A British trope in particular, these are quiet, inoffensive drama series, often of the CostumeDrama variety, that Creator/TheBBC or Creator/{{ITV}} sticks on Sunday evening (5.30pm to 8.30pm). They are designed for all the family to watch before the stress of Monday.

Sunday dramas are also well-established in the United States through the medium of cable. {{Creator/HBO}}, {{Showtime}}, and Creator/{{AMC}} reserve most (if not all) of their original programming for this night. In America, however, the Sunday Evening Drama Series is more likely to be [[HotterAndSexier racier]] and [[DarkerAndEdgier more violent]]. These shows also tend to be AwardBait.



[[folder:UK Version]]

* ''Series/{{Ballykissangel}}''
* ''Casualty1906'' although it arguably pushes the boundaries of this trope by being post-{{watershed}} and therefore slightly HarmfulToMinors.
* ''Series/{{Cranford}}''
* ''Series/DowntonAbbey'' airs on Sundays in ''both'' the US and the UK.
* ''Heartbeat''
* ''Series/TheNo1LadiesDetectiveAgency''
* ''Kingdom''
* ''Lark Rise to Candleford''
* ''Poldark''
* ''The Magician's House''
* ''Series/TheLakes'' - which had to be screened very late for several very good reasons.
* ''Wild At Heart''
* ''Where The Heart Is''

[[folder:US Version]]

* ''Series/BoardwalkEmpire''
* ''Series/BreakingBad''
* ''Series/{{Deadwood}}''
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}''
* ''Series/GameOfThrones''
* ''Series/{{Girls}}'' is [[{{Dramedy}} technically a comedy]], but arguably falls into the confines of the trope for being an {{Creator/HBO}} show that's AwardBait and HotterAndSexier, and for having a similar audience to the other US examples here.
* ''Series/HellOnWheels''
* ''Series/{{Homeland}}''
* ''Series/MadMen''
* ''Series/MasterpieceTheatre'', which has aired many of the British series.
* ''Series/SixFeetUnder''
* ''Series/TheSopranos''
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead''
* ''Series/TheWire''
* ''Series/TrueBlood''