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Shows like Orange is the New Black: Netflix Dramas

Long gone are the days of the studios' monopoly on quality content. In 2020, Netflix will spend $17 billion on original content compared to $4 billion for HBO. And Netflix lavish spending is producing some quality shows--Netflix won 27 Primetime Emmys in 2019 versus 34 for HBO.

Intensely Dysfunctional Family Dramas

Dysfunctional barely begins to cover the web of deceit, resentment, and jealousy that defines the families portrayed in this list of contemporary dramas. For some lighter subject-matter, more in the vein of 'Little Miss Sunshine, check out our 'Dysfunctional Family Dramedy' list!

Best Drama TV

Since the Sorpranos ushered in the Golden Age of television in 1999, networks and streaming services have launched thousands of English language drama series--this list rounds up the crème of the crop that stand out in terms of audience ratings, popularity, and critical acclaim.

Shows like Rectify: Heavy drama TV

Imagine a spectrum where feel-good, comfort shows like Friends are on one extreme, these shows are at the other--emotionally draining, bleak, raw, and depressing, these shows are also compelling and emotionally honest.

Shows Like Bloodline: Family Skeletons in the Closet

Every family has its secrets, but they're usually of the 'I accidentally flushed my sister's turtle down the toilet when I was eight' variety, not the accidental murders, or long-term extramarital affairs that you see in these shows.

Shows like Revenge: Modern Takes on the Classic Soap Opera

These shows take their inspiration from the classic soap opera formula of focusing on relationships within families, friends, and co-workers, spicing things up with plenty of intrigue, romance, power struggles, personal feuds, secrets and lies, and periodically lapsing into sentimentality and melodrama.

Southern Gothic dramas

Set in the American south, these TV dramas typify the genre--which, according to the Oxford Encyclopedia of Literature features "the presence of irrational, horrific, and transgressive thoughts, desires, and impulses; grotesque characters; dark humor, and an overall angst-ridden sense of alienation" Yep, that pretty much sums them up.

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