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The Best TV Dramas On Netflix

Updated October 20, 2020 13.1k votes 1.5k voters 42.5k views163 items

List RulesOnly shows currently streaming on Netflix.

Here are the best television drama series streaming now on Netflix. Whether you're looking for courtroom dramas, police procedural shows, or historical dramas, this list of dramatic shows currently on Netflix is regularly updated with new and popular TV series. What are the best TV dramas to watch on Netflix? 

One of the best written TV shows ever, House of Cards is also ranked high on the most popular Netflix original series. Other good TV dramas on Netflix include The Crown, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, and Ozark.

Vote up the best drama shows on Netflix, and add your favorites if they're missing from the list.

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  • 1
    Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

    Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    Premiered2008

    Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 3
    Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 4
    The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    The Last Kingdom

    Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson

    Premiered2015

    The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Crown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith

    Premiered2016

    The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 6
    Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Wentworth

    Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva

    Premiered2013

    Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

    The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Dexter is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Dexter

    Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter

    Premiered2006

    Dexter (Showtime, 2006) is an American crime drama mystery series developed by James Manos... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 9
    Ozark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler

    Premiered2005

    Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    Premiered2010

    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 12
    The 100 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco

    Premiered2013

    The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 13
    Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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  • 14
    The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers

    Premiered2005

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  • 16
    The Originals is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

    Premiered2013

    The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    Premiered2017

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  • 18
    Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart

    Premiered2017

    Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Once Upon a Time

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison

    Premiered2011

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  • 20
    Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Bates Motel

    Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore

    Premiered2013

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    13 Reasons Why is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    Premiered2017

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  • 22
    Peaky Blinders is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

    Premiered2013

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  • 23
    Longmire is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff

    Premiered2012

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  • 24
    Orange Is the New Black is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Orange Is the New Black

    Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon

    Premiered2013

    Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, 2013) is an American comedy-drama web television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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    Gossip Girl

    Blake Lively, Leighton Meester

    Premiered2007

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