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The Best TV Shows of 2019
In a world in which the most anticipated TV return of the year, Game of Thrones — the title we all expected would be a top contender in this list — crashed and burned in a fiery three-episode Rotten streak to end the epic HBO series, we can’t help but be surprised about the midyear lineup in our ranked list of the best TV shows of the year through late June.
We collected all of the Certified Fresh TV and streaming titles of 2019 — the season premieres that occurred January through December 31 that are Fresh with at least 20 critics reviews (five of those being from Top Critics) — to provide you with a list of the best 2019 TV shows you should be watching, according to critics. They are listed below from those that were Certified Fresh at 75% or above, but subsequently fell below that threshold for CF designation, to this year’s 20 members of the 100% Club, an enviable group whose members have gotten a positive review from every critic who’s seen them.
The year’s surprises:
- Fleabag supremacy — although fans of Phoebe Waller-Bridge won’t be surprised at all; the writer-actor is also creator of Killing Eve, and scores with that title’s second season, as well
- 20 titles in the 100% Club!
- Game of Thrones being absent from this list, which is both surprising and sad
- That The Mandalorian would gift us with a wee, fuzzy, green Star Wars creature now known to fans everywhere as “Baby Yoda”
In our most recent and final update to our 2019 list, Watchmen took a tumble in the ranking, although its score remains above 95%; a Rotten episode 8 score sent American Horror Story: 1984 lower, as well; and a number of late-season additions peppered the list from top to bottom.
Among the recent additions, Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty season 4 and Work in Progress season 1 score coveted spots in the 100% Club — coveted, for instance, by titles like The Expanse, which is two Top Critic reviews away from a 100% Certified Fresh score for its fourth season. (The space-opera’s third season is only one Top Critic review away from the honor.)
Meanwhile, Apple TV+’s Dickinson squeaks onto the list with a 75% score, joining the first seasons of The Twilight Zone and Modern Love and miniseries I Am the Night as 2019 TV seasons that flirted with Certified Fresh and won.
And the final word on 2019 TV – that is, until someone writes a review that awards another 2019 series Certified Fresh status (welcome, Dublin Murders!): Season 2 of Amazon comedy Fleabag remains the most appreciated season of TV in 2019 with a 100% Tomatometer score on 90 reviews. Fleabag season 2 is also the best of the decade, in fact (see that list here).
Read on to find out where popular titles The Mandalorian (season 1), The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (season 3), and Servant (season 1) made their debut.
Did your favorite 2019 show make the list? Have a look at our ranking and see what series from this year are Certified Fresh.
Just added (1/2/20): Dublin Murders
Adjusted Score: 76.894%
Critics Consensus: The Twilight Zone explores the strangeness of the modern world through Rod Serling's winning formula, creating a thought-provoking -- if not always spine-tingling -- showcase for Jordan Peele and his exceptional crop of collaborators.
Viewers enter another dimension with Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg's modern re-imagining of the classic. CBS All Access' The Twilight... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.651%
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.
An unlikely friendship. A lost love resurfaced. A marriage at its turning point. A date that might not have been... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.279%
Critics Consensus: Chris Pine inhabits I Am the Night with the roguish gravitas befitting a noir -- even if this entry into the pulp genre is more straightforward and languidly paced than some viewers would like.
Follows a teen who was given away at birth and begins to research the secrets of her past with the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.831%
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.
Poet, daughter, and rebel Emily Dickinson embarks on a mission to become the world's greatest poet.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.984%
Critics Consensus: The Umbrella Academy unfurls an imaginative yarn with furtive emotion and an exceptionally compelling ensemble, but the series' dour sensibility often clashes with its splashy genre trappings.
Oddball billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves (Colm Feore) dies of a heart attack. His death brings together for the first time... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.512%
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.
"Dublin Murders" drops deep down into Ireland's past, foreshadows the present and brings insight to its future.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.831%
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: 76.871%
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.
A group of high-school students stage a performance of ''High School Musical'' for their fall theater production, only to realize... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.871%
Critics Consensus: Marrying filmmaker Gregg Araki's frisky style with heady conspiracies and literary allusions, Now Apocalypse's bodacious aesthetics and philosophical pondering may prove too deliberately offbeat and garish for some.
