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The Best Television Dramas In 2019  

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

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.

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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez
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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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski
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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When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk
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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff
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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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
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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Billions is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff
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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Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T
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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson
Criminal Minds is an American police-procedural television program that premiered September 22, 2005, on CBS. The series follows a team of profilers from the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit based ...more
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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Zendaya, Storm Reid, Maude Apatow
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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen
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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
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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Emergence is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Alexa Skye Swinton, Allison Tolman, Ashley Aufderheide
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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Sex Education is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey
Sex Education (Netflix, 2019) is an British comedy-drama web television series created by Laurie Nunn. A socially awkward high school virgin (Asa Butterfield) living with his sex therapist ...more
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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
This television show is an American drama television series created by Peter Nowalk. A law professor (Viola Davis) at a prestigious Philadelphia university and five of her students become ...more
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Reprisal is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Abigail Spencer, Rodrigo Santoro, Mena Massoud
Reprisal (Hulu, 2019) is an American drama television series. A a relentless femme fatale sets out for revenge against the gearhead gang that tried to kill her.
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Work in Progress is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Karin Anglin, Theo Germaine , Emily Fightmaster
Work in Progress (Showtime, 2019) is an American comedy television series co-created by Abby McEnay. The show features McEnany as a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke from Chicago whose ...more
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The L Word: Generation Q is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Jennifer Beals, Leisha Hailey, Katherine Moennig
The L Word: Generation Q (Showtime, 2019) is an American television drama and a revival-sequel to the 2004 series The L Word. Original characters Bette (Jennifer Beals), Alice (Leisha Hailey), ...more
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Truth Be Told is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Octavia Spencer, Lizzy Caplan, Aaron Paul
Truth Be Told (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American drama television series based on Are You Sleeping: A Novel by Kathleen Barber and created by Nichelle Tramble Spellman. The show provides a unique ...more
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Dolly Parton's Heartstrings is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Dolly Parton, Athena Akers, Tammy Lynn Michaels
Dolly Parton's Heartstrings (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama anthology television series created by Patrick Sean Smith. Each episode is based on a different Parton song, telling love stories ...more
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The Act is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Patricia Arquette, Joey King, Chloë Sevigny
The Act (Hulu, 2019) is an American true crime anthology drama web television series. A girl's (Joey King) quest for independence from the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective ...more
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Barry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
ChloeFletcher added Barry Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg
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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies
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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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman
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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Unbelievable is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Toni Collette, Merritt Wever, Kaitlyn Dever
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