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The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018

Updated October 14, 2020 2.4k votes 221 voters 9.5k views28 items

List RulesOnly 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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  • 1
    Trust
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    Trust

    Donald Sutherland, Hilary Swank

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Drama

    Trust (FX, 2018) is an American television anthology series directed by Danny Boyle. In 1973,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 2
    For the People
    40
    27

    For the People

    Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown

    Genres (Tv)Legal drama

    For the People (ABC, 2018) is an American legal drama created by Paul William Davies. In the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    9-1-1
    43
    38

    9-1-1

    Angela Bassett, Connie Britton

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    The Alienist
    68
    75

    The Alienist

    Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Drama

    The Alienist (TNT, 2018) is an American television period drama event series created by Cary... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 5
    Waco
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    Waco

    Michael Shannon, Taylor Kitsch

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Thriller

    Waco (Paramount Network, 2018) is an American television miniseries created by John Erick... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    Siren
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    64

    Siren

    Eline Powell, Alex Roe

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Drama, Thriller, Mystery

    Siren (Freeform, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Eric Wald and Dean... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 7
    The Looming Tower
    40
    54

    The Looming Tower

    Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Looming Tower (Hulu, 2018) is an American drama web television miniseries based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    Killing Eve
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    Killing Eve

    Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Spy thriller

    Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 9
    Station 19
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    Station 19

    Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason George

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama

    Station 19 (ABC, 2018) is an American action-drama television series created by Stacy McKee,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    The Rain
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    75

    The Rain

    Iben Hjejle, Alba August

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Thriller

    The Rain (Netflix, 2018) is a Danish web series created by Mosholt Esben, Toft Jacobsen, and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    Black Lightning
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    Black Lightning

    Cress Williams, China Anne McClain

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action

    Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 12
    The Terror
    50
    77

    The Terror

    Derek Mio, George Takei

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

    The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an American horror drama anthology television series developed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 13
    Sharp Objects
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    Sharp Objects

    Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson

    Genres (Tv)Thriller

    Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Homecoming
    43
    73

    Homecoming

    Janelle Monáe, Julia Roberts

    Genres (Tv)Psychological thriller

    Homecoming (Amazon Video, 2018) is a psychological thriller web television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 15
    Instinct
    29
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    Instinct

    Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic

    Genres (Tv)Police procedural, Thriller, Drama

    Instinct (CBS, 2018) is an American police procedural and drama television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Seven Seconds
    27
    54

    Seven Seconds

    Clare-Hope Ashitey, Beau Knapp

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama

    Seven Seconds (Netflix, 2018) is an American crime drama television series developed by Veena... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 17
    The Chi
    29
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    The Chi

    Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 18
    Deception
    29
    61

    Deception

    Jack Cutmore-Scott, Ilfenesh Hadera

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Police procedural

    Deception (ABC, 2018) is an American crime procedural drama created by Chris Fedak. After his... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 19
    Altered Carbon
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    75

    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

    Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 20
    The Dangerous Book for Boys
    18
    45

    The Dangerous Book for Boys

    Chris Diamantopoulos, Gabriel Bateman

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

    The Dangerous Book for Boys (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American comedy-drama web television... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    Here and Now
    18
    51

    Here and Now

    Holly Hunter, Tim Robbins

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama

    Here and Now (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Alan Ball. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 22
    The Mechanism
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    The Mechanism

    Alessandra Colassanti, Antonio Saboia

    Genres (Tv)Political drama, Crime

    The Mechanism (Netflix, 2018) is a Brazilian political drama television series created by José... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 23
    Hard Sun
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    Hard Sun

    Agyness Deyn, Jim Sturgess

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Crime, Drama

    Hard Sun (Hulu, 2018) is a pre-apocalyptic British television drama series created by Neil... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 24
    Mosaic
    13
    45

    Mosaic

    Sharon Stone, Garrett Hedlund

    Genres (Tv)Mystery, Drama, Crime

    Mosaic (HBO, 2018) is an American television murder mystery series directed by Steven... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 25
    Rise
    10
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    Rise

    Josh Radnor, Marley Shelton

    Genres (Tv)Musical, Drama

    Rise (NBC, 2018) is an American musical drama television series created by Jason Katims and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button