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The Best Television Dramas In 2020

Updated December 30, 2020 753 votes 58 voters159 items

List RulesAny 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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  • Outlander1
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    Outlander

    Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama, Adventure, Romance, Fantasy

    Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore,...  more
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  • Sanditon2
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    2

    Sanditon

    Rose Williams, Crystal Clarke

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Period Drama

    Sanditon (ITV, 2020) is a British historical period drama television series adapted by Andrew...  more
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  • This Is Us3
    18
    12

    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Family drama

    This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a...  more
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  • Better Call Saul4
    18
    14

    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

    Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan...  more
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  • The Good Doctor5
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    18

    The Good Doctor

    Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas

    Genres (Tv)Medical, Drama

    The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013...  more
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  • American Horror Story6
    15
    12

    American Horror Story

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by...  more
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  • Doctor Who7
    16
    15

    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more
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  • Stranger Things8
    13
    12

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

    Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series...  more
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  • The Flash9
    12
    11

    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama

    The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg...  more
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  • Black Mirror10
    11
    9

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie...  more
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  • NCIS11
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    NCIS

    Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Thriller

    NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional...  more
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  • Ray Donovan12
    9
    8

    Ray Donovan

    Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Family drama

    Ray Donovan (Showtime, 2013) is an American drama television series created by Ann Biderman....  more
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  • The Blacklist13
    12
    12

    The Blacklist

    James Spader, Megan Boone

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Action, Thriller, Mystery

    The Blacklist (NBC, 2013) is an American crime thriller television series created by Jon...  more
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  • The Boys14
    12
    12

    The Boys

    Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue

    Genres (Tv)Superhero, Drama, Action

    The Boys (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series created by...  more
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  • Hawaii Five-015
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    11

    Hawaii Five-0

    Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film

    Hawaii Five-0 (CBS, 2010) is an American police procedural drama television series and a...  more
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  • Fear the Walking Dead16
    9
    9

    Fear the Walking Dead

    Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror

    Fear of the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television...  more
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  • Blue Bloods17
    6
    5

    Blue Bloods

    Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Adventure film

    Blue Bloods is an American police procedural drama series shown on CBS in the United States...  more
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  • Ozark18
    9
    9

    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial...  more
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  • New Amsterdam19
    5
    4

    New Amsterdam

    Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zuleikha Robinson

    Genres (Tv)Police procedural, Drama, Fantasy

    New Amsterdam (Fox, 2008) is an American television drama. The series stars Nikolaj...  more
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  • 9-1-120
    8
    8

    9-1-1

    Angela Bassett, Connie Britton

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    9-1-1 (Fox, 2018) is an American procedural drama television series created by Ryan Murphy and...  more
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  • NCIS: Los Angeles21
    11
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    NCIS: Los Angeles

    Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Police procedural, Drama, Adventure film

    NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama...  more
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  • Jack Ryan22
    9
    11

    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Genres (Tv)Action, Thriller, Drama

    Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and...  more
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  • Manifest23
    5
    5

    Manifest

    Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Manifest (NBC, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Matthew...  more
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  • The Handmaid's Tale24
    9
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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Dystopian fiction

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,...  more
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  • Claws25
    5
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    Claws

    Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Crime, Drama

    Claws (TNT, 2017) is an American drama television series created by Eliot Laurence. Five...  more
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