Best-Reviewed Docuseries 2019

Two landmark works looking into sexual assault allegations against two of the biggest pop and R&B stars of the last few decades feature among the best-reviewed docuseries of the year. Leaving Neverland, the controversial HBO two-parter made up almost exclusively of interview footage with two accusers, topped the list. David Attenborough’s first big nature documentary for Netflix, the stunning Our Planet, continued the natural historian’s Fresh steak.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2019. Scores might change over time.

Adjusted Score: 105.355%
Critics Consensus: Crucial and careful, Leaving Neverland gives empathetic breadth and depth to the complicated afterlife of child sexual abuse as experienced by adult survivors.
Synopsis: The story of two families who allege that their boys were were sexually abused by Michael Jackson in the 1980s... [More]

Adjusted Score: 98.551%
Critics Consensus: Director Erin Lee Carr expertly blends journalistic edge and empathy in I Love You, Now Die to create a concise, compelling, and refreshingly exploitation-free exploration of a complicated crime.
Synopsis: After 18-year-old Conrad Roy killed himself in his car in Fairhaven, Mass., police discovered text messages in which his girlfriend,... [More]

Adjusted Score: 95.847%
Critics Consensus: By unearthing previously suppressed histories, Surviving R. Kelly exposes the dangers of enabling predatory behavior and gives necessary voice to its survivors.
Synopsis: Celebrated as one of the greatest R&B singers of all time, R. Kelly's genre defining career and playboy lifestyle has... [More]

Adjusted Score: 94.638%
Critics Consensus: A cornucopia of visual wonder and environmental advocacy, Our Planet's breathtaking cinematography explores more of this beautiful, blue marble while presenting an urgent call to action to its inhabitants.
Synopsis: The ambitious four-year project has been filmed in 50 countries across all the continents of the world, with crew capturing... [More]

Adjusted Score: 89.814%
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.
Synopsis: Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues... [More]

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