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List Rules Vote up your favorite dramas that aired on TV or a streaming service in the 2010s

These are the best 2010s drama series, ranked from best to worst by user votes. 2010s drama TV series that fell in line with genre conventions of TV dramas past, and a new breed of television dramas that pushed the envelope (like the cult masterpiece, Hannibal) are well represented on this list. So, if you're looking for a good 2010s drama series to watch, this list has something for nearly every demographic.

What shows will you find on this best 2010s drama series list? Without a doubt, Game of Thrones is one of the most exciting 2010s dramas. Fans need to tune into every episode because you never know when your favorite character is going to get killed off. Sons of Anarchy is another good drama show that aired in the 2010s.

In the early 2010s, viewers loved the great drama show Breaking Bad for its ability to show how someone good can break bad under pressure. Other good shows that appear on this top 2010s drama series list include The Walking Dead, True Blood, and Mad Men.

Do you have a favorite drama series from the 10s? Give the best shows a thumbs up and please add any great series we may have missed.
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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Breaking Bad Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn Breaking Bad is an American crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to ...more

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Game of Thrones Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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The Leftovers is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added The Leftovers Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston The Leftovers is an American television drama series created by Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta airing on HBO. It is based on Perrotta's novel of the same name. The pilot was written by Lindelof ...more

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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Hannibal Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Hannibal is an American psychological thriller–horror television series developed by Bryan Fuller for NBC. The series is based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Fargo Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy–crime drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and murder ...more

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
House of Cards Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright House of Cards is an American political drama television series developed and produced by Beau Willimon. It is an adaptation of the BBC's mini-series of the same name and is based on the novel ...more

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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Mad Men Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007 on the cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The ...more

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
The Americans Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Americans (FX, 2013) is an American period drama television series created by Joe Weisberg. Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two Soviet KGB officers posing as ...more

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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Orphan Black Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are, in ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Better Call Saul Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn Better Call Saul (A&E, 2015) is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
The Walking Dead Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Mr. Robot Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Jessie Jiang added Westworld Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Sherlock Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Shameless Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Justified Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter Justified is an American television drama series developed by Graham Yost. It is based on Elmore Leonard's short story "Fire in the Hole". Timothy Olyphant portrays Raylan Givens, a ...more

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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
The Blacklist James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more

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Parenthood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Parenthood Peter Krause, Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard Parenthood is an American television drama series developed by Jason Katims and produced by Imagine Television and Universal Television for NBC. The show tells of the Braverman clan which ...more

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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Jessie Jiang added Person of Interest Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman Person of Interest is an American science fiction crime drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan that premiered on September 22, 2011, on CBS. The series revolves around John Reese, a ...more

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The Mentalist is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
The Mentalist Simon Baker, Robin Tunney, Tim Kang The Mentalist is an American police procedural television series that ran from September 23, 2008 until February 18, 2015, broadcasting 151 episodes over seven seasons, on CBS. The show was ...more

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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Chicago Fire Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Grey's Anatomy Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson Grey's Anatomy is an American medical soap opera television series that premiered on American Broadcasting Company as a mid-season replacement on March 27, 2005. The series has aired eleven ...more

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Criminal Minds Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more

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Luther is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Luther Idris Elba, Warren Brown, Dermot Crowley Luther is a British crime drama series starring Idris Elba as the eponymous character DCI John Luther. Written by Neil Cross, the first series, comprising six one-hour long episodes, premiered ...more

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Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Orange Is the New Black Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
True Blood Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more

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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
The Vampire Diaries Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Once Upon a Time Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are ...more

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Castle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Castle Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan Castle is an American crime drama television series, which premiered on ABC on March 9, 2009. The series is produced jointly by Beacon Pictures and ABC Studios. Created by Andrew W. Marlowe, it ...more

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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Homeland Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Rupert Friend Homeland is an American political thriller television series developed by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa based on the Israeli series Hatufim, which was created by Gideon Raff. The series stars ...more

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Pretty Little Liars is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Pretty Little Liars Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale Pretty Little Liars is an American teen drama mystery–thriller television series loosely based on the popular book series of the same title, written by Sara Shepard. The show premiered on June ...more

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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Revenge Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann Revenge is an American primetime television series that airs on ABC, starring Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp, which debuted on September 21, 2011. During its first season it aired on ...more

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bones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
bones Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin Bones is an American crime procedural comedy-drama television series that premiered on Fox in the United States on September 13, 2005. The show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic ...more

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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Supernatural Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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Elementary is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Elementary Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu, Aidan Quinn Elementary is an American crime drama series that presents a contemporary update of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes. The series was created by Robert Doherty and stars Jonny ...more

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Nashville is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Nashville Connie Britton, Clare Bowen, Hayden Panettiere Nashville is an American musical drama television series. It was created by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri and produced by R.J. Cutler, Khouri, Dee Johnson, Steve Buchanan, and Connie ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Doctor Who Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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The Following is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
The Following Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy, Shawn Ashmore The Following is an American television drama series created by Kevin Williamson and jointly produced by Outerbanks Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television. The first season follows former FBI ...more

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Scandal is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Scandal Kerry Washington, Henry Ian Cusick, Columbus Short Scandal (ABC, 2012) is an American political thriller television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A former White House Communications Director (Kerry Washington) starts her own crisis management ...more

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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Hawaii Five-0 Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov Hawaii Five-0 is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968–80 television series. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street ...more

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The Good Wife is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
The Good Wife Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Josh Charles Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Good Wife is an American television legal and political drama that premiered on CBS on September 22, 2009. The series was created by Robert King and Michelle King. It stars Julianna ...more

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Empire Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, former drug dealer, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious ...more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Sons of Anarchy Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Sons of Anarchy is an American crime drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in ...more

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Gossip Girl Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, ...more

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Grimm David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is an American crime drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. ...more

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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Arrow Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more

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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
NCIS Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts criminal ...more

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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
NCIS: Los Angeles Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more