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The Best Television Dramas In 2019

Updated May 25, 2020 4.7k votes 443 voters 28.1k views94 items

List RulesAny 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
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes
    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Euphoria
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    44

    Euphoria

    Zendaya, Storm Reid
    Euphoria (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Israeli series. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    The Good Doctor
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    The Good Doctor

    Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas
    The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 4
    The Crown
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    56

    The Crown

    Claire Foy, Matt Smith
    The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 5
    When They See Us
    54
    40

    When They See Us

    Jharrel Jerome, Jovan Adepo
    When They See Us (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television miniseries created by Ava... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ozark
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    46

    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney
    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    How to Get Away with Murder
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    49

    How to Get Away with Murder

    Viola Davis, Billy Brown
    How to Get Away with Murder (ABC, 2014) is an American legal thriller television series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Vikings
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    50

    Vikings

    Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick
    Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Riverdale
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    56

    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart
    Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Criminal Minds
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    45

    Criminal Minds

    Shemar Moore, Matthew Gray Gubler
    Criminal Minds (CBS, 2005) is an American police-procedural television program. The series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Umbrella Academy
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    54

    The Umbrella Academy

    Ellen Page, Tom Hopper
    The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
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    38

    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

    Mariska Hargitay, Christopher Meloni
    Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (NBC, 1999) is an American police procedural, legal, crime... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Billions
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    37

    Billions

    Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti
    Billions (Showtime, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Brian Koppelman,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    The Blacklist
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    61

    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone
    The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    The Walking Dead
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    51

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal
    The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Shameless
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    41

    Shameless

    Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy
    Shameless (Showtime, 2011) is an American comedy-drama television series developed by John... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Emergence
    25
    15

    Emergence

    Alexa Skye Swinton, Allison Tolman
    Emergence (ABC, 2019) is an American mystery-themed thriller drama television series created... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Sex Education
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    42

    Sex Education

    Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield
    Sex Education (Netflix, 2019) is an British comedy-drama web television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Prodigal Son
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    21

    Prodigal Son

    Tom Payne, Lou Diamond Phillips
    Prodigal Son (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Chris Fedak and Sam... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Outlander
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    48

    Outlander

    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan
    Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Mr. Robot
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    38

    Mr. Robot

    Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin
    Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama-thriller television series created by Sam... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Act
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    30

    The Act

    Patricia Arquette, Joey King
    The Act (Hulu, 2019) is an American true crime anthology drama web television series. A girl's... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    9-1-1
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    35

    9-1-1

    Angela Bassett, Connie Britton
    9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Barry
    29
    25

    Barry

    Bill Hader, Stephen Root
    Barry (HBO, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Chicago Fire
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    Chicago Fire

    Jesse Spencer, Taylor Kinney
    Chicago Fire is an American television drama series that airs on NBC and was created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button