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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 12/13: Marvelous Mrs. Maisel season 3, Truth Be Told season 1, Harley Quinn season 1, Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings season 1, The Moodys season 1, Reprisal season 1, The L Word: Generation Q, Work in Progress season 1, The Confession Killer season 1, Servant season 1, Marriage Story, I Lost My Body, The Amazing Johnathan.
Adjusted Score: 8127%
Critics Consensus: Bafflingly bad, the only mystery is how The I-Land got made in the first place.
Adjusted Score: 32785%
Critics Consensus: An appealing cast can't make up for Almost Family's appalling premise.
Adjusted Score: 30254%
Critics Consensus: An impressive array of surprising -- and utterly deserving -- wins can't save the 71st Annual Emmy Awards from its own host-less chaos.
Adjusted Score: 29724%
Critics Consensus: A twisty thriller that never quite comes together, Truth Be Told's commitment to the true crime at its center is less interesting or engaging than the family drama orbiting in the periphery.
Adjusted Score: 36315%
Critics Consensus: Though Bluff City Law's procedural proceedings often feel outdated, fans of Jimmy Smits and Caitlin McGee may find comfort in its familiar beats.
Adjusted Score: 36316%
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.
Adjusted Score: 39218%
Critics Consensus: A potentially intriguing premise is rapidly lost in the weeds during In the Tall Grass which struggles to stretch its slim source material to feature length.
A brother and sister enter a field of tall grass to rescue a boy, but they soon realize they cannot... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42785%
Critics Consensus: While Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser's chemistry remains charmingly in tact, Mad About You's relevance does not.
Adjusted Score: 50877%
Critics Consensus: The Laundromat misuses its incredible cast by taking a disappointingly blunt and unfocused approach to dramatizing the real-life events that inspired it.
When her idyllic vacation takes an unthinkable turn, Ellen Martin begins investigating a fake insurance policy.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 47885%
Critics Consensus: Though it's capable cast is clearly game, an over-reliance on gore and a grimly -- and at times comically -- convoluted narrative blurs See's boldvision.
Adjusted Score: 53785%
Critics Consensus: Solid performances and a fast pace move Reprisal along, but its style over substance approach is all pulp, little juice.
Adjusted Score: 47785%
Critics Consensus: While Treadstone is as action-packed and frenetically paced as you'd expect from the Bourne universe, it lacks the narrative momentum and cohesion necessary to set it apart.
Adjusted Score: 48387%
Critics Consensus: Intermittently effective if not wholly successful, Eli offers horror fans a handful of jump scares in search of a truly terrifying story.
A boy becomes trapped in a haunted house while undergoing treatment for a rare disease.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 50275%
Critics Consensus: Riley Keough and Alicia Vikander give it their all, but Earthquake Bird suffers from a frustrating inability to bring its literary source material consistently to life.
While working as a translator in Japan, a woman falls for a photographer, but consequences arise after she meets and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 54818%
Critics Consensus: An appealing aesthetic and promising ensemble can't quite liven up Nancy Drew, a broody and bland mystery that follows too closely in the footsteps of the shows it aspires to be.
Adjusted Score: 50503%
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.
Adjusted Score: 56331%
Critics Consensus: The always charming Anna Kendrick does her best, but Noelle's progressive take on a timeless tale is unfortunately subdued.
Kris Kringle's daughter is full of Christmas spirit but wishes she could do something important like her brother Nick, who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 49274%
Critics Consensus: Wounds isn't without its creepy-crawly charms, but they -- and the efforts of a talented cast -- get squished by a story that never quite gets completely under the skin.
Disturbing and mysterious things begin to happen to a bartender in New Orleans after he brings home a cellphone that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 57315%
Critics Consensus: Groundbreaking, but unfortunately grating, Bob (Hearts) Abishola undermines its own progressive premise with underwhelming humor that relies too heavily on outdated stereotypes.
Adjusted Score: 62632%
Critics Consensus: Dollface has all of the right parts: a talented cast, a promising premise, and plenty of surreal intrigue -- if only its shallow vision of feminism didn't undermine them.
Adjusted Score: 60100%
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.
Adjusted Score: 56503%
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.
Adjusted Score: 66829%
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.
Adjusted Score: 64316%
Critics Consensus: A solid cast and some decent jokes set the table, but The Moodys's stale take on a curmudgeonly Christmas is too bah humbug in a bad way.
Adjusted Score: 58941%
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, a police officer is hungry to become a detective and begins tracking a serial killer who resurfaces every... [More]
Adjusted Score: 54221%
Critics Consensus: As unique as Dolly herself, Heartstrings' many tales of heartache and love don't always play, but strong performances and a sense of tension should be enough for fans of music and melodramaalike.
Adjusted Score: 62222%
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.
