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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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard
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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The Handmaid's Tale is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski
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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#35 of 127 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows #187 of 217 The TV Shows with the Best Writingfeaturing The Best Characters On 'The Handmaid's Tale'

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This Is Us is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown
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 interwine, from sharing the same birthday, ...more

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#197 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time #1,806 of 2,296 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Timefeaturing The Best Characters on This Is Us, Ranked

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright
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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#30 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #55 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Timefeaturing The Best Characters on Westworld, Ranked

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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
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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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Victoria Hamilton
The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more

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Poldark is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley
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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#442 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #2,016 of 2,296 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Timefeaturing The Best Characters On 'Big Little Lies', Ranked

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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz
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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#113 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time #156 of 394 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciatefeaturing The Best Characters on Ozark, Ranked

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro
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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#104 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #53 of 78 The Best Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Seriesfeaturing The Best Characters On 'Lucifer'

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
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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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday
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) 13 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor
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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The Marvelous Mrs. Maise... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon, 2017) is an American period comedy-drama television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Rachel Brosnahan as a housewife in the 1950s who ...more

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Narcos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Pedro Pascal, Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook
Narcos (Netflix, 2015) is an American drama web-television series created by Chris Brancato, Carlo Bernard, and Doug Miro. A chronicled look at the exploits of Colombian Pablo Escobar, as well ...more

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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud
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) 17 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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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#126 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #61 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Timefeaturing The Best Characters On 'Gotham'

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The Man in the High Cast... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank
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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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Fear the Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane
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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
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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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw
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 Sinner is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman, Christopher Abbott
The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series based on the novel of the same name by Petra Hammesfahr. The series' first season follows the events that happen after a young ...more

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Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Julia Roberts, Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale
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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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton
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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