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The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years

Updated October 20, 2020 24.6k votes 7.2k voters 118.0k views104 items

List RulesOnly 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
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    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 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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    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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    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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    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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    Killing Eve is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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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    Sharp Objects is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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
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    The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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    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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    Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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    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
  • 8
    Jack Ryan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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
  • 9
    Manifest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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    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
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    The Sinner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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
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    A Million Little Things is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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    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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    Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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
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    Riverdale is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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    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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    Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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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    Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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    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
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    Cobra Kai is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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    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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    The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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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    Alias Grace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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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    Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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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    Harlots is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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
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    The Deuce is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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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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    Messiah is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New TV Dramas of the Last Few Years
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    Messiah

    Tomer Sisley, Michelle Monaghan

    Premiered2020

    Messiah (Netflix, 2020) is an American drama-thriller television series created by Michael... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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