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The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years  

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List Rules Only dramatic series that have premiered Season 1 on cable channels on or after January 1, 2015.

Many people claim we're in a Golden Age of television, and the best cable dramas since 2015 may prove as much. The best cable TV dramas to premiere in 2015 and beyond come in many forms. Some excellent cable dramas are about personal relationships while other good dramatic cable series feature supernatural elements. Many current cable TV shows have been honored with awards.

What shows will you find on this top modern cable drama series list? Twin Peaks: The Return revisited the original series over 25 years after the original series first concluded. Fear the Walking Dead is another great cable TV show to have premiered since 2015. Breaking Bad aired its finale in 2013, but Better Call Saul gave fans a new favorite show when it premiered on AMC in 2015. Other good cable dramas featured on this list include Big Little Lies, Mr. Robot, and Westworld.

How will we ever determine which cable series deserves the top spot on this list? Help us decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up.

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro
Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more
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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn
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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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright
Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more
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American Crime Story is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Sterling K. Brown, Kenneth Choi, Christian Clemenson
This show is an American anthology television series developed by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski. Each season is presented as a self-contained miniseries, following separate unrelated ...more
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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday
Mr. Robot (USA Network, 2015) is an American drama–thriller television series created by Sam Esmail. Elliot (Rami Malek), a cybersecurity engineer and hacker who suffers from social anxiety ...more
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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor
Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more
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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley
Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. While Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) ...more
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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane
This show is an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series created by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson. A dysfunctional, blended family must reinvent themselves by learning new ...more
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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn
Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.
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The Man in the High Castle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank
The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Video, 2015) is an American dystopian alternative history television series created by Frank Spotnitz, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. In an alternative ...more
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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh
Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. The adventures ...more
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Atlanta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Donald Glover, Brian Tyree Henry, Lakeith Stanfield
Atlanta (FX, 2016) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover. College dropout Earn (Donald Glover) navigates through life with his ex-girlfriend (Zazie Beetz), his ...more
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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover
American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. After being released from prison, Shadow Moon (Ricky ...more
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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Barry Jones
The Magicians was a British family entertainment television show, first broadcast throughout January 2011 on BBC One. The show features magicians performing a number of magic tricks with guest ...more
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Legion is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza
Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens) ...more
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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton
Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more
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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga
Preacher (AMC, 2016) is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. After a ...more
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The Night Of is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
John Turturro, Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp
The Night Of (HBO, 2016) is an American eight-part crime drama television miniseries created by Richard Price and Steven Zaillian, based on the British TV series Criminal Justice. After a night ...more
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Insecure is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Issa Rae, Jay Ellis, Yvonne Orji
Insecure (HBO, 2016) is an American comedy-drama series created by Issa Rae and Larry Wilmore, based on the web series Awkward Black Girl. Black female friends Issa (Issa Rae) and Molly (Yvonne ...more
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Ballers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington
Ballers (HBO, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Levinson. Former football superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) tries to find success as a financial ...more
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Younger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Sutton Foster, Debi Mazar, Miriam Shor
Younger (TV Land, 2015) is an American television comedy-drama series based on the Pamela Redmond Satran novel of the same name. New divorcee Liza Miller (Sutton Foster) finds life difficult at ...more
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Feud is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Alfred Molina
Feud (FX, 2017) is an anthology television series developed by Ryan Murphy. The first season centers around the backstage battle between Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange) and Bette Davis (Susan ...more
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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo
12 Monkeys (SyFy, 2015) is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and loosely based on the 1995 film. In the year 2043, scavenger James Cole (Aaron ...more
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Billions is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff
Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby "Axe" Axelrod ...more
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Humans is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Manpreet Bachu, Emily Berrington, Ruth Bradley
Humans (AMC, 2015) is a science fiction television series created by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley. In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - ...more