and Ongoing
Starring: Diane Kruger, Demian Bichir, Annabeth Gish, Thomas M. Wright, Matthew Lillard, Ted Levine

House of Cards

Seasons: 2 and Ongoing
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Kristen Connolly, Kate Mara

True Detective

Seasons: 1 and Ongoing
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Potts, Tory Kittles, Alexandra Daddario

Banshee

Seasons: 2 and Ongoing
Starring: Antony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen, Lili Simmons, Frankie Faison, Hoon Lee

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