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The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years 

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

With so many great TV series currently airing, we’re ranking the best television dramas since 2015. Our list of the highest rated dramas of the past three years is ranked by viewers from everywhere, so make sure you vote up the best new drama series on television. What is the best new drama on TV? 

Featuring new Netflix shows, Hulu originals, critically acclaimed miniseries, and more, the best recent dramas include Westworld, OzarkThe Handmaid's Tale, and Better Call Saul. HBO miniseries Big Little Lies is considered to be one of the most bingeworthy shows today, while Showtime's Twin Peaks revival is known as the show to watch now in 2018.

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

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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski

Premiered: 2017

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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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Poldark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Denise Schult added Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jack Farthing

This 2nd adaptation premiered on 8th March 2015

Poldark is the original version of the BBC television series adaptation of the novels of the same title written by Winston Graham. The adaption was first transmitted in the UK between 1975 and

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
WarrenMitchell added Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown

Premiered: 2016

This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a unique ensemble, as their paths cross and their life stories intertwine, from sharing the same ...more

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Better Call Saul is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn

Premiered: 2015

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) 6 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

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 Marvelous Mrs. Maise... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein

Premiered: 2017

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American period comedy-drama web television series created by Amy Sherman-Palladino. A 1960s housewife (Rachel Brosnahan) discovers she has a ...more

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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen
Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. Fresh out of a psych hospital for her years of self-harm, crime reporter Camille ...more

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Victoria Hamilton

Premiered: 2016

The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter Morgan. A young Queen Elizabeth II's (Claire Foy) political rivalries and romances guide the events ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

Premiered: 2015

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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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
bigcraig added Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Premiered: 2018

Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, based on the novels by Luke Jennings. Eve Polastri (Sandra Oh), a desk-bound MI5 Officer, ...more

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Howard Heim added Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach

Premiered: 2017

Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot. Former Force Recon officer Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), known throughout New ...more

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The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Giulia Ouro Preto added Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott

Premiered: 2017

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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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud

Premiered: 2018

Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland, based on the character created by Tom Clancy. When CIA analyst Jack Ryan (John ...more

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz
Gotham (Fox, 2014) is an American drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on the DC Comics characters from the Batman franchise. The story behind Detective James Gordon's (Ben ...more

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Manifest is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis
Manifest (NBC, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Matthew Fernandes. When Montego Air Flight 828 lands safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew ...more

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

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

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A Million Little Things ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco

Premiered: 2018

A Million Little Things (ABC, 2018) is an American family drama television series created by D. J. Nash. A group of friends intertwined in each other's lives all realize they need to start ...more

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Suits is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

Premiered: 2011

Suits (USA, 2011) is an American legal drama created by Aaron Korsh. On the run from a drug deal gone bad, brilliant college dropout Mike Ross, finds himself working with Harvey Specter, one of ...more

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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley

Premiered: 2017

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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Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Janelle Monáe, Julia Roberts, Chris Cooper

Premiered: 2018

Homecoming (Amazon Video, 2018) is a psychological thriller web television series created by Sam Esmail, based on the podcast. Years later after she left her job as a caseworker at a facility ...more

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos. The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Giulia Ouro Preto added Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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