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

Updated October 20, 2020 4.5k votes 1.5k voters 10.4k 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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    ActorsEvan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Tessa Thompson

    GenresDrama, Science fiction

    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)

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  • 2

    ActorsElisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel

    GenresDrama, Science fiction

    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)

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    Ozark

    July 21, 2017

    ActorsJason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner

    GenresDrama

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe
    - Best Actor (Jason Bateman 2018)

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    106
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    ActorsJared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson, Paul Ritter, Jessie Buckley

    GenresHistorical drama, Miniseries

    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)

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    ActorsReese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz

    GenresDrama

    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)

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    30

    The Queen's Gambit

    October 23, 2020

    ActorsAnya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Moses Ingram, Harry Melling

    GenresDrama, Thriller

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    Fargo

    2017

    ActorsChris Rock, Glynn Turman, Jeremie Harris, Corey Hendrix, Jason Schwartzman

    GenresCrime drama

    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)

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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    March 17, 2017

    ActorsRachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein, Tony Shalhoub, Marin Hinkle

    GenresComedy drama

    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)

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    Killing Eve

    April 8, 2018

    ActorsSandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia, Sean Delaney

    GenresAction, Drama, Thriller

    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)

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    GLOW

    2017

    ActorsAlison Brie, Betty Gilpin, Marc Maron, Sydelle Noel, Britney Young

    GenresComedy drama, Pro wrestling

    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)

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    45
    28

    Barry

    2018

    ActorsBill Hader, Stephen Root, Henry Winkler, Sarah Goldberg, Anthony Carrigan

    GenresDark comedy

    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)

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    Twin Peaks

    2017

    ActorsKyle MacLachlan, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer

    GenresCrime drama, Mystery

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe
    - Best Actor (Kyle MacLachlan, 2018)

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    18

    The Alienist

    January 21, 2018

    ActorsDaniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Brian Geraghty, Douglas Smith

    GenresCrime, Drama, Thriller

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Daniel Brühl 2019)

     

    The Alienist (TNT, 2018) is an American television period drama event series created by Cary Fukunaga, based on the novel by Caleb Carr. Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Bruhl) and newspaper illustrator...  more

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    ActorsJessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Alfred Molina, Judy Davis

    GenresDocudrama, Biography

    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)

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    Russian Doll

    February 1, 2019

    ActorsNatasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Elizabeth Ashley, Charlie Barnett

    GenresComedy drama

    Notable Nominations

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

    Russian Doll (Netflix, 2019) is an American comedy web television series created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland. A young woman (Natasha Lyonne) in New York tries to escape from a...  more

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    37
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    Dead to Me

    May 3, 2019

    ActorsChristina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, James Marsden, Max Jenkins, Sam McCarthy

    GenresDark comedy

    Notable Nominations

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

    Dead to Me (Netflix, 2019) is an American dark comedy web television series created by Liz Feldman. After the murder of her husband, tightly wound widow, Jen (Christina Applegate) meets Judy (Linda...  more

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    28

    Sharp Objects

    July 8, 2018

    ActorsAmy Adams, Chris Messina, Patricia Clarkson, Elizabeth Perkins, Eliza Scanlen

    GenresDrama

    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)

    Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. Fresh out of a psych hospital for her years of self-harm, crime reporter Camille...  more
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    Bodyguard

    August 26, 2018

    ActorsRichard Madden, Keeley Hawes, Sophie Rundle, Pippa Haywood, Paul Ready

    GenresDrama, Thriller

    Notable Nominations

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

    Bodyguard (Netflix, 2018) is a British television political thriller drama series created by Jed Mercurio. Police Sergeant David Budd (Richard Madden), a heroic British Army war-veteran suffering...  more

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    The Good Doctor

    September 25, 2017

    ActorsFreddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Hill Harper, Richard Schiff, Christina Chang

    GenresDrama, Medical

    Notable Nominations

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

     

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    The Great

    May 15, 2020

    ActorsElle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Odin Cartwright

    GenresDrama

    The Great (Hulu, 2020) is a television drama series written and executive produced by Tony McNamara. The series details the rise to power of Catherine the Great (Elle Fanning) and her explosive...  more

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    The Kominsky Method

    November 16, 2018

    ActorsMichael Douglas, Sarah Baker, Nancy Travis, Kathleen Turner, Graham Rogers

    GenresComedy drama

    Notable Nominations

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

    The Kominsky Method (Netflix, 2018) is an American comedy web television series created by Chuck Lorre. An aging actor (Michael Douglas), who long ago enjoyed a brush with fame, makes his living as...  more

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    15
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    Living With Yourself

    January 1, 2019

    ActorsPaul Rudd, Aisling Bea, Desmin Borges

    GenresDocumentary

    Notable Nominations

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

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    21
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    The Act

    March 20, 2019

    ActorsPatricia Arquette, Joey King, Chloë Sevigny, AnnaSophia Robb, Calum Worthy

    GenresCrime

    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)

    The Act (Hulu, 2019) is an American true crime anthology drama web television series. A girl's (Joey King) quest for independence from the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother...  more

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    15
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    The Morning Show

    November 1, 2019

    ActorsJennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass

    GenresDrama

    Notable Nominations

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

    The Morning Show (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American drama web television series. The show follows the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning, exploring the unique challenges faced...  more

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    12
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    Catch-22

    December 10, 2016

    ActorsChristopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, George Clooney

    GenresNature, Documentary

    Notable Nominations

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

    Catch-22 (Hulu, 2019) is an American-Italian drama miniseries, based on the novel of the same name by Joseph Heller. Following the story of Yossarian (Christopher Abbott), a US Air Force bombardier...  more