Best-Reviewed TV Dramas 2019

In an incredible year for drama on the small screen, HBO’s Succession provided the cable network whatever watercooler cache it lost with a poorly-received season of Game of Thrones, and OWN’s David Makes Man, created by Tarell Alvin McCraney – who wrote the play on which Moonlight was based – gave TV lovers something they’d never seen. But it was Netflix’s Unbelievable, about the investigation of a serial rapist and the ways in which police failed one of his victims, that earned the highest critical praise.

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

#1
Adjusted Score: 104.3%
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.
Synopsis: After a teen reports being raped, then recants her story, two female detectives follow evidence that could reveal the truth.... [More]

#2
Adjusted Score: 103.893%
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]

#3
Adjusted Score: 102.156%
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]

#4
Adjusted Score: 101.023%
Critics Consensus: Powerful, beautiful, and like nothing else on TV, David Makes Man blends dreamy aesthetics with an empathetically crafted story to create a truly unique viewing experience.
Synopsis: Centering on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his friend and relied on... [More]

Pose: Season 2 (2019)
97%

#5
Adjusted Score: 99.43%
Critics Consensus: A delightful, delicate dance of light and dark, Pose's second season achieves a striking balance between the grittiness of reality and the glamour of the runway.
Synopsis: Three years later, it's 1990 and the ball scene is being exposed to the mainstream for the first time, forcing... [More]

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