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The Best Television Dramas In 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated May 25, 2020 3.5k votes 433 voters 27.6k views 94 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
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
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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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 3 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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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 4 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 created by Peter Morgan. A young Queen Elizabeth II's (Claire Foy) political rivalries and romances guide the events ...more
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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 5 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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff
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 ...more
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How to Get Away with Mur... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Viola Davis, Billy Brown, Alfred Enoch
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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When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 10 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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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson
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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Law & Order: Special... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni, Ice-T
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City. In the style of the original Law & Order, ...more
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies
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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Billions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff
Billions (Showtime, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, loosely based on the legal battles between Preet Bharara 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
Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John Wells, based on the 2004 British series. Led by drunk patriarch Frank (William H. Macy), the poor and ...more
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Sex Education is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies
Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore, based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon. A married former WWII nurse (Caitriona Balfe) is ...more
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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Emergence is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ...more
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Prodigal Son is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Tom Payne, Lou Diamond Phillips, Halston Sage
Prodigal Son (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Chris Fedak and Sam Sklaver. Using his ability to view crimes from the perspective of the killer, a disgraced former ...more
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Barry is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Chicago Fire is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney, Monica Raymund
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