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2019 Fall TV Scorecard
With hundreds of new and returning series hitting this season, your DVR is probably already working overtime — and so is Rotten Tomatoes! We gathered a list of all the TV premieres this season – series, miniseries, and TV movies across cable, broadcast, and streaming – and ranked them by Tomatometer.
The first batch of series vetted by critics include brand-new comedies (Bob Hearts Abishola from Big Bang Theory creator Chuck Lorre; Mixed-ish, ABC’s Black-ish spinoff), dramas (Jimmy Smits’ courtroom return Bluff City Law; Wu-Tang Clan origin story Wu-Tang: An American Saga), and six critically acclaimed (and Certified Fresh) series (including Netflix dramas The Spy and Unbelievable; Amazon animated series Undone; Ken Burns’ latest, Country Music; and network dramas Stumptown, Evil, and Emergence).
The list below tracks every new TV season or streaming movie premiering since September 1 that has received at least 10 critic reviews for TV shows and 20 critic reviews for TV movies.
If you’re wondering why your favorite show isn’t on here, it likely just doesn’t yet have enough season reviews to qualify under our criteria. Keep checking back to find out where your favorite show of the season ends up.
Added 10/4: New series Almost Family, Raising Dion, Batwoman, Perfect Harmony, and Bless the Harts, plus the third season of Netflix’s animated Big Mouth and the fifth season of Peaky Blinders.
Adjusted Score: 8.22%
Critics Consensus: Bafflingly bad, the only mystery is how The I-Land got made in the first place.
Wiped clean of memories and thrown together, a group of strangers fight to survive harsh realities -- and the island... [More]
Adjusted Score: 27.525%
Critics Consensus: An appealing cast can't make up for Almost Family's appalling premise.
Only child Julia Bechley finds out she has nearly a hundred siblings as an adult after her father, a reknowned... [More]
Adjusted Score: 36.338%
Critics Consensus: An impressive array of surprising -- and utterly deserving -- wins can't save the 71st Emmys from its own host-less chaos.
The 71st Emmy Awards returns to FOX, airing LIVE coast to coast from the Microsoft Theater at L.A. LIVE in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 36.118%
Critics Consensus: Sunnyside settles for broad comedy over the specific insights its subject matter craves, shortchanging its superb cast and timely topics in the process.
A diverse group of hopefuls hires an out-of-work politician to help them become American citizens. Unemployed Garrett Modi was the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 38.321%
Critics Consensus: Though Bluff City Law's procedural proceedings often feel outdated, fans of Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee may find comfort in its familiar beats.
Despite a tumultuous past, Sydney Strait joins her father's law firm to fight for the greater good. After years of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 58.22%
Critics Consensus: Groundbreaking, but unfortunately grating, Bob (Hearts) Abishola undermines its own progressive premise with underwhelming humor that relies too heavily on outdated stereotypes.
Bob, a middle-aged compression sock salesman falls in love with his cardiac nurse Abishola, a Nigerian immigrant, and tries to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63.64%
Critics Consensus: While The Politician can't uphold all of its tantalizing promises, it delivers just enough soapy satire in a sumptuous setting to keep Ryan Murphy fans invested -- though its unlikely to win him many new votes.
Payton has known since childhood that he's going to be president. First he'll have to navigate the most treacherous political... [More]
Adjusted Score: 57.423%
Critics Consensus: While Carol's Second Act earns high marks for bringing Patricia Heaton front and center, awkward plotting and lackluster jokes hold it back from living up to its star's high standards.
A woman embarks on a unique second act after raising her children, getting divorced and retiring from teaching: pursuing her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 53.525%
Critics Consensus: While All Rise can't quite rise above the shows it aspires to be, it shows potential for future growth while providing a decent showcase for Simone Missick.
A courthouse drama following the judges, district attorneys and public defenders contending with a flawed justice system in L.A.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63.135%
Critics Consensus: Though it shows promise, Prodigal Son sidelines a spectacular Michael Sheen in favor of a more pedestrian procedural that often drifts too deeply into the grotesque.
The son of a notorious serial killer becomes an acclaimed criminal psychologist who uses his unique insight into how killers... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62.518%
Critics Consensus: In the Shadow of the Moon isn't always successful at balancing its assorted elements, but its struggles may be diverting enough to warrant a stream.
In 1988, Philadelphia police officer Thomas Lockhart (Boyd Holbrook), hungry to become a detective, begins tracking a serial killer who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.338%
Critics Consensus: While its family drama and superhero aspirations don't quite come together, compelling performances and a sense of wonder keep Raising Dion afloat and suggest that with a little more guidance it could become something great.
Raising Dion follows the story of a woman named Nicole (Alisha Wainwright), who raises her son Dion (newcomer Ja'Siah Young)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66.338%
Critics Consensus: Though it won't be for everyone, Transparent's singular musical finale grants its audience closure while giving its groundbreaking characters something they never expected: something resembling a happy ending.
The "Transparent" Musical Finale takes the beloved Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning series to new heights as a dazzling movie... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67.22%
Critics Consensus: Perfect Harmony's precarious premise doesn't always hit the right notes, but a charming cast and and a few clever jokes inspire hope that with a little more practice it could really sing.
A former Princeton music professor finds his destiny with an offbeat church choir in a small town. When Arthur Cochran... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.525%
Critics Consensus: As Disenchantments's pieces slowly fall into place it grows deeper in character and world building to become a more fully realized show -- if only those pieces would fall just a little bit faster.
