The 500+ Best TV Shows Of The Last 5 Years

Over 15.5K Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of New Shows of the Past Few Years
Voting Rules
Vote up the best shows that premiered their first season on or after January 1, 2019
Latest additions: Black Cake, Fellow Travelers, Scavengers Reign
Most divisive: Russian Doll

With so many great new TV series currently airing, we narrowed down the best TV shows since 2019. Our list of the highest-rated shows of the past few years is ranked by viewers from everywhere, so make sure you vote up the best new series on television. What is are the best new TV shows? It can be tough to choose what to watch so this list is ranked by your votes.

This list of the best recent shows features new HBO shows, Hulu originals, critically acclaimed miniseries, and more. The best recent TV shows include The BoysThe Mandalorian, ChernobylThe Haunting of Hill House, and The Witcher. HBO's spinoff Watchmen and the Disney+ comic book series WandaVision and Loki captured the audience's attention when they premiered recently. New comedies include everything from Ted Lasso to What We Do In The Shadows, offering laughs for every sense of humor. From action to dramas and horror to sci-fi, this list of great TV shows of the past few years has something for everyone.

Whatever you love to watch, there are TV shows that will become your latest favorites. Vote up the best new TV shows that have premiered recently. Then, check out the great new streaming shows for kids and the whole family and the best new documentary series.

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  • Chernobyl
    Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Emily Watson
    1,713 votes
    • Premiered: May 6, 2019
    • Genres: Drama

    Chernobyl, unarguably a giant feather in HBO's cap, portrays the 1986 nuclear disaster with a potent blend of drama and historical accuracy. Starring Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Emily Watson, its spine-chilling depiction of the catastrophic event and the subsequent cover-up stirs the pot. Viewer discretion is advised though, it isn't for the faint-hearted.

  • The Boys
    Karl Urban, Jack Quaid, Antony Starr
    2,085 votes
    • Premiered: July 26, 2019
    • Genres: Action,Adventure,Comedy,Drama,Fantasy

    The Boys, Amazon's satirical take on the superhero genre, is irreverently enjoyable. With Karl Urban's charismatic portrayal of Billy Butcher leading a squad of vigilantes against the morally ambiguous supers – it’s an out-of-the-ballpark hit. Here, capes and powers meet debauchery and secretism.

  • The Mandalorian
    Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Giancarlo Esposito
    2,227 votes
    • Premiered: November 12, 2019
    • Genres: Action,Adventure,Drama,Science Fiction

    The Mandalorian is riding high on Disney Plus' parade of Star Wars spin-offs. Pedro Pascal bagged global fame portraying the enigmatic bounty hunter weaving through galaxy's lawless territories. Baby Yoda's introduction was nothing short of a masterstroke. Among Stormtroopers, droids, and spaceships, the narrative is a bounty in itself.

  • The Queen's Gambit
    Anya Taylor-Joy, Marielle Heller, Thomas Brodie-Sangster
    1,031 votes
    • Premiered: October 23, 2020
    • Genres: Drama,Thriller

    The Queen's Gambit catapulted into pop culture legend with Anya Taylor-Joy playing Beth Harmon, a prodigy finding solace in the art of chess. Netflix combined alluring 60s nostalgia, character-driven narrative, and gripping emotional depth with perfectly orchestrated checkmates. It’s not just a show, it’s a move.

  • The Witcher
    Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan
    1,884 votes
    • Premiered: December 20, 2019
    • Genres: Action,Adventure,Drama,Fantasy

    The Witcher bewitched fans with its cleverly woven narrative across timelines. Steering away from typical fantasy tropes, it delivered a grim, morally grey world with exceptional performances from Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, and Anya Chalotra. Gird your loins though, it’s loaded with monsters, magic, and mayhem.

  • Ted Lasso
    Jason Sudeikis, Hannah Waddingham, Juno Temple
    713 votes
    • Premiered: August 14, 2020
    • Genres: Comedy,Drama

    Ted Lasso, a heart-warming comedy with Jason Sudeikis coaching a ragtag English football club, kicked the goal for Apple TV Plus. Lasso’s infectious optimism against all odds has created a phenomenon redefining the landscape of feel-good television. Just goes to show, you can’t judge a book by its cover!