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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

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

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

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

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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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

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

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: HBO

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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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

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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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
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 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

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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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

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 Crown is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Victoria Hamilton

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Netflix

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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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added 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) 13 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, David Mazouz

Network: FOX

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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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 14 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
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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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

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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 16 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

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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

Network: Netflix

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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Manifest is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 19 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

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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Mr. Robot is listed (or ranked) 20 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

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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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 21 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

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 Flash is listed (or ranked) 22 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

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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A Million Little Things ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston, Romany Malco

Premiered: 2018

Network: ABC

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) 24 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Meghan Markle

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 134

Network: USA Network

Suits is a USA Network legal drama created by Aaron Korsh that stars Patrick J. Adams as Michael "Mike" Ross and Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter. The first episode debuted on June 23, ...more

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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 25 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

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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