The Greatest TV Performances of the 21st Century

The 50 most compelling, well-crafted, and iconic television performances of the 21st Century.

  1. Bryan Cranston as Walter White Breaking Bad
  2. Jon Hamm as Don Draper in Mad Men
  3. James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano in The Sopranos
  4. Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in Game of Thrones
  5. Michael K. Williams as Omar Little in The Wire
  6. Elizabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in Mad Men
  7. Carrie Coon as Nora Durst in The Leftovers
  8. Martin Sheen as Josiah Bartlett in The West Wing
  9. Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad
  10. Edie Falco as Carmela Soprano in The Sopranos
  11. Rami Malek as Elliot Alderson in Mr Robot
  12. Ian McShane as Al Swearengen in Deadwood
  13. J.K. Simmons as Vernon Schillinger in Oz
  14. Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey Jr in The Leftovers
  15. Lena Headley as Cersei Lannister in Game of Thrones
  16. Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul/Breaking Bad
  17. Michael C Hall as David Fisher in Six Feet Under
  18. Idris Elba as Stringer Bell in The Wire
  19. Sam Waterston as Jack McCoy in Law and Order
  20. Michael Chiklis as Vic Mackey in The Shield
  21. Nick Offerman as Ron Swanson in Parks and Recreation
  22. Andre Royo as Bubbles in The Wire
  23. Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in 24
  24. Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman in Better Call Saul/Breaking Bad
  25. Frances Conroy as Ruth Fisher in Six Feet Under
  26. James Spader as Alan Shore in The Practice/Boston Legal
  27. Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark  in The People vs OJ Simpson
  28. Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo in Fargo (season 1)
  29. John Slattery as Roger Sterling in Mad Men
  30. Gabriel Byrne as Dr Paul Weston in In Treatment
  31. Michael C Hall as Dexter Morgan in Dexter
  32. Kyle Chandler as Eric Taylor in Friday Night Lights
  33. Tina Fey as Liz Lemon in 30 Rock
  34. Timothy Olyphant as Raylan Givens in Justified
  35. Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven in Stranger Things
  36. Elizabeth Moss as June Osborne/Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale
  37. Mackenzie Davis as Cameron Howe in Halt and Catch Fire
  38. Hugh Laurie as Dr Gregory House in House
  39. Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood in House of Cards
  40. Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in The Newsroom
  41. Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in Homeland
  42. Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut in Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul
  43. Steve Buscemi as Nucky Thompson in Boardwalk Empire
  44. Matthew Rhys as Phillip Jennings in The Americans
  45. Tatiana Maslany in Orphan Black
  46. Connie Britton as Tami Taylor in Friday Night Lights
  47. Julia Louis-Dreyfous as Selina Meyer in Veep
  48. Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in Homeland
  49. Maggie Gyllenhaal as Candy in The Deuce
  50. Cameron Britton as Ed Kemper in Mindhunter

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