Top 5 Modern TV Dramas


It doesn't get any better than shocking, heart-pounding-in-your-chest drama, and recently there has been an influx of quality dramas being produced! Most of the consensus greatest shows of all-time are modern dramas, so it is no surprise that our list of Top 5 Modern TV Dramas is loaded with incredible acting, dialogue, cinematography, and everything else that makes TV great!

1) Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad
  • Tells the story of terminally ill Walter White, who, along with former student Jesse, begin making & selling meth to make money before he dies
  • Sixteen Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Peabody Awards
  • American Film Institute listed Breaking Bad as one of the top ten television series of 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
  • Bryan Cranston won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times
  • Entered the Guinness World Records as the highest rated show of all-time

2) The Sopranos

The Sopranos
  • Focuses on mob boss Tony Soprano as he balances home life and organized crime
  • Won 21 Primetime Emmys
  • TV Guide ranked it the best television series of all time
  • Named by Writers Guild of America as the best-written TV series of all-time
  • Credited for creating a new era in the mafia genre

3) The Wire

The Wire
  • Realistic portrayal of urban life in Baltimore
  • Uncommonly deep exploration of social and political themes
  • Focuses on the illegal drug trade, the seaport system, the city government and bureaucracy, the school system, and the print news media
  • Johns Hopkins and Harvard College have offered classes on The Wire in disciplines ranging from law to sociology to film studies
  • The grittiest, rawest, and most realistic show ever made!

4) Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks
  • Cult favorite crime drama/mystery focused on solving the murder of a sleepy town’s prom queen, who was leading a double life
  • Explores the gulf between the veneer of small-town respectability and the seedier layers of life lurking beneath it
  • Listed as one of Time‍ '​s "Best TV Shows of All-TIME"
  • Placed on Entertainment Weekly‍‍ '​‍s "New TV Classics" list
  • Represents an earnest moral inquiry distinguished by both offbeat humor and a deep vein of surrealism

5) Mad Men

Mad Men
  • Follows the life of 1960’s ad-man Don Draper on Madison Avenue
  • Received widespread critical acclaim for its writing, acting, and historical authenticity
  • Has won many awards, including 15 Emmys and four Golden Globes
  • First basic cable series to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series
  • Regularly depicts the changing moods and social mores of the US across the 1960s

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