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The Best Television Dramas In 2020 

Molly Gander
Updated February 21, 2020 297 votes 28 voters 62 items

List Rules Any drama television series that aired new episodes during the 2020 calendar year.

Not only are there lots of new drama TV shows premiering in 2020 but many favorite drama series are returning. Here’s a look at the best current television dramas that have aired or are currently airing new episodes in 2020. They all bring the feels, but what are the best new and returning drama TV shows in 2020?

As a television genre, drama is all-encompassing. There are intense dramatic speculative series like The Handmaid's Tale or action dramas such as The Boys and Jack Ryan. Other dramas are more about tension and emotion, such as Better Call Saul, Outlander, and This Is Us. Some 2020 dramas like NCIS have been going on for over a decade and show no signs of stopping, while others are new drama shows (Evil) or airing their last season in 2020 (Claws).

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

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
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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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
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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Spinning Out is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Kaya Scodelario, Mitchell Edwards, Svetlana Efremova
Spinning Out (Netflix, 2020) American drama television series, created by Samantha Stratton. Figure skating Olympic hopeful Kat Baker (Kaya Scodelario) struggles to balance love, family and ...more
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Giri/Haji is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Takehiro Hira, Kelly Macdonald, Yosuke Kubozuka
Giri/Haji (Netflix, 2020) is a British television drama. A detective from Tokyo scours London for his missing brother, who's been involved with the Yakuza and accused of murder.
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Manifest is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis
Manifest (NBC, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Matthew Fernandes. When Montego Air Flight 828 lands safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew ...more
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Project Blue Book is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Aidan Gillen, Laura Mennell, Michael Harney
Project Blue Book (History, 2019) is an American historical drama television series created by Robert Zemeckis, David O'Leary, and Sean Jablonski, co-produced by History Channel and A&E ...more
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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn
Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and a spinoff prequel of Breaking Bad. The trials and tribulations of lawyer, Jimmy ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters
American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more
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Hunters is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Greg Austin, Dylan Baker, Jeannie Berlin
Hunters (Amazon Video, 2020) is an upcoming American drama television series created by David Weil. A diverse band of Nazi hunters living in 1977 New York City discover hundreds of high-ranking ...more
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Party of Five is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Emily Tosta, Audrey Gerthoffer, Niko Guardado
Party of Five (Freeform, 2020) is an American teen drama television series created by Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser, based on the 1994 Fox series of the same name. The series follows the ...more
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Evil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Katja Herbers, Aasif Mandvi, Mike Colter
Evil (CBS, 2019) is an American television supernatural thriller television drama. The series follows a skeptical psychologist Katja (Kristen Bouchard) who allies with a priest-in-training (Mike ...more
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Little America is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Harvey Guillén, Jamie Gore Pawlik, Conphidance
Little America (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American anthology television series. Each episode of the show shares the true stories of funny, romantic, heartfelt, inspiring and unexpected lives of ...more
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Sanditon is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Rose Williams, Crystal Clarke, Charlotte Spencer
Sanditon (PBS, 2020) is a British historical period drama television series adapted by Andrew Davies from an unfinished manuscript by Jane Austen. Set in the Regency era, the story follows ...more
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The New Pope is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Jude Law, John Malkovich, Mark Ivanir
The New Pope (Sky Atlantic/HBO, 2020) is an Italian and Spanish drama television miniseries created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. The limited series continues the story of 2016's The Young ...more
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New Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
New Amsterdam
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zuleikha Robinson, Alexie Gilmore
New Amsterdam (Fox, 2008) is an American television drama. The series stars Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as "John Amsterdam", an immortal Dutch man born in 1607, who has lived in New York ...more
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Messiah is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Tomer Sisley, Michelle Monaghan, Mehdi Dehbi
Messiah (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama-thriller television series created by Michael Petroni. The world reacts to a man in the Middle East claiming to be the Messiah.
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Ragnarok is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
David Stakston, Jonas Strand Gravli, Herman Tømmeraas
Ragnarok (Netflix, 2020) is a television drama series created by Adam Price. A small Norwegian town experiencing warm winters and violent downpours seems to be headed for another Ragnarok — ...more
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The Order is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Jake Manley, Sarah Grey, Matt Frewer
The Order (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama web television series created by Dennis Heaton and Shelley Eriksen. College freshman Jack Morton (Jake Manley) joins a fabled secret society and is ...more
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Locke & Key is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Jackson Robert Scott
Locke & Key (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama television series based on the comic book series by Joe Hill. Three siblings return to their ancestral home in Massachusetts after their ...more
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All Rise is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Simone Missick, Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho
All Rise (CBS, 2019) is an American drama television series. Newly appointed Judge Lola Carmichael (Simone Missick), a highly regarded and impressive deputy district attorney who doesn’t intend ...more
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Cherish The Day is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Xosha Roquemore, Alano Miller, Cicely Tyson
Cherish The Day (OWN, 2020) is an American romantic drama television series created and produced by Ava DuVernay. Following a day in the life of a couple in love, the series chronicles the ...more
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Tommy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Edie Falco, Michael Chernus, Russell G. Jones
Tommy (CBS, 2020) is an American television drama series. The show centers around Abigail "Tommy" Thomas (Edie Falco), who is the first female Chief of Police for the LAPD.
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Roswell, New Mexico is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Roswell, New Mexico
Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons, Tyler Blackburn
Roswell, New Mexico (The CW, 2019) is an American television drama series developed by Carina Adly Mackenzie. After returning to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter (Jeanine Mason) ...more
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Briarpatch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Catero Colbert, John Aylward, Jon Beavers
Briarpatch (USA, 2020) is an American anthology series based on the Ross Thomas novel of the same name. An investigator (Rosario Dawson) returns home to solve the death of her sister from a ...more