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The Best New Drama Shows Of 2020 

Molly Gander
Updated August 7, 2020 863 votes 219 voters 3.8k views 66 items

List Rules Vote up the best dramatic television shows that premiered their first season in 2020.

If you're ready for some fresh drama, the new 2020 drama series have everything you want and more. When it's something in our lives, we're not fans of drama, but as a genre? We always want more. The idea of missing a moment of the latest complicated plot twist, betrayal, or heartfelt convo is too painful. There's something deliciously decadent about new drama series that always have us making sure we catch each episode, no matter what. The best new TV dramas of 2020 are here, and they're already starting the year on high emotions.

Making the list of drama series for 2020 are genre shows like the science fiction neXt, or War Of The Worlds – a BBC/Netflix joint adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic novel. Even if you just want classic crime drama, there is plenty of that too, including Deputy and Tommy. There's family drama, funny drama, and even dramatic horror, 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 2020, that's up to you - so rank accordingly.

Vote up your favorite dramas shows from 2020, and be sure to vote down the ones you didn't like.

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Sanditon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Drama Shows Of 2020
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Sanditon (PBS, 2020) is a British historical period drama television series adapted by Andrew Davies from an unfinished manuscript by Jane Austen. Set in the Regency era, the story follows Charlotte Heywood (Rose Williams), a spirited and impulsive woman who moves from her rural home to Sanditon, a fishing village attempting to reinvent itself as a seaside resort. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Rose Williams, Crystal Clarke, Charlotte Spencer, Kate Ashfield

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Defending Jacob is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Drama Shows Of 2020
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Defending Jacob (Apple TV+) is an American crime drama television miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by William Landay. The miniseries follows the story of Andy Barber (Chris Evans). a father dealing with the accusation that his son is a 14-year-old murderer. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Chris Evans, Michelle Dockery, Betty Gabriel

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Sweet Magnolias is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Drama Shows Of 2020
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Sweet Magnolias (Netflix, 2020) is a romantic drama television series created by Sheryl J. Anderson and based on the Sweet Magnolias novels by Sherryl Woods. The series centers on three South Carolina women, best friends since high school, as they shepherd each other through the complexities of romance, career, and family. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Jamie Lynn Spears, Anneliese Judge, Carson Rowland, Logan Allen

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Trackers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Drama Shows Of 2020
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Trackers (Cinemax, 2020) is a South African action drama television series created by Deon Meyer. Featuring various stories of organized crime, the series includes diamond smuggling, Black Rhinos, the CIA and terrorism in Cape Town, South Africa. ...more on Wikipedia

Actors: Tamer Burjaq, James Gracie, Sisanda Henna

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