This surreal, coming-of-age comedy series follows Ulysses (Avan Jogia, "Tut," "Twisted") and his friends Carly (Kelli Berglund, "Lab Rats," Dolly... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.229%
Critics Consensus: Fun, feisty, and fueled by the chemistry between its charismatic leads, Whiskey Cavalier overcomes its familiar structure to deliver an attractive take on a well-worn formula.
A high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: "Whiskey Cavalier"),... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80.153%
Critics Consensus: Though it often buckles under the weight of its lofty ambitions and ideological pedigree, Warrior's devil may care attitude provides thrilling energy and action that will please those looking for a period drama with a little kick.
WARRIOR is a gritty, action-packed crime drama set during the brutal Tong Wars of San Francisco's Chinatown in the second... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.857%
Critics Consensus: This animated anthology has enough creative Death to satisfy cyberpunk aficionados who Love their Robots to have some Heavy Metal influence, but the series' lofty ambitions are often undercut by a preoccupation with gore and titillation.
Terrifying creatures, wicked surprises and dark comedy converge in this NSFW anthology of animated stories presented by Tim Miller and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.884%
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.
The "Black-ish" spin-off features a 12-year-old Rainbow (Arica Himmel) as she comes to terms with her life as a kid... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.063%
Critics Consensus: Though Baptiste does little to distinguish itself from The Missing, jolting twists and a deliciously jittery performance by Tom Hollander provide ample enough enticement for mystery fans.
Series 1 of the crime series following the work of Julien Baptiste.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.857%
Critics Consensus: Real-world and supernatural horrors collide in Infamy, an exceptionally well-crafted ghost story that creeps under the skin and stays there.
Set during World War II, the haunting and suspenseful second season of the horror-infused anthology The Terror: Infamy centers on... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.691%
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 phrase for The L Word that will please new and old fans alike.
The groundbreaking drama series, The L Word®, revolutionized a generation and this fall the highly anticipated sequel The L Word®:... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.229%
Critics Consensus: Marie Kondo makes for a delightful instructor on Tidying Up, gently encouraging us all to cut out all the clutter from our lives.
Tidying Up with Marie Kondo follows a loving family of four who have relocated to a Los Angeles apartment from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.728%
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: 87.894%
Critics Consensus: Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams give viewers plenty of razzle and dazzle in Fosse/Verdon -- a straightforward miniseries that is hampered by rote biographical tropes, but still shimmies with the requisite glitz, grit, and all that jazz audiences crave.
Based on Fosse, the biography written by Sam Wasson, this eight-part limited series tells the story of the singular romantic... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.701%
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: 83.512%
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: 83.96%
Critics Consensus: A worthy Serial supplement that isn't without flaws, The Case Against Adnan Syed fleshes out the life of Hae Min Lee and gives context to in the complicated boon of true crime entertainment.
The series will explore the 1999 disappearance and murder of 18-year-old Baltimore County high school student Hae Min Lee, and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.113%
Critics Consensus: The Handmaid's Tale's third season reigns in its horrors and inspires hope that revolution really is possible -- if only the story would stop spinning its wheels and get to it already.
Adapted from the classic novel by Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale is the story of life in the dystopia of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.612%
Critics Consensus: Though at times hard to watch, Euphoria balances its brutal honesty with an empathetic -- and visually gorgeous -- eye to create a uniquely challenging and illuminating series, held together by a powerfully understated performance from Zendaya.
The drama series follows the life of a group of teenagers dealing with sex, parties and drug abuse. Rue (Zendaya)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.691%
Critics Consensus: The second season of Discovery successfully -- if stubbornly -- cleans up the problematic storylines of Trek past while still effectively dramatizing new takes on the lore.
After answering a distress signal from the U.S.S. Enterprise, season two of STAR TREK: DISCOVERY finds the crew of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.498%
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.
Within the walls of an interrogation room and with time running out, London investigators go after three suspects, each accused... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.768%
Critics Consensus: Like a pleasant visit to a place you used to live, Tales of the City provides ample nostalgic comforts, while maintaining the series' mission of celebrating the diversity of San Francisco on its own terms.
Middle-aged Mary Ann returns to San Francisco and the eccentric friends she left behind.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.575%
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.
Midge and Susie discover that life on tour with Shy is glamorous but humbling, and they learn a lesson about... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.485%
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.
