This week's issue of TV Guide featured that magazine's picks for the best dramas of all time. It's not a simple discussion, because there are and have been so many fantastic drama series on TV over the ages - some of which have gotten recognition and others that have flown largely under the radar. Here, then, is BFTV's list of the 12 best drama series over the last three decades, with the following criteria:
1) It must be a show we've seen at least one full season of. We haven't seen every show over the last 30 years, obviously, and watching three episodes isn't a good enough sample size. (Sorry, Breaking Bad.)
2) It's based entirely on the personal opinions of our editorial staff. This is not intended to be a list of anything other than the 12 drama shows we love most. Don't yell at us for not including your favorite or the usual suspects. We may not feel the same way you do or we simply may not have seen it (see rule #1).
3) The shows had to be consistently good. They didn't have to be perfect, but a show with a few great episodes or, conversely, a few questionable seasons wasn't good enough to make this list.
Read on for our top 12, in alphabetical order.