Top 5 TV Dramas: The best shows to like on Netflix instant watch

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When it comes to quality TV drama only a few shows make the cut. Despite failures that hit our screen, some drama left me feeling like an addict looking for his next fix. Between Netflix Instant Watch, Comcast On-Demand, and Hulu, there are loads of high quality TV shows to watch instantly with a streaming device. Most these top 5 shows are available through Netflix Instant Watch.

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#5. Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy- This highest rated FX drama follows a California biker club into the world of outlaws and action. Jax Teller is the character of focus, as the son of the former leader of the club (John Teller), Jax finds himself at constant crossroads... Does he continue down the clubs destructive path, or reinvent the club into what it was intended to be? Find out by tuning in.

Netflix User Rating: 4.5 STARS (1,467,094 votes)

Available on Netflix Instant Watch

#4. The Walking Dead


This Post Apacolyptic Zombie series, centers around character, Rick Grimes. After waking up from a coma, this former sheriff discovers an infection has taken over, and his family is on the run. This AMC drama offers explosive character dynamics and constant action. Check out the first season on Netflix Instant watch.

Netflix User Rating: 4.5 STARS (1,662,304 votes)

Available on Netflix Instant Watch

#3. Mad Men

Takes place at an advertising firm in the 1960’s. The character of focus, Donald Draper (John Hamm), is a savvy, handsome, smooth talking executive with a questionable past. Though it has been criticized for its slow pace, the intriguing dialogue and character development puts this TV show at an easy #3.

Netflix User Rating: 4.2 STARS (2,210,739 votes)

Available on Netflix Instant Watch: Seasons 1-4

#2. Prison Break

When Lincoln is sentenced to death for a crime he didn't commit, his younger brother Micheal comes to his aid in an unconventional way... watch all four seasons on Netflix instant watch to see if Micheal and Lincoln can pull off the ultimate Prison Break!

Netflix User Rating: 2,297,704 ratings- 4.2 stars

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#1. Breaking Bad

When a high school chemistry teacher is diagnosed with cancer, he resorts to selling methamphetamine to avoid leaving his family with medical bills before he dies. AMC has outdone themselves with what I consider the best show on television. It’s a must-see, the kind of TV show you waste a whole Saturday watching and feel like you've accomplished something. The writing is epic, the acting is Award- Winning, and the story line is brilliant. Six time Emmy Award winning “Breaking Bad,” starring Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle), is possibly the greatest TV Drama to hit our homes.

Nerflix User Rating: 4.5 Stars (1,765,508 votes)

Available on Netflix Instant Watch: Seasons 1-3

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Other Popular Dramas for Instant Watch

  • Lost: 6 seasons
  • 24: 8 seasons
  • Rescue Me: 7 seasons
  • Twin Peaks: 2 seasons
  • Battlestar Galactica
  • Prison Break


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Ellie Shay 2 years ago

So many great choices! I am a big Walking Dead fan! Voted interesting!


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aquinby 3 years ago from Morgantown, West Virginia

I seem to be the only person on the planet who doesn't like Breaking Bad. Someone needs to explain the hype to me!! :)


Kelsey 3 years ago

Lost is the best show ever i just hate that its over :(


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LVidoni5 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Those really are some great shows Mike. I know Hell on Wheels was added recently too. I need to check that one out to see if it makes the list. Thanks for the comment.


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Mike Robbers 3 years ago from London

Mad Men is great just as Breaking Bad is! But then again, who can neglect Prison Break or where can one start when praising Boardwalk Empire!? Thanks for this hub - voted up and shared..


Kristine 4 years ago

Gossip girl was great, except all the episodes aren't there, so I was left hanging.

Nip and tuck was a great show as well.

I liked reaper a lot.

The peep show was a riot!

Hot in Cleveland was a lot of fun!


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for the comment matt- I've just updated my 'Top Five TV Dramas" list with a new top pick, that's available for instant stream. I appreciate the feedback.


matt 4 years ago

Dexter isn't on Netflix...


bonnie 4 years ago

ummm prison break ...duhhh


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Yeah, Prison Break is Great I don't think it beats out any of these top 5 shows, but perhaps Dexter should be replaced with it, since Dexter isn't available for instant watch.


sam paredes 4 years ago

ummmmm..... have we forgotten about Prison Break??? not only is it a MUST SEE that has you spending countless hours non-stop watching and skipping sleep but they also contain all of the seasons!!! by far the best series i've seen on Netflix


gb 4 years ago

tf?! seriously Prison Break is not there???


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Yeah Mad men is a great show. Thanks for the comment alocsin.


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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

The only one I watch is Mad Men. I'll need to make some time for your other selections. Voting this Up and Useful.


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Mike! Glad you agree.


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MikeSyrSutton 4 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

Wow !

Awesome hub! These are clearly the best choices.


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Ella you're right I forgot about that one. I'd add it to the poll if it wasn't too late.


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Ella Robinson 4 years ago

You forgot criminal minds!!! I love Thomas Gibson he's so cool!


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Me too Sweets... It's a killer show.


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Sweets21 4 years ago

I Love Dexter!!! Very good show!


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much for the feedback and insight loonies!.. I agree about the Walking Dead, great storyline. Thanks for voting too!


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looniestlove 4 years ago from Davao City, Philippines

thank you for sharing this with us and for giving us an idea on what are the best tv series to follow. Very well written and the videos really help us in determining what to watch. The walking dead is what I like because of it's horror theme and it had a great storyline.


JinnyMarte 4 years ago

We will see how gruesome it is... But I will at least give it a try. You always suggest good stuff. :-)


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Oh nice, Yeah sons is a great show. The latest season totally rocked. That dexter season you missed with Julia Styles sucked. By far the worst season, I love all the other ones though. If you can get passed the gruesomeness walking dead has a great story and interesting characters too. Thanks for the comment Jinny!


JinnyMarte 4 years ago

Sons of Anarchy is one of my favorites and it has been since the beginning... I looooove Dexter! But I stopped watching by season five, I think due to constant moving...you know the story. Last I saw he found that girl (Julia Styles) and was keeping her hostage to avoid being caught. I need to get back to it and keep current. I started watching Breaking Bad a few weeks ago as you suggested and I loved the creative and very realistic depiction of this lifelike situation. People could be surprised as to how many go through lifechanging events that would drag you down into a world of survival and desperation. This is a great hub as always. You got skills boy! hahaha


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LVidoni5 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Yep, as you saw I totally agree. I can't get enough of that show. Yeah Mad Man is awesome, I'm looking forward to the new season starting. Thanks for commenting Marlena!


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Marlena Oechsner 4 years ago from Wisconsin

Great hub...hands down, Breaking Bad is the best thing on TV right now. I am hooked! I also love Mad Men, and can understand the critique of it being slow-moving, but it still draws you in. I need to check out Sons of Anarchy, but wasn't a fan of Dexter (I checked out after season 3), but have heard that it is pretty intense. Great list!

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