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The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years

Updated November 24, 2020 24.8k votes 7.2k voters 119.0k views119 items

List RulesVote up the best television dramas that premiered their first season 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
    2,137
    1,774

    The Handmaid's Tale

    Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes

    Premiered2017

    The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Bruce Miller,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Ozark
    954
    1,306

    Ozark

    Jason Bateman, Laura Linney

    Premiered2017

    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Killing Eve
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    Killing Eve

    Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer

    Premiered2018

    Killing Eve (BBC America, 2018) is a British drama television series developed by Phoebe... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 4
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
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    420

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

    Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen

    Premiered2017

    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Video, 2017) is an American period comedy-drama web... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Sharp Objects
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    Sharp Objects

    Amy Adams, Patricia Clarkson

    Premiered2018

    Sharp Objects (HBO, 2018) is an American miniseries created by Marti Nixon, based on the novel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 6
    The Punisher
    728
    1,109

    The Punisher

    Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes

    Premiered2017

    Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 7
    Big Little Lies
    935
    1,442

    Big Little Lies

    Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman

    Premiered2017

    Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 8
    The Sinner
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    The Sinner

    Jessica Biel, Bill Pullman

    Premiered2017

    The Sinner (USA, 2017) is an American anthology drama TV series developed by Derek Simonds,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Jack Ryan
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    Jack Ryan

    John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish

    Premiered2018

    Jack Ryan (Amazon Video, 2018) is an American television series created by Carlton Cuse and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 10
    Manifest
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    325

    Manifest

    Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas

    Premiered2018

    Manifest (NBC, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Matthew... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 11
    A Million Little Things
    158
    257

    A Million Little Things

    David Giuntoli, Ron Livingston

    Premiered2018

    A Million Little Things (ABC, 2018) is an American family drama television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Homecoming
    211
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    Homecoming

    Janelle Monáe, Julia Roberts

    Premiered2018

    Homecoming (Amazon Video, 2018) is a psychological thriller web television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Altered Carbon
    258
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    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Premiered2018

    Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 14
    Lost in Space
    177
    293

    Lost in Space

    Toby Stephens, Molly Parker

    Premiered2018

    Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    Riverdale
    505
    1,056

    Riverdale

    KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart

    Premiered2017

    Riverdale (The CW, 2017) is an American teen drama television series developed by Roberto... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Cobra Kai
    83
    175

    Cobra Kai

    Ralph Macchio, William Zabka

    Premiered2018

    Cobra Kai (YouTube Red, 2018) is an American comedy-drama web television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 17
    The Defenders
    239
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    The Defenders

    Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter

    Premiered2017

    The Defender (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television miniseries created by Douglas... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Star Trek: Discovery
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    Star Trek: Discovery

    Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones

    Premiered2017

    Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek:... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Alias Grace
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    Alias Grace

    Sarah Gadon, Edward Holcraft

    Premiered2017

    Alias Grace (Netflix, 2017) is a miniseries based on the 1996 novel by Margaret Atwood. Grace... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Harlots
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    Harlots

    Samantha Morton, Jessica Brown Findlay

    Premiered2017

    Harlots (Hulu, 2017) is a British-American period drama television series created by Alison... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 21
    The Deuce
    150
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    The Deuce

    James Franco, Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Premiered2017

    The Deuce (HBO, 2017) is an American television drama series created by George Pelecanos and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Mr. Mercedes
    53
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    Mr. Mercedes

    Brendan Gleeson, Harry Treadaway

    Premiered2017

    Mr. Mercedes (Audience, 2017) is an American mystery thriller television series developed by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    Siren
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    Siren

    Eline Powell, Alex Roe

    Premiered2018

    Siren (Freeform, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Eric Wald and Dean... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Looming Tower
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    The Looming Tower

    Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim

    Premiered2018

    The Looming Tower (Hulu, 2018) is an American drama web television miniseries based on the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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    The Outsider
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    The Outsider

    Ben Mendelsohn, Cynthia Erivo

    Premiered2020

    The Outsider (HBO, 2020) is an American miniseries based on the novel of the same name by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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