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The Best Television Dramas In 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated January 10, 2020 3.4k votes 417 voters 25.9k views 93 items

List Rules Any new or returning drama television series that aired new episodes during the 2019 calendar year.

UPDATED: Check out the Best Television Dramas of 2020!

Here’s a look at the best current television dramas that have aired or are currently airing new episodes in 2019. Not only are there lots of new drama TV shows premiering in 2019 but many favorite drama series are returning. They all bring the feels, but what are the best new and returning drama TV shows in 2019?

As a television genre, drama is all-encompassing. There are heavy dramatic fantasies like Game of Thrones or action dramas such as The Walking Dead and Outlander. Other dramas are more about tension and emotion, such as Riverdale, The Handmaid's Tale, and True Detective. Some 2019 dramas like Supernatural have been going on for over a decade and show no signs of stopping, while others are new drama shows (The Passage) or airing their last season in 2019 (Mr. Robot).

Which drama TV shows are you going to watch in 2019? Let us know by voting thumbs up or down in the list below. Then check out the dramas airing in 2020.

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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Network: Hulu

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more
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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Network: ABC

The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a young pediatric surgeon ...more
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When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk

Network: Netflix

When They See Us (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by Ava DuVernay, based on the 1989 Central Park jogger case. The notorious case of five teenagers of ...more
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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow

Network: HBO

Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A look at life for a group of high school students as they grapple with issues of drugs, love, and
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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Network: Netflix

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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Emergence is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Alexa Skye Swinton, Allison Tolman, Ashley Aufderheide

Network: ABC

Emergence (ABC, 2019) is an American mystery-themed thriller drama television series created by Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas. Long Island's Peconic Bay police chief, Jo Evans (Allison ...more
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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T

Number of Seasons: 13

Number of Episodes: 319

Network: NBC

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more
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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch

Network: ABC

How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five ...more
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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 186

Network: A&E, CBS

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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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman

Network: Netflix

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after ...more
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Billions is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff

Network: Showtime

Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby "Axe" Axelrod ...more
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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Network: Netflix

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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 9

Network: History

Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more
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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

Network: NBC

The Blacklist is an American crime drama television series that premiered on NBC on September 23, 2013. Raymond "Red" Reddington, a former U.S Navy officer turned high-profile ...more
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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
9-1-1 Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause
9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. The show explores the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and ...more
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Shameless is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy, Ethan Cutkosky

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: Showtime

Shameless is an American television comedy-drama which airs on Showtime. This remake of the award-winning British series is set in Chicago's Canaryville neighborhood on the South Side, although ...more
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 35

Network: AMC

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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: The CW

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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Prodigal Son is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young

Network: Fox

Prodigal Son (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series. The show centers on a young profiler, whose father is a serial killer who is known as "The Surgeon."
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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

Network: Starz

Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more
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Barry is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
ChloeFletcher added Barry Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg

Network: HBO

Barry (HBO, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg. An ex-marine (Bill Hader) who is working as a low-rent hitman moves to Los Angeles and joins an ...more
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Unbelievable is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, Kaitlyn Dever

Network: Netflix

Unbelievable (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama miniseries created by director Susannah Grant. Based on a true story, the eight-episode limited series follows Marie (Kaitlyn Dever), a teenager ...more
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Stumptown is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal

Network: ABC

Stumptown (ABC, 2019) is an American crime drama television series created by Jason Richman, based on the graphic novels of the same name written by Greg Rucka with art by Matthew Southworth. ...more
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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday
Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more
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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: NBC

Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas with Dick Wolf serving as an executive producer. The series originally ...more