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New TV Shows of the Last Few Years with the Best Overall Acting

Updated October 20, 2020 3.7k votes 1.4k voters 8.9k views45 items

List RulesVote up the series that feature the all-around best acting that premiered on or after January 1, 2017, even if they aren't your favorite shows.

Since 2017, there has been some phenomenal acting on television and this list features the best television acting of the last few years. Shows with the best acting come in many forms. Some of the most talented new TV casts feature dozens of amazing actors while other new TV series with good acting star one fantastic lead. Several of the best acting shows since 2017 have been nominated for awards.

What TV series will you find on this best acting on new shows list? Westworld features fantastic Emmy-nominated actors like Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, and Thandie Newton. The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is also a TV series which regularly results in awards for its talented cast. Christina Applegate was nominated for an Emmy, Golden Globe, and Critic's Award for her role in Dead to Me. Other good shows with great acting since 2017 include Big Little Lies, Feud: Bette and Joan, Killing Eve, and The Handmaid's Tale.
Which new TV show do you think features the best acting? Give your favorites a thumbs up. 

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  • 1
    358
    140

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy - Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins 2017), Best Actress (Evan Rachel Wood 2017), Best Supporting Actor (Jeffrey Wright 2017), Best Supporting Actress (Thandie Newton 2017)
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Evan Rachel Wood 2017), Best Supporting Actress (Thandie Newton 2017)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actress (Evan Rachel Wood 2017 WON), Best Supporting Actress (Thandie Newton 2017 WON)

  • 2

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy - Best Actress (Elisabeth Moss 2017 WON), Best Supporting Actress (Ann Dowd 2017 WON; Samira Wiley 2017), Best Gues Actress (Alexis Bledel 2017 WON)
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Elisabeth Moss 2018 WON), Best Supporting Actress (Ann Dowd)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actress (Elisabeth Moss 2018 WON), Best Supporting Actress (Ann Dowd 2018 WON)

  • 3
    203
    92

    Ozark

    2017

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe
    - Best Actor (Jason Bateman 2018)

  • 4
    205
    102

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actress (Nicole Kidman 2017 WON; Reese Witherspoon 2017), Best Supporting Actor (Alexander Skarsgård 2017 WON), Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern 2017; Shailene Woodley 2017)
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Nicole Kidman 2017 WON; Reese Witherspoon 2017), Best Supporting Actor (Alexander Skarsgård 2017 WON), Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern 2017 WON; Shailene Woodley 2017)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actress (Nicole Kidman 2017 WON; Reese Witherspoon 2017), Best Supporting Actor (Alexander Skarsgård 2017 WON), Best Supporting Actress (Laura Dern 2017 WON)

  • 5
    80
    15

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actor (Jared Harris 2019), Best Supporting Actor (Stellan Skarsgard 2019), Best Supporting Actress (Emily Watson 2019)
    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Jared Harris 2019), Best Supporting Actor (Stellan Skarsgard 2019 WON), Best Supporting Actress (Emily Watson 2019)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actor (Jared Harris 2019), Best Supporting Actor (Stellan Skarsgard 2019 WON), Best Supporting Actress (Emily Watson 2019)

  • 6
    140
    96

    Fargo

    2017

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actor (Ewan McGregor), Best Actress (Carrie Coon), Best Supporting Actor (David Thewlis)
    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Ewan McGregor WON), Best Supporting Actor (David Thewlis)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actor (Ewan McGregor WON), Best Actress (Carrie Coon), Best Supporting Actor (David Thewlis), Best Supporting Actress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead)

  • 7
    82
    43

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    2017

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy -  Best Actress (Rachel Brosnahan 2018 WON), Best Guest Actress (Jane Lynch 2018), Best Guest Actor (Luke Kirby 2019 WON, Rufus Sewell 2019), Best Supporting Actor (Tony Shalhoub 2018), Best Supporting Actress (Alex Borstein 2018 WON)
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Rachel Brosnahan 2018 WON, 2019 WON, 2020), Best Supporting Actress (Alex Borstein 2019)
    Critic's Choice - Best Actress (Rachel Brosnahan 2018 WON, 2019 WON, 2020), Best Supporting Actress (Alex Borstein 2018, 2019 WON, 2020 WON), Best Supporting Actor (Tony Shalhoub, 2019)

  • 8
  • 9
    64
    43

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actress (Sandra Oh 2018)
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Sandra Oh 2018 WON)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actress (Sandra Oh 2018 WON; Jodie Comer 2018)

  • 10
    124
    118

    Twin Peaks

    2017

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe
    - Best Actor (Kyle MacLachlan, 2018)

  • 11
    112
    109

    GLOW

    2017

    Notable Nominations
     

    Emmy - Best Supporting Actress (Betty Gilpin 2019, 2018)
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Alison Brie 2018)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actress (Aliston Brie 2018), Best Supporting Actor (Marc Maron 2018), Best Supporting Actress (Betty Gilpin 2018)

  • 12

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actress (Jessica Lange; Susan Sarandon), Best Supporting Actor (Alfred Molina; Stanley Tucci), Best Supporting Actress (Judy Davis; Jackie Hoffman)
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Jessica Lange; Susan Sarandon), Best Supporting Actor (Alfred Molina)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actress (Jessica Lange), Best Supporting Actor (Alfred Molina; Stanley Tucci), Best Supporting Actress (Judy Davis; Jackie Hoffman)

  • 13
    30
    22

    Barry

    2018

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actor (Bill Hader 2018 WON)
    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Bill Hader 2018, 2019)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actor (Bill Hader 2019 WON)

  • 14

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy -  Best Actress (Amy Adams 2018), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Clarkson 2018)
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Amy Adams 2018, Patricia Clarkson 2018 WON)
    Critic's Choice - Best Actress (Amy Adams 2018 WON), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Clarkson 2018 WON, Elizabeth Perkins 2018)

  • 15
    21
    20

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Richard Madden 2019 WON)
    Critics' Choice -  Best Actor (Richard Madden 2019)

  • 16
    24
    25

    The Good Doctor

    2017

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe
    - Best Actor (Freddie Highmore 2018)
    Critic's Choice - Best Actor (Freddie Highmore 2019, 2020) Best Supporting Actor (Richard Schiff 2019)

     

  • 17
    24
    27

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actress (Christina Applegate 2019)
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Christina Applegate 2019)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actress (Christina Applegate 2019)

  • 18
    14
    17

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Daniel Brühl 2019)

     

  • 19
    17
    22
  • 20
    20
    27

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actress (Natasha Lyonne 2019)
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Natasha Lyonne 2019)

  • 21

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actor (Michael Douglas 2019)
    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Michael Douglas 2019 WON, 2020)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actor (Michael Douglas 2019)

  • 22
    14
    24

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actress (Joey King 2019), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette 2019 WON)
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Joey King 2020), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette 2020 WON)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actress (Joey King 2020), Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette 2020)

  • 23
    8
    17

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Sacha Baron Cohen 2020)
     

  • 24

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon 2020)
    Critics' Choice - Best Supporting Actor (Billy Crudup 2020 WON)

  • 25

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Paul Rudd 2020)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actor (Paul Rudd 2020)