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The Best New Cable Dramas of the Last Few Years

Updated September 14, 2020 1.6k votes 1.4k voters 2.2k views71 items

List RulesOnly dramatic series that have premiered Season 1 on cable channels on or after January 1, 2017.

Many people claim we're in a Golden Age of television, and the best cable dramas since 2017 may prove as much. The best cable TV dramas to premiere in 2017 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? Big Litle Lies adapts the novel of the same name into a fascinating miniseries about a group of women embroiled in a murder investigation. Killing Eve is another great cable TV show to have premiered since 2017. Suits aired its finale in 2019, but Pearson gave fans a pretty good spinoff when it premiered on USA Network in 2019. Other good cable dramas featured on this list include American Gods, Watchmen, and Succession.

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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  • Sanditon1
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    Sanditon

    Rose Williams, Crystal Clarke

    Premiered2020

    Sanditon (ITV, 2020) is a British historical period drama television series adapted by Andrew... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Son2
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    The Son

    Pierce Brosnan, Henry Garrett

    Premiered2017

    The Son (AMC, 2017) is a western drama television series based on the 2013 novel by Philipp... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Big Little Lies3
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    Big Little Lies

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

    Premiered2017

    Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • American Gods4
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    American Gods

    Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning

    Premiered2017

    American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Deuce5
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    The Deuce

    James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Premiered2017

    The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is an American television drama series created by George Pelecanos and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Feud6
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    Feud

    Jessica Lange, Susan Sarandon

    Premiered2017

    Feud (FX, 2017) is an anthology television series developed by Ryan Murphy. The first season... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Killing Eve7
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    Killing Eve

    Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer

    Premiered2018

    Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Succession8
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    Succession

    Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong

    Premiered2018

    Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Condor9
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    Condor

    Max Irons, Brendan Fraser

    Premiered2018

    Condor (Audience, 2018) is an American television series created by Todd Katzburg and Jason... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Watchmen10
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    Watchmen

    Regina King, Don Johnson

    Premiered2019

    Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof, based... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Britannia11
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    Britannia

    Kelly Reilly, David Morrissey

    Premiered2018

    Britannia (Amazon Video, 2018) is a British-American historical fantasy series written by Jez... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Red Line12
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    The Red Line

    Noah Wyle, Emayatzy Corinealdi

    Premiered2019

    The Red Line (CBS, 2019) is an American drama series created by Caitlin Parrish and Erica... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Grand Hotel13
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    Grand Hotel

    Demian Bichir, Roselyn Sanchez

    Premiered2019

    Grand Hotel (ABC, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Spanish TV series.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • In the Dark14
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    In the Dark

    Perry Mattfeld, Rich Sommer

    Premiered2019

    In the Dark (The CW, 2019) is an American television drama series created by Corinne... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • I Am the Night15
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    I Am the Night

    Chris Pine, India Eisley

    Premiered2019

    I Am the Night (TNT, 2019) is an American limited television series created by Sam Sheridan.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • First Wives Club16
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    First Wives Club

    Michelle Buteau, Jill Scott

    Premiered2019

    First Wives Club (BET+, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the 1996 film.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Lovecraft Country17
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    Lovecraft Country

    Jonathan Majors, Jurnee Smollett-Bell

    Premiered2020

    Lovecraft Country (HBO, 2020) is a drama horror television series based on the novel by Matt... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Undoing18
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    The Undoing

    Nicole Kidman, Hugh Grant
    The Undoing (HBO, 2020) is an American drama miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Penny Dreadful: City of Angels19
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    Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

    Natalie Dormer, Daniel Zovatto

    Premiered2020

    Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (Showtime, 2020) is a British-American horror drama television... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Snowpiercer20
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    Snowpiercer

    Daveed Diggs, Jennifer Connelly

    Premiered2020

    Snowpiercer (TNT, 2020) is an American television series based on the French graphic novel Le... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Treadstone21
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    Treadstone

    Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor

    Premiered2019

    Treadstone (USA, 2019) is an American action drama television series, based on the Bourne Film... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • The Time Traveler's Wife22
    The Time Traveler's Wife (HBO) is an American drama television series based on the novel by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Tell Me Your Secrets23
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    Tell Me Your Secrets

    Lily Rabe, Amy Brenneman

    Premiered2021

    Tell Me Your Secrets (Amazon Video, 2021) is a thriller drama television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Fosse/Verdon24
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    Fosse/Verdon

    Sam Rockwell, Michelle Williams

    Premiered2019

    Fosse/Verdon (FX, 2019) is an American biographical miniseries, based on the book Fosse by Sam... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Bless This Mess25
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    Bless This Mess

    Lake Bell, Dax Shepard

    Premiered2019

    Bless This Mess (ABC, 2019) is an American sitcom comedy television series. Newlyweds Rio... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button