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The Best 2010s Drama Series

Updated January 13, 2021 20.5k votes 1.6k voters 11.6k views191 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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    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

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    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy

    Premiered2012

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    Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth

    Premiered2009

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    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

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    Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy

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    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

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    Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal

    Premiered2008

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    Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy

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  • Grimm11
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    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell

    Premiered2011

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    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

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    Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys

    Premiered2013

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    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Premiered2015

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    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

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    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

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    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

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    Premiered2007

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    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

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    Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham

    Premiered2010

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    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

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    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

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