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The Best 2010s Drama Series 

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Updated May 25, 2020 15.2k votes 1.6k voters 11k views 190 items

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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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

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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

Premiered: 2008

Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by Vince Gilligan. After being diagnosed with cancer, a depressed high school chemistry teacher (Bryan ...more

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

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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

Premiered: 2006

Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos Jr., based on the 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay. When he's not doing forensic work ...more

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Sons of Anarchy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal, Mark Boone Junior

Premiered: 2008

Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Sons of Anarchy (FX, 2008) is an American crime neo-Western television series created by Kurt Sutter. As vice president of an outlaw motorcycle club involved with all sorts of illegal activity, ...more

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Mad Men is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser

Premiered: 2007

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

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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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs

Premiered: 2010

Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The brilliant yet insensitive detective ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Premiered: 2010

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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The Americans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Maximiliano Hernández

Premiered: 2013

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Justified is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter

Premiered: 2010

Justified (FX, 2010) is an American crime drama television series developed by Graham Yost, based on the short story "Fire in the Hole" by Elmore Leonard. US Marshal Raylan Givens ...more

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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
LanaYoshii added Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Premiered: 2011

Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John Wells, based on the 2004 British series. Led by drunk patriarch Frank (William H. Macy), the poor and ...more

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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Premiered: 2013

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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Boardwalk Empire is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
MWA added Steve Buscemi, Stephen Graham, Vincent Piazza

Premiered: 2010

Boardwalk Empire (HBO, 2010) is an American period crime drama television series created by Terence Winter, based on the non-fiction book by Nelson Johnson. During the 1920s Prohibition era, a ...more

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True Detective is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey, Woody Harrelson

Premiered: 2013

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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Premiered: 2017

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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Jessie Jiang added Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

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Fargo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks

Premiered: 2014

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Premiered: 2016

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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

Premiered: 2008

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Castle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan

Premiered: 2009

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Premiered: 2016

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

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House of Cards is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 2010s Drama Series
Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly

Premiered: 2013

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