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The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years 

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Updated January 13, 2020 9.4k votes 1.1k voters 1.5k views 40 items

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

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Comedy-drama, Mystery, Crime, Horror, + more

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

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

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

Premiered: 2016

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

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

Genres (Tv): True crime, Drama, Anthology

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

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller

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

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Action, Crime, Drama

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

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror

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
Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, Russ Tamblyn, Sherilyn Fenn

Premiered: 1990

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: ABC, Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime, Mystery

Twin Peaks (ABC, 1990) is an American mystery horror drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch and, despite being canceled after two seasons, sparked a cult following that ...more
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The Man in the High Cast... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): History, Drama, Dystopian, Thriller, Sci-fi

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

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 87

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

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

Premiered: 2016

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

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

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

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

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 11

Network: BBC One

Genres (Tv): Entertainment, Comedy

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

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Action, Horror, Drama, Superhero

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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The New Pope is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Jude Law, John Malkovich, Mark Ivanir

Premiered: 2019

Network: Sky Atlantic, HBO

Genres (Tv): Drama

The New Pope (Sky Atlantic/HBO, 2020) is an Italian and Spanish drama television miniseries created and directed by Paolo Sorrentino. The limited series continues the story of 2016's The Young ...more
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The Young Pope is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
The Young Pope Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Young Pope (2016, HBO) is an English-language Italian drama television series. Jude Law stars as .Pope Pius XIII (born Lenny Belardo), the newly elected Pope and former Archbishop of New ...more
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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

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) 19 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga

Genres (Tv): Drama, Black Comedy, Supernatural, Horror, Action

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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Feud is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon, Alfred Molina

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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The Night Of is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
The Night Of John Turturro, Riz Ahmed, Bill Camp

Genres (Tv): Crime drama

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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Sneaky Pete is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Sneaky Pete Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane McRae

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama

Sneaky Pete is an American crime drama series created by David Shore and Bryan Cranston. The series follows a released convict who adopts the identity of his cell mate in order to avoid his past ...more
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Billions is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff

Premiered: 2016

Network: Showtime

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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Zoo is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years
James Wolk, Kristen Connolly, Nonso Anozie

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller

Zoo (CBS, 2015) is an American drama television series based on the 2012 novel by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge. A group of varied professionals investigate the mysterious pandemic of ...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

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Sci-Fi

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