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The Best TV Dramas On Netflix To Watch Now

Updated May 14, 2021 11.5k votes 1.6k voters 49.3k views161 items

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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. When Netflix saved Lucifer from cancellation it became another top drama on Netflix.

Check out the best drama shows on Netflix, and vote up the very best.

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    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    PremieredJanuary 25, 2016

    Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos. The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who...  more

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    Breaking Bad

    Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul

    PremieredJanuary 20, 2008

    Breaking Bad (AMC, 2008) is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created by Vince Gilligan. After being diagnosed with cancer, a depressed high school chemistry teacher (Bryan...  more

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    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    PremieredJuly 15, 2016

    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), a...  more

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    The Last Kingdom

    Alexander Dreymon, David Dawson

    PremieredOctober 10, 2015

    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

    Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies

    PremieredNovember 4, 2016

    The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter Morgan. A young Queen Elizabeth II's (Claire Foy) political rivalries and romances guide the events that...  more

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    Wentworth

    Pamela Rabe, Kate Atkinson

    PremieredAugust 28, 2013

    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 to...  more

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    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    PremieredJuly 21, 2017

    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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    The Vampire Diaries

    Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

    PremieredSeptember 10, 2009

    The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the book series by L. J. Smith. In the fictional...  more

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    Sherlock

    Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman

    PremieredJuly 25, 2010

    Sherlock (BBC One, 2010) is a British crime television series created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, based on stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The brilliant yet insensitive detective (Benedict...  more

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    Criminal Minds

    Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster

    PremieredSeptember 22, 2005

    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 show...  more

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    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    PremieredDecember 4, 2011

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern...  more

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    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco

    PremieredMarch 19, 2014

    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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    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    PremieredOctober 13, 2017

    Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe Penhall, based on the true crime book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. FBI agents Holden Ford (Jonathan...  more

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    The Walking Dead

    Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride

    PremieredOctober 31, 2010

    The Walking Dead (AMC, 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 Adlard....  more

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    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

    PremieredOctober 3, 2013

    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 family...  more

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    Grey's Anatomy

    Ellen Pompeo, Chandra Wilson

    PremieredMarch 27, 2005

    Grey's Anatomy (ABC, 2005) is an American medical soap opera television series created by Shonda Rhimes. A group of young doctors faces the pressure that comes from practicing medicine in a Seatle...  more

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    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    PremieredFebruary 8, 2015

    Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of kind hearted...  more

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    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

    PremieredSeptember 12, 2013

    Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight, based upon the exploits of the historical gang. In 1919 Birmingham, England, leader Tommy Shelby (Cillian...  more

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    Riverdale

    K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart

    PremieredJanuary 26, 2017

    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) life in...  more

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    Longmire

    Robert Taylor, Lou Diamond Phillips

    PremieredJune 3, 2012

    Longmire (A&E, 2012) is an American modern Western crime drama television series developed by John Coveny and Hunt Baldwin, based on the novels by Craig Johnson. In Absaroka County, Wyoming,...  more

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    13 Reasons Why

    Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford

    PremieredMay 14, 2015

    13 Reasons Why (Netflix, 2017) is an American teen drama mystery series based on the 2007 novel Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and adapted by Brian Yorkey. Told through a series of flashbacks, the...  more

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    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    PremieredNovember 17, 2017

    Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot. Former Force Recon officer Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), known throughout New York...  more

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    Reign

    Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows

    PremieredOctober 17, 2013

    Reign (The CW, 2013) is an American historical romantic drama television series created by Stephanie SenGupta and Laurie McCarthy. Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, (Adelaide Kane) faces political and...  more

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    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    PremieredSeptember 23, 2013

    The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon Bokenkamp. In exchange for immunity from prosecution, a high-profile criminal (James Spader) volunteers to...  more

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    Orange Is the New Black

    Taylor Schilling, Natasha Lyonne

    PremieredJuly 11, 2013

    Orange Is the New Black (Netflix, 2013) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Jenji Kohan, based on the memoir by Piper Kerman. Convicted of a decade old crime of transporting...  more

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