You've already told me about the network comedy that keeps you laughing (and TiVoing) merrily, but now I want to move onto a more serious subject: drama. These amazing programs showcased some great acting, twisty plots, and powerhouse storylines this year. Which one is your favorite?
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Family is everything to the Walkers. They all lead very different lives and may seem dysfunctional, but at the root of it, they are always there for each other, whether it's a family tragedy or personal triumph. At the head of the clan is Nora, the strong matriarch who taps into strength she never knew she had and discovers new ways to bring everyone together as a family.S1 Binge Time 15hrs 2minsNum of Seasons 5
CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION is a fast-paced drama about a team of forensic investigators trained to solve crimes by examining the evidence. They are on the case 24/7, scouring the scene, collecting the irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that will solve the mystery. D.B. Russell, the CSI Supervisor for the grave shift is a family man and scientist, but not a nerd. Son of hippie parents, he's a "Left Coast" Sherlock Holmes who devours crime novels and looks at every crime scene as if it were a story waiting to be told. Other CSI members include Julie Finlay, the team's Assistant Night Shift Supervisor who worked with D.B. in Seattle Nick Stokes, the conscience of the team, often driven by his emotional connection to the victim to always get the job done Sara Sidle, aka Mrs. Grissom, the moral compass of the team who is relentless in her pursuit of criminals Greg Sanders, once an off-beat tech analyst and now an experienced and intuitive crime solver and Morgan Brody, an exile from the Los Angeles Crime Lab and the daughter of Undersheriff Ecklie. She's a natural born investigator who still has a lot to learn about politics and family. The CSI team members also work closely with Captain Jim Brass, a seasoned detective and protector of CSI, sometimes to a fault Dr. Albert Robbins, the ever-professional medical examiner his wise-cracking assistant, David Phillips and David Hodges, a tech of many talents who often rubs people the wrong way, but never fails to deliver.S1 Binge Time 1hrs 30minsNum of Seasons 16
In the town of Fairview there's a street called Wisteria Lane; a peaceful cul-de-sac with manicured lawns and beautiful houses. It's a place where you know all your neighbors and your neighbors know all about you. It's the perfect suburban fantasy. But, behind every picket fence there are secrets. And, in every seemingly happy home, you'll find jealousy, lust, passion, and sometimes…murder.S1 Binge Time 23hrsNum of Seasons 8
When the entire world blacks out for two minutes and seventeen seconds, everyone sees a flash of their own future 6 months from the present. For some, the future is hopeful, while for others, it is unexpected. For a few, it doesn't seem to exist. Knowing their fate will alter each person's life, destinies will be changed.S1 Binge Time 15hrs 24minsNum of Seasons
In the town of Dillon, Texas, football is life, and no one knows that better than new head Coach Eric Taylor. Pressure mounts as the Dillon Panthers led by star quarterback Jason Street, enter pre-season surrounded by a swirl of press, recruiters and State Championship sized expectations. Backup quarterback Matt Saracen prepares to ride the bench in the shadow of Jason Street, as running back Tim Riggins struggles with a serious vice. As the season opener grows near, the town of Dillon is focused on what they believe to be most important, winning.S1 Binge Time 9hrs 19minsNum of Seasons 5
The doctors of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital deal with life-or-death consequences on a daily basis -- it's in one another that they find comfort, friendship and, at times, more than friendship. Together they're discovering that neither medicine nor relationships can be defined in black and white. Real life only comes in shades of grey.S1 Binge Time 43minsNum of Seasons 15
At the fictional Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey, Dr. Gregory House, an acerbic infectious disease specialist, solves medical puzzles with the help of a team of young diagnosticians. Flawless instincts and unconventional thinking help earn House great respect, despite his brutal honesty and antisocial tendencies.S1 Binge Time 16hrs 8minsNum of Seasons 8
Out of the blackness, the first thing Jack senses is pain. Then burning sun. A Bamboo forest. Smoke. Screams. With a rush comes the horrible awareness that the plane he was on tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island. From there it's a blur, as his doctor's instinct kicks in: people need his help.Stripped of everything, the 48 survivors scavenge what they can from the plane for their survival. Some panic. Some pin their hopes on rescue. A few find inner strength they never knew they had -- like Kate, who, with no medical training, suddenly finds herself suturing the doctor's wounds. Hurley - a man with a warm sense of humor despite the desperate situation - does his best to keep his cool as he helps those around him to survive. Charlie is a faded rock star who harbors a painful secret. Sayid is a Middle Eastern man who must wrestle with the racial profiling directed at him by some of his fellow survivors. Jin and Sun are a Korean couple whose traditions, values and language are foreign, and thus causes much to get lost in the translation. Sawyer has an air of danger surrounding him, and his intense sense of mistrust for everyone around him could prove to be fatal to his fellow castaways. Michael has just gained custody of his nine-year-old son, Walt, after the death of his ex-wife - they are a father and son who don't even know each other. Locke is a mysterious man who keeps to himself, and who harbors a deeper connection to the island than any of the others. Self-centered Shannon - who actually gives herself a pedicure amid the chaos - and her estranged controlling brother, Boone , constantly bicker and must learn to get along if they are to survive. And young Claire is eight months pregnant and ill-prepared for the hardships of motherhood - especially on a deserted island.S1 Binge Time 13hrs 30minsNum of Seasons 6
THE GOOD WIFE is a drama starring Emmy Award winner Julianna Margulies as a wife and mother who boldly assumes full responsibility for her family and re-enters the workforce after her husband's very public sex and political corruption scandal lands him in jail. Pushing aside the betrayal and public humiliation caused by her husband, Peter, Alicia Florrick starts over by pursuing her original career as a defense attorney. As a junior associate at a prestigious Chicago law firm, she joins her longtime friend, former law school classmate and firm partner Will Gardner, who is interested to see how Alicia will perform after 13 years out of the courtroom. Alicia is grateful the firm's top litigator, Diane Lockhart, offers to mentor her but discovers the offer has conditions and realizes she's going to need to succeed on her own merit. Alicia's main competition among the firm's 20-something new recruits is Cary, a recent Harvard grad who is affable on the surface, but is competitive to the core. Fortunately, Alicia finds an ally in Kalinda, the firm's tough in-house investigator. Gaining confidence every day, Alicia transforms herself from embarrassed politician's scorned wife to resilient career woman, especially for the sake of providing a stable home for her children, 14-year-old Zach and 13-year-old Grace. For the first time in years, Alicia trades in her identity as the "good wife" and takes charge of her own destiny.S1 Binge Time 15hrs 46minsNum of Seasons 7
101 bingersS1 Binge Time 11hrs 28minsNum of Seasons 8