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The Best Television Dramas In 2020 

Molly Gander
Updated July 30, 2020 506 votes 38 voters 98 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

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

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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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

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

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more
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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

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

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more
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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Family drama

This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories intertwine, from sharing the same ...more
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Ray Donovan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Liev Schreiber, Paula Malcomson, Eddie Marsan

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Family drama

Ray Donovan (Showtime, 2013) is an American drama television series created by Ann Biderman. Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), a professional "fixer" for the rich and famous in Los ...more
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The Blacklist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff

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

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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The Boys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action

The Boys (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series created by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick ...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

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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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NCIS: Los Angeles is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Chris O'Donnell, Daniela Ruah, Barrett Foa

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

NCIS: Los Angeles is an American television series combining elements of the military drama and police procedural genres, which premiered on the CBS network on September 22, 2009. NCIS: Los ...more
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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian fiction

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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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud

Genres (Tv): Action, Thriller, Drama

Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, based on the character created by Tom Clancy. When CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John ...more
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New Amsterdam is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
New Amsterdam Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Zuleikha Robinson, Alexie Gilmore

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Drama, Fantasy

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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Manifest is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller

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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

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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NCIS is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly, Pauley Perrette

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

NCIS is an American police procedural drama television series, revolving around a fictional team of special agents from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, which conducts investigations ...more
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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Genres (Tv): Medical, Drama

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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All Rise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Simone Missick, Wilson Bethel, Jessica Camacho

Genres (Tv): Legal drama, Drama

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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The Resident is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Matt Czuchry, Manish Dayal, Bruce Greenwood

Genres (Tv): Medical drama

The Resident (Fox, 2017) is an American medical drama television series created by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, and Roshan Sethi. Idealistic young Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal) begins his ...more
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9-1-1 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
9-1-1 Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, Peter Krause

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Hawaii Five-0 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Leonard Freeman, Alex Kurtzman, Peter M. Lenkov

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

Hawaii Five-0 is an American police procedural drama television series and a remake of the original 1968-1980 television series. The series is produced by K/O Paper Products and 101st Street ...more
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Blue Bloods is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan, Will Estes

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

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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

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

Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine ...more
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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Television Dramas In 2020
Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror

Fear of the Walking Dead (AMC, 2015) is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, and prequel series to The Walking Dead, which is ...more