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FALL 2019 TV SURVEY: 40 MOST ANTICIPATED NEW SHOWS
For Rotten Tomatoes’ annual Fall TV Survey, we asked thousands of our users what they’re most looking forward to in the coming TV season and to reflect on the best shows from seasons past.
Comic book, sci-fi, and fantasy titles dominate the top 10 most anticipated new titles of fall. And then there’s Helen Mirren as the Russian empress in upcoming HBO limited series Catherine the Great.
The Mandalorian took first place with 33.36% of the vote, while Watchmen was hot on its heels with 33.22%.
Some of these titles, like third place Carnival Row (31%), are already running or have just launched on streaming services, so you can already start checking out a few of the new series Rotten Tomatoes users said they’re most interested in this fall.
Disagree with the survey results? Tell us in the comments who you think should have made the list or have been ranked higher.
Adjusted Score: 38.181%
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: 92.09%
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: 51.181%
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.
Kat Dennings stars as a young woman who, after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, must deal with her own... [More]
Set during the happy but hectic days before and after Christmas, Merry Happy Whatever follows Don Quinn (Dennis Quaid), a... [More]
Adjusted Score: -0.364%
Based on a best-selling book, this true crime docu-series investigates the unsolved murders of eight women whose bodies were discovered... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.88%
Dr. Lisa Sanders crowdsources diagnoses for rare and mysterious medical conditions in a documentary series based on her New York... [More]
Adjusted Score: 24.545%
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: 50.091%
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.
Eight stories celebrating family, faith, forgiveness and more come to life in this series inspired by Dolly Parton's iconic country... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64.088%
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: -0.182%
When zombies and monsters invade his hometown, a scrappy boy teams up with his friends to survive the apocalypse. Based... [More]
Adjusted Score: 8.091%
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: 83.545%
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: 54.181%
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: 62.181%
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: 89.363%
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: 71.999%
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.
High school isn't the end of the world... until it is. In this post-apocalyptic, genre-bending series, the city of Glendale,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 36.272%
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: 80.363%
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: 56.454%
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: 64.181%
Critics Consensus: Though Why Women Kill falls short of its ambitious premise, fans of Marc Cherry and his impressive cast will find much to like it its darkly soapy and stylish delights.
A dark comedy exploring how the roles of women have changed focuses on a 1960s housewife, a socialite in the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 53.363%
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: 104.27%
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: 80.818%
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: 95.908%
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: 79.544%
Critics Consensus: Though it may not win many new converts, fans of Danny McBride will find much to praise in The Righteous Gemstones's darkly hilarious pews.
This comedy series tells the story of a world-famous televangelist family with a long tradition of deviance, greed and charitable... [More]
Adjusted Score: 53.636%
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.
A mystery drama about the fabled 18-year-old sleuth, whose college plans are delayed due to the death of her mother.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.543%
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.
A man who's burned out on life and love undergoes a mysterious treatment, only to find that he's been replaced... [More]
Adjusted Score: 55.999%
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: 44.636%
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.
The origin story of the CIA black ops program that created Jason Bourne.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.545%
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: 92.726%
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: 70.635%
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.
Set against the politically tumultuous and sexually charged court of Russian empress Catherine the Great, who wielded supreme power throughout... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.272%
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: 87.27%
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.
An adaptation of Philip Pullman's acclaimed trilogy "His Dark Materials," considered a modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction. The first series... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.816%
Critics Consensus: An epic fantasy adventure that will please old and new fans alike, Age of Resistance expertly builds on the lore of The Dark Crystal, crafting compelling new mythos without losing sight of the humanity at the story's heart.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance returns to the world of Thra with an all new adventure. When three Gelfling... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72.452%
Critics Consensus: Though the world of The Witcher at times feels only half-formed, Henry Cavill brings brawny charisma to a series teeming with subversive fantasy elements and dark humor.
Geralt of Rivia, a mutated monster-hunter for hire, journeys toward his destiny in a turbulent world where people often prove... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.726%
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: 61.907%
Critics Consensus: Beautiful, but bloated, Carnival Row boasts meticulously crafted mythology and luscious world building -- unfortunately its story of haves and have nots simply has too much going on.
With a serial killer loose on Carnival Row, and a government that turns a blind eye to the deaths of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104.361%
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.
Damon Lindelof (The Leftovers, Lost) creates a modern-day re-imagining of Alan Moore's groundbreaking graphic novel about masked vigilantes.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.363%
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.
After the stories of Jango and Boba Fett, another warrior emerges in the Star Wars universe. "The Mandalorian" is... [More]
UPDATED 11/24: List updated to remove Lincoln, which won’t premiere until early 2020. And adding Sunnyside to No. 40 on the list.
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