A dual coming-of-age story, exploring the impact of internet porn and social media on the lives of Eve Fletcher, an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.701%
Critics Consensus: A smörgåsbord of heavenly imagery and irreverent hilarity, Good Omens works thanks to Michael Sheen and David Tennant's very-nearly-holy (or maybe unholy?) chemistry -- though, at only six episodes, it's a rare adaptation that may have benefitted from being a little less faithful to the good book.
In series 1, the year is 2018 and the Apocalypse is set to descend upon humanity. An angel and demon... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.009%
Critics Consensus: Jenna Coleman tackles a difficult role with compassion and poise, but no matter how insightful it can be, there's no denying The Cry is grim viewing.
Parents to a new-born son find themselves at the center of an unthinkable tragedy. As they face the glare of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.243%
Critics Consensus: A delightfully off-kilter combination of satire and science fiction, Weird City lives up to its name and then some -- even when it retreads familiar genre ground.
A comedic exploration of the everyday lives and struggles of people living in a technologically-advanced city named Weird.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.422%
Critics Consensus: While Peaky Blinders's fifth season suffers somewhat from superficial characterization, it remains one of TVs most visually thrilling endeavors.
Series 5 of the crime family saga finds the world thrown into turmoil by the financial crash of 1929. Opportunity... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.306%
Critics Consensus: Though it loses a bit of narrative steam, On Becoming a God in Central Florida proves a clever and absurd satire that will make you want to buy whatever Kirsten Dunst is selling.
A water park employee infiltrates a multi-billion dollar pyramid scheme based company: Founders American Merchandise (FAM)where she exercises revenge after... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.073%
Critics Consensus: Though not quite as sharp as Joseph Heller's seminal novel, Catch-22's handsomely rendered, hilariously horrifying exploration of war still soars thanks to its stellar cast and reverent adherence to its source material.
Based on Joseph Heller's seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is the story of the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.06%
Critics Consensus: Though viewers' mileage may vary, The Boys' violent delights and willingness to engage in heavy, relevant themes are sure to please those looking for a new group of antiheroes to root for.
A fun and irreverent take on what happens when superheroes abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.733%
Critics Consensus: Das Boot possesses the atmospheric pressure of its cinematic forebear while adding new depth to its compelling ensemble, making for a riveting international production.
During the Autumn of 1942, in occupied France, U-612 is now ready for its maiden voyage, preparing to head into... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.588%
Critics Consensus: Luther returns in fine form from its extended exodus with a grizzly mystery and the welcome reappearance of Ruth Wilson's psychotic villain, Alice Morgan.
Idris Elba, known for playing drug dealer Stringer Bell on The Wire, is back in the fifth seies of Luther... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.382%
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.
Following a tragedy that has caused a rift in their marriage, the Turners hire a nanny, who soon finds that... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.073%
Critics Consensus: Driven by Mahershala Ali's mesmerizing performance, True Detective's third season finds fresh perspective by exploring real world events -- though it loses some of the series' intriguing strangeness along the way.
1980: Will and Julie Purcell, the children of feuding parents Tom and Lucy Purcell, go missing a week after Halloween... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.884%
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.
Series 5 of the historical drama series based on the book series of the same name.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.229%
Critics Consensus: An intriguing tangle of mystery and melodrama, what The Society lacks in levity -- and at times clarity -- it makes up for with its surprisingly thoughtful exploration of community, culture, and what it means to grow up.
The Society follows a group of teenagers who are mysteriously transported to a facsimile of their wealthy New England town,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.498%
Critics Consensus: Andrew Davies' deft adaptation of the oft-retold Victor Hugo classic affords viewers a newfound intimacy with these outcasts and revolutionaries, who are ably brought to life by a star-studded cast.
Victor Hugo's masterpiece comes to television in a six-part adaptation by multi award-winning screenwriter Andrew Davies. Dominic West stars as... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.857%
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.
In the 1960s, Israeli clerk-turned-secret agent Eli Cohen goes deep undercover inside Syria on a perilous, years-long mission to spy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.485%
Critics Consensus: Dead to Me doesn't always deliver on the gallows humor that it promises, but the sterling duo of Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini elevates the series above its pulpier aspects -- offering a deeply moving relationship shaped by mutual grief.
