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Intensely Dysfunctional Family Dramas

Dysfunctional barely begins to cover the web of deceit, resentment, and jealousy that defines the families portrayed in this list of contemporary dramas. For some lighter subject-matter, more in the vein of 'Little Miss Sunshine, check out our 'Dysfunctional Family Dramedy' list!

Best HBO Dramas

From The Sopranos and Rome to Deadwood and Game of Thrones, nobody does drama like HBO; the best of the best is collected here, and you don't need to scratch around for where to watch it.

Shows like This is Us: Best Family Dramas

Series that place intergenerational family dynamics at the center of the drama. Not all of these dramas are "family friendly"-i.e., you wouldn't want young kids watching the Sopranos or Succession.

Shows like Sharp Objects: Dramas about Mental Health

According to the World Health Organization, depression is the number one cause of lines and disability globally, but TV shows about serious mental illness are relatively rare. This is a list of dramas where the main characters struggle with depression, bipolar disorder, and other serious mental health conditions.

Best Drama TV

Since the Sorpranos ushered in the Golden Age of television in 1999, networks and streaming services have launched thousands of English language drama series--this list rounds up the crème of the crop that stand out in terms of audience ratings, popularity, and critical acclaim.

Shows like Big Love: TV Tearjerkers

These dramas are sure to get you tearing up, crying, or downright balling. So grab a box of Kleenex before you start streaming.

Shows like Rectify: Heavy drama TV

Imagine a spectrum where feel-good, comfort shows like Friends are on one extreme, these shows are at the other--emotionally draining, bleak, raw, and depressing, these shows are also compelling and emotionally honest.

Shows like After Life: Coping with Grief TV

These dramas and dramedies offer sympathetic and realistic portrayals of people coping with the loss of a loved one.

Shows like Mare of Easttown: Small town, Big Heartache

Often based on novels, these series depict small town life not as an idealized community of white picket fences, but as a setting for heart ache, strained relationships, and tragedy.

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