In Disenchantment, viewers will be whisked away to the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland, where they will follow the misadventures... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.066%
Critics Consensus: Though it needs more time to develop its own identity to truly soar, Batwoman's fun and stylish first season is a step in the right direction for representation and superhero shows alike.
With Gotham in despair after the mysterious disappearance of Batman, Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) returns home and becomes a dark... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.033%
Critics Consensus: While Peaky Blinders's fifth season suffers somewhat from superficial characterization, it remains one of TVs most visually thrilling endeavors.
Series 5 of the crime family saga finds the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929. Opportunity... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.423%
Critics Consensus: While not quite as impressive as its legendary subject matter, An American Saga is a beautifully rendered and raw exploration of the Wu-Tang journey.
Wu-Tang: An American Saga is set in 1990s New York City during the height of the crack cocaine epidemic and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.321%
Critics Consensus: While it needs more time to establish its own comedic voice, mixed-ish and its appealing cast are off to a sweet and smart start.
Rainbow recounts her mixed-race family's experiences moving from a hippie commune to the suburbs in the 1980s.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.878%
Critics Consensus: Between Two Ferns: The Movie shows the strain of stretching a series of web shorts to feature length, but should still satisfy fans of the source material.
Zach Galifianakis dreamed of becoming a star. But when Will Ferrell discovered his public access TV show "Between Two Ferns"... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.525%
Critics Consensus: Though Titans's sophomore season suffers from a slight slump at the start, it quickly resets itself, building on the momentum from its first season while laying fascinating framework for where the show could go.
A new group of superheroes emerge from the DC Universe.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.118%
Critics Consensus: With an exceptional cast and a big heart to boot, Bless the Harts's particular worldview won't be for everyone, but it fits quite nicely into Fox's Animation Domination line-up.
The Harts, a Southern family that is always broke and forever struggling to make ends meet, one day hope to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.541%
Critics Consensus: Though a bit uneven, Criminal's claustrophobic stylings and constantly twisting narratives pair nicely with its visual experiments, creating a crime drama that's equal parts creepy and captivating.
Within the walls of an interrogation room and with time running out, London investigators go after three suspects, each accused... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.261%
Critics Consensus: While subsequent documentaries on the subject might be more comprehensive, Untouchable offers a gut-wrenching look at horrific abuses of power.
The inside story of the rise and fall of Harvey Weinstein reveals how, over decades, he acquires and protects his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.541%
Critics Consensus: An expansive -- if not always deep -- history of the genre as seen through Ken Burns' expert eye, Country Music works as both a crash course for new listeners and a refresher for old-timers.
Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.964%
Critics Consensus: Though at times stodgy, The Spy's exploration of a real-life hero remains engaging thanks to a moving performance from Sacha Baron Cohen.
In the 1960s, Israeli clerk-turned-secret agent Eli Cohen goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.525%
Critics Consensus: Poldark's final season gives fans exactly what they want: emotionally involving period drama fueled by exceptional chemistry.
Series 5 of the historical drama series based on the book series of the same name.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.05%
Critics Consensus: Smartly-written and effectively unsettling, Evil works best when it dares to delve into the depths of the uncomfortable questions it poses.
A psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.135%
Critics Consensus: As sharply dressed as it is smartly written, Godfather of Harlem walks familiar blocks to its own beat and makes a strong first impression.
Godfather of Harlem recounts the true story of infamous crime boss Bumpy Johnson (Academy Award®-winner Forest Whitaker), who in the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.44%
Critics Consensus: Delightfully eerie, Creepshow captures the spirit of the original while forging its own spooky path.
The anthology series, based on the iconic 1982 film written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, features... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.846%
Critics Consensus: Led by an outstanding Allison Tolman, Emergence avoids becoming just another mystery-box mess with strongly-written characters that will keep viewers caring no matter the resolution.
A character-driven genre thriller that centers around a police chief who takes in a young child that she finds near... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.253%
Critics Consensus: Simple, but strong, Stumptown moves at a brisk pace and packs a serious punch thanks in large part to Cobie Smulders' star making performance.
The adventures of an Army veteran-turned-private investigator in Portland, Ore.... [More]
Adjusted Score: -0.102%
In the summer of 1984, five friends escape Los Angeles to work as counselors at Camp Redwood; as they adjust... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.83%
Critics Consensus: Warm and funny, The Unicorn finds humor in unexpected places and shows off a whole new side of the talented Walton Goggins.
A widower and single father finds out that he is considered a "unicorn" when he begins dating again a year... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.811%
Critics Consensus: Heartbreaking and powerful, Unbelievable transcends familiar true-crime beats by shifting its gaze to survivors of abuse, telling their stories with grace and gravity.
After a teen reports being raped, then recants her story, two female detectives follow evidence that could reveal the truth.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.135%
Critics Consensus: Like the characters at its center, Big Mouth's third season continues to grow, taking on complicated new issues with the same gross-but-utterly-empathetic eye that made it so lovable in the first place.
The adventures of two teenage boys are spotlighted.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.033%
Critics Consensus: A wild philosophical ride to the very end, The Good Place brings it home with a forking good final season.
Follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell, "House of Lies," "Veronica Mars"), an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife, and thanks to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103.269%
Critics Consensus: A kaleidoscopic existential crisis, Undone bends the rules of space, time, and rotoscoping to weave a beautifully surreal tapestry that is at once fantastical and utterly relatable.
From acclaimed creators Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) comes Undone, a groundbreaking and genre bending animated series about... [More]
* Because FX does not provide critics with American Horror Story: 1984 screeners ahead of airing, the show’s current “season” score of 94% is arrived at based on episodic scores and does not show up in this view at this time.
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