Jen (Christina Applegate) is a sardonic widow determined to solve her husband?s recent hit-and-run murder. Judy (Linda Cardellini) is an... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.329%
Critics Consensus: Gorgeous and gripping, Big Little Lies's second season doubles down on the dark humor and gives its impressive cast even more juicy drama to chew on -- especially an excellent Meryl Streep.
Season 2 of the drama series opens with the aftermath of Perry's (Alexander Skarsgard) death. His mother Mary Louise (Meryl... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62.434%
Critics Consensus: A near-perfect blend of slasher tropes and American Horror Story's trademark twists, 1984 is a bloody good time.
In the summer of 1984, five friends escape Los Angeles to work as counselors at Camp Redwood; as they adjust... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.871%
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.
Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep and tangled roots in ballads, blues... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.741%
Critics Consensus: GLOW dives even deeper into the lives of its divas to deliver a knock-out third season that solidifies its place as one of TV's most compelling -- and hilarious -- character studies.
Season 3 follows the ladies of GLOW as they take the Vegas strip by storm. Now headliners at the Fan-Tan... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.422%
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: 91.601%
Critics Consensus: Line of Duty's sterling ensemble all maintain a stiff upper lip, but audiences' limbs will be quavering throughout this tense fifth season that dives deep into moral murk.
Line of Duty returns forafifth series, as AC12 continues to hunt for any corruption lurking within the police.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.691%
Critics Consensus: While Cobra Kai's subversive kick no longer carries the same gleeful impact of its inaugural season, its second round is still among the best around -- no amount of mid-life crisis and teenage ennui's ever gonna keep it down.
Johnny continues building a new life, but a face from his past could disrupt his future. Meanwhile, Daniel opens a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.229%
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.
In season two of Castle Rock, a feud between warring clans comes to a boil when budding psychopath Annie Wilkes,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.907%
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: 91.395%
Critics Consensus: Disturbingly nuanced performances from Patricia Arquette and Joey King make The Act a convincing case for the ongoing dramatization of true crime stories.
The Act is a seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories. Season One follows Gypsy Blanchard (Joey... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.92%
Critics Consensus: Years and Years scathingly critiques the present with a nihilistic projection of the future, leavening the devastating satire with a buoyant sense of humor and characters who are easy to become invested in.
Series 1 follows a family from Manchester whose lives converge on one crucial night in 2019.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.92%
Critics Consensus: Marshmallows, rejoice! Veronica Mars returns in fine form, capturing much of what made the series so beloved while adding new wrinkles that satisfy more often than they mystify.
Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town's lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.2%
Critics Consensus: Stranger Things transforms itself into a riveting -- if familiar -- summer ride that basks in its neon-laden nostalgia without losing sight of the rich relationships that make the series so endearing.
It's 1985 in Hawkins, Indiana, and summer's heating up. School's out, there's a brand new mall in town, and the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.794%
Critics Consensus: Though at times it vamps more than it grows, Dear White People's third season still excels thanks to its continued willingness to confront tough social issues with comedic grace.
Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface, Dear... [More]
Adjusted Score: 91.601%
Critics Consensus: An anxiety producing dramatization of real world events, The Hot Zone is a sobering reminder of exactly how deadly a disease can be.
Recounts the terrifying true story of the origins of the Ebola virus, a highly infectious deadly virus from the central... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.768%
Critics Consensus: Penn Badgley's perversely endearing serial stalker keeps looking for love in all the wrong places during a second season that maintains the subversive tension while adding some welcome variations on the series' formula.
The dark drama returns for its second season, with Joe now laying low and hiding from his ex in LA.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.216%
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: 93.575%
Critics Consensus: Suranne Jones' boundless charisma brings the indomitable Anne Lister to vivid life in Gentleman Jack, a gently revelatory series that mines terrific humor from the icon's unapologetic forward-thinkingness - although the series isn't as willing to ruffle feathers as she was.
Series 1 follows Anne Listers efforts to restore Shibden Hall to its former glory.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.06%
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.
A decades-spanning historical drama chronicles the tale of Queen Elizabeth II and how she and her prime ministers impacted postwar... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.063%
Critics Consensus: Devastating, hilarious, and surprisingly light, This Way Up captures the complexities of mental health with an empathetic -- if at times wandering -- eye.
