For more on TV in 2019, be sure to find out which shows made our best of the decade list, the worst-reviewed shows on Netflix, and our spoiler-free review of HBO's Watchmen series.
2019 was another big year in TV with over 600 scripted series for viewers to choose from. Some of this year's major highlights were the controversial final season of HBO's Game of Thrones, the debut of Netflix's adaptation of The Witcher starring Henry Cavill, and the launch of the highly-anticipated Disney+ streaming platform. which included the premiere of the first live-action Star Wars series, The Mandalorian. And with even more new original programs from streamers like NBCUniversal's Peacock and WarnerMedia's HBO Max launching in 2020, next year is poised to be an even bigger year for television.But before we get too ahead of ourselves, let's take a look at some of the shows you may have missed in 2019. To find out which shows made our list, click through the gallery below or read on.
Good Omens (Amazon)
Based on the novel of the same name written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Good Omens centers on the comical relationship between the demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale, who get into a lot of trouble after misplacing the Antichrist. IGN's David Griffin says, "Everything good with Good Omens begins and ends with David Tennant and Michael Sheen's incredible portrayals of the demon Crowley and the angel Aziraphale, respectively. If you'll forgive the hyperbole, it really does feel like each actor was born to play their respective roles."
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Fosse/Verdon is a biographical miniseries that tells the story of the complicated relationship between legendary dance choreographers Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams). Time Magazine's Judy Berman says, "Williams conveys Verdon’s star quality without letting it obscure her steely survivor’s core. In Mad Men terms, the character is Joan (an underestimated single mom), Betty (a betrayed wife rebuilding her life) and Peggy (a woman who’s just as talented and driven as any man in her field) in one."
Rosa Salazar and Bob Odenkirk star in this genre-bending animated series about a young woman's journey through time and space as she attempts to learn more about the mystery surrounding her father's death. Vulture's Jen Chaney says, "Undone gets more fascinating with each episode and avoids becoming too unwieldy by keeping those episodes tight, with runtimes clocking in at a just-right 23 minutes."
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Netflix's Unbelievable is a gritty crime drama that centers on teenager Marie Adler's (Kaitlyn Dever) sexual assault claim, which comes into question when the people closest to her begin to doubt her story. Toni Collette and Merritt Wever co-star as the two detectives assigned to handle the case. Paste's Allison Shoemaker says, "The performances from Colette, Wever, and Dever are uniformly excellent, with Dever equally parts devastating and subtle. Frankly, the entire cast … does terrific work, but the series belongs to those three."
Fleabag: Season 2
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Created by Killing Eve's Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Fleabag is a masterful dramedy about a woman's struggle to cope with family, sex, and work after a tragedy suddenly turns her life upside down. The Daily Beast's Kevin Fallon says, "As great as season one was, season two is just about perfect. You could even call it watching it a religious experience."
When They See Us (Netflix)
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When They See Us is based on the harrowing real-life case of five black teenagers, who became known as the Central Park Five after they were convicted of a rape they did not commit. TV Guide's Matt Roush says, "The emotional roller coaster never lets up, careening from rage and sorrow to horror in director-cowriter Ava DuVernay's shattering four-part dramatization of the infamous Central Park Five case."
What We Do in the Shadows (FX)
Set in the same universe as Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement's vampire mockumentary, FX's What We Do in the Shadows is a delightful look into the lives of three vampire roommates living in New York City. IGN's Laura Prudom says, "While not every joke lands, What We Do in the Shadows is a confident, charming, and creative twist on a well-worn genre — and although comedy is always subjective, fans familiar with Waititi and Clement’s style and snarkiness (or an appreciation for comedy that effortlessly blends the silly and the sublime) are sure to be hypnotized by this bizarre band of bloodsuckers and their increasingly surreal adventures."
Netflix's Kingdom combines historical period drama and zombie action-thriller genres into a satisfying first season full of suspense and epic battles. Set in Korea’s medieval Joseon period, a crown prince is sent on a suicide mission to investigate a mysterious outbreak that leads him to a brutal truth that threatens the kingdom. Vulture's Matt Zoller Seitz says, "When Kingdom depicts caravans of refugees racing through dark woods as fast as they can, monsters nipping at their heels, it’s an action-horror movie par excellence, but when it ramps down and deals with the particulars of its world, it becomes something more disturbing and resonant: a parable about a society with a death wish that allows rot to spread a bit further every day because stopping it would require systemic changes that the living can’t stomach."
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Ramy (played by Ramy Youssef) is a comedy series about a first-generation Egyptian-American who goes on a spiritual journey in his politically-divided New Jersey neighborhood. IndieWire's Ben Travers says, "Ramy resonates because it treats its characters’ lives with the utmost compassion. Their struggles are universal, as are the jokes, and whether you’re a viewer excited to see a practicing Muslim leading a TV show or just a white guy looking for a good comedy to stream, Ramy delivers the goods. We need more series like it, in every sense of the phrase."
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George Clooney stars in Catch-22, a successful adaptation of Joseph Heller's seminal novel about a group of B-25 Bombardiers who fly dozens of missions over Nazi-controlled Italy during World War II. IGN's David Griffin says, "[Catch 22] is skillfully brought to life with the help of George Clooney's strong direction, and Grant Heslov and Ellen Kuras' compelling adaptation of Heller's novel. Christopher Abbott's portrayal of Captain Yossarian is a star-making performance. Mix in a very talented ensemble and Catch-22 is one of the best war television series since HBO's Band of Brothers."
David Griffin still watches DuckTales in his pajamas with a cereal bowl in hand. He's also the TV Editor for IGN. Say hi on Twitter.