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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The Walking Dead
The Walking Dead
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Pretty Little Liars
Pretty Little Liars
Empire
Empire
Supernatural
Supernatural
The Flash (2014)
The Flash (2014)
The X-Files
The X-Files
The Good Wife
The Good Wife
Bones
Bones
Scandal
Scandal
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Charmed
Charmed
Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy
Outlander
Outlander
Criminal Minds
Criminal Minds
The 100
The 100
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
CSI: Miami
CSI: Miami
Desperate Housewives
Desperate Housewives
The Blacklist
The Blacklist
Revenge
Revenge
Being Mary Jane
Being Mary Jane
24
24
Hart of Dixie
Hart of Dixie
Grimm
Grimm
Smallville
Smallville
One Tree Hill
One Tree Hill
Grey's Anatomy
Grey's Anatomy
Mad Men
Mad Men
CSI: NY
CSI: NY
MacGyver
MacGyver
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
The West Wing
The West Wing
Blue Bloods
Blue Bloods
Bates Motel
Bates Motel
Little House on the Prairie (1974)
Little House on the Prairie (1974)
Gossip Girl
Gossip Girl
NYPD Blue
NYPD Blue
Californication
Californication
Army Wives
Army Wives
The L Word
The L Word
The Mentalist
The Mentalist
Castle
Castle
Hawaii Five-0
Hawaii Five-0
Gilmore Girls
Gilmore Girls
Finding Carter
Finding Carter
Dexter
Dexter
American Horror Story
American Horror Story
90210
90210
Lost
Lost
Justified
Justified
The Game
The Game
Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf
Vikings
Vikings
If Loving You is Wrong
If Loving You is Wrong
The Following
The Following
Switched at Birth
Switched at Birth
The Fosters
The Fosters
Psych
Psych
Boy Meets World
Boy Meets World
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Murdoch Mysteries
Murdoch Mysteries
Deadliest Catch
Deadliest Catch
True Blood
True Blood
Nashville
Nashville
Burn Notice
Burn Notice
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
The Sopranos
The Sopranos
Miami Vice
Miami Vice
White Collar
White Collar
NCIS
NCIS
Entourage
Entourage
Downton Abbey
Downton Abbey
NCIS: Los Angeles
NCIS: Los Angeles
The Shield
The Shield
Secrets and Lies
Secrets and Lies
Chicago Fire
Chicago Fire
Sex and the City
Sex and the City
Salem
Salem
Suits
Suits
Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul
Ugly Betty
Ugly Betty
Reign
Reign
Royal Pains
Royal Pains
Person of Interest
Person of Interest
Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad
Shameless
Shameless
The Wire
The Wire
The Closer
The Closer
The Haves and the Have Nots
The Haves and the Have Nots
In Treatment
In Treatment
House of Anubis
House of Anubis
Covert Affairs
Covert Affairs
Prison Break
Prison Break
Drop Dead Diva
Drop Dead Diva
Friday Night Lights
Friday Night Lights
Heroes
Heroes
The Secret Life of the American Teenager
The Secret Life of the American Teenager
Nikita
Nikita
Damages
Damages
Homeland
Homeland
Haven
Haven
The Tudors
The Tudors
Oz
Oz
Merlin
Merlin
Elementary
Elementary
Veronica Mars
Veronica Mars
Growing Pains
Growing Pains
Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire
Rizzoli & Isles
Rizzoli & Isles
Wildfire
Wildfire
Lost Girl
Lost Girl
Doc Martin
Doc Martin
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Legend of the Seeker
Legend of the Seeker
Being Human
Being Human
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Banshee
Banshee
Rookie Blue
Rookie Blue
Make It or Break It
Make It or Break It
The Americans
The Americans
Midsomer Murders
Midsomer Murders
Nip/Tuck
Nip/Tuck
The Killing
The Killing
Chicago PD
Chicago PD
Forever
Forever
Mr. Selfridge
Mr. Selfridge
Falling Skies
Falling Skies
Single Ladies
Single Ladies
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
The Royals
The Royals
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Madam Secretary
Madam Secretary
Hollywood Heights
Hollywood Heights
Jane the Virgin
Jane the Virgin
The Practice
The Practice
Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Bring It!
Bring It!
Hell on Wheels
Hell on Wheels
Vanderpump Rules
Vanderpump Rules
Murder, She Wrote
Murder, She Wrote
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Longmire
Longmire
iZombie
iZombie
Street Outlaws
Street Outlaws
Broadchurch
Broadchurch
Orphan Black
Orphan Black
American Crime
American Crime
Scorpion
Scorpion
The Bachelor
The Bachelor
Major Crimes
Major Crimes
Witches of East End
Witches of East End
Resurrection
Resurrection
Law & Order
Law & Order
The Night Shift
The Night Shift
Power
Power
Amish Mafia
Amish Mafia
Red Band Society
Red Band Society
Allegiance
Allegiance
Backstrom
Backstrom
Eye Candy
Eye Candy
Poldark
Poldark
Southland
Southland
The Affair
The Affair
True Detective
True Detective
Girl Meets World
Girl Meets World
Foyle's War
Foyle's War
Hannibal
Hannibal
Black Sails
Black Sails
Hit The Floor
Hit The Floor
The Dukes of Hazzard
The Dukes of Hazzard
Sherlock
Sherlock
Masters of Sex
Masters of Sex
Devious Maids
Devious Maids
Cedar Cove
Cedar Cove
Dig
Dig
Hindsight
Hindsight
Wentworth
Wentworth
The Mysteries of Laura
The Mysteries of Laura
NCIS: New Orleans
NCIS: New Orleans
Turn
Turn
H2O
H2O
Noah's Arc
Noah's Arc
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
Spartacus: Blood and Sand
McLeod's Daughters
McLeod's Daughters
Battle Creek
Battle Creek
Mistresses (2013)
Mistresses (2013)
ER
ER
Good Witch
Good Witch
Masterpiece
Masterpiece
Under the Dome
Under the Dome
Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers
The O.C.
The O.C.
CSI: Cyber
CSI: Cyber
Younger
Younger
Chasing Life
Chasing Life
Picket Fences
Picket Fences