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The Best Drama TV Shows Airing Now

Updated February 24, 2021 22.5k votes 12.2k voters 235.6k views56 items

List RulesVote up your favorite TV drama series that are currently airing new episodes.

While some of the best drama TV shows are long gone (we'll never forget you, Breaking Bad), others like Outlander and even American Horror Story keep us interested, toy with our emotions, and certainly keep our DVRs busy as we follow along with the dramatic story lines.

Many of the best, most acclaimed series come from networks like CBS, ABC, NBC, and FOX while others were only available from basic cable stations like AMC and FX. Even others were limited to those with the pay channels like HBO and Showtime or streaming providers like Netflix and Hulu - which make it easy to decide which shows to marathon. Regardless of network, these series get us interested and keep us hooked to all the action throughout the year.

The best drama shows of all time provided a bit of something for everyone. Sci-fi and horror lovers had plenty of options like Stranger Things and American Horror Story while those looking for courtroom dramas could choose from the likes of Better Call Saul and Killing Eve.

Old favorites like NCIS continue to hold strong on network TV, but the best dramatic television shows also include Netflix series such as Ozark, along with cable favorites including Better Call Saul.

So whether you're a fan of the warm and fuzzy dramas or the hard-hitting crime shows or any in between, one or another of the best current dramatic series is sure to keep you crying, cheering, or simply entertained.

Check out more lists like the most loved tv shows of all time, the top premium cable series, and the best sci-fi shows. Or, check out the best new and returning drama TV shows in 2020.

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  • Jack Ryan1
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    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Action, Thriller, Drama

    Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and...  more

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  • Stranger Things2
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series...  more

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  • The Blacklist3
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    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action, Thriller, Mystery

    The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon...  more

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  • The Good Doctor4
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    The Good Doctor

    Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Medical, Drama

    The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013...  more

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  • Ozark5
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    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial...  more

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  • The Walking Dead6
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    Genres (Tv)Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama

    The Walking Dead (AMC, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series...  more

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  • Peaky Blinders7
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    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

    Premiered2013

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama, Period Drama

    Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight,...  more

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  • The Handmaid's Tale8
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Dystopian fiction

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,...  more

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  • Better Call Saul9
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    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

    Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan...  more

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  • The Crown10
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    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter...  more

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  • American Horror Story11
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    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by...  more

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  • Manifest12
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    Manifest

    Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Manifest (NBC, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Matthew...  more

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  • The Flash13
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    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama

    The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg...  more

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  • Outlander14
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    Outlander

    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy

    Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore,...  more

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  • SEAL Team15
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    SEAL Team

    David Boreanaz, Max Thieriot

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    SEAL Team (CBS, 2017) is an American drama series created by Ben Cavell. The drama follows the...  more

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  • Doctor Who16
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more

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  • Killing Eve17
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    Killing Eve

    Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Spy thriller

    Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe...  more

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  • This Is Us18
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    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Family drama

    This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a...  more

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  • The Resident19
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    The Resident

    Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Medical drama

    The Resident (Fox, 2017) is an American medical drama television series created by Amy Holden...  more

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  • Fear the Walking Dead20
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    Fear the Walking Dead

    Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror

    Fear of the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television...  more

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  • 9-1-121
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    9-1-1

    Angela Bassett, Connie Britton

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and...  more

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  • The Sinner22
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    The Sinner

    Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman

    Premiered2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Anthology

    The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series developed by Derek Simonds,...  more

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  • Roswell, New Mexico23
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    Roswell, New Mexico

    Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons

    Premiered2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

    Roswell, New Mexico (The CW, 2019) is an American television drama series developed by Carina...  more

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  • Billions24
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    Billions

    Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Billions (Showtime, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Brian Koppelman,...  more

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  • FBI25
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    FBI

    Missy Peregrym, Jeremy Sisto

    Premiered2018

    Genres (Tv)Procedural drama

    F.B.I. (CBS, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Dick Wolf. The inner...  more

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