A television drama is television program content that is scripted and (normally) fictional along the lines of a traditional drama. This excludes, for example, sports television, television news, reality show and game shows, stand-up comedy and variety shows. Also, by convention, the term is not generally used for situation comedy or soap opera.
Most dramatic television programming falls within other standard categories such as miniseries, made-for-TV movies or certain rather circumscribed dramatic genres. One major category of dramatic programing, particularly in the United States, is Crime Drama.
Some examples of US television drama series are Breaking Bad, The Wire, The Sopranos, Sons of Anarchy, Lost, House of Cards, Grey's Anatomy and Mad Men.