4 months after checking out of a rehab facility after suffering a "teeny weeny" nervous breakdown Aine puts on a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.153%
Critics Consensus: A gloriously absurd journey into the mind of Tim Robinson, I Think You Should Leave's bazaar of surreal skits breathes new life into the world of TV sketch-comedy.
In this sketch comedy series, Tim Robinson and a featured guest target someone and ridicule them to the point he/she... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.05%
Critics Consensus: Mrs. Wilson is a handsomely crafted mystery, filled with startling period details and a sterling performance by Ruth Wilson as a determined widow braving the eye of heartbreak.
Set in 1940s and 1960s London and 1930s India, the series follows Alison Wilson, who thinks she is happily married... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.14%
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.
Two years later, Alyssa dives headfirst into a new life -- just as a woman with a grudge sets out... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.997%
Critics Consensus: Bawdy, heartfelt, and surprisingly wise, Sex Education is a raucous romp through a group of teenagers whose sexual misadventures are so thoughtfully rendered, adults could learn a thing or two from them.
Feeling pressured by the rumor that everyone in his class is having sex except him, awkward teenager Otis (Asa Butterfield)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 37.227%
Critics Consensus: A few changes in front of and behind the camera allow TWD create space for compelling new stories and some seriously scary new adversaries.
The Walking Dead is a story that started 10 years ago with one man trying to find his family. That... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.498%
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: 94.229%
Critics Consensus: The OA's second season provides satisfying answers to its predecessors' most maddening enigmas, all while maintaining the singular ambience that fans have come to crave.
The "mind-bending" story returns with The OA Part II, which follows OA as she navigates a new dimension, one in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.229%
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.
Looking For Alaska is an 8-episode limited series based on the John Green novel of the same name. It centers... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.844%
Critics Consensus: Sharp social commentary and a star-making performance from Aidy Bryant help Shrill overcome its familiar comedic sensibilities to create a show that proves self-acceptance isn't one size fits all.
From Executive Producers Lorne Michaels and Elizabeth Banks comes Shrill, a comedy series starring Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live) as... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.601%
Critics Consensus: The Magicians conjures a mind-bending fourth season that reinvigorates the ensemble with heady twists and spellbinding turns -- all leavened by the series' signature glib humor.
A group of twentysomethings studying magic in New York discover a real-life fantasy world that poses a great threat to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.691%
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.
The ambitious four-year project has been filmed in 50 countries across all the continents of the world, with crew capturing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.216%
Critics Consensus: Viewers willing to suspend their disbelief will find much to enjoy in Pen15, wherein Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle reprise their adolescent selves -- stirring up plenty of yucks and pathos amidst the farce.
Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle star in this adult comedy, playing versions of themselves as thirteen-year-old outcasts in the year... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.19%
Critics Consensus: With the titillating cat-and-mouse game still rooted at its core, Killing Eve returns for an enthralling second season of considerably higher stakes, hilariously dark humor and a captivating dynamic between characters, solidifying its position as one of the best spy thrillers out.
Killing Eve is the story of two women, bound by a mutual obsession and one brutal act: Eve, an MI6... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.229%
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]
Adjusted Score: 95.96%
Critics Consensus: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt ends with a final season that's as topical as it is cheerily irreverent.
Season 4 follows Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) as she continues to adjust to the 21st century and learn more about... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.05%
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: 95.572%
Critics Consensus: A Discovery of Witches smartly grounds its flights of fancy with a lived-in authenticity and harnesses the chemistry between its two star-crossed leads to make for a promising foray into the occult.
As Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the secrets of the ancient manuscript, their relationship develops, and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.229%
Critics Consensus: With game leads and a wickedly witty senes of humor, The Other Two skewers and celebrates pop culture with equal aplomb.
Two siblings work towards finding themselves, while confronting the dueling emotions of envy and pride brought on by the overnight... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.369%
Critics Consensus: Delightfully absurd and ridiculously fun, What We Do in the Shadows expands on the film's vampiric lore and finds fresh perspective in its charming, off-kilter cast to create a mockumentary series worth sinking your teeth into.
Set in New York City, What We Do in the Shadows follows three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.884%
Critics Consensus: By unearthing previously suppressed histories, Surviving R. Kelly exposes the dangers of enabling predatory behavior and gives necessary voice to its survivors.
