TV Drama The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018  

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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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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
704792 added Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown
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 interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more
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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw
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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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen
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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The Resident is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Bruce Greenwood
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) 5 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause
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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy
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
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
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
Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch, Melissa Benoist
Waco (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American television miniseries created by John Erick Dowdle and Drew Dowdle. Based on the 1993 Waco siege, the show centers on the FBI and ATF seizing the ...more
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Siren is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Ian Verdun
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
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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For the People is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ben Rappaport
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 Terror is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Derek Mio, George Takei, Jared Harris
The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an anthology television series created by David Kajganich and Soo Hugh, based on the novel by Dan Simmons. The first season follows a crew of a Royal Naval expedition ...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
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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Good Girls is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Christina Hendricks, Mae Whitman, Retta
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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Station 19 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George, Grey Damon
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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Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Julia Roberts, Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale
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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Lore is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Vince Horner added Robert Patrick, Holland Roden, Colm Feore
Lore (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series developed by Aaron Mahnke, who created the Lore podcast. The show combines documentary footage and cinematic scenes to ...more
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Instinct is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, Daniel Ings
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) 20 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp, Regina King
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) 21 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Jacob Latimore
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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Unsolved is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Wavyy Jonez, Marcc Rose, Josh Duhamel
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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The Dangerous Book for Boys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
The Dangerous Book for Boys Chris Diamantopoulos, Gabriel Bateman, Drew Logan Powell
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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Deception is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Jack Cutmore-Scott, Ilfenesh Hadera, Amaury Nolasco
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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Here and Now is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018
Holly Hunter, Tim Robbins, Jerrika Hinton
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