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The Best TV Dramas On Netflix 

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Updated February 24, 2020 9.7k votes 1.2k voters 35.8k views 137 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.

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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

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: Netflix, Fox

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Comedy-drama, Mystery, Crime, Horror, + more

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

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 54

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

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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Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

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

Genres (Tv): Action, History, Romance

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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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Premiered: 2016

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

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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Wentworth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Kate Atkinson

Premiered: 2013

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: Foxtel

Genres (Tv): Drama

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

Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 80

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Suspense, + more

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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 186

Network: A&E, CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Crime, Suspense, Drama, + more

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

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: Channel 4

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

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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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 89

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Teen drama, Drama, + more

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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller

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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#29 of 128 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows #156 of 396 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate The Best Characters on Ozark, Ranked

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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

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, + more

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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian, Sci-fi, Action

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

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 35

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

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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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Supernatural drama, Teen drama, Suspense, Drama, + more

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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Grey's Anatomy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Ellen Pompeo, Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 196

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Soap opera, Medical drama, Romance TV, Drama, Comedy-drama, + more

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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery

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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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Fairy tale, Comedy-drama, Fantasy

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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Bates Motel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 7

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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The Stranger is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Jacob Dudman, Brandon Fellows, Siobhan Finneran

Premiered: 2020

Network: Netflix

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

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 218

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Thriller, + more

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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Gypsy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
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Premiered: 2017

Network: Netflix

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 patientsÂ’

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Orange Is the New Black ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Taylor Schilling, Danielle Brooks, Taryn Manning

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Longmire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Dramas On Netflix
Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 16

Network: A&E

Genres (Tv): Western, Police procedural, Drama

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 (The ...more

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