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: 93.243%
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: 97.243%
Critics Consensus: Honest and genuinely affecting, Special lives up to its name with a funny -- if a bit too concise -- first season brightened by Ryan O'Connell's infectious charms.
A young gay man with cerebral palsy branches out from his insular existence in hopes of finally going after the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.063%
Critics Consensus: The Good Fight's third season pulls no punches, doubling down on the social commentary while maintaining the show's sensational delights to create one of the best dramas on TV.
Spin-off of "The Good Wife" about a high-profile law firm in Chicago.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.601%
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.
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: 99.665%
Critics Consensus: DC Universe finds breakout material in this iteration of Doom Patrol thanks to a fully committed cast and the writing's faith in weirdness.
A re-imagining of one of DC's most beloved group of outcast Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl and Crazy Jane,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.279%
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.
The Roy family -- Logan Roy and his four children -- controls one of the biggest media and entertainment conglomerates... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.625%
Critics Consensus: Ava DuVernay pulls no punches in When They See Us, laying out the harrowing events endured by the Central Park Five while adding a necessary layer of humanity to their story that challenges viewers to reconsider what it means to find justice in America.
Five teens from Harlem become trapped in a nightmare when they're falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103.612%
Critics Consensus: Chernobyl rivets with a creeping dread that never dissipates, dramatizing a national tragedy with sterling craft and an intelligent dissection of institutional rot.
CHERNOBYL dramatizes the 1986 nuclear accident, one of the worst human-made catastrophes in history, and tells the story of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105.406%
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: 97.704%
Critics Consensus: Mr. Robot returns with a thrilling final season that is sure to surprise and satisfy its audience.
Season 4 of the drama series picks up where it left off the previous season, with Price (Michael Cristofer) trying... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.704%
Critics Consensus: With tables turned and alliances formed, Billions's fourth season goes full throttle with sharp dialogue, better rivalries, and bigger stakes.
When everyone is out for revenge, no one is safe. Former enemies Bobby Axelrod and Chuck Rhoades, and Wendy Rhoades,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.781%
Critics Consensus: The sophomore season of Derry Girls doesn't lose any of its irreverent charms thanks its predictably unpredictable romps and canny characterizations.
A candid comedy focusing on a Northern Irish family set against the spectre of The Troubles.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.754%
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.
BoJack inches his way toward redemption as a stint in rehab forces him to confront his mistakes and start making... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.588%
Critics Consensus: An insightful and hilarious glimpse into the life of a Muslim American family, Ramy perfectly articulates the precarious nature and nuances of identity and announces Ramy Youssef is a talent to watch.
Ramy Hassan is a first generation Egyptian-American who is on a spiritual journey in his politically-divided New Jersey neighborhood. RAMY... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.588%
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.
Three years later, it's 1990 and the ball scene is being exposed to the mainstream for the first time, forcing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.588%
Critics Consensus: Carried by its exceptional ensemble, Orange Is the New Black's final season gets straight to the point, tackling hard-hitting issues with the same dramatic depth and gallows humor that made the show so ground-breaking to begin with.
Piper struggles with life on the outside, while life in Max, as corrupt and unjust as ever, goes on without... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.588%
Critics Consensus: Catastrophe hits its crescendo in a cutting final season that finds both the humor and heartbreak of simply trying to get by as a lover and a parent.
Sharon and Rob are back. So are their adventures navigating the murky waters of parenthood, in-laws, creepy bosses, court ordered... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.293%
Critics Consensus: Brash and bonkers as ever, Veep bows out with an unapologetically absurd final season that solidifies its status as one of TV's greatest comedies.
The new season of VEEP finds Selina Meyer trying to gain traction in early primary
states, wooing uber-wealthy donors while navigating... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104.445%
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: 104.701%
Critics Consensus: Russian Doll may be stuck in a time loop, but this endlessly inventive series never repeats itself as it teeters on a seesaw of shifting tones -- from fatally funny to mournfully sad -- that is balanced with exhilarating moxie by an astonishing Natasha Lyonne.
Russian Doll follows a young woman named Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) on her journey as the guest of honor at a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.216%
Critics Consensus: Tuca & Bertie skips right past Bojack Horseman's shadow with its chipper sensibility and madcap sight gags, bringing plenty of laughs as it addresses adulting anxiety and exalts the joys of friendship.
