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The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated January 10, 2020 1.7k votes 245 voters 20.5k views 108 items

List Rules Only drama television shows that premiered their first season in 2019.

UPDATED: Check out The Best New Drama TV Shows of 2020!

The best new TV dramas of 2019 are here, and they're already starting the year on high emotions. When it's something in our lives, we're not fans of drama, but as a genre? We always want more. There's something deliciously decadent about new drama series that always have us making sure we catch each episode, no matter what. The idea of missing a moment of the latest complicated plot twist, betrayal, or heartfelt convo is too painful. If you're ready for some fresh drama, the new 2019 drama shows have everything you want and more.

Making the list of drama series for 2019 are genre shows like the vampiric The Passage, or Pennyworth - based on the character of Batman's butler and confidant from DC Comics. But if you just want classic crime drama, there is plenty of that too, including The Enemy Within and Godfather of Harlem. There's family drama, funny drama, and even historical drama, but you'll have to check out the list of new television dramas below to get a full idea of everything current. As far as which are the best drama series of 2019, that's up to you - so rank accordingly and add up any new series that aren't on the list.

Vote up your favorite dramas shows from 2019, and be sure to vote down the ones you didn't like. Then check out the new dramas in 2020.

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The Enemy Within is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Jennifer Carpenter, Morris Chestnut, Raza Jaffrey

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Enemy Within (NBC, 2019) is an American drama television series. Former CIA agent, Erica Wolfe (Jennifer Carpenter), considered one of the most notorious traitors in modern history, is ...more
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Chernobyl is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by Craig Mazin. In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR becomes ...more
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Whiskey Cavalier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Scott Foley, Lauren Cohan, Ana Ortiz

Genres (Tv): Drama

Whiskey Cavalier (ABC, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Dave Hemingson. Following an emotional break-up, FBI agent Will Chase (Scott Foley) is assigned to work with CIA ...more
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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Drama

Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, love, and
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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after ...more
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Emergence is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Alexa Skye Swinton, Allison Tolman, Ashley Aufderheide

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Mystery-thriller, Drama

Emergence (ABC, 2019) is an American mystery-themed thriller drama television series created by Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas. Long Island's Peconic Bay police chief, Jo Evans (Allison ...more
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Proven Innocent is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Rachelle Lefevre, Russell Hornsby, Nikki M. James

Genres (Tv): Legal drama

Proven Innocent (Fox, 2019) is an American legal drama television series created by Janet Tamaro. Led by a fierce and fearless female lawyer (Rachelle Lefevre) with a hunger for justice, a ...more
8
Stumptown is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Drama

Stumptown (ABC, 2019) is an American crime drama television series created by Jason Richman, based on the graphic novels of the same name written by Greg Rucka with art by Matthew Southworth. ...more
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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Esme Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman

Network: Amazon Video

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action

Hanna (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American action drama television series, based on the 2011 film of the same name. The story follows the journey of an extraordinary young girl, Hanna (Esme ...more
10
Unbelievable is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, Kaitlyn Dever

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Drama

Unbelievable (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama miniseries created by director Susannah Grant. Based on a true story, the eight-episode limited series follows Marie (Kaitlyn Dever), a teenager ...more
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The Passage is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Vincent Piazza

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Passage (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series developed by Liz Heldens, based on the novels by Justin Cronin. When a botched U.S. government experiment turns a group of death ...more
12
Succession is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
NolaRice added Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin

Genres (Tv): Drama

Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When the aging patriarch (Brian Cox) of a global-media conglomerate decides to not retire, a power ...more
13
Pearson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Gina Torres, Isabel Arraiza, Eli Goree

Network: USA Network

Genres (Tv): Drama, Legal drama

Pearson (USA Network, 2019) is an American political drama television series created by Aaron Korsh and Daniel Arkin and a spin-off of the show Suits. The show follows powerhouse lawyer Jessica ...more
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When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Drama

When They See Us (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by Ava DuVernay, based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case. The notorious case of five teenagers of ...more
15
Project Blue Book is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Aidan Gillen, Laura Mennell, Michael Harney

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: History

Genres (Tv): Historical Drama, Sci-fi

Project Blue Book (History, 2019) is an American historical drama television series created by Robert Zemeckis, David O'Leary, and Sean Jablonski, co-produced by History Channel and A&E ...more
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Godfather of Harlem is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio, Ilfenesh Hadera

Network: Epix

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

Godfather of Harlem (Epix, 2019) is an American crime drama television series. After being released from prison, crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Forest Whitaker) takes on the Genovese crime family to ...more
17
Dolly Parton's Heartstri... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Dolly Parton, Athena Akers, Tammy Lynn Michaels

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Drama

Dolly Parton's Heartstrings (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama anthology television series created by Patrick Sean Smith. Each episode is based on a different Parton song, telling love stories ...more
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Truth Be Told is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan, Aaron Paul

Network: Apple TV+

Genres (Tv): Thriller, Drama

Truth Be Told (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American drama television series based on Are You Sleeping: A Novel by Kathleen Barber and created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman. The show provides a unique ...more
19
Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Kristen Bell, Frank Gallegos, Scott Vance

Network: Hulu

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Neo-noir

Veronica Mars (Hulu, 2019) is an American television miniseries created by Rob Thomas that serves as a continuation of the 2004–07 television series of the same name as well as the 2014 film. ...more
20
The Boys is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty

Network: Amazon Videoi

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action

The Boys (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series created by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick ...more
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The L Word: Generation Q... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Katherine Moennig

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama

The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime, 2019) is an American television drama and a revival-sequel to the 2004 series The L Word. Original characters Bette (Jennifer Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey), ...more
22
Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Watchmen Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Drama, Superhero, Action, Mystery

Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based on the comic book series. Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws.
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Prodigal Son is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Drama

Prodigal Son (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series. The show centers on a young profiler, whose father is a serial killer who is known as "The Surgeon."
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Evil is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Katja Herbers, Aasif Mandvi, Mike Colter

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Thriller, Drama

Evil (CBS, 2019) is an American television supernatural thriller television drama. The series follows a skeptical psychologist Katja (Kristen Bouchard) who allies with a priest-in-training (Mike ...more
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Work in Progress is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Karin Anglin, Theo Germaine , Emily Fightmaster

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Work in Progress (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series co-created by Abby McEnay. The show features McEnany as a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke from Chicago whose ...more