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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

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Hulu

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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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

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

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

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 29

Network: BBC/PBS

Genres (Tv): Miniseries, Drama

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

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Comedy, Family drama

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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#108 of 156 TV Shows Most Loved by African-Americans #1,769 of 2,298 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time The Best Characters on This Is Us, 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

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Comedy

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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#53 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #32 of 217 The TV Shows with the Best Writing All of the Breaking Bad Easter Eggs in Better Call Saul

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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

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Drama, Western

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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#31 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #15 of 396 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate The Best Characters on Westworld, Ranked

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maise... is listed (or ranked) 7 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

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Amazon Video

Genres (Tv): Comedy-Drama, Period drama

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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#125 of 217 The TV Shows with the Best Writing #1,184 of 2,298 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time The Best Characters On 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel'

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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

Genres (Tv): Thriller

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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#5 of 34 The Best HBO Miniseries Of All Time #75 of 120 The Best TV Shows Based on Books

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The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 9 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

Network: USA

Genres (Tv): Drama, Anthology

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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#342 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #208 of 260 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time

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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
bigcraig added Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw

Premiered: 2018

Network: BBC America

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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#315 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #43 of 128 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows The Best Characters On 'Killing Eve', Ranked

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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Netflix

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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#29 of 128 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows #156 of 396 TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate The Best Characters on Ozark, Ranked

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

Network: Netflix

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

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#494 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #87 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time The Best Episodes of 'Altered Carbon'

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Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Julia Roberts, Stephan James, Bobby Cannavale

Premiered: 2018

Network: Amazon Video

Genres (Tv): Psychological thriller

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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#56 of 128 The Best Current Dramatic TV Shows #245 of 260 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Time #18 of 31 The Best Drama TV Shows Of 2018

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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Mena Massoud

Genres (Tv): Action, Thriller, Drama

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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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: Netflix, Fox

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Comedy-drama, Mystery, Crime, Horror, + more

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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A Million Little Things ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco

Premiered: 2018

Network: ABC

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action, Sci-fi, Drama

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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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 18 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

Number of Seasons: 2

Genres (Tv): Action, Superhero, Crime drama, Conspiracy thriller

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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Manifest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis

Genres (Tv): Drama

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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#12 of 160 The Best New Shows That Premiered in 2018 #81 of 117 The Best Supernatural Drama TV Shows

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Gotham is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz

Network: FOX

Genres (Tv): Crime, Action, Police procedural

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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#124 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #255 of 2,298 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time The Best Characters On 'Gotham'

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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
EssuTello added Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli

Premiered: 2015

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Drama, Crime Fiction, Horror, Science Fiction

iZombie (The CW, 2015) is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, loosely based on the comic books by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. A medical ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 22 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

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
cityofeverythingeverything added Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 170

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action, + more

Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more

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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added Timeless Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Starring Abigail Spencer Matt Lanter Malcolm Barrett

Genres (Tv): Drama, Science Fiction, Action

Timeless (NBC, 2016) tollows the adventures of an unusual trio—a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a soldier (Matt Lanter)—as they attempt to stop Garcia ...more

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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: USA Network

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller

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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