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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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 4 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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added 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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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added 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 Crown is listed (or ranked) 11 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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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Laurence Fishburne, Marg Helgenberger, George Eads
This show is an American drama television series that premiered on CBS on October 6, 2000. The show was created by Anthony E. Zuiker and produced by Jerry Bruckheimer. It is filmed primarily at ...more
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Justified is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added 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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Homeland is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
MWA added 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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Bones is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Michaela Conlin
Bones is an American 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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more
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Castle is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added 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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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added 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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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Jessie Jiang added 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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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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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Hannibal is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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