Best new Drama TV series (2016 overview - TV & Netflix)



If there is a genre that is perfectly suitable for TV series, then it is drama. The possibility to slowly build a tangible, rich and recognizable universe has been seized by many writers, from Dallas’ David Jacobs to Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner. These are the recent shows you cannot miss.
The Vore's TV staff selects the top best drama TV series of 2016 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler & Daniel Zelman our new Drama genre creators?

If there is one television-genre that is perfectly suitable for a series, it is drama. The possibility to slowly build a tangible, rich and recognizable universe has been seized by many writers, from Dallas’ David Jacobs to Mad Men’s Matthew Weiner.

One might ask if it is at all possible to add something interesting to the enormous stockpile of the best tv drama shows. It is, it appears. Here’s what’s interesting (or, not really in some cases) since 2010. But first, let’s have a look at the latest drama television.


drama TV series2016
Popular actorsKyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn & Linda Cardellini
Trending TV SeriesThis is England ‘90, Show me a hero & Bloodline

Best drama TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2016

Best drama TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. The Wire (Since 2-6-2002 , Season: 5 - HBO)
  2. Pitching The Wire to non-believers is a tough job. ‘An anti-cop show disguised as a cop show’ doesn’t tingle anyone. “Truthful, complex stories about the American people left behind in a postmodern urban society” may cover the series’ content, but will not invite a lot of people to start viewing the best tv show ever made. The cult status The Wire (slowly) received probably has a lot to do with word-of-mouth, and for good reason. The show is simply ingenious and will leave a lasting impression, leaving the restraint one might have before watching the show far behind. Despite it’s ambition to make a harsh point, it’s complexity and the vast amount of characters, The Wire tells unheard stories in an original and thought provoking way. We are confident we’ll see lots of great and innovative drama shows in the years to come, but none of them is probably going to beat The Wire in all its strength.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YN0rYQdEmXw

    CreatorDavid Simon
    StarringDominic West, Lance Reddick & Sonja Sohn
    Similar tv showsThe Corner, Treme & Narcos
    Themesdrugs, law, crime, drama,
    Keywordsaccurate, action-packed, complex, critically acclaimed, dramatic, first-rate, incomparable, realistic,
    CountryUnited States
    Rating
    100%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  3. Breaking Bad (Since 20-1-2008 , Season: 5 - AMC)
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HhesaQXLuRY

    CreatorVince Gilligan
    StarringBryan Cranston, Aaron Paul & Anna Gunn
    Similar tv showsNarcos, Weeds
    Themesdeath, drugs, law, money, violence, crime, drama,
    Keywordsaction-packed, awe-inspiring, critically acclaimed, dramatic, family-oriented, incomparable,
    CountryUnited States
    Rating
    90%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  5. House of Cards (Since 1-2-2013 , Season: 4 - Netflix)
  6. A vicious and very strategic Congressman has only one direction in mind: upwards. Together with his wife and chief of staff he plots his deliberate moves, determined to win the chess play of politics in the White House.
    House of Cards is a hit and rightfully so. Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood is a delight, the dark and self-serving games are thrilling and the political context seems very truthful. Very, very good show.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULwUzF1q5w4

    CreatorBeau Willimon
    StarringKevin Spacey, Michel Gill & Robin Wright
    Similar tv showsBorgen, The West Wing
    Themespolitics, drama,
    Keywordsaddictive, authentic, competitive, complicated, surprising, thrilling,
    CountryUnited States
    Rating
    85%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  7. Rectify (Since 22-4-2013 , Season: 4 - SundanceTV)
  8. After being convicted for rape and murder and serving on death row for nineteen years, a man is released from prison after DNA evidence calls his conviction into question. He returns to his hometown Paulie, Georgia, where the series follows the painful trail he and his family follow at a slow pace.

    From the first episode, Rectify is touching, dramatic and pretty awkward. The starting point is a very interesting one, after which the slow tempo and brilliant performance by Aden Young (Daniel Holden) lead the viewer into an uncanny yet moving plot. Like Allan Ball’s Six Feet Under, the show leans on character studies within the context of an eccentric family. The personalities are tangible and the interpersonal tensions are, with a few exceptions, beautifully written. A lot of contemporary series bet on a strong dynamic in terms of tempo and events – Rectify shows a refreshing calmness.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-kTxNItURU

    CreatorRay McKinnon
    StarringAden Young, Abigail Spencer & J. Smith-Cameron
    Similar tv showsBloodline, Six Feet Under
    Themesjustice, law, drama,
    Keywordsadorable, authentic, awkward, dramatic, family-oriented,
    CountryUnited States
    Rating
    85%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  9. Downton Abbey (Since 9-1-2011 , Season: 6 - ITV)
  10. A portrayal of an aristocratic British family and their staff, beginning at the years before the first world war.

    BBC’s Downton Abbey is an enormous success – you’ve probably seen it, or at least heard of it. The decadence of the Crawley family is simply nice to look at, as are the shenanigans a level below (the staff) and the relationships between the family and their personnel. Yes, most characters are one-dimensional, and the fights and struggles are simplistic. No one really cares, apparently.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPwaCjE8DcY

    CreatorJulian Fellowes
    StarringHugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan & Elizabeth McGovern
    Similar tv showsMr Selfridge, Peaky Blinders
    Themesfirst world war, lifestyle, drama, romance,
    Keywordsaddictive, adorable, family-oriented, historical, social-oriented, traditional,
    CountryUnited Kingdom United States
    Rating
    85%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  11. Billions (Since 17-1-2016 , Season: 1 - Showtime)
  12. Billions captures thepowerful clash between an U.S. Attorney and a hedge fund king. Original, thought provoking and very well told!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_raEUMLL-ZI

    Creator Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin
    StarringPaul Giamatti, Damian Lewis and Maggie Siff
    Similar tv showsSuits, Ballers
    Themesambitions, downfall, fame, money, drama,
    Keywordsaddictive, captivating, thrilling,
    CountryUnited States
    Rating
    85%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

2017 releases

Black Flags ( - HBO)

A very promising miniseries about the rise of ISIS.


