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The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018 

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Updated December 14, 2018 1.2k votes 217 voters 9.1k views 31 items

List Rules Only shows that premiered in 2018.

The best drama TV shows of 2018 are here, and they're nothing short of captivating. While we all love to say we hate drama in general, there's something about new drama series that always have us up in arms and wanting more at the end of each episode. Some of us even get so involved, we're talking to the TV screen calling some character a bitch. All that aside, the new 2018 drama shows have everything you want and more.

Certainly making the list of drama series for 2018 are big hits Altered Carbon, The Rain, and The Terror, but there's quite a few more you'll have to check out below to get a full taste of the new drama shows. As far as which are the best drama series of 2018, that's up to you fans to decide—so rank accordingly.

Vote up your favorite dramas shows from 2018, and be sure to vote down the ones you didn't like. Of course, you can also add any new series that aren't on the list, and then see what new dramas began in 2019.

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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Genres (Tv): Drama

Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
704792 added Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Family drama

This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories intertwine, from sharing the same ...more

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The Resident is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Bruce Greenwood

Genres (Tv): Medical drama

The Resident (Fox, 2017) is an American medical drama television series created by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, and Roshan Sethi. Idealistic young Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal) begins his ...more

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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
9-1-1 Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause

Genres (Tv): Drama

9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The show explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and ...more

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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

Genres (Tv): Thriller

Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. Fresh out of a psych hospital for her years of self-harm, crime reporter Camille ...more

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more

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The Alienist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

The Alienist (TNT, 2018) is an American television period drama event series created by Cary Fukunaga, based on the novel by Caleb Carr. Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl) and newspaper ...more

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Trust is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank, Harris Dickinson

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Drama

Trust (FX, 2018) is an American television anthology series directed by Danny Boyle. In 1973, heir John Paul Getty III is kidnapped by the Italian mafia, but the family seems disinterested in ...more
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Waco is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Waco Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Melissa Benoist

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Thriller

Waco (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American television miniseries created by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle, based on the 1993 Waco siege. The FBI and ATF seize religious leader David ...more
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Siren is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Siren Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Ian Verdun

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Siren (Freeform, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Eric Wald and Dean White. When a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) arrives in the coastal town of Bristol Cove, she proves ...more

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The Looming Tower is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Wrenn Schmidt

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Looming Tower (Hulu, 2018) is an American drama web television miniseries based on the book by Lawrence Wright. With the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, the rivalry between ...more

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Good Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman, Retta

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Dark comedy

Good Girls (NBC, 2017) is an American crime comedy-drama series created by Jenna Bans. Struggling to make ends meet, three suburban housewives (Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman) ...more

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For the People is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ben Rappaport

Genres (Tv): Legal drama

For the People (ABC, 2018) is an American legal drama created by Paul William Davies. In the Southern District of New York (SDNY) Federal Court,” brand new lawyers working for both the defense ...more
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The Rain is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Iben Hjejle, Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Thriller

The Rain (Netflix, 2018) is a Danish web series created by Mosholt Esben, Toft Jacobsen, and Christian Potalivo. After a brutal virus wipes out most of the population, two young siblings embark ...more

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Station 19 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Station 19 Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, Grey Damon

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama

Station 19 (ABC, 2018) is an American action-drama television series created by Stacy McKee, and the second spinoff of Grey's Anatomy. The professional and personal lives of a group of heroic ...more
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The Terror is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Derek Mio, George Takei, Jared Harris

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror, Anthology, Psychological thriller

The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an American horror drama anthology television series developed by David Kajganich, based on the 2007 novel by Dan Simmons. A new story each season, the show follows ...more

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Lore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Vince Horner added Robert Patrick, Holland Roden, Colm Feore

Genres (Tv): Horror, Anthology

Lore (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series developed by Aaron Mahnke, based on his podcast. The show combines documentary footage and cinematic scenes to tell ...more
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Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Janelle Monáe, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper

Genres (Tv): Psychological thriller

Homecoming (Amazon Video, 2018) is a psychological thriller web television series created by Sam Esmail, based on the podcast. Years later after she left her job as a caseworker at a facility ...more

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Unsolved is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Wavyy Jonez, Marcc Rose, Josh Duhamel

Genres (Tv): Biography, Drama

Unsolved (USA, 2018) is an American anthology-drama television series. The first season, entitled The Murders of Tupac and the Notorious B.I.G., chronicles the two major police investigations ...more
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Instinct is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Thriller, Drama

Instinct (CBS, 2018) is an American police procedural and drama television series created by Michael Rauch, based on James Patterson's Murder Games. A former CIA agent (Alan Cumming) who has ...more

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Seven Seconds is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp, Regina King

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

Seven Seconds (Netflix, 2018) is an American crime drama television series developed by Veena Sud, based on the Russian film The Major. Tensions run high between African American citizens and ...more
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The Chi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A coming-of-age story centering on a group of residents of the South Side of Chicago who become linked by ...more

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Deception is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Deception Jack Cutmore-Scott, Ilfenesh Hadera, Amaury Nolasco

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Police procedural

Deception (ABC, 2018) is an American crime procedural drama created by Chris Fedak. After his career as a magician is ruined by scandal, Las Vegas illusionist Cameron Black (Jack Cutmore-Scott) ...more

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The Dangerous Book for B... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Chris Diamantopoulos, Gabriel Bateman, Drew Logan Powell

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

The Dangerous Book for Boys (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Bryan Cranston and Greg Mottola, based on the book by Conn and Hal Iggulden. Coping ...more
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Here and Now is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Holly Hunter, Tim Robbins, Jerrika Hinton

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

Here and Now (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Alan Ball. A multi-racial family made up of husband (Tim Robbins), wife (Holly Hunter), three adopted children from ...more