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The Best Dramas on Cable Right Now

Updated September 14, 2020 3.3k votes 1.6k voters 34.3k views60 items

List RulesSerial dramas only, no procedurals

The best dramas on cable right now are those serious, captivating dramatic television shows that we just cannot miss. While network television drama shows are great too, cable shows are perhaps better with fewer restrictions on what can be said, shown and done, making the shows appear more real and definitely more appealing to watch. These are not just the best dramas on cable, they are also arguably the best current dramatic TV shows on anywhere right now.

While few years ago AMC was an unlikely choice to break out with original drama series, in the recent past it has earned great praise for its work. With headlining shows like Better Call Saul, The Terror, and The Walking Dead, AMC has quickly become a favorite among cable channels. Movie channels like HBO and Showtime are no different with top series like The Chi, Shameless, Westworld, and Big Little Lies keeping viewers on the edges of their seats each week.

That's not to say other networks are not holding their own among original cable drama series. Shows like Doctor WhoAmerican Horror Story, and Outlander are easily among the favorite drama shows on cable right now.

There is little doubt that many of these best cable dramas are not just the best in their category but also the best TV shows in recent memory. Have a favorite drama series on cable TV that you just can't miss? Vote for your selections below!

 

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    Doctor Who
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    183

    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

    NetworkBritish Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,... more on Wikipedia

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    The Walking Dead
    417
    237

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

    NetworkAMC

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

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  • 3
    Outlander
    206
    129

    Outlander

    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

    Premiered2014

    NetworkStarz

    Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore,... more on Wikipedia

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    Vikings
    133
    82

    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2013

    NetworkHistory

    Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Westworld
    59
    47

    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

    NetworkHBO

    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Fargo
    108
    103

    Fargo

    Billy Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman

    Premiered2014

    NetworkAMC

    Fargo (FX, 2014) is an American black comedy drama anthology television series created by Noah... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    American Horror Story
    183
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    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Premiered2011

    NetworkFX

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Shameless
    120
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    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy

    Premiered2011

    NetworkShowtime

    Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    True Detective
    94
    101

    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey

    Premiered2013

    NetworkHBO

    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Succession
    5
    5

    Succession

    Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong

    Premiered2018

    NetworkHBO

    Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When... more on Wikipedia

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  • 11
    Big Little Lies
    11
    5

    Big Little Lies

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

    Premiered2017

    NetworkHBO

    Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley,... more on Wikipedia

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    Billions
    9
    5

    Billions

    Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti

    Premiered2016

    NetworkShowtime

    Billions (Showtime, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Brian Koppelman,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 13
    Peaky Blinders
    56
    74

    Peaky Blinders

    Cillian Murphy, Helen McCrory

    Premiered2013

    NetworkBBC Two

    Peaky Blinders (BBC Two, 2013) is a British television action drama created by Steven Knight,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Snowfall
    7
    5

    Snowfall

    Damson Idris, Carter Hudson

    Premiered2017

    NetworkFX

    Snowfall (FX, 2017) is an American crime drama television series created by John Singleton,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15
    The Chi
    4
    5

    The Chi

    Jason Mitchell, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

    Premiered2018

    NetworkShowtime

    The Chi (Showtime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Lena Waithe. A... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Mayans MC
    4
    5

    Mayans MC

    J. D. Pardo, Edward James Olmos

    Premiered2018

    NetworkFX

    Mayans MC (FX, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Kurt Sutter and Elgin... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Pose
    4
    5

    Pose

    MJ Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson

    Premiered2018

    NetworkFX

    Pose (FX, 2018) is an American dance drama television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    The Deuce
    2
    7

    The Deuce

    James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Premiered2017

    NetworkHBO

    The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is an American television drama series created by George Pelecanos and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Taboo
    2
    7

    Taboo

    Tom Hardy, Leo Bill

    Premiered2018

    NetworkBBC One, FX

    Taboo (FX, 2017) is a British television drama series created by Tom Hardy, Edward "Chips"... more on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    Fear the Walking Dead
    1
    4

    Fear the Walking Dead

    Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis

    Premiered2015

    NetworkAMC

    Fear of the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television... more on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    The Terror
    1
    5

    The Terror

    Derek Mio, George Takei

    Premiered2018

    NetworkAMC

    The Terror (AMC, 2018) is an American horror drama anthology television series developed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • 22
    Watchmen
    0
    0

    Watchmen

    Regina King, Don Johnson

    Premiered2019

    NetworkHBO

    Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based... more on Wikipedia

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    City on a Hill
    0
    0

    City on a Hill

    Kevin Bacon, Aldis Hodge

    Premiered2019

    NetworkShowtime

    City on a Hill (Showtime, 2019) is an American television series created by Chuck MacLean.... more on Wikipedia

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    Godfather of Harlem
    0
    0

    Godfather of Harlem

    Forest Whitaker, Vincent D'Onofrio

    Premiered2019

    NetworkEpix

    Godfather of Harlem (Epix, 2019) is an American crime drama television series. After being... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Lovecraft Country
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    Lovecraft Country

    Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

    Premiered2020

    NetworkHBO

    Lovecraft Country (HBO, 2020) is a drama horror television series based on the novel by Matt... more on Wikipedia

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