Favourite TV Drama Series of All Time

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Based on the series I enjoyed the most.

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1. Lost (2004–2010)

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

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 500,834

10/10 - Without doubt, my favourite show of all time. Has everything - superb characters, great writing, tension, drama, romance, mystery, unpredictability, comedy, amazing dialogue, cliffhangers, and more. An unforgettable show that will get you hooked from the very first minute.

Favourite Episode: Through The Looking Glass Favourite Season: 2 Favourite Character: John Locke

2. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

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

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: 1,491,698

10/10 - After starting reasonably slow, this legendary show quickly becomes outstanding and just gets better and better. Superb plot, awesome characters, amazing scenes, and several all-time great episodes.

Favourite Episode: Ozymandias Favourite Season: 5 Favourite Character: Walter White

3. Mr. Robot (2015–2019)

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

Elliot, a brilliant but highly unstable young cyber-security engineer and vigilante hacker, becomes a key figure in a complex game of global dominance when he and his shadowy allies try to take down the corrupt corporation he works for.

Stars: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin, Martin Wallström

Votes: 337,619

9.75/10 - This show is absolutely outstanding. It has tons of tension, emotion, mystery, drama, great character development, amazing cinematography, and more. Loved it from start to finish. A modern-day masterpiece.

Favourite Episode: eps3.4_runtime-error.r00 Favourite Season: 4 Favourite Character: Elliot Alderson

4. Prison Break (2005–2017)

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

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.

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Amaury Nolasco, Robert Knepper

Votes: 481,497

9.5/10 - An absolute thrill ride. Starts with an epic first season and keeps you hooked throughout with tense moments. Awesome show.

Favourite Episode: Go Favourite Season: 1 Favourite Character: Lincoln Burrows

5. Game of Thrones (2011–2019)

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

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

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

Votes: 1,793,234

9.5/10 - First six seasons are incredible, featuring brilliant characters, intense moments, and riveting plots. Poor final season but still an amazing show.

Favourite Episode: Hardhome Favourite Season: 4 Favourite Character: Jon Snow

6. Person of Interest (2011–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Crime, Drama

An ex-CIA agent and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes, including the civilians' roles, are left a mystery.

Stars: Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Michael Emerson

Votes: 164,274

9/10 - Fantastic show with intensity, fast paced action, intriguing plot lines and a solid set of characters. Gets better with each season.

Favourite Episode: The Crossing Favourite Season: 5 Favourite Character: John Reece

7. House of Cards (2013–2018)

TV-MA | 51 min | Drama

A Congressman works with his equally conniving wife to exact revenge on the people who betrayed him.

Stars: Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright, Kate Mara

Votes: 469,921

9/10 - Shocking, tense and unpredictable. A brilliant show featuring one of the best TV characters of all time in Frank Underwood. Final season (without Frank) was not the same.

Favourite Episode: Chapter 14 Favourite Season: 2 Favourite Character: Frank Underwood

8. Line of Duty (2012– )

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

Drama series following the investigations of AC-12, a controversial police anti-corruption unit.

Stars: Adrian Dunbar, Martin Compston, Vicky McClure, Craig Parkinson

Votes: 37,475

9/10 - Fast paced, dramatic and tense. One of BBC's best ever shows. Will get you on the edge of your seat and is another one that gets better as it goes along. Thrilling drama.

Favourite Episode: Breach Favourite Season: 4 Favourite Character: Steve Arnott

9. The Wire (2002–2008)

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

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

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

Votes: 289,501

9/10 - A show with many great qualities, including a fascinating set of characters, amazing detail, superb acting, great dialogue and some of the best writing you will see. But it is slow and you have to be patient, very patient, with it. It is not an edge-of-your-seat thriller, more of an extremely in-depth look into the lives of people in Baltimore.

Favourite Episode: Middle Ground Favourite Season: 5 Favourite Character: Jimmy McNulty

10. 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: 308,282

9/10 - A fascinating look into the mob life. Has awesome writing, unpredictable moments and an amazing main character in Tony Soprano. Also features some of the best acting you'll see. On the negative side, bit of a slow burner with some filler episodes and not a very broad range of great characters.

Favourite Episode: Whoever Did This Favourite Season: 6 Favourite Character: Tony Soprano

11. Narcos (2015–2017)

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

A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.

Stars: Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Alberto Ammann

Votes: 363,622

9/10 - Really good show. The chase to arrest Pablo Escobar is thrilling and gripping TV, featuring some great characters.