CreatorBradley Cooper and Todd Philips
Starring
Themesdeath, destruction, military, terrorism, drama, war,
Keywordsaccurate, action-packed, fascinating,
CountryUnited States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

American Lion (Since 24-11-2016 , Season: 1 - HBO)

A miniseries about Andrew Jackson, the seventh American president.


CreatorJon Meacham
StarringSean Penn
Themescareer, politics, biographical, drama, historical,
Keywordsaccurate, historical, insightful,
CountryUnited States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Sharp Objects (Since 24-11-2016 - HBO)

A female journalist confronts the demons of her youth when she returns to her hometown in order to cover a violent murder.


CreatorMarti Noxon
StarringAmy Adams
Similar tv showsTop of the lake, Broadchurch
Themeschildhood, discovery, fear, drama, thriller,
Keywordscaptivating, emotional, thrilling,
CountryUnited States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

The Deuce (Since 24-11-2016 , Season: 1 - HBO)

Porn and prostitution are spreading in 1970's New York City. A very promising show, written by David Simon and George Pelecanos (The Wire).


CreatorGeorge Pelecanos, David Simon
Starring John Druzba, James Franco & Maggie Gyllenhaal
Similar tv showsTreme, The Wire, The Corner
Themessocial issue, substance abuse, women, working-class struggle, drama,
Keywordsauthentic, conversational, noteworthy,
CountryUnited States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Ozark (Since 24-11-2016 - Netflix)

The plot still is a mystery; it is set in Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri (USA).


Creator Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams
Starring Jason Bateman, Anthony Collins, Sofia Hublitz
Keywordsawe-inspiring, deceptive, mysterious,
CountryUnited States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

New drama TV series

Best recent drama TV series

Vinyl by Martin Scorcese, Mick Jagger, Rich Cohen and Terence Winter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1iphllcTYOs

A show about the music scene in New York during the 70's. Created by Martin Scorcese and friends, so this should be amazing.

Release date14-2-2016
CountryUnited States
Starring Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde and Ray Romano
Previous releasesBoardwalk Empire, The Soprano's
Associated withdrama,
NetworkHBO

The Path by Jessica Goldberg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WgtCSfOED6w

A man is lost in a crisis of faith after he leaves a religious cult. Starring Breaking's Bad Aaron Paul!

Release date30-3-2016
CountryUnited States
StarringAaron Paul, Michelle Monaghan and Hugh Dancy
Associated with
NetworkHula

Billions by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_raEUMLL-ZI

Billions captures thepowerful clash between an U.S. Attorney and a hedge fund king. Original, thought provoking and very well told!

Release date17-1-2016
CountryUnited States
Starring Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis and Maggie Siff
Associated withdrama,
NetworkShowtime

Codes of Conduct by Steve McQueen and Matthew Michael Carnahan


A young black male finds his way up to New York's richest.

Release dateN/A<
CountryUnited States
StarringDevon Terrell, Paul Dano and Helena Bonham Carter
Associated withdrama,
NetworkHBO

The Young Pope by Paolo Sorrentino

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N2ZFdepTu-w

Meet Lenny Belardo, the first young and American Pope ever.

Release date5-11-2016
CountryUnited States
Starring Jude Law, Diane Keaton, Silvio Orlando
Associated withdrama,
NetworkHBO

This is England ‘90 (Since 13-9-2015 , Season: 1 - Channel 4)

A miniseries derived from the film 'This is England' (2006). The show captures the rave culture and 1990 world football cup.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bNAkC9yYyRQ

CreatorShane Meadows & Jack Thorne
StarringLyra Mae Thomas, Billy Braithwait & Chanel Cresswell
Similar tv showsShow me a Hero, This is England '86, This is England '88
Themesmen, social issue, substance abuse, drama,
Keywordsaccurate, believable, captivating, clever, great, historical,
CountryUnited Kingdom
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Show me a hero (Since 16-8-2015 , Season: 1 - HBO)

The story of racial tensions in Yonkers, New York. When a fresh mayor decides to support a housing project that will bring minorities in middle-class neighborhoods, an everlasting fight between supporters and opponents follows. A truthful, heartbreaking story.


CreatorLisa Belkin (The Wire)
StarringOscar Isaac, Peter Riegert & Natalie Paul
Similar tv showsThe Corner, The Wire & Treme
Themescareer, heroism, politics, social issue, drama, historical,
Keywordsauthentic, based on a novel, believable, biographical, historical, real, thought provoking,
CountryUnited States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Bloodline (Since 20-3-2015 , Season: 2 - Netflix)

A brother aims to reveal the dark truths about his family in Florida.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRnS8FkcXNk

CreatorGlenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler & Daniel Zelman (Damages )
StarringKyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn & Linda Cardellini
Similar tv showsDamages, The Affair
Themesbetrayal, conspiracy, families, jealousy, drama, thriller,
Keywordsdramatic, family-oriented,
CountryUnited States
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

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