Emmy Winners for Best Drama

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1. 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: 287,130

2012

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2. Mad Men (2007–2015)

TV-14 | 47 min | Drama

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: 189,526

2011 S4 2010 S3 2009 S2 2008 S1

3. 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: 268,347

2007 S6

4. 24 (2001–2010)

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

Jack Bauer, Director of Field Ops for the Counter-Terrorist Unit of Los Angeles, races against the clock to subvert terrorist plots and save his nation from ultimate disaster.

Stars: Kiefer Sutherland, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Bernard, Dennis Haysbert

Votes: 165,653

2006 S4

5. 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: 468,074

2005

6. 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: 268,347

2004

7. 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: 58,224

2003 2002 2001 2000

8. The Practice (1997–2004)

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

We follow the exploits and cases of defense attorneys of a Boston law firm. Bobby Donnell is the senior defense attorney and founder of the firm.

Stars: Dylan McDermott, Kelli Williams, Lara Flynn Boyle, Steve Harris

Votes: 7,313

1999 1998

9. Law & Order (1990–2010)

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

Follows a crime (usually a murder), 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: 30,114

1997

10. ER (1994–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama, Romance

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: 47,482

1996

11. NYPD Blue (1993–2005)

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

Detectives from NYPD's 15th Precinct investigate homicides within their precinct.

Stars: Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits, Gordon Clapp, James McDaniel

Votes: 11,017

1995

12. Picket Fences (1992–1996)

120 min | Crime, Drama, Family

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

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

Votes: 3,614

1994 1993

13. Northern Exposure (1990–1995)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

A newly graduated doctor is required to set up his practice in an eccentric Alaskan town.

Stars: Rob Morrow, Janine Turner, Barry Corbin, John Cullum

Votes: 14,285

1992

14. L.A. Law (1986–1994)

TV-PG | 46 min | Drama

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

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

Votes: 4,093

1991 1990 1989

15. Thirtysomething (1987–1991)

60 min | Drama, Romance

Seven thirtysomethings living in Philadelphia struggle with everyday adult angst.

Stars: Timothy Busfield, Polly Draper, Mel Harris, Peter Horton

Votes: 2,026

1988

16. L.A. Law (1986–1994)

TV-PG | 46 min | Drama

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

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

Votes: 4,093

1987

17. Cagney & Lacey (1981–1988)

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

Two female police detectives cooperate with each other both in their professions and in their personal lives.

Stars: Tyne Daly, Sharon Gless, Al Waxman, John Karlen

Votes: 3,047

1986 1985

18. Hill Street Blues (1981–1987)

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

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

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

Votes: 6,772

1984 1983 1982 1981\

19. Lou Grant (1977–1982)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

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: 1,582

1980 1979

20. The Rockford Files (1974–1980)

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

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

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

Votes: 6,318

1978

21. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)

60 min | Drama

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

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

Votes: 2,481

1977

22. Police Story (1973–1987)

120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Classic anthology series, which details the personal lives of the men and women of the Los Angeles Police Department. The stories ranged from highly dramatic to extremely funny. Even though... See full summary »

Stars: Scott Brady, Mel Scott, Don Meredith, Joe Santos

Votes: 733

1976

23. Upstairs, Downstairs (1971–1975)

60 min | Drama

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

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

Votes: 2,481

1975 1974

24. The Waltons (1971–1981)

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

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: 5,161

1973

25. Elizabeth R (1971– )

85 min | Biography, Drama, History

When Elizabeth Tudor comes to the throne, her (male) advisers know she has to marry. Doesn't she? Thus starts a decades-long political/ matrimonial game, during an age of high passions and high achievement.

Stars: Glenda Jackson, Ronald Hines, Robert Hardy, Stephen Murray

Votes: 1,442

1972

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

60 min | Drama

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: 59

1971

27. Marcus Welby, M.D. (1969–1976)

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama

The show is about doctors Marcus Welby, a general practitioner and Steven Kiley, Welby's young assistant. The two try to treat people as individuals in an age of specialized medicine and ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Young, James Brolin, Elena Verdugo, Pamela Hensley

Votes: 1,247

1970

28. NET Playhouse (1964–1972)

90 min | Biography, Drama, History

American television anthology series of wide range of genres, from history and drama, to fantasy, and science fiction. Fiction novels, stories, stage plays, fairytales, and historic events are dramatized in each episode.

Stars: Rene Auberjonois, Irene Dailey, George Voskovec, Richard Dysart

Votes: 20

1969

29. Mission: Impossible (1966–1973)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

An elite covert operations unit carries out highly sensitive missions subject to official denial in the event of failure, death or capture.

Stars: Peter Graves, Barbara Bain, Greg Morris, Peter Lupus

Votes: 7,383

1968 1967

30. The Fugitive (1963–1967)

51 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A doctor, wrongly convicted for a murder he didn't commit, escapes custody and must stay ahead of the police to find the real killer.

Stars: David Janssen, William Conrad, Barry Morse, Paul Birch

Votes: 3,056

1966 1965

31. The Defenders (1961–1965)

60 min | Drama

A father and son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day.

Stars: E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed, Polly Rowles, Ossie Davis

Votes: 316

1964 1963 1962

32. Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951– )

Comedy, Drama

Probably the longest-running anthology series on television, the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" has been presenting television dramatizations of famous plays and books, as well as original programs especially written for the series, since 1951.

Stars: Richard Derr, Vinton Hayworth, Parker McCormick, Harry Mehaffey

Votes: 259

1961 (Macbeth)

33. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Of the many anthology series, this is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts, it was often filmed live including the entire first season.

Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Malcolm Atterbury

Votes: 254

1960 1959

35. Playhouse 90 (1956–1961)

90 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Of the many anthology series, this is considered the most ambitious with outstanding talent in front of the camera. Attracting top ranked directors and scripts, it was often filmed live including the entire first season.

Stars: Richard Joy, Charles Bickford, Kim Hunter, Malcolm Atterbury

Votes: 254

1957

36. Producers' Showcase (1954–1957)

90 min | Drama, Musical, Comedy

This program aired once every fourth week, and was one of the most costly live shows of the 1950s. Many stars appeared on this show.

Stars: Cyril Ritchard, Claire Bloom, Mary Martin, Heller Halliday

Votes: 81

1956

37. The United States Steel Hour (1953–1963)

60 min | Comedy, Drama

In this live drama series, over two hundred live plays, covering all aspects of society, were shown.

Stars: Richard Kiley, Betsy Palmer, Mona Freeman, Hans Conried

Votes: 108

1955 1954

38. Robert Montgomery Presents (1950–1957)

60 min | Drama

Actor, Producer, and Director Robert Montgomery introduced each telecast, sometimes interviewing one of the stars, and sometimes appearing in the play.

Stars: Robert Montgomery, John Newland, Vaughn Taylor, Elizabeth Montgomery

Votes: 78

1953

39. Studio One in Hollywood (1948–1958)

60 min | Drama

A pinnacle of the Golden Age of Television, "Studio One" presented a wide range of memorable dramas and received eighteen Emmy nominations and five wins during its prestigious nine-year run... See full summary »

Stars: Betty Furness, Paul Brinson, Paul Branson, Mary Sinclair

Votes: 188

1952

40. Pulitzer Prize Playhouse (1950–1952)

60 min | Drama

Dramatic anthology series presenting plays adopted from Pulitzer Prize winning stories, plays, novels, et cetera.

Stars: Elmer Davis, Charles Dingle, Richard Bishop, Joan Chandler

Votes: 20

1951



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