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The Best 2010s Drama Series 

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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. Some 2010s TV drama series that fell in line with genre conventions of television 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 - and aired from 2011 to 2019, perfectly encapsulating the best dramas of the decade. Fans needed 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. Closer to the end of the decade, TV dramas such as The Handmaid's Tale and Westworld brought science fiction drama to the small screen while drama series such as Vikings and Outlander continued in the period drama vein - often with a twist.

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
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
Breaking Bad is an American 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 September 29, ...more

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro
Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more

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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen
Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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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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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski
The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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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. Timothy Olyphant portrays Raylan Givens, a tough U.S. Marshal enforcing ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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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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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Sons of Anarchy is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter, about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in California's ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn
Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of lawyer, Jimmy ...more

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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz
Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza
Boardwalk Empire is an American period drama television series created by Terence Winter. Airing on premium cable channel HBO, the series is set in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the ...more

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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan
True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic Pizzolatto. Each season focuses on detectives investigating violent offences.

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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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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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby
The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell
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Castle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan
Castle is an American 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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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Kevin Spacey, Michel Gill, Robin Wright
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters
American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks
Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah Hawley, and inspired by the 1996 film. Various chronicles of deception, intrigue and wrong doings ...more

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown
This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more

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