Tuca & Bertie is an animated comedy series about the friendship between two 30-year-old bird women who live in the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104.1%
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.
The Behavioral Science Unit's killer instincts move from theory into action when the FBI joins in a high-profile hunt for... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105.522%
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.
The story of two families who allege that their boys were were sexually abused by Michael Jackson in the 1980s... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.422%
Critics Consensus: As radically hilarious as it is relatably uncomfortable, Work in Progress is a stunning debut from co-creator and star Abby McEnany.
Abby is a 45-year-old self-identified fat, queer dyke whose misfortune and despair unexpectedly lead her to a vibrantly transformative relationship.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.884%
Critics Consensus: Bold, brisk, and beautiful, Sherman's Showcase is a delightful and stylish sketch show that moves to its own groove and invites everyone to laugh along.
A sketch variety show like none before, Sherman's Showcase travels through time via music and clips drawn from the forty-year... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.063%
Critics Consensus: Singular, subversive, and simply hilarious, A Black Lady Sketch Show finds universal humor in specific spaces to craft quick-witted sketches that perfectly showcase Robin Thede and her talented cast.
A Black Lady Sketch Show is a narrative series set in a limitless magical reality full of dynamic, hilarious characters... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.063%
Critics Consensus: Gina Rodriguez delivers a stellar performance in Jane the Virgin's final season, grounding the series in humanity amidst all its quirky telenovela humor.
A comedy-drama following a chaste young woman who is accidentally impregnated via artificial insemination as she struggles to inform her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.063%
Critics Consensus: Incisively critical of the genre and equally delighted by its subjects, Documentary Now! nails mockumentary under the deft direction of Rhys Thomas and Alex Buono.
Featuring mockumentaries about faux people and events.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.063%
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.
Centering on a 14-year-old prodigy from the projects who is haunted by the death of his friend and relied on... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.14%
Critics Consensus: Stephen Graham gives a masterful performance in Shane Meadows' deeply personal depiction of trauma, gifting viewers with a raw account of self-destruction and a hopeful promise of renewal.
A troubled man travels to Ireland to confront demons from a childhood spent in the care system.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.332%
Critics Consensus: Igualmente hilarante y horripilante, Los Espookys is an espooky good time.
From Julio Torres and Ana Fabrega, alongside Fred Armisen and Lorne Michaels of "Saturday Night Live," the primarily Spanish-language show... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103.575%
Critics Consensus: A wild philosophical ride to the very end, The Good Place brings it home with a forking good final season.
Follows Eleanor Shellstrop (Kristen Bell, "House of Lies," "Veronica Mars"), an ordinary woman who enters the afterlife, and thanks to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.332%
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.
Meet Miri Matteson, she's just arrived back in her home town - a place she no longer recognises - in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.871%
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.
The adventures of two teenage boys are spotlighted.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.422%
Critics Consensus: Following a period of uncertainty and a shift to NBC, Brooklyn Nine-Nine reemerges with its cast and tone wholly intact.
Return to the precinct for the sixth series of hilarity and hijinks at the hands of New York's not so... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.512%
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.
The cult hit web series Broad City comes compliments of the collective brains of Abbi Jacobson + Ilana Glazer (both... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.601%
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.
Jonas finds himself trapped in the future and desperately tries to return to 2020. Meanwhile, his friends Martha, Magnus, and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.05%
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.
Mad scientist Rick Sanchez moves in with his daughter's family after disappearing for 20 years and involves them in his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.601%
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.
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: 102.14%
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.
Sam Fox, a single mom and working actor with no filter, raises her three daughters and cares for her aging... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.678%
Critics Consensus: Barry follows up a pitch-perfect debut with a second season that balances darkness with comedy while steering clear of antihero overindulgence.
Desperate to leave his violent past behind in favor of his newfound passion, Barry is attempting to untangle himself from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.844%
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.
From acclaimed creators Kate Purdy and Raphael Bob-Waksberg (BoJack Horseman) comes Undone, a groundbreaking and genre bending animated series about... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107.522%
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.
Fleabag (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) is back for a second bite, and this time she is going toe to toe with the... [More]
* Note: Because of a technical issue, The Walking Dead’s current season 10 score (91%) does not show up in this format.
Featured image credits: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Mandalorian, Rick and Morty (Amazon, Disney+, Adult Swim)
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