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

Updated October 20, 2020 3.8k votes 1.4k voters 9.1k 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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    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Kirsten Dunst 2020)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actress (Kirsten Dunst 2020)

  • 27

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch 2018)
    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch 2019)
     

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    20

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Christopher Abbott 2019)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actor (Christopher Abbott 2019), Best Supporting Actor (George Clooney 2019)

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    Notable Nominations
     
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Kaitlyn Dever, Merritt Wever 2020), Best Supporting Actress (Toni Collette 2020)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actress (Kaitlyn Dever, Merritt Wever 2020), Best Supporting Actress (Toni Collette 2020 WON)

  • 30

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Connie Britton 2019)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actress (Connie Britton 2019), Best Supporting Actress (Julia Garner 2019)

  • 31
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    25

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Jim Carrey 2018)
     

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    Notable Nominations


    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Sacha Baron Cohen 2019)
     

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    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Stephan James 2019), Best Actress (Julia Roberts, 2019)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actress (Julia Roberts 2019), Best Supporting Actor (Shea Whigham 2019)

  • 34

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Russell Crowe 2020 WON)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actor (Russell Crowe 2020)

  • 35

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actor (Jharrel Jerome 2019 WON), Best Actresss (Niecy Nash 2019; Aunjanue Ellis 2019)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actor (Jharrel Jerome 2019 WON), Best Supporting Actor (John Leguizamo 2019)

  • 36

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actor (Benicio del Toro 2019) Best Actress (Patricia Arquette 2019)
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Patricia Arquette 2019 WON)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actor (Paul Dano 2019; Benicio del Toro 2019) Best Actress (Patricia Arquette 2019 WON)

  • 37

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actor (Sam Rockwell 2019) Best Actress (Michelle Williams 2019 WON)
    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Sam Rockwell 2019) Best Actress (Michelle Williams 2019 WON)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actor (Sam Rockwell 2019) Best Actress (Michelle Williams 2019 WON)

  • 38

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actor (Don Cheadle 2019)

  • 39

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actor (Jeff Daniels 2018), Best Supporting Actor (Michael Stuhlbarg 2018)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actor (Peter Sarsgaard 2018)

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    Ramy

    2019

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Ramy Youssef 2020 WON)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actor (Ramy Youssef 2019)

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    20

    SMILF

    2017

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe 
     - Best Actress (Frankie Shaw 2018)

  • 42

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Ben Platt 2020)

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    Pose

    2018

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy
    - Best Actor (Billy Porter 2019 WON)
    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Billy Porter 2019)
    Critics' Choice - Best Actor (Billy Porter 2019)

  • 44

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Helen Mirren 2020)
     

  • 45

    Notable Nominations

    Emmy -  Best Actress (Regina King 2018 WON)
    Golden Globe - Best Actress (Regina King 2018)