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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, 2017.

With so many great TV series currently airing, we’re ranking the best television dramas since 2017. 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 Sharp Objects, OzarkThe Handmaid's Tale, and Killing Eve. HBO miniseries Big Little Lies is considered to be one of the most bingeworthy shows today, while Youtube Red's Karate Kid spinoff Cobra Kai is known as the show to watch now.

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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The Marvelous Mrs. Maise... is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Ozark is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson, Eliza Scanlen

Premiered: 2018

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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Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 7 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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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 8 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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A Million Little Things ... is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Manifest is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis

Premiered: 2018

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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Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio

Premiered: 2018

Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and a reboot of the 1965 series. After encountering a rip in ...more

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Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
WarrenMitchell added KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

Premiered: 2017

Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the characters of Archie Comics. The series follows Archie Andrews' (KJ Apa) ...more

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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp

Premiered: 2017

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more

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Cobra Kai is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
MeemJunaid added Ralph Macchio, William Zabka, Courtney Henggeler

Premiered: 2018

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. 34 years after being defeated by Daniel LaRusso ...more

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Harlots is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Harlots Samantha Morton, Jessica Brown Findlay, Lesley Manville

Premiered: 2017

Harlots (Hulu, 2017) is a British-American period drama television series created by Alison Newman and Moira Buffini, inspired by The Covent Garden Ladies by British historian Hallie Rubenhold. ...more

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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter

Premiered: 2017

The Defender (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television miniseries created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica ...more

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Siren is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Siren Eline Powell, Alex Roe, Ian Verdun

Premiered: 2018

Siren (Freeform, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Eric Wald and Dean White. When a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) arrives in the coastal town of Bristol Cove, she proves ...more

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Alias Grace is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
AnDrewJenkins1 added Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcraft, Zachary Levi

Premiered: 2017

Alias Grace (Netflix, 2017) is a miniseries based on the 1996 novel by Margaret Atwood. Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon) is a convicted murderess who works in the home of the prison warden. Dr. Simon ...more

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The Deuce is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gbenga Akinnagbe

Premiered: 2017

The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is an American television drama series created by George Pelecanos and David Simon. The series centers around the legalization and the ensuing rise of the adult industry in ...more

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Mr. Mercedes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Mr. Mercedes Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway, Justine Lupe

Premiered: 2017

Mr. Mercedes (Audience, 2017) is an American mystery thriller television series developed by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Stephen King. Still haunted by the unsolved case of "Mr. ...more

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The Looming Tower is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, Wrenn Schmidt

Premiered: 2018

The Looming Tower (Hulu, 2018) is an American drama web television miniseries based on the book by Lawrence Wright. With the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, the rivalry between ...more

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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
Stephanie Crawford added Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez

Premiered: 2018

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ...more

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