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The Best 2010s Drama Series

Updated May 25, 2020 21.0k votes 1.6k voters 11.4k views190 items

List RulesVote 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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    Lucifer
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    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

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    Breaking Bad
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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

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  • 3
    Game of Thrones
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

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  • 4
    Vikings
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    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

    Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Dexter
    196
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

    Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Sons of Anarchy
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    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Premiered2008

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  • 7
    Sherlock
    178
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    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Justified
    157
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    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

    Premiered2010

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  • 9
    Better Call Saul
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    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

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  • 10
    Mad Men
    219
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    Mad Men

    Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss

    Premiered2007

    Mad Men (AMC, 2007) is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Shameless
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    210

    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

    Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    The Handmaid's Tale
    111
    135

    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

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

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  • 13
    The Americans
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    The Americans

    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys

    Premiered2013

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  • 14
    True Detective
    110
    135

    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    The Walking Dead
    230
    296

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Boardwalk Empire
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    Boardwalk Empire

    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham

    Premiered2010

    Boardwalk Empire (HBO, 2010) is an American period crime drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Ozark
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    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

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

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  • 18
    This Is Us
    91
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    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore

    Premiered2016

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

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  • 19
    True Blood
    105
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    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

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  • 20
    Castle
    108
    144

    Castle

    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic

    Premiered2009

    Castle (ABC, 2009) is an American crime-comedy-drama television series created by Andrew W.... more on Wikipedia

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    The Crown
    133
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    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

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

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    American Horror Story
    104
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    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

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

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  • 23
    Westworld
    159
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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series... more on Wikipedia

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  • 24
    Outlander
    80
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    Outlander

    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

    Premiered2014

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

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah... more on Wikipedia

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