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The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019  

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

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.

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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
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 SkarsgÄrd, Emily Watson
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
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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Proven Innocent is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Rachelle Lefevre, Russell Hornsby, Nikki M. James
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
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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
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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The Passage is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Vincent Piazza
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
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Hanna is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Esme Creed-Miles, Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman
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
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Emergence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Alexa Skye Swinton, Allison Tolman, Ashley Aufderheide
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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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow
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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Unbelievable is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, Kaitlyn Dever
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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Stumptown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal
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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When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk
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
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Project Blue Book is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Aidan Gillen, Laura Mennell, Michael Harney
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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Pearson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Gina Torres, Isabel Arraiza, Eli Goree
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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Prodigal Son is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young
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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Truth Be Told is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan, Aaron Paul
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
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The L Word: Generation Q is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Katherine Moennig
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
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Work in Progress is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Karin Anglin, Theo Germaine , Emily Fightmaster
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
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Reprisal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Abigail Spencer, Rodrigo Santoro, Mena Massoud
Reprisal (Hulu, 2019) is an American drama television series. A a relentless femme fatale sets out for revenge against the gearhead gang that tried to kill her.
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I Am the Night is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Chris Pine, India Eisley, Jefferson Mays
I Am the Night (TNT, 2019) is a six-episode limited television series directed by Patty Jenkins, Victoria Mahoney, and Carl Franklin. Given away as an infant by her teenage mother to a black ...more
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The Boys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty
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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Jett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Carla Gugino, Giancarlo Esposito, Elena Anaya
Jett (Cinemax, 2019) is an American action drama television series created by Sebastian Gutierrez. Daisy "Jett" Kowalsk (Carla Gugino), fresh out of prison world-class thief is forced ...more
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Looking For Alaska is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Charlie Plummer, Kristine Froseth, Denny Love
Looking For Alaska (Hulu, 2019) is an American teen drama television series based on the book of the same name by John Green. A new arrival at a boarding school falls in love with a beguiling ...more
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Dolly Parton's Heartstrings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Dolly Parton, Athena Akers, Tammy Lynn Michaels
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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Catherine the Great is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Helen Mirren, Jason Clarke, Joseph Quinn
Catherine the Great (Sky Atlantic/HBO, 2019) is a British-American television miniseries following the life of Catherine The Great.