Favourite Episode: Al Fin Cayo Favourite Season: 2 Favourite Character: Steve Murphy

12. Chernobyl (2019)

TV-MA | 330 min | Drama, History, Thriller

In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.

Stars: Jessie Buckley, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Adam Nagaitis

Votes: 559,370

9/10 - An outstanding mini-series perfectly articulating the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. Features superb dialogue, cinematography, and razor sharp detail.

Favourite Episode: Vichnaya Pamyat Favourite Character: Vasily Ignatenko

13. Luther (2010–2019)

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

DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown

Votes: 122,742

9/10 - Another great BBC show featuring a truly great character in maverick detective John Luther. Great tension and drama that will keep you hooked.

Favourite Episode: 2.2 Favourite Season: 2 Favourite Character: John Luther

14. Homeland (2011–2020)

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

A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend

Votes: 317,013

8.5/10 - Some of the most thrilling TV you will watch in the first few seasons. Sadly dragged out too long but still a great watch.

Favourite Episode: There's Something Else Going On Favourite Season: 2 Favourite Character: Saul Berenson

15. The Leftovers (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Three years after the disappearance of two percent of the global population, a group of people in a small New York community try to continue their lives while coping with the tragedy of the unexplained nature of the event.

Stars: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler

Votes: 81,803

8.5/10 - Emotional show with interesting characters and lots of great moments. Season 2, in particular, is excellent.

Favourite Episode: International Assassin Favourite Season: 2 Favourite Character: Kevin Garvey

16. Money Heist (2017– )

TV-MA | 70 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

An unusual group of robbers attempt to carry out the most perfect robbery in Spanish history - stealing 2.4 billion euros from the Royal Mint of Spain.

Stars: Úrsula Corberó, Álvaro Morte, Itziar Ituño, Pedro Alonso

Votes: 311,707

8.5/10 - A very entertaining, enjoyable show with thrilling action, great character development and plenty of emotional moments. Season 4, in general, was a disappointment and perhaps the show went on too long.

Favourite Episode: Bella ciao Favourite Season: 2 Favourite Character: El Profesor

17. The O.C. (2003–2007)

TV-PG | 44 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

A troubled youth becomes embroiled in the lives of a close-knit group of people in the wealthy, upper-class neighborhood of Newport Beach, Orange County, California.

Stars: Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan

Votes: 81,907

8.5/10 - This show is very underrated. The characters are fantastic and you really get invested in them. Also has plenty of emotional, funny, and shocking moments.

Favourite Episode: Pilot Favourite Season: 1 Favourite Character: Sandy Cohen

18. Billions (2016– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades goes after hedge fund king Bobby "Axe" Axelrod in a battle between two powerful New York figures.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Maggie Siff, David Costabile

Votes: 71,066

8.5/10 - Fascinating show surrounding two brilliant characters in Chuck Rhodes and Bobby Axelrod. First two seasons are awesome.

Favourite Episode: Golden Frog Time Favourite Season: 2 Favourite Character: Chuck Rhodes

19. Ozark (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A financial advisor drags his family from Chicago to the Missouri Ozarks, where he must launder money to appease a drug boss.

Stars: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner

Votes: 194,129

8.5/10 - Dark, intense and unpredictable. A great show that gets better as it goes along.

Favourite Episode: Fire Pink Favourite Season: 3 Favourite Character: Marty Byrd

20. Sherlock (2010–2017)

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 817,372

8.5/10 - Another excellent BBC show which features great plot points and tense moments.

Favourite Episode: The Reichenbach Fall Favourite Season: 2 Favourite Character: Sherlock

21. Suits (2011–2019)

TV-14 | 44 min | Comedy, Drama

On the run from a drug deal gone bad, brilliant college dropout Mike Ross, finds himself working with Harvey Specter, one of New York City's best lawyers.

Stars: Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle, Sarah Rafferty

Votes: 367,281

8/10 - Great show with an interesting look into the life of a big law firm and some solid characters involved. Unfortunately dragged out far too long.

Favourite Episode: Faith Favourite Season: 2 Favourite Character: Harvey Spector

22. The Queen's Gambit (2020)

TV-MA | 395 min | Drama

Orphaned at the tender age of nine, prodigious introvert Beth Harmon discovers and masters the game of chess in 1960s USA. But child stardom comes at a price.

Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Chloe Pirrie, Bill Camp, Marcin Dorocinski

Votes: 294,060


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23. Dark (2017–2020)

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

A family saga with a supernatural twist, set in a German town, where the disappearance of two young children exposes the relationships among four families.

Stars: Louis Hofmann, Karoline Eichhorn, Lisa Vicari, Maja Schöne

Votes: 293,298

8/10 - An interesting show featuring strong characters, visuals and soundtracks. Enjoyed the first two seasons but the last season became extremely complicated and difficult to follow.

Favourite Episode: Life and Death Favourite Season: 2 Favourite Character: Ulrich Nielsen

24. Power (I) (2014–2020)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama

James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York night club owner who has it all, catering to the city's elite and dreaming big, lives a double life as a drug kingpin.

Stars: Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren, Naturi Naughton, Joseph Sikora

Votes: 40,235


Favourite Episode: Don't Thank Me Favourite Season: 2 Favourite Character: James 'Ghost' St. Patrick

25. The Fall (I) (2013–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A seemingly cold but very passionate policewoman goes head to head with a seemingly passionate father who is in fact a cold serial killer in this procedural out of Belfast. The only thing they share is their common complexity.

Stars: Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan, John Lynch, Aisling Franciosi

Votes: 85,980


Favourite Episode: What Is in Me Dark Illumine Favourite Season: 2 Favourite Character: Stella Gibson

26. Desperate Housewives (2004–2012)

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

Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor.

Stars: Teri Hatcher, Felicity Huffman, Marcia Cross, Eva Longoria

Votes: 116,985


Favourite Episode: Bang Favourite Season: 3 Favourite Character: Tom Scavo

27. Bosch (2014– )

TV-MA | 51 min | Crime, Drama

An L.A.P.D. homicide detective works to solve the murder of a thirteen-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court for the murder of a serial killer.

Stars: Titus Welliver, Jamie Hector, Amy Aquino, Lance Reddick

Votes: 47,839


28. Spiral (2005–2020)

TV-PG | 52 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Follows criminal investigations in Paris from all the different points of view of those involved.

Stars: Caroline Proust, Audrey Fleurot, Thierry Godard, Philippe Duclos

Votes: 5,355


29. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Biography, Drama, History

Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, Matt Smith

Votes: 158,265


30. The Affair (2014–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

A struggling novelist and a young waitress strike up an extramarital relationship that promises to forever change the course of their lives.

Stars: Dominic West, Ruth Wilson, Maura Tierney, Julia Goldani Telles

Votes: 41,029


31. The Split (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama

The Defoes, a family of female divorce lawyers, are forced to face their past following the return of their estranged father after a 30 year absence.

Stars: Nicola Walker, Stephen Mangan, Annabel Scholey, Fiona Button

Votes: 3,892


32. The Punisher (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 53 min | Action, Crime, Drama

After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle becomes the vigilante known as "The Punisher," with only one goal in mind: to avenge them.

Stars: Jon Bernthal, Amber Rose Revah, Ben Barnes, Jason R. Moore

Votes: 187,357


33. Big Little Lies (2017–2019)

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

The apparently perfect lives of upper-class mothers, at a prestigious elementary school, unravel to the point of murder when a single-mother moves to their quaint Californian beach town.

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz

Votes: 160,422


34. The Musketeers (2014–2016)

TV-14 | 55 min | Adventure, Drama

Set on the streets of 17th-century Paris, "The Musketeers" gives a contemporary take on the classic story about a group of highly trained soldiers and bodyguards assigned to protect King and country.

Stars: Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Howard Charles

Votes: 20,845


35. Bodyguard (2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A contemporary thriller featuring the Royalty and Specialist Protection Branch of London's Metropolitan Police Service.

Stars: Richard Madden, Sophie Rundle, Vincent Franklin, Ash Tandon

Votes: 96,961


36. Fortitude (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Perched on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now.

Stars: Richard Dormer, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Sienna Guillory, Mia Jexen

Votes: 20,079


37. Shooter (2016–2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama

A conspiracy thriller that follows the journey of Bob Lee Swagger, a highly-decorated veteran who is coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the President.

Stars: Ryan Phillippe, Shantel VanSanten, Cynthia Addai-Robinson, Omar Epps

Votes: 32,042


38. Unorthodox (2020)

TV-MA | 213 min | Drama

Story of a young ultra-Orthodox Jewish woman who flees her arranged marriage and religious community to start a new life abroad.

Stars: Shira Haas, Amit Rahav, Jeff Wilbusch, Alex Reid

Votes: 60,060


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