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

Updated October 20, 2020 3.2k votes 1.3k voters 7.4k views46 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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  • Westworld1
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    ActorsEvan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Drama, Western

    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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  • The Handmaid's Tale2

    ActorsElisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski, Alexis Bledel, Madeline Brewer

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Dystopian 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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  • Ozark3
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    Ozark

    2017

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

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Thriller

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe
    - Best Actor (Jason Bateman 2018)

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  • Big Little Lies4

    ActorsReese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Adam Scott

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    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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  • Chernobyl5
    54
    8

    ActorsJared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama

    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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  • Fargo6
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    Fargo

    2017

    ActorsBilly Bob Thornton, Allison Tolman, Colin Hanks, Martin Freeman, Kirsten Dunst

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Drama, Crime

    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. Maisel7
    68
    35

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    2017

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

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-Drama, Period 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 Eve8
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    ActorsSandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Darren Boyd, Owen McDonnell

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Spy 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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  • GLOW9
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    GLOW

    2017

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

    Genres (Tv)Comedy-drama

    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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  • The Queen's Gambit10

    ActorsAnya Taylor-Joy, Bill Camp, Moses Ingram

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • Twin Peaks11
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    Twin Peaks

    2017

    ActorsKyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn, Michael Ontkean, Mädchen Amick

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Crime, Mystery

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe
    - Best Actor (Kyle MacLachlan, 2018)

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  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story12

    ActorsPenélope Cruz, Édgar Ramírez, Ricky Martin, Darren Criss, Annaleigh Ashford

    Genres (Tv)Biography, Crime, 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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  • Feud: Bette and Joan13

    ActorsJessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Alfred Molina, Sarah Paulson, Judy Davis

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    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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  • Sharp Objects14

    ActorsAmy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen, Elizabeth Perkins, Madison Davenport

    Genres (Tv)Thriller

    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)

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  • Barry15
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    Barry

    2018

    ActorsBill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Glenn Fleshler, Anthony Carrigan

    Genres (Tv)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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  • Bodyguard16
    12
    12

    ActorsRichard Madden, Keeley Hawes, Gina McKee, Sophie Rundle, Paul Ready

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Political thriller

    Notable Nominations

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

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  • Russian Doll17
    14
    15

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

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Notable Nominations

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

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  • Dead to Me18
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    ActorsChristina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, Edward Asner

    Genres (Tv)Black comedy, Tragicomedy

    Notable Nominations

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

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  • The Kominsky Method19

    ActorsMichael Douglas, Alan Arkin, Nancy Travis, Sarah Baker, Lisa Edelstein

    Genres (Tv)Comedy

    Notable Nominations

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

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  • The Act20
    11
    15

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

    Genres (Tv)Drama, True Crime

    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)

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  • The Good Doctor21
    14
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    The Good Doctor

    2017

    ActorsFreddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuku Modu, Beau Garrett

    Genres (Tv)Medical, Drama

    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 Great22
    10
    15

    ActorsElle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Odin Cartwright

    Genres (Tv)Drama

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  • The Morning Show23

    ActorsJennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Steve Carell, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Billy Crudup

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Notable Nominations

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

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  • The Alienist24

    ActorsDaniel Brühl, Luke Evans, Dakota Fanning, Robert Wisdom, Douglas Smith

    Genres (Tv)Crime, Drama

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Daniel Brühl 2019)

     

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  • The Spy25
    5
    11

    ActorsNoah Emmerich, Hadar Ratzon Rotem, Nassim Si Ahmed, Sacha Baron Cohen, Yael Eitan

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Espionage thriller

    Notable Nominations

    Golden Globe - Best Actor (Sacha Baron Cohen 2020)
     

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