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The Best TV Dramas On Netflix 

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Updated February 21, 2020 9.7k votes 1.2k voters 35.7k views 136 items

List Rules Only 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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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro
Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more

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Breaking Bad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
Breaking Bad is an American drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008, to September 29, ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard
Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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The Last Kingdom is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson, Tobias Santelmann
The Last Kingdom (BBC America, 2015) is a British historical fiction television series based on Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Stories series of novels. In 872 England, an unlikely hero (Alexander ...more

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#696 of 2,296 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time #8 of 116 The Best Historical Drama TV Showsfeaturing Facts About Uhtred The Bold: Ealdorman Of Bamburgh And Inspiration For 'The Last Kingdom'

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby
The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more

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#264 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #203 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Timefeaturing Princess Alice of Battenberg's Real Life Was Even More Dramatic Than What You Saw On 'The Crown'

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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson
Wentworth is an Australian television drama series. It was first broadcast on SoHo on 1 May 2013. The series serves as a contemporary reimagining of Prisoner, which ran on Network Ten from 1979 ...more
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Dexter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas
Dexter is an American television drama series. Set in Miami, the series centers on Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for Miami Metro Police Department who also leads a secret life ...more

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#12 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time #23 of 217 The TV Shows with the Best Writingfeaturing Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Michael C. Hall And Jennifer Carpenter On 'Dexter'

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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson
Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based in Quantico, Virginia. The ...more

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear
Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more

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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz
Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a ...more

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#113 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time #156 of 394 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciatefeaturing The Best Characters on Ozark, Ranked

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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more

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Sherlock is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs
Sherlock is a British television crime drama that presents a contemporary adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes detective stories. Created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, it ...more

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#5 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #1 of 394 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciatefeaturing Ranking the Best Seasons of 'Sherlock'

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell
The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies
The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more

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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson
Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series. The series focuses on the fictional lives of surgical interns and residents as they gradually evolve into seasoned ...more

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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt
The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. Vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his ...more

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#17 of 78 The Best Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Series #119 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes
Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more

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#246 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #290 of 394 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciatefeaturing The Best Characters On 'Riverdale', Ranked

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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla
Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are ...more

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#75 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #127 of 158 Shows with the Best Freakin' Series Finales of All Timefeaturing The Best Once Upon a Time Characters

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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot
Bates Motel is an American drama thriller television series developed for television by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin and Anthony Cipriano, and produced by Universal Television for the cable network ...more

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#210 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time #146 of 217 The TV Shows with the Best Writing

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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Jacob Dudman, Brandon Fellows, Siobhan Finneran
The Stranger (Netflix, 2020) is a British television drama series based on the novel of the same name by Harlan Coben. The series will follow Adam Price, who seems to be living the perfect life ...more
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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette
NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts investigations ...more

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#8 of 127 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows #54 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Timefeaturing The Best Actors On NCIS

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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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Naomi Watts, Billy Crudup, Sophie Cookson
Gypsy is a television drama series created by Lisa Rubin for Netflix. Naomi Watts plays a therapist who begins to develop dangerous and intimate relationships with the people in her patients’

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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv
Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American drama series based on the book written by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas. Set in the late '70s and early '80s, the series revolves around two FBI ...more

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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning
Orange Is the New Black is an American comedy-drama series created by Jenji Kohan and first released on Netflix on July 11, 2013. The series, produced by Tilted Productions in association with ...more

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Longmire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips
“Longmire,” a contemporary thriller set in Big Sky country, is based on the Walt Longmire Mystery novels by best-selling author Craig Johnson. The series stars Australian actor Robert Taylor ...more

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