Best-Reviewed Returning TV Shows 2019

They say that sophomore seasons are often when the greatest shows hit their strides, and in 2019 second seasons dominated our list of the best-reviewed returning TV shows of the year. Fleabag, Mindhunter, Barry, Succession, and Dark all just got better for their second outings, according to the critics, and crowded out our top 10. Elsewhere, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, returning not just from another season but from the brink of extinction having been saved by NBC, showed that it could still draw quality laughs in its sixth season, while other beloved series in our list – Broad City, Fleabag – sadly won’t be returning again.

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

Fleabag: Season 2 (2019)

Adjusted Score: 107.264%
Critics Consensus: Fleabag jumps back into the fray with a bracing second season that upholds its predecessor's frenzied wit and delicate heart, replete with Phoebe Waller-Bridge's indefatigable charisma.
Synopsis: Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) is back for a second bite, and this time she is going toe to toe with the... [More]

Adjusted Score: 103.89%
Critics Consensus: Mindhunter expands its narrative horizons without losing sight of the details that made its first season so rich, crafting a chilling second season that is as unsettling as it is utterly absorbing.
Synopsis: The Behavioral Science Unit's killer instincts move from theory into action when the FBI joins in a high-profile hunt for... [More]

Barry: Season 2 (2019)

Adjusted Score: 102.604%
Critics Consensus: Barry follows up a pitch-perfect debut with a second season that balances darkness with comedy while steering clear of antihero overindulgence.
Synopsis: Desperate to leave his violent past behind in favor of his newfound passion, Barry is attempting to untangle himself from... [More]

Adjusted Score: 102.154%
Critics Consensus: Succession returns in darkly funny form, with sharp writing, exceptional performances, and a surprising new level of sympathy for some of television's least likable characters.
Synopsis: The Roy family -- Logan Roy and his four children -- controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates... [More]

Adjusted Score: 102.077%
Critics Consensus: Pamela Adlon fully asserts her authorial voice over Better Things in a triumphant third season that examines the exhaustion of motherhood with exhilarating artistry.
Synopsis: Sam Fox, a single mom and working actor with no filter, raises her three daughters and cares for her aging... [More]

Adjusted Score: 101.549%
Critics Consensus: As timely and tender as ever, One Day at a Time's third season manages to up to comedy ante without losing the intimate family moments that help it hit so close to home.
Synopsis: A remake of Norman Lear's classic 1975 sitcom revolves around a Cuban-American family headed by a recently separated military mom... [More]

Adjusted Score: 95.901%
Critics Consensus: Rick and Morty's fourth season is both an exciting progression and a delightful return to form that proves more than worth the two-year wait.
Synopsis: Mad scientist Rick Sanchez moves in with his daughter's family after disappearing for 20 years and involves them in his... [More]
Directed By: Erica Hayes

Dark: Season 2 (2019)

Adjusted Score: 101.549%
Critics Consensus: Dark's sumptuous second season descends deeper into the show's meticulously-crafted mythos and cements the series as one of streaming's strongest and strangest science fiction stories.
Synopsis: Jonas finds himself trapped in the future and desperately tries to return to 2020. Meanwhile, his friends Martha, Magnus, and... [More]

Broad City: Season 5 (2019)

Adjusted Score: 101.374%
Critics Consensus: Glazer and Jacobson give the people exactly what they want in Broad City's final season - relatable content, questionable intimacy, and ingenious escapades through the glorious squalor of IRL NYC.
Synopsis: The cult hit web series Broad City comes compliments of the collective brains of Abbi Jacobson + Ilana Glazer (both... [More]

Adjusted Score: 101.374%
Critics Consensus: Following a period of uncertainty and a shift to NBC, Brooklyn Nine-Nine reemerges with its cast and tone wholly intact.
Synopsis: Return to the precinct for the sixth series of hilarity and hijinks at the hands of New York's not so... [More]

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