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The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019  

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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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Whiskey Cavalier is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Veronica Mars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Kristen Bell, Frank Gallegos, Scott Vance
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
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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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Trinkets is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Brianna Hildebrand, Kiana Madeira, Quintessa Swindell
Trinkets (Netflix, 2019) is an American teen drama television series created by Kirsten Smith, Amy Andelson, and Emily Meyer, based on Kristen Smith's YA novel of the same name. An unexpected ...more
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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Frankie Drake Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Lauren Lee Smith, Chantel Riley, Rebecca Liddiard
Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC, 2017) is a Canadian television drama. The show follows the fictional Frankie Drake (Lauren Lee Smith), the first female private detective in 1920s Toronto, with ...more
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The Spy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Noah Emmerich, Hadar Ratzon Rotem, Nassim Si Ahmed
The Spy (Netflix, 2019) is a television miniseries written and directed by Gideon Raff. Based on Eli Cohen's (Sacha Baron Cohen) life as Israel's top Mossad spy in Syria.
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Ambitions is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Robin Givins, Essence Atkins, Brian J. White
Ambitions (OWN, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Jamey Giddens and Will Packer. Ex-best friends Stephanie Lancaster (Robin Givens), the mayor's wife, and Amara Hughes ...more
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The Hot Zone is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Julianna Margulies, Topher Grace, James D'Arcy
The Hot Zone (National Geographic, 2019) is an American medical thriller television drama miniseries based on the Richard Preston non-fiction novel of the same name. The six-part limited series ...more
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Chernobyl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, 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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The Passage is listed (or ranked) 12 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) 13 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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Unbelievable is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Jinn is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Sultan Alkhail, Hana Chamoun, Yasser Al Hadi
Jinn (Netflix, 2019) is a Jordanian supernatural drama television series. When a girl accidentally releases a jinn in the form of a teenage boy, they learn they've also unleashed an ancient ...more
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The Naked Director is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Takayuki Yamada, Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Tetsuji Tamayama
The Naked Director (Netflix, 2019) is a Japanese biographical drama television series. The series follows the true story of the career of Pinku (the Japanese softcore film sub-genre) director ...more
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Too Old to Die Young is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Miles Telle, Billy Baldwin, Jena Malone
Too Old to Die Young (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American thriller crime drama television series. The show follows Martin (Miles Teller), a grieving police officer who, along with the man who ...more
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Fosse/Verdon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams, Margaret Qualley
Fosse/Verdon (FX, 2019) is an American biographical miniseries, based on the book Fosse by Sam Wasson. The series follows the romantic and creative partnership of filmmaker Bob Fosse (Sam ...more
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Designated Survivor: 60 Days is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Ji Jin-hee, Heo Jun-ho, Kang Han-na
Designated Survivor: 60 Days (Netflix, 2019) is a Korean political conspiracy drama television series, based on the American series Designated Survivor. When the National Assembly suffers a ...more
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Bluff City Law is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Jimmy Smits, Caitlin McGee, Barry Sloane
Bluff City Law (NBC, 2019) is an American crime drama thriller television series. The series follows the lawyers of an elite Memphis law firm that specialize in the most controversial landmark ...more
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Jett is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Tales of the City is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Ellen Page, Laura Linney, Charlie Barnett
Tales of the City (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries based on a series of novels by Armistead Maupin of the same name. The show follows Mary Ann, who returns home to ...more
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All Rise is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Simone Missick, Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho
All Rise (CBS, 2019) is an American drama television series. Newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend ...more
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High Seas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Eloy Azorín, Ivana Baquero, Luis Bermejo
High Seas (Netflix, 2019), named Alta mar in Spanish, is a Spanish mystery period drama television series. Mysterious deaths on a luxurious ship traveling from Spain to Rio de Janeiro in the ...more
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American Princess is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Drama TV Shows Of 2019
Georgia Flood, Lucas Neff, Seana Kofoed
American Princess (Lifetime, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jamie Denbo. When the storybook wedding plans of Upper East Side socialite Amanda (Georgia Flood) are ...more