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The Best 2010s Drama Series

Updated May 25, 2020 21.0k votes 1.6k voters 11.2k 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

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    Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

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    Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

    Premiered2011

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    Vikings is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

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    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

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    Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Sons of Anarchy

    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Premiered2008

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    Justified is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Justified

    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

    Premiered2010

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    Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

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    Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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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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    Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Mad Men

    Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss

    Premiered2007

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    Shameless is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

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    The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

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    The Americans is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    The Americans

    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys

    Premiered2013

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    True Detective is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

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    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

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    Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Boardwalk Empire

    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham

    Premiered2010

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    Ozark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

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    This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore

    Premiered2016

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    True Blood is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

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    The Crown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

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    American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

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    Castle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Castle

    Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic

    Premiered2009

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    Westworld is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

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    Outlander is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Outlander

    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

    Premiered2014

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    Fargo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
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    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

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