Drama TV Shows

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About Drama

Television drama is a broad category that theoretically includes a wide range of sub-genres. Just about any program that doesn't focus on humor as its primary goal can be considered a drama, and dramas can confront practically any type of subject matter. Typically, dramas are driven by a concern for plot, and dramatic stories usually revolved around reasonably well-developed characters. This differentiates them from comedies, which are often willing to include unrealistic situations, and action programs, which show a preference for physical action over character development.

In a basic sense, dramas are concerned with the conflicts and interactions between characters. Storylines set up a conflict and then work toward the resolution of that conflict. Dramatic sub-genres distinguish themselves by the types of conflicts that they create within that broad framework. Romantic dramas involve the conflicts within characters' romantic relationships. Crime dramas are centered on the conflicts between criminals, victims and the law, and medical dramas revolve around characters in healthcare-related settings. Political dramas, social dramas and family dramas examine the conflicts between the characters in the context of social institutions. Horror dramas merge elements of fantasy and the supernatural with the conventions of character-driven drama.

Comedy-drama programs belong to a hybrid genre that combines elements of comedy and drama into a unified storyline. Comedy-dramas tend to be more realistic than purely comedic shows, but they are willing to use moments of humor to lighten the otherwise serious tone of the plot's dramatic components.

The structure of a typical dramatic program differs significantly from that of a typical comedy. Dramas are usually an hour in length or longer, and they employ complex editing techniques and camera work. Although some dramas-especially crime dramas-feature stand-alone episodes, dramas are more likely than situation comedies to be built on story arcs that continue from episode to episode.

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Empire
Empire
The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
The 100
The 100
The Haves and the Have Nots
The Haves and the Have Nots
The Blacklist
The Blacklist
The Flash (2014)
The Flash (2014)
Scandal
Scandal
Grey's Anatomy
Grey's Anatomy
Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
Supernatural
Supernatural
The Fosters
The Fosters
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Revenge
Revenge
Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul
Hart of Dixie
Hart of Dixie
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Secrets and Lies
Secrets and Lies
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
Reign
Reign
NCIS
NCIS
Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf
If Loving You is Wrong
If Loving You is Wrong
Switched at Birth
Switched at Birth
Vikings
Vikings
The Good Wife
The Good Wife
Grimm
Grimm
The Following
The Following
Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds
Single Ladies
Single Ladies
Bones
Bones
The Game
The Game
Shameless
Shameless
Banshee
Banshee
Nashville
Nashville
Justified
Justified
Bring It!
Bring It!
The Mentalist
The Mentalist
Power
Power
Mad Men
Mad Men
White Collar
White Collar
Suits
Suits
Castle
Castle
Outlander
Outlander
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Jane the Virgin
Jane the Virgin
Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-0
Homeland
Homeland
Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire
Blue Bloods
Blue Bloods
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst
True Blood
True Blood
Madam Secretary
Madam Secretary
Eye Candy
Eye Candy
Finding Carter
Finding Carter
The Americans
The Americans
Rizzoli & Isles
Rizzoli & Isles
Murdoch Mysteries
Murdoch Mysteries
Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Smallville
Smallville
NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: Los Angeles
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
The Royals
The Royals
One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill
The Night Shift
The Night Shift
American Crime
American Crime
Witches of East End
Witches of East End
Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl
iZombie
iZombie
90210
90210
Person of Interest
Person of Interest
Chicago PD
Chicago PD
Scorpion
Scorpion
Grantchester
Grantchester
Chasing Life
Chasing Life
Doc Martin
Doc Martin
Open Heart
Open Heart
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Longmire
Longmire
Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels
Forever
Forever
The Wire
The Wire
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Entourage
Entourage
The Bachelorette
The Bachelorette
Vanderpump Rules
Vanderpump Rules
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Poldark
Poldark
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
Black Sails
Black Sails
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
ER
ER
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Elementary
Elementary
The O.C.
The O.C.
H2O
H2O
Allegiance
Allegiance
Merlin
Merlin
Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure
Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure
Life on Top
Life on Top
Lost
Lost
Book of Negroes
Book of Negroes
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife
Fruits Basket
Fruits Basket
Royal Pains
Royal Pains
Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire
Cedar Cove
Cedar Cove
The Affair
The Affair
The Returned
The Returned
Noah's Arc
Noah's Arc
True Detective
True Detective
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Preachers' Daughters
Preachers' Daughters
Law & Order
Law & Order
24
24
Sherlock
Sherlock
The Eagle
The Eagle
Dig
Dig
Stalker
Stalker
The Next Step
The Next Step
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
NBC New Fall Shows
NBC New Fall Shows
McLeod's Daughters
McLeod's Daughters
CSI: Cyber
CSI: Cyber
Prison Break
Prison Break
Masterpiece
Masterpiece
House of Cards
House of Cards
Dateline Mystery
Dateline Mystery
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
The L Word
The L Word
24: Live Another Day
24: Live Another Day
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Mistresses (2013)
Mistresses (2013)
Red Shoe Diaries
Red Shoe Diaries
M*A*S*H
M*A*S*H
Dexter
Dexter
The Slap
The Slap
The Musketeers
The Musketeers
State of Affairs
State of Affairs
NCIS: New Orleans
NCIS: New Orleans
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara!
The Sopranos
The Sopranos
Gunsmoke
Gunsmoke
Hollyoaks
Hollyoaks
Under the Dome
Under the Dome
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series
Backstrom
Backstrom
Wildfire
Wildfire
Jewel in the Crown
Jewel in the Crown
The Strain
The Strain
Make It or Break It
Make It or Break It
The Fall
The Fall
Resurrection
Resurrection
Zane's Sex Chronicles
Zane's Sex Chronicles
The Red Tent
The Red Tent
The Game (UK)
The Game (UK)
The Waltons
The Waltons
Battle Creek
Battle Creek
Looking
Looking
For Better or Worse
For Better or Worse
Shameless (UK)
Shameless (UK)
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
Crisis
Crisis
House
House
Charmed
Charmed
Heartland
Heartland
Haven
Haven
Salem
Salem
The Knick
The Knick
Hollywood Heights
Hollywood Heights
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
East Los High
East Los High
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
JAG
JAG
Teen Mom 3
Teen Mom 3
Gangland Undercover
Gangland Undercover
North Woods Law
North Woods Law
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
When Calls the Heart
When Calls the Heart
Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel
Zane's The Jump Off
Zane's The Jump Off
The Haunting Of
The Haunting Of
Masters of Sex
Masters of Sex
The Mind of a Chef
The Mind of a Chef
Roots: The Complete Miniseries
Roots: The Complete Miniseries
Foyle's War
Foyle's War
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch