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

Updated May 25, 2021 87.5k votes 13.1k voters 166.7k views315 items

List RulesOnly 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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    The Mandalorian

    Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano

    PremieredNovember 12, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Adventure, Action, 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 before...  more

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    The Boys

    Karl Urban, Jack Quaid

    PremieredJuly 26, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

    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 Robertson....  more

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    Mindhunter

    Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany

    PremieredOctober 13, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, 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 (Jonathan...  more

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    Chernobyl

    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård

    PremieredMay 6, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama, Miniseries

    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 one of...  more

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    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    PremieredJuly 21, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    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 Witcher

    Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra

    PremieredDecember 20, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

    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

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    The Umbrella Academy

    Elliot Page, Tom Hopper

    PremieredFebruary 15, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Action, Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy

    The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after their...  more

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    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    PremieredApril 26, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science 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 subjugated,...  more

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    The Haunting

    Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino

    PremieredOctober 12, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror

    The Haunting (Netflix, 2018) is an American television anthology series created by Mike Flanagan and produced by Amblin Television and Paramount Television, for Netflix. The first series, titled The...  more

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    The Queen's Gambit

    Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller

    PremieredOctober 23, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller

    The Queen's Gambit (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama miniseries based on the 1983 novel by Walter Tevis. Following her life from eight to 22 years old, the show centers on orphan chess prodigy...  more

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    Cobra Kai

    Ralph Macchio, William Zabka

    PremieredMay 2, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama

    Cobra Kai (YouTube Red, 2018) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by Robert Mark Kamen, based on The Karate Kid film series. Thirty-four years after being defeated by Daniel...  more

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    Russian Doll

    Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee

    PremieredFebruary 1, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama

    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 from a...  more

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    Big Little Lies

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

    PremieredFebruary 19, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    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) take...  more

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    What We Do in the Shadows

    Matt Berry, Kayvan Novak

    PremieredMarch 27, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Dark comedy, Horror

    What We Do in the Shadows (FX, 2019) is an American comedy television series based on the 2014 film created by Jemaine Clement. A look at the lives of three vampires who have been living as roommates...  more

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    The Sinner

    Jessica Biel, Christopher Abbott

    Premiered2017

    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 brutal...  more

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    You

    Penn Badgley, Luca Padovan

    PremieredSeptember 9, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Thriller

    You (Lifetime, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, based on the novel by Caroline Kepnes. A clever bookstore manager (Penn Badgley) relies on his...  more

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    Barry

    Bill Hader, Stephen Root

    PremieredMarch 25, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Dark comedy

    Barry (HBO, 2018) is an American crime comedy drama series created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg. An ex-marine (Bill Hader) who is working as a low-rent hitman moves to Los Angeles and joins an...  more

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    Dark

    Oliver Masucci, Karoline Eichhorn

    PremieredDecember 1, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Mystery, Crime drama

    Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web television series created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The disappearance of two young children in the German town of Winden brings...  more

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    Altered Carbon

    Anthony Mackie, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    PremieredFebruary 2, 2018

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction

    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 from...  more

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    Watchmen

    Regina King, Jeremy Irons

    PremieredOctober 20, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama

    Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof and based on the comic book series of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Set 34 years after the events...  more

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    Dead to Me

    Christina Applegate, Linda Cardellini

    PremieredMay 3, 2019

    Genres (Tv)Dark comedy

    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 (Linda...  more

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    The Outsider

    Ben Mendelsohn, Jason Bateman

    PremieredJanuary 12, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Crime drama, Paranormal

    The Outsider (HBO, 2020) is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King. A police procedural that shifts to a horror novel, the story follows multiple characters in a...  more

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    Santa Clarita Diet

    Timothy Olyphant, Drew Barrymore

    PremieredFebruary 3, 2017

    Genres (Tv)Comedy, Horror

    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 Clarita,...  more

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    Ted Lasso

    Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham

    PremieredAugust 14, 2020

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom

    Ted Lasso (Apple TV+, 2020) is an American sports comedy television series created by Bill Lawrence and Jason Sudekis and is a continuation of a character Sudekis portrayed in promos for NBC's...  more

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    The Orville

    Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki

    PremieredSeptember 10, 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 400...  more

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