BEVERLY HILLS, CA - NOVEMBER 1:  Actor Martin Sheen arrives at the W.B.'s "The West Wing" 100th Episode celebration at The Four Seasons Hotel on November 1, 2003 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
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The 10 Best Political Shows Of All Time, Ranked
10. Small Axe
"Small Axe" draws from history to tell stories about various West Indian immigrants in London throughout the late 20th century. While each of these stories is a standalone installment, they connect thematically, and the show is a powerful indictment of the historical racism within London's
political infrastructure.
9. Boardwalk Empire
"Boardwalk Empire" follows the life of the Atlantic City political boss and kingpin Enoch "Nucky" Thompson, who battles opponents in both the government and the mafia for control over the liquor business amidst prohibition. It features incredible production design, epic action sequences, and an incredible cast of characters.
8. The Americans
"The Americans" focuses on the Cold War, a fascinating period of modern political history, and follows two Soviet Union KGB agents as they pose as an American couple in the United States. The first few seasons feature relatively typical espionage sequences as the series takes some time to hone its identity, but later seasons pose more interesting ethical questions.
7. Battlestar
"Battlestar Galactica" — the 2004 reboot — stands as one of the greatest remakes in science fiction history and explores a complex political hierarchy. The show ultimately struggled to pay off all of its recurring storylines, but its ambition was never in question, and it influenced the development of other sci-fi reboots.
6. Deadwood
"Deadwood" explores the hierarchy of Deadwood, South Dakota, as the area turns from a simple camp into a growing town and is annexed by the Dakota Territory. Sadly, the series was canceled at the end of the third season; however, it was finally given a proper conclusion in 2019 with "Deadwood: The Movie."