New best written Drama TV Shows in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & TV List)

The Vore's TV staff selects the top best drama TV series of 2019 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Glenn Kessler, Todd A. Kessler & Daniel Zelman our new Drama genre creators?

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.

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.

New drama TV series in 2018

Top series up for release in 2018

  • The Chi

    CREATOR: Lena Waithe
    CAST: Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore & Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine

    This black drama on Showtime sheds its light on a South Chicago Community that undergoes a lot after a series of events brings the lives of its resident Brandon, Emmet, Ronnie and Kevin together in... Read more

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  • Waco

    CREATOR: Drew Dowdle & John Erick Dowdle
    CAST: Taylor Kitsch, Michael Shannon & Andrea Riseborough

    Michael Shannon is yet another big movie star going for the small screen. In this crime drama about religious leader David Koresh, the FBI is on his tail. They seize his compound in Waco in 1993. Read more

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Best drama TV series of 2017

Top rated 2017 drama TV series

Best drama TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2019

2010's best rated drama TV series out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • Breaking Bad

    CREATOR: Vince Gilligan
    CAST: Bryan Cranston Aaron Paul Anna Gunn

    A chemistry teacher has had enough of his boring, frustrating and unreasonable life. After being diagnosed with cancer, he starts cooking crystal meth. Brilliant. Read more

    RATING: 95/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 20th, 2008

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  • The Wire

    CREATOR: David Simon
    CAST: Dominic West Lance Reddick Sonja Sohn

    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 Read more

    RATING: 94/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 2nd, 2002

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  • House of Cards

    CREATOR: Beau Willimon
    CAST: Kevin Spacey Michel Gill Robin Wright

    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. Read more

    RATING: 90/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 1st, 2013

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  • Downton Abbey

    CREATOR: Julian Fellowes
    CAST: Hugh Bonneville Phyllis Logan Elizabeth McGovern

    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. Read more

    RATING: 87/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 9th, 2011

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  • Rectify

    CREATOR: Ray McKinnon
    CAST: Aden Young Abigail Spencer J. Smith-Cameron

    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. Read more

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 22nd, 2013

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  • Billions

    CREATOR: Brian Koppelman, David Levien, Andrew Ross Sorkin
    CAST: Paul Giamatti Damian Lewis Maggie Siff

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

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 17th, 2016

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