Adjusted Score: 59609%
Critics Consensus: Led by an arresting Sam Worthington performance, Fractured is a reasonably diverting mystery with enough thrills to make up for a familiar story.
After his wife and injured daughter disappear from the emergency room, a man becomes convinced the hospital is hiding something.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71050%
Critics Consensus: Though The Morning Show at times feels more like a vanity project than the hard-hitting drama it aspires to be, there is pleasure to be had in watching Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon give it their all.
Adjusted Score: 69348%
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.
Adjusted Score: 68940%
Critics Consensus: Lady and the Tramp's cute dogs and likable cast work well enough, but the live-action update lacks some of the magic that made the original 1955 film such a delight.
In this heartwarming romantic adventure, a timeless re-telling of the 1955 animated classic, Lady, an overachieving, pampered American Cocker Spaniel... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69068%
Critics Consensus: Respectful, if not exactly riveting, Craig Viveiros' reimagined The War of the Worlds's wandering narrative undermines its strong performances.
Adjusted Score: 70760%
Critics Consensus: Though its sumptuous setting and design often outshines its storytelling, Catherine the Great remains a seductive, if scattershot, period drama thanks to the great Helen Mirren.
Adjusted Score: 70879%
Critics Consensus: While it at times feels more like a dress rehearsal, Encore! has just enough charm to keep theater lovers in their seats.
Adjusted Score: 71597%
Critics Consensus: Guided by an excellent turn from Jessica Biel, Limetown sustains and impressively creeping atmosphere that makes up for its occasionally fuzzy plotting.
Adjusted Score: 78212%
Critics Consensus: While The King is sometimes less than the sum of its impressive parts, strong source material and gripping performances make this a period drama worth hailing.
Young Henry V encounters deceit, war and treachery after becoming king of England in the 15th century.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68536%
Critics Consensus: Jack Ryan's second season is both more refined and more predictable, doubling down on its espionage set-pieces while toning down its titular character's moral complexities to create a more straight-forward spy show.
Adjusted Score: 72099%
Critics Consensus: Daybreak's blend of soapy teen drama and post apocalyptic horror has some truly inspired moments, even if it feels like you've seen a few of them before.
Adjusted Score: 78072%
Critics Consensus: Though it shoots for the moon and falls somewhere in orbit, For All Mankind's impressive vision of history has the potential for real liftoff if it leans into the things that set it apart instead of settling for more of the same.
Adjusted Score: 73409%
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.
Adjusted Score: 81387%
Critics Consensus: Audacious and aspirational, Dickinson's bold blend of period-drama and millennial milieu definitely won't be for all, but those looking to break free from the doldrums of their viewing life may find some kind of hope in its singular vision.
Adjusted Score: 80011%
Critics Consensus: Carried by its charming cast, Modern Love sweet and simple sensibilities are easy enough to enjoy, even if its quaint portrait of modern life in New York City doesn't always ring true.
Adjusted Score: 83006%
Critics Consensus: Though at times Generation Q doesn't quite stand on its own, it has style and charm to spare and announces a new phase for The L Word that will please new and old fans alike.
Adjusted Score: 80724%
Critics Consensus: Thrilling, but a bit tired, Dublin Murders's grim subject matter is no doubt gripping, but for some it may feel a little like djvu.
Adjusted Score: 83793%
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.
Adjusted Score: 75497%
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 hits the road to do celebrity interviews to restore his reputation.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84160%
Critics Consensus: While fans of the man will find much to like in this quirky and upbeat -- if not terribly educational -- docuseries, those not already attuned to his particular sense of style may not appreciate The World According to Jeff Goldblum.
Adjusted Score: 78099%
Critics Consensus: Though fans may find what they've been looking for in its nostalgic stylings, High School Musical: The Musical: The Series follows a little too closely in its predecessors steps to truly be the start of something new.
Adjusted Score: 85221%
Critics Consensus: Short and sweet, Forky Asks a Question is fun and funny enough to work for fans.
Adjusted Score: 75878%
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.
Adjusted Score: 76974%
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.
Adjusted Score: 81284%
Critics Consensus: The Amazing Johnathan Documentary sets out to survey a magician's final tour -- and ends up pulling off some wildly ambitious tricks of its own.
Filmmaker Benjamin Berman has a difficult time separating truth from fiction as he documents the final tour of a dying... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85151%
Critics Consensus: The daemon is in the details and while His Dark Materials' visual splendor and exceptional performances deftly capture the essence of Philip Pullman's seminal novels, it could use a little more magic.
Adjusted Score: 86325%
Critics Consensus: Led by typically outstanding work from Lupita Nyong'o, Little Monsters is a horror/rom-com hybrid that proves the zombie genre still has fresh brains to savor.
Adjusted Score: 95647%
Critics Consensus: Smart, timely, and brought to life by a terrific cast, Late Night is a workplace comedy with a lot of heart -- and just as many laughs.
A late-night talk show host's world is turned upside down when she hires her first and only female staff writer.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82978%
Critics Consensus: As visually spectacular as ever, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel's witty banter flies with comedic fury -- but shallow social commentary and wandering storylines highlight the show's increasingly superficial tendencies.
Adjusted Score: 85232%
Critics Consensus: Strange, surreal, and surprising, Living With Yourself takes a minute to come together, but once it does it proves to be a clever rumination on identity driven by Paul Rudd's impressive dueling performances.
Adjusted Score: 82033%
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.
Adjusted Score: 84818%
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.
Adjusted Score: 85790%
Critics Consensus: Mrs. Fletcher is an empathetic and poignant -- if at times incomplete -- character study that proves the perfect showcase for the luminous Kathryn Hahn.
Adjusted Score: 81271%
Adjusted Score: 87663%
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.
Adjusted Score: 81973%
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.
Adjusted Score: -1%
Adjusted Score: 87631%
Critics Consensus: While Peaky Blinders's fifth season suffers somewhat from superficial characterization, it remains one of TVs most visually thrilling endeavors.
Adjusted Score: 88729%
Critics Consensus: Though Servant's slithering mystery often wanders into dark, crowded corners, its claustrophobic atmosphere and powerful performances build enough tension to keep viewers hooked.
Adjusted Score: 88942%
Critics Consensus: While subsequent documentaries on the subject might be more comprehensive, Untouchable offers a gut-wrenching look at horrific abuses of power.
Former colleagues and victims discuss the rise and fall of Harvey Weinstein.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86972%
Critics Consensus: Poldark's final season gives fans exactly what they want: emotionally involving period drama fueled by exceptional chemistry with just the right amount of ridiculousness.
Adjusted Score: 89039%
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.
Adjusted Score: 90006%
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.
Adjusted Score: 82697%
Critics Consensus: A near-perfect blend of slasher tropes and American Horror Story's trademark twists, 1984 is a bloody good time.
Adjusted Score: 86536%
Critics Consensus: Warm and funny, The Unicorn finds humor in unexpected places and shows off a whole new side of the talented Walton Goggins.
Adjusted Score: 91477%
Critics Consensus: A strong voice cast and an even stronger grasp of what makes its titular antiheroine so beloved make Harley Quinn a violently delightful -- and surprisingly insightful -- addition to the DC animated universe.
Adjusted Score: 91383%
Critics Consensus: Driven by an unsettlingly compelling Lizzy Caplan, Castle Rock's second chapter opens the borders of its titular town without losing any of its creeping atmosphere.
Adjusted Score: 89786%
Critics Consensus: Claustrophobic and compelling, Cheat's well-matched leading ladies energize a suspenseful script to create a compulsively watchable game of cat and mouse.
Adjusted Score: 97543%
Critics Consensus: Brittany Runs a Marathon is an earnest and hilarious dramedy that finally gives Jillian Bell a role worthy of her gifts.
A hard-partying woman receives a startling wake-up call when a visit to the doctor reveals how unhealthy she is. Motivated... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93409%
Critics Consensus: Much like the crime at its center, A Confession is often grueling, but an honest approach to a horrible situation proves equally gripping.
Adjusted Score: 91287%
Critics Consensus: Informative, compassionate, and beautifully filmed, The Elephant Queen should satisfy nature documentary lovers of all ages.
A journey of family, courage, and coming home; joining Athena, the majestic matriarch, as she leads her elephant herd across... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95696%
Critics Consensus: Smartly-written and effectively unsettling, Evil works best when it dares to delve into the depths of the uncomfortable questions it poses.
Adjusted Score: 92221%
Critics Consensus: A heartwarming and powerful glimpse into the lives of some real life heroes, Marvel's Hero Project finds inspiration in a new generation of innovators.
Adjusted Score: 91034%
Critics Consensus: Compelling, but challenging, The Devil Next Door can be uncomfortable viewing, but essential interviews and an empathetic eye come together to shed light on an important story.
Adjusted Score: 94475%
Critics Consensus: What The End of the F***ing World's second season lacks in urgency it makes up for in character development, diving deep into the darkest creases of the leading pair's memories to emerge a darkly funny meditation on love and trauma.
Adjusted Score: 98486%
Critics Consensus: Olivia Colman shines, but as The Crown marches on in reliably luxurious fashion through time it finds space for the characters around her, providing ample opportunity for the appealing ensemble to gleam, too.
Adjusted Score: 98380%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining if not essential, El Camino adds a satisfying belated coda to the Breaking Bad story -- led by a career-best performance from Aaron Paul.
Jesse Pinkman flees from the police and tries to escape his inner turmoil.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95878%
Critics Consensus: From its iconic hosts to the caliber of its competitors, Rhythm+ Flow is full of personality and -- most importantly -- talent, helping it standout in the crowded world of musical competitions.
Adjusted Score: 94381%
Critics Consensus: Bittersweet and beautifully performed, Looking For Alaska is the rare adaptation that deviates from its source material only to find something even better.
Adjusted Score: 98327%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful hand-drawn animation and a humorous, heartwarming narrative make Klaus an instant candidate for holiday classic status.
A desperate postman accidentally brings about the genesis of Santa Claus.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94598%
Critics Consensus: Smart and scary with the most unsettling pair of eyes since Nicolas Cage in Vampire's Kiss, Marianne is pure nightmare fuel.
Adjusted Score: 95571%
Critics Consensus: Action-packed and expertly-crafted -- if at times a bit too withholding -- The Mandalorian is a welcome addition to the Star Wars universe that benefits greatly from the cuteness of its cargo.
Adjusted Score: 94691%
Critics Consensus: Though the strangeness of reality threatens to one-up it, Silicon Valley's final season is funny, fearless, and still playing by its own rules to the very end.
Adjusted Score: 96197%
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.
Adjusted Score: 93348%
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.
Adjusted Score: 116473%
Critics Consensus: Observing a splintering union with compassion and expansive grace, the powerfully acted Marriage Story ranks among writer-director Noah Baumbach's best works.
A stage director and his actor wife struggle through a grueling divorce that pushes them to their limits.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98066%
Critics Consensus: Mr. Robot returns with a thrilling final season that is sure to surprise and satisfy its audience.
Adjusted Score: 98053%
Critics Consensus: While it may raise more questions than it ultimately answers, Tell Me Who I Am unravels a real-life horror story to devastating effect.
A teenager wakes up from a coma after surviving a motorcycle accident.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98819%
Critics Consensus: Delightfully eerie, Creepshow captures the spirit of the original while forging its own spooky path.
Adjusted Score: 100883%
Critics Consensus: Beautifully animated and utterly unique, I Lost My Body takes audiences on a singularly strange journey whose unexpected contours lead to a wholly satisfying destination.
A severed hand escapes from a dissection lab, determined to find its body again.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106365%
Critics Consensus: Bold and bristling, Watchmen isn't always easy viewing, but by adding new layers of cultural context and a host of complex characters it expertly builds on its source material to create an impressive identity of its own.
Adjusted Score: 100166%
Critics Consensus: Bittersweet and brilliant to the very end, BoJack Horseman's final season manages to keep surprising viewers with its empathy and depth, solidifying its place as one of TV's greatest offerings.
Adjusted Score: 104894%
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.
Adjusted Score: 109095%
Critics Consensus: In dramatizing Rudy Ray Moore's stranger-than-fiction story, Eddie Murphy makes Dolemite Is My Name just as bold, brash, and ultimately hard to resist as its subject.
Performer Rudy Ray Moore develops an outrageous character named Dolemite, who becomes an underground sensation and star of a kung-fu,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102604%
Critics Consensus: As illuminating as it is accessible, One Child Nation probes a painful chapter in Chinese history with piercing clarity.
After becoming a mother, a filmmaker uncovers the untold history of China's one-child policy and the generations of parents and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100222%
Critics Consensus: As beautifully animated and well-written as ever, but with added stakes and even more fleshed-out characters, She-Ra just keeps getting better.
Adjusted Score: 82034%
Critics Consensus: The delightful Lily Singh breathes fresh air into the world of late-night comedy with an energetic new show that's willing to play with the format in ways that will keep viewers looking forward to staying up A Little Late.
Adjusted Score: 100691%
Critics Consensus: An unsettling journey into yet another case of justice gone awry, The Confession Killer is a tense and disturbing entry into the Netflix's growing catalogue of true crime documentaries.
Adjusted Score: 96276%
Critics Consensus: Long live The Apollo and the history makers that sang within its walls.
Filmmaker Roger Ross Williams looks at the storied history of the iconic Apollo Theater while following the Apollo's inaugural staging... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101160%
Critics Consensus: Epic in every sense, Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal is a stunning feat of visual storytelling.
Adjusted Score: 101818%
Critics Consensus: As radically hilarious as it is relatably uncomfortable, Work in Progress is a stunning debut from co-creator and star Abby McEnany.
Adjusted Score: 103884%
Critics Consensus: A wild philosophical ride to the very end, The Good Place brings it home with a forking good final season.
Adjusted Score: 99100%
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.
Adjusted Score: 101442%
Critics Consensus: Driven by the marvelous Daisy Haggard, Back to Life questions what it means to be a person with humor, heart, and a genuine sense of surprise.
Adjusted Score: 54141%
Critics Consensus: Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland hit pause on serialized storytelling to focus primarily on self-contained exploits, which hit far more often than they miss in this uproariously funny season.
Adjusted Score: 102354%
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.
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