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The Best Television Dramas In 2019  

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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 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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Emergence is listed (or ranked) 2 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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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 3 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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When They See Us is listed (or ranked) 4 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) 5 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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Sex Education is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 8 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 Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
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 Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Billions is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Stumptown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Cobie Smulders, Jake Johnson, Tantoo Cardinal
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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How to Get Away with Murder is listed (or ranked) 14 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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The Act is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Criminal Minds is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Prodigal Son is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Tom Payne, Michael Sheen, Bellamy Young
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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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Limetown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Jessica Biel, Stanley Tucci, Marleee Matlin
Limetown (Facebook Watch, 2019) is an American television drama based on the podcast of the same name created by Zack Ackers and Skip Bronkie. The story follows Lia Haddock (Jessica Biel), a ...more
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Nancy Drew is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Kennedy McMann, Tunji Kasim, Alex Saxon
Nancy Drew (The CW, 2019) is an American mystery drama television series based on the titular character of a mystery book series. After 18-year-old Nancy Drew's (Kennedy McMann) college plans ...more
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Watchmen is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Regina King, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson
Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based on the comic book series. Set in an alternate history where superheroes are treated as outlaws.
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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes
Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States and Canada and on Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom. The series is filmed on location in New York ...more
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Euphoria is listed (or ranked) 24 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 Magicians is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2019
Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley
The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, based on the novel by Lev Grossman. Training to be a magician at Brakebills ...more