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The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years 

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List Rules Only shows that premiered on or after January 1, 2017

With so many great TV series currently airing, we narrowed down the best TV shows since 2017. Our list of the highest rated shows of the past three years is ranked by viewers from everywhere, so make sure you vote up the best new series on television. What is the best new TV show? 

Featuring new HBO shows, Hulu originals, critically acclaimed miniseries, and more, the best recent TV shows include Big Little Lies, The Mandalorian, The Handmaid's Tale, Ozark, The Haunting of Hill House, Mindhunter, and The Witcher. Netflix's Marvel series are easily considered to be some of the most bingeworthy shows today, while HBO's spinoff Watchmen is commonly known as the show to watch now. From comedies to dramas and horror to sci-fi, this list of great TV shows of the past three years has something for everyone. 

Vote up the best new TV shows and feel free to add any new series missing from the list. 

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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Thriller

Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a ...more
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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Drama, Dystopian fiction

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller, based on the 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood. In a dystopian future where women are brutally ...more
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Mindhunter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Crime drama, Psychological thriller

Mindhunter (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime thriller television series created by Joe Penhall, based on the true crime book by John E. Douglas and Mark Olshaker. FBI agents Holden Ford ...more
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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in 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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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Drama

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 Mandalorian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Imani Henry added Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Drama, Space Opera, Science Fiction

The Mandalorian (Disney+, 2019) is an American space opera web television series set in the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. Taking place after the events in Return of the Jedi, but ...more
7
A Series of Unfortunate ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
\\Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Drama

A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017, Netflix) is a black comedy-drama TV series based on the children's novel series of the same name by Lemony Snicket (author Daniel Handler). The Baudelaire ...more
8
The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
chantellebelle added Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Action, Adventure, Drama

The Witcher (Netflix, 2019) is a fantasy action-adventure series based on the series of short stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, ...more
9
The Boys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action

The Boys (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series created by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick ...more
10
Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore, Liv Hewson

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Santa Clarita Diet (Netfklix, 2017) is an American comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila (Drew Barrymore) and Joel (Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa ...more
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The Haunting of Hill Hou... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Luke Albright added Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Supernatural horror

The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural horror television series created by Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. A fractured family confronts ...more
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Legion is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in 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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Luke Albright added Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more
14
Chernobyl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Historical drama

Chernobyl (HBO, 2019) is an American-British historical drama television miniseries created by Craig Mazin. In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the USSR becomes ...more
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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Mystery

Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more
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The Good Doctor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
starwarssuperfan added The Good Doctor Freddie Highmore, Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Medical, Drama

The Good Doctor (ABC, 2017) is an American medical-drama television series based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore) is a young pediatric surgeon ...more
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The Rookie is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Luke Albright added Nathan Fillion, Afton Williamson, Eric Winter

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Crime, Drama, Comedy, Police procedural

The Rookie (ABC, 2018) is an American crime drama television series created by Alexi Hawley, based on true events. With dreams of being a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department, ...more
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The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
margitschmidt added Jessica Biel, Christopher Abbott, Dohn Norwood

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Drama, Anthology

The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series developed by Derek Simonds, based on the novel by Petra Hammesfahr. Police detective Harry Ambrose (Bill Pullman) investigates ...more
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Dead to Me is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Luke Albright added Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini, Edward Asner

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Tragicomedy

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 ...more
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Russian Doll is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
RachidHamasni1 added Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Comedy

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 ...more
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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Umberhaven added Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Science fiction

The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploration starship ...more
22
Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez

Premiered: 2018

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Supernatural

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ...more
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Young Sheldon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Gerri Foudy added Young Sheldon Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Lance Barber

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

Young Sheldon (CBS, 2017) is an American sitcom created by Chuck Lorre and Steven Molaro, a spin-off of The Big Bang Theory and serves as a prequel to that series. Sheldon Cooper (Iain Armitage) ...more
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Big Mouth is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jessi Klein

Premiered: 2017

Genres (Tv): Animation, Adult, Comedy

Big Mouth (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, and Jennifer Flackett, based on Kroll and Goldberg's tweenage years in the New ...more
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His Dark Materials is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Shows That Have Premiered in the Last Few Years
Imani Henry added Dafne Keen, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James McAvoy

Premiered: 2019

Genres (Tv): Adventure, Fantasy

His Dark Materials (HBO, 2019) is a British fantasy adventure series based on the novel series by Philip Pullman. In an alternate world where all humans have animal companions